Create an E-Learning Template Using Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year #186


2018 Color of the Year #186: Challenge | Recap

Pantone just announced their 2018 color of the year! The color is Ultra Violet and Pantone calls it a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade." 

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet

Whatever you think of Ultra Violet, this color will significantly influence design, fashion, and consumer products for the upcoming year. 

Now that next year's color is locked in, e-learning designers can start playing with creative ways to work this "complex and contemplative" shade into their e-learning projects.

And that’s what this week’s e-learning challenge is all about!

How to Use the Pantone Color of the Year 2018

To help you get started using this year’s color, Pantone has created eight different color palettes and recommended color harmonies using Ultra Violet.

How to Use the Pantone Color of the Year 2018

You’re welcome to use any one of these color palettes for your template.  Don’t feel as if you have to use every color in the palette.  Pick three or four colors from a palette and use those as the basis for your designs.

And if you really want to simplify your color palette, stick with tints and shades of Ultra Violet.

Working with Tints and Shades 

One of the easiest and safest ways to create a color palette is to start with a base color and use tint and shade values for the secondary colors.

Tints are created by mixing values of white with your base color while shades are created by mixing values of black. 

Working with Tints and Shades 

Whichever direction you decide to go, have fun and let us know if you need any help or feedback along the way.

Challenge of the Week

This week your challenge is to design an e-learning template or interaction using Ultra Violet as the primary color. 

Your slides can be static or built out as working interactions. Your goal is to work from a single color and show how you will carry that color across your design templates.

NOTE: Your entry can be anything from a rough concept to a polished example. The challenges are open to everyone, regardless of experience or skill level. If you need technical or creative help with your project, please ask in our forums and reference the challenge number you’re working on.


Did you share an example in one of the previous color challenges? If you did, that’s great! Thank you.

Feel free to use that example as the starting point for this week’s color challenge. There’s nothing wrong with reusing the same example with different color palettes.

To get an idea of what course designers shared in previous color challenges, check out the following challenges:

Last Week’s Challenge:

Whether you choose to color inside or outside the lines in this week’s challenge, take a few moments to check out the festive holiday theme interactions your fellow community members have shared over the past week: 

Holiday E-Learning Interactions 

Holiday E-Learning Interactions RECAP #185: Challenge | Recap


Wishing you a colorful week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.


When I first saw this year’s challenge, I planned on starting with Content Library’s Harmony template like I did in last year’s Greenery challenge. Unfortunately, Harmony’s default purple colors felt too similar to this year’s Ultra Violet colors. So instead, I went with the Inspire theme. But rather than sticking with Inspire’s darker colors, I wanted to lighten things up a bit. In the Greenry challenge, I only needed to make changes to Harmony's theme colors to give the template a greenish look and feel. But for the Inspire template, I found it was necessary to change both the theme colors and some color swatch associations for text and shape objects. It wasn’t a lot of extra work but it did take some noodling to get things where I liked them. 2018 Ultra Violet (Inspire): http:/... Expand

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