The first new blue pigment discovered in 200 years is poised to become part of your kid’s next Crayola crayon box set. When chemist Mas Subramanian discovered the unique pigment called YInMn blue, he had no idea the bold shade would one day become universal. The “weird” name comes from the elements in which the pigment contains: Yttrium, Indium, and Manganese.
This color will make its debut later this year and Crayola will hold a public contest to rename it. YInMn blue will replace the color Dandelion. Presumably to weed out inappropriate joke submissions, Crayola will select five finalists among the suggested color names. The new crayon is being produced in partnership with Crayola, Oregon State University, and Shepherd Color Company, which has licensed the patent for commercially producing the new shade.
“We are a company all about kids, creativity and color, so we strive to keep our color palette innovative and on trend,” said Crayola CEO and president Smith Holland in a statement, demonstrating the beloved art supply company’s dedication to being on the cutting edge of pigment and technology.