The Muppets + Flat Design = Best Ever Pantone Print Ad

Garfield Pantone print ad

Chinese advertising agency Y&R Shanghai have cleverly combined The Muppets with flat design to create these awesome print ads for colour specialist Pantone…

Pantone flat design Kermit the Frog print ad

The Muppets Cookie Monster print ad for Pantone

The Muppets

Originally created by Jim Henson in 1955, The Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street (1969 to present day) before they got their own TV show (1976 to 1981) and series of movies (1979 to present day). The Walt Disney Company bought the rights to The Muppets in 2004. Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster, the Muppet pairing featured in Pantone’s print ads above, continue to be popular characters with young and old fans alike. Despite joking about The Muppets re-making Schindler’s List during his comedy podcast and TV show with pals Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais starred in this year’s Muppets Most Wanted movie as Dominic Badguy.

Flat Design

Flat Design, also referred to as minimalist or minimalism, continues to be one of the hot graphic design trends of 2014. Although popular with today’s designers, especially those designing websites and mobile apps, flat design can trace its origins back to Bauhaus and the modernism movement nearly 100 years ago.


In 1963, Pantone’s founder Lawrence Herbert created this innovative system for identifying, matching and communicating colours; thereby solving the problems associated with producing accurate colour matches in the graphic arts and printing industries.

Bonus Print Ad

Y&R Shanghai also created this print advert for Pantone featuring a famous cartoon character. Can you guess who it is? (*Answer at the bottom of this blog post.)

Garfield Pantone print ad

*Garfield. Did you guess it right? 


  1. Great set of adverts Rik. I’ve always been a fan of getting ideas across in the simplest possible way, it certainly helps with impact and immediacy with advertising design. There seems to be no end to the Pantone marketing machine!


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