Pantone Rubik's Cube

Sheer genius: the Rubitone, a Rubik's Cube coded with the Pantone Color Matching System. This is the way I want to choose my next bedroom color, cycling through the possible chromatic permutations on a puzzle cube at the Home Depot paint desk. The Rubitone (Rubik + Pantone) [Ignacio Pilotto (Thanks, Dean!)]
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11 Responses to Pantone Rubik's Cube

  1. hep cat says:

    Thank you #10 ANONYMOUS

    this is really cool on the site


  2. Anonymous says:

    @ #7

    Pantone makes CMYK inks, but all the printers I know refuse to use them for day to day CMYK jobs because they are more expensive than other vendors.

    Pantone is more well known for what are called “spot” colors, which look like your typical Home Depot paint chips but have specific numbers (like the 291 C you see up there above the cyan chips). Many companies have a specific Pantone color for their logo that CMYK inks can’t necessarily reproduce because Pantone inks use a different mixing process. That means they can make all kinds of weird colors, like metallics and fluorescents. They even have interior paints now:

    You can buy Pantone books that have the whole color library in them, and Adobe packages Pantone software color libraries with all their publishing products. Be prepared for some serious money output, though… swatch books can be over $100 each.

  3. michaelportent says:

    God, I love Pantone colors. Worst case scenario: if you can’t solve it, you get great color scheme ideas.

  4. muteboy says:

    So are you supposed to get the squares in order as well as “all blues together”? Harder?

  5. wolfiesma says:

    I have no idea what Pantone is, but these are great colors for interior paint.

  6. jacob_ewing says:

    There is one added layer of complexity here. Although the squares all do have one and only one position they can be in when solved, the rotation of the center squares can wind up very scrambled.

  7. irsean says:

    Pantone is the standard printers’ inks (printer’s press, not color printers like HP).
    When you see the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) registers at the edge of a printed page, those are probably Pantone.

  8. wolfiesma says:

    Cyan… now that is a beautiful color. I’ve always thought of that as turquoise/aquamarine. I’ve painted a few walls that color. Bedroom/hall is painted an orange/coral color. Those two colors go well together.

  9. rosyatrandom says:

    @ #3:

    Rubik’s Cubes can only be solved in one unique way anyway: there’s only one ‘centre’ tile for each colour, and the edge/corner tiles are set in position by the colours of the tiles they are permanently adjoined to.

  10. Dean says:


  11. romulusnr says:

    Suddenly I have a vision of an Optimus Maximus Rubik’s Cube where every face is an OLED display.

    I guess such a cube would be really easy to cheat at (that is, uh, reset), though.

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