If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “I wouldn’t know Proton Purple if it fell through the ceiling of my bedroom,” Shutterstock has helpfully defined the “neon trio of turbo-charged colors.” Proton Purple is described as, “this vivid purple represent[ing] the palpable positive charge of our daily lives”; discerning colorists may note that it’s quite similar to Ultra Violet
, which Pantone picked as its color of the year for 2018. UFO Green is, “a bright green that evokes lush countrysides alongside whirling rows of binary code. It’s both natural and supernatural.” And Plastic Pink refers to “a sizzling pink with lots of depth, that captures the electric glow of cities at night.”
Shutterstock also revealed the most popular colors of 2018 by country, and some of the results are surprising. The United States favors a lime green, while its northern and southern neighbors, Canada and Mexico, are both partial to a sky blue. Norway prefers an off-gray, to nobody’s surprise Russia digs red, and the neutral Swiss wave their flags for off-white.