Pantone organizes nearly 5,000 colors into two systems, one for print and packaging and the other for product design.
Why? Each system is designed to feature market-relevant colors. Fashion designers need more whites, blacks, and neutrals in their palette, while print and packaging designers need colors that will POP on shelf.
The appearance of color can change based on the material on which it is produced. In fact, some colors are not achievable at all on a certain material. That’s why colors are organized into two systems – to ensure that the colors included are achievable and reproducible based on the materials used.