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Pantone's Blue Iris 18-3943 was the 2008 Color of the Year.

The balance of blue and purple and the color's ability to influence a sense of mystery and excitement were among the reasons Blue Iris was chosen.

“Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspects of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic.”

Eiseman also suggests pairing the color with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays.

What else happened in 2008:

  • Cyprus and Malta adopted the euro.
  • The price of petroleum hits $100 a barrel for the first time in history.
  • Fidel Castro resigns as the President of Cuba and is replaced by Raúl Castro, who was unanimously voted in by the National Assembly.
  • Surgeons in London perform the first surgeries using bionic eyes. The eyes were transplanted into two blind patients.
Color of the Year