Color Marketing Group®

Color Marketing Group® (CMG) is The Premier International Association for Color Design Professionals®. Our mission is creating accurate and relevant color and trend forecast information by connecting global color professionals in their shared passion.

A not-for-profit international association of color design professionals, Color Marketing Group® is a forum for the exchange of all things color. Members represent a broad spectrum of designers, marketers, color scientists, consultants, educators, and artists.

Since 1962, CMG members have been turning a shared passion for color, into business opportunities across all industries. Our members come together at local and international color forecasting events to interpret, create, forecast, and select colors with the goal of enhancing manufactured goods and services. By collaborating, we better identify the direction of color and design trends. Then, interpret that information across industries.

You live in color and so do we. Its influences are everywhere, the environment, social issues, changing political climates – they all impact color in one industry, which have a reverberating effect on another. We believe the only way to stay competitive within such constant change, is by harnessing each other’s endless flow of knowledge and understanding.

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Event Details

EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW AT THIS YEAR'S SUMMIT



COLOR BEYOND will encourage you to think about more than color, trends, and forecasts. We've replaced our legacy workshops with new and collaborative events designed to heighten your connections and broaden your perspective. In our hands-on workshops you'll explore materials and how they relate to CMG's directional color stories and their impact in the circular economy. You'll dive into color in the field of animation and games, exploring the impact on emotion and perspective. Our mentoring event will broaden your thinking of color in new industries as you connect and establish relationships with a global community of color design experts. And to enhance your experience our PreSummit events will challenge your assumptions and thinking on color!


What to expect from this year's Summit:


  • We'll look at the future of color with the revelation of our 2024+ World Color Forecast™. (CMG Full & Company Members will also receive early access to the printed 2024+ World Color Forecast.)
  • Our Keynote presenters will examine 60 years of color forecasting by presenting The CMG Color Story Evolution.
  • Inspiring Guest Speakers will share insights on ethical and sustainable color, and material for inspiration. Their workshop sessions will challenge and encourage you to think about materials from a different perspective and how they fit into the circular economy.
  • Explore color in animation and games and how it can evoke creativity and emotion.
  • Collaborate in a range of networking and mentoring opportunities designed to help you meet CMG members and tap into a wealth of resources.
  • Enhance your experience with the Albers Foundation Pre Summit workshop looking at The Ongoing Evolution of Color Thinking.
  • Supercharge your thought process with our Pre Summit workshop on Deviant Thinking.
  • Explore COLOR now and BEYOND with global color design experts
  • Celebrate CMG's 60th Anniversary!




Who Should Attend?


Global manufacturers, brands, and marketers understand the importance of color marketing to their bottom line. As a product developer, designer, manufacturer, CMF specialist, color specifier, or anyone who works with color for products or services, you won't want to miss our Summit experience.



The Benefits of Attending


At our Summit, you'll have plenty of opportunities to share and collaborate with other color design professionals across all industries—people who, like you, are constantly searching for inspiration, and for what's next in color.


  • We'll reveal our collection of regional forecasts from Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America, and explore the final 2024+ World Color Forecast™.
  • Join the latest color design conversations, helping you to succeed in your field, and helping your company to achieve continued growth.
  • Network with individuals outside your specific industry, expanding your horizons and opening new areas for exploration.
  • Be part of an open-discussion atmosphere that will allow you to interact and come away with lasting relationships and connections. The friends you make will form your color community for years to come, and their energy and insight will prove invaluable.
  • You'll hear newfound color revelations that will keep you, your company, and your clients well-versed in all things color.
  • Learn from color design professionals and influence your perception of future color directions.


Hotel Reservations

The International Summit is being held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel & Spa, 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85745.


Agenda

  • November 10, 2022

  • November 11, 2022

  • November 12, 2022

November 10, 2022

Main Schedule

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
RADICAL INNOVATION in Arizona Salon 7
Has  your organization had an innovation plan in the past but it just didn’t give you the results you expected?  Maybe you tried some design thinking exercises, put in a fun conference room complete with markers, white boards, Koosh balls and a foosball table…but innovation still didn’t come knocking.  Or maybe you have had some level of success with innovation…but don’t know where to go from here. Whatever the case may be, this session, led by Deviant Thinker, Jennifer Thompson, will super charge your thought process.  In her presentation, Jennifer will address:

The neurological reasons why radical innovative is so difficult.
How to rewire your brain and your company to expand your innovation.
The reasons why brainstorming doesn’t work and what to do instead.
Communication tips and tricks that work to get people to hear your new ideas. 

We love our assumptions and hold tightly to them but they need to be challenged to have an innovative idea.  Our assumptions have significant impact on our communication, on how we are heard, and how we can influence others. Working in  groups of 8-10 you'll discuss the greatest challenges in sharing new ideas and how to overcome your assumptions and use new strategies. Get ready for some thought-provoking results!
Jennifer Thompson, Guest Speaker (Founder of Deviant Thinking)
Jennifer Thompson, Guest Speaker
Jennifer Thompson is a well-practiced Deviant Thinker & Designer. For almost 10 years she has managed a creative team at one of America’s Top Fortune 50 Companies. Prior to her corporate life she was a successful entrepreneur in both the design and technology fields. She aims to see things from a new perspective, evaluating what others are doing, and going far beyond that to challenge the status quo, and find new ways to do things. Everything, from how to raise money for a local charity, to how to start and run a business. She is a seasoned cheerleader for new and different ideas.
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Coffee & Comfort Break
3:15 PM - 5:15 PM
THE ONGOING EVOLUTION OF COLOR THINKING in Arizona Salon 7
Fritz Horstman will deliver a 30-minute presentation situating Josef Albers's use of color in the ongoing evolution of color thinking from Newton and Goethe up until today. A 90-minute hands-on workshop exploring the fundamental aspects of Albers's 1963 book Interaction of Color will present participants with the same prompts that Albers gave students at Black Mountain College in the 1930s and 40s, and at Yale in the 1950s. (Albers also taught for ten years at the Bauhaus, but didn't teach a course devoted to color there.) We will cover color relativity and reversed grounds, and possibly more.
Fritz Horstman, Guest Speaker (Education Director of The Josef & Anni Albers Foundation)
Fritz Horstman, Guest Speaker
Fritz Horstman is Education Director at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has lectured and given workshops at l'École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal Academy of Art in London, Yale University and many other institutions. He has curated exhibitions in Italy, Ireland, Croatia, Norway, and the United States, including the upcoming Anni Albers: Work with Materials at Syracuse University Art Museum, opening August 2022. Also an artist, he has shown his sculptures, installations, and drawings in recent exhibitions across Europe and the US. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, situated in rural Connecticut, is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers through research, exhibition, and outreach.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Connect in the hotel bar
Join CMG Board of Directors and other veteran members in the hotel bar for a casual cocktail.
6:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Optional Networking Dinners
CMG’s Networking Committee is arranging some optional dinners for first-time and regular Summit attendees. This is not included in the Summit registration fee but we have identified some reasonable restaurants, highly recommended by our very own Leatrice Eiseman, long-time CMG member and Tucson resident. Each diner will “pay their own way”. Slots are available on a first-come basis and if you sign-up and change your mind, be sure to cancel your spot so someone else can take it.

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PreSummit Events

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 - ENHANCE YOUR SUMMIT EXPERIENCE WITH ONE OR BOTH OF OUR PRE SUMMIT EVENTS

1 pm – 3 pm: Radical Innovation with Jennifer Thompson of Deviant Thinking

Has your organization had an innovation plan in the past but it just didn't give you the results you expected?  Maybe you tried some design thinking exercises, put in a fun conference room complete with markers, white boards, Koosh balls and a foosball table…but innovation still didn't come knocking. Or maybe you have had some level of success with innovation…but don't know where to go from here. Whatever the case may be, this session, led by Deviant Thinker, Jennifer Thompson, will super charge your thought process. In her presentation, Jennifer will address:

  • The neurological reasons why innovative thinking is so difficult.
  • How to rewire your brain and your company to expand your innovation.
  • The reasons why brainstorming doesn't work and what to do instead.
  • Communication tips and tricks that work to get people to hear your new ideas. 

We love our assumptions and hold tightly to them but they need to be challenged to have an innovative idea. Our assumptions have significant impact on our communication, on how we are heard, and how we can influence others. Working in groups of 8-10 you'll discuss the greatest challenges in sharing new ideas and how to overcome your assumptions and use new strategies. Get ready for some thought-provoking results!





Jennifer Thompson is a well-practiced Deviant Thinker & Designer. For almost 10 years she has managed a creative team at one of America's Top Fortune 50 Companies. Prior to her corporate life she was a successful entrepreneur in both the design and technology fields. She aims to see things from a new perspective, evaluating what others are doing, and going far beyond that to challenge the status quo, and find new ways to do things. Everything, from how to raise money for a local charity, to how to start and run a business. She is a seasoned cheerleader for new and different ideas.

3.15 pm – 5.15 pm: The Ongoing Evolution of Color Thinking by Fritz Horstman, Education Director of the Albers Foundation

Fritz Horstman will deliver a 30-minute presentation situating Josef Albers's use of color in the ongoing evolution of color thinking from Newton and Goethe up until today. A 90-minute hands-on workshop exploring the fundamental aspects of Albers's 1963 book Interaction of Color will present participants with the same prompts that Albers gave students at Black Mountain College in the 1930s and 40s, and at Yale in the 1950s. (Albers also taught for ten years at the Bauhaus, but didn't teach a course devoted to color there.) We will cover color relativity and reversed grounds, and possibly more.

Fritz Horstman is Education Director at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has lectured and given workshops at l'École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal Academy of Art in London, Yale University and many other institutions. He has curated exhibitions in Italy, Ireland, Croatia, Norway, and the United States, including the upcoming Anni Albers: Work with Materials at Syracuse University Art Museum, opening August 2022. Also an artist, he has shown his sculptures, installations, and drawings in recent exhibitions across Europe and the US. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.


The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, situated in rural Connecticut, is devoted to preserving and promoting the enduring achievements of both Josef and Anni Albers through research, exhibition, and outreach.

Keynote Topic & Presenters

THE CMG COLOR STORY EVOLUTION - Sixty Years of Color Forecasting

When Color Marketing Group® members, Montaha Hidefi, VP Color Forecasting, and Doty Horn, Board member, volunteered to examine, study, and analyze sixty years of CMG archives to prepare for this Keynote presentation, they did not anticipate discovering a treasure trove of color.


Not only did they explore a six decade journey of color forecast information, but they uncovered a rich history of societal trends that influenced color and design preferences. They were impressed with the colors that trended each year, and each of the last six decades. They were fascinated as they tracked the colors that endured the tribulations of times, from recessions to natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. They were fascinated by the evolution of CMG color stories as told by thousands of participants across these past six decades.

In this Keynote presentation at this year's annual International Summit, Montaha and Doty will reveal their discoveries addressing:


  • The colors that were most forecast for each decade.
  • The colors that crossed from one decade to another.
  • The colors that are trending back.
  • The color family that best represent sixty years of color and design preferences.


This is the CMG Color Story Evolution!


From the inception of Color Marketing Group in 1962, members' prime interest was to promote more knowledgeable use of color in marketing; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the solving of color problems; and offer education and training in the complete application of color.  But for those interests to be enacted, we owe it to Elisabeth Burris-Meyer, then a consultant with the House & Garden Magazine, whom in 1963, put forward an idea to study current colors by collecting and exhibiting colored swatches of CMG members' sold products and organize them on a color basis rather than by usage, industry, or type. The idea was adopted by CMG's Executive Committee, and CMG established an exhibit which became known as the COLORFAIR™.

Montaha Hidefi is a world-renowned Color Archeologist™. She centers her color consultancy services on developing color trends foresights and color forecast projections, portfolio ideation and customized color related insights to small, medium, and large organizations on a global basis.


In 2020, Montaha established the notion of Color Archaeology™ – a trademark of her Color Landing Studio, to best define the practice of color forecasting and its intricacies. Color Archaeology incorporates the skills and expertise to track and observe societal trends, analyze how they are interpreted in current times, and predict how they will evolve into the future.


Montaha lectures and keynotes about color and trends virtually and in-person at international events and company settings. Her articles on the subject matter are published in countless trade publications.

Montaha serves at Color Marketing Group® (CMG) as Vice President of Color Forecasting, as Member of the Executive Committee of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC), and as Vice President of the Canadian Freelance Guild (CFG).


She holds a comprehensive background in international marketing, color marketing and the coatings industry. Montaha was born and raised in South America, is an avid traveler and has lived and worked in the Middle East, Europe, and North America.


She is co-author of Colour Design: Theories and Applications (2012 and 2017), and author of Giving Voice to My Silence (2022)Dando voz a mi silencio (2022), and Groping for Truth (2018).

Doty Horn is the Founding Director of ColorVoyant LLC, a visionary color marketing firm specializing in Color, Design, Trend marketing and merchandising for the Commercial and Residential B-to-B Interior products industry. She believes that it is the insightful translation of color and design that drives a successful business, no matter the market application.


With a strong background rooted in the Fashion industry and having worked in cross-current industries, Doty applies her keen fashion eye and "big picture" thinking to whatever she creates. Her background includes: Creative Direction/product development SVP for Congoleum flooring, Armstrong flooring, Formica, Cole of California swimwear and at Benjamin Moore Paint's Director of Color and Design, Doty established color strategies and trend forecasting for market-focused programs using color as the driving principle. Among numerous contributions, she created the Affinity® Color / Color Stories Collections and was the creator/visionary behind the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Color Pulse ® – an annual trend forecast.

Doty also created an international design blog for a Finnish paint manufacturer: The ColorVoyant Watch and has conducted presentations/workshops in the US, UK, Canada, Asia, Russia, Scandinavia, Italy and Germany.


Educationally, Doty has held teaching positions at FIDM-LA (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology-NYC… bringing a unique and cross-current perspective to the color and design industry. And has participated on panel discussions for Philadelphia University and The Consumer Products Safety Commission.


Doty is an active board member of The Color Marketing Group and has been member since 1991. She has seen the sustaining life of the organization and believes that each member has a wealth of creative talent, waiting to be shared and enriched. This led her to be a driving force for creating a CMG Mentoring program, which is being launched at the 2022 Tucson Summit.

Guest Speakers

Brian Horn – Color in Animation and Games

Blizzard Entertainment, a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software, has been creating universes for millions of players around the world. As Cinematic Director Supervisor for Blizzard, Brian Horn is accustomed to working with color to evoke creativity and emotion. In this presentation he will explore how color can be subjective and change with context. He will share examples of a game cinematic he directed using colors that, despite having a generally agreed upon feeling, are used in a new context to evoke a new set of feelings. Using a variety of colorscripts for animation, he will reveal the final colors used throughout the cinematic. He will then invite you to work with a selection of printed cards of shots from a variety of movies and an accompanying short script and, working in small groups, you will select and organize cards for how you might construct a colorscript for the short scene/sequence.

Brian Horn is a dad of small humans. In his spare time, he oversees a team of cinematic directors who lead some of the most talented artists in the world on some of the most epic content in video games. An award-toting director in his own right, Brian has directed cinematics for World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Starcraft. Prior to directing, Brian made a career out of mashing buttons to edit various things in television and film, thus garnering an Emmy nomination and an opportunity to help create Blizzard's animation editorial department. Brian's personal films have been screened at festivals all over and the music he does in his other, other spare time can be heard on TV shows worldwide.

Chris Lefteri – Material for Inspiration

At the heart of everything we do lies a desire to motivate designers to use materials creatively and to place materials at the heart of the design process. In this workshop you will be challenged and encouraged to think about materials from a different perspective. You will undertake a variety of materials-based exercises, describing and exploring their color and functionality.




Chris Lefteri is an internationally recognized authority in materials and their application in design. The work of his studio and publications have been pivotal in changing the way designers and the materials industry consider materials. His books include Materials for Design and six other titles in the Materials for Inspirational Design series. Chris Lefteri Design has locations in London and Seoul and works with multiple Fortune 100 companies. His studio is widely recognized as one of the leading studios working in the field of materials & CMF. In 2018 he launched FixIts, his first materials driven brand.

Ethical and Sustainable Color by Laura Perryman

Laura will discuss the concept of ethical and sustainable color followed by a live exhibit to help us understand what color is made from, and how it fits into the circular thinking/economy framework. The exhibit will feature 8 sustainable color exhibits which will be an immersive insight into what, where, and how each color is made with props, processes and data revealed.

Laura Perryman MA (RCA) is an experienced CMF consultant and colour trend forecaster. Her ethos is that colour and materials should be integral to design but above all have a positive purpose for applications, products, and services. Working with brands, she helps create emotionally-connected and sustainable palettes in tech, interiors, packaging and product design. Laura has designed market-leading colour and visual identities for the likes of Nokia, Toyota, Speedo and Arrival. Her first book, The Colour Bible (Octopus Books, 2021) highlights 100 significant colours in art and design. Laura currently directs Colour of Saying, a consultancy that specialises in future-forward design with colour and materials. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, across the School of Design.

2024+ World Color Forecast™ Presenters

CMG's World Color Forecast™

Businesses depend on color directions for their products and services and having the right color at the right time is key to success. After all, Color Sells and the Right Colors Sell Better! As a global membership association, Color Marketing Group members have played a key role in providing annual color direction reports to hundreds of global companies for 60 years. Our strength lies in our global color community who contribute to our ChromaZone® Color Forecasting Workshops and regional Conferences, discussing consumer behavior and societal trends, and the impact these will have on color and design. Our ChromaZone Workshops take place in advance of the annual Summit and attendees, who are color experts in their field, present their directional color trend stories as they relate to their industry/product. During the process, we analyze hundreds of colors and identify big picture trends that will influence color directions in the coming years. The outcome from each event is 16 color directions that participants believe will be trending two years out and three trend stories driving the color directions. At the end of our forecasting season, our Regional Steering Committees representing each of the Workshops curate all the results, distilling them to a global selection of 64 color directions comprising 16 from each of our regions of Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. The combined outcome – our 2024+ World Color Forecast™– will be revealed. 

Meet our 2024+ World Color Forecast Presenters

Lora Di Fabio is Design & Development Manager at American Biltrite where she leads the design development of flooring products and marketing materials.


After receiving her BFA (Honours in Graphic Design) from Concordia University, Lora has worked at Industrial Design firms and corporations where she specialized in colour and graphic applications on consumer products. She has lectured on the subject of Colour in Manufacturing at the University of Montreal School of Design.


Previous to her present position, Lora worked for large design firms and corporations like Bombardier where her team received an Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) award for their work. Other distinctions include the Advertising Excellence Award from Architectural Record and recently a Good Design award from the Chicago Athenaeum.

A member since 2006, today Lora sits on the Board of Directors of the Color Marketing Group and serves on the CMG Color Forecasting Committee where she helps steer the North American colour forecasts.

Montaha Hidefi is a world-renowned Color Archeologist™. She centers her color consultancy services on developing color trends foresights and color forecast projections, portfolio ideation and customized color related insights to small, medium, and large organizations on a global basis.


In 2020, Montaha established the notion of Color Archaeology™ – a trademark of her Color Landing Studio, to best define the practice of color forecasting and its intricacies. Color Archaeology incorporates the skills and expertise to track and observe societal trends, analyze how they are interpreted in current times, and predict how they will evolve into the future.


Montaha lectures and keynotes about color and trends virtually and in-person at international events and company settings. Her articles on the subject matter are published in countless trade publications.

Montaha serves at Color Marketing Group® (CMG) as Vice President of Color Forecasting, as Member of the Executive Committee of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC), and as Vice President of the Canadian Freelance Guild (CFG).


She holds a comprehensive background in international marketing, color marketing and the coatings industry. Montaha was born and raised in South America, is an avid traveler and has lived and worked in the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

She is co-author of Colour Design: Theories and Applications (2012 and 2017), and author of Giving Voice to My Silence (2022)Dando voz a mi silencio (2022), and Groping for Truth (2018).




Antonella Ruiz is the Director of Regional Marketing for Sherwin Williams Central America where she has responsibility for the management of coatings in architecture, industrial, wood finishes, and automotive lines, as well as the management of communications and publicity. She holds a Master in Business Administration and Industrial Engineering, with more than 15 years of experience in multinational organizations within the mass consumer brands, telecommunications, and coatings and paints. She specializes in marketing, especially in product management.




Peggy Van Allen, the founder of Colorfuel, is a designer and color anthropologist with a background in graphic design and experience in trend research, visual merchandising and palette development. Her unique skillset allows her to visually communicate the complexities of color in a way that is both inspirational and educational. Trend forecasting is integral to the success of design and color palette development. Color anthropology is the study of human behavior in order to understand the why, which, and when of a target consumer's color preferences.



Judith van Vliet is the Founder of The Color Authority™ as she helps people to unleash color in their lives and businesses. TCA develops color trends for different markets through storytelling and palette development and offers different services in the color consultancy area. Judith works with a global color network of like-minded experts that understand the power of color. She is a fervent public speaker and is host of the namesake podcast that brings fascinating conversations with some of the most inspiring people in the world of color. She serves on Color Marketing Group's Executive Committee as Immediate Past President where her in-depth knowledge of color helps maintain CMG at the forefront of global color forecasting. Judith currently works and podcasts out of Milan, Italy.

Speed Mentoring

As we prepare to launch our Mentor Program in 2023, we want to give you a teaser insight of what's to come. Our Mentor Program Committee has designed a Summit experience to give you a cool way to meet CMG members and tap into the wealth of resources available within your community. 


With the wealth of talent and expertise that CMG members share, what better way to support, enrich, and encourage each other.

A 30+ year veteran in the field of design and color, Susan began her career in the corporate creative environments of Hallmark Cards, Inc., Carlson Corporation and Target Corporation, before becoming an independent Designer, Art Director and Creative Project Manager. Her professional experience includes graphic design, package design, print & digital collateral, product development, color forecasting and color quality assurance, art direction and creative project management. A passion color being a consistent thread throughout.

 

A member of Color Marketing Group since 1994, Susan quickly became involved volunteering on multiple CMG committees. She served on CMG's Board of Directors and has held various positions on the Executive Committee including VP of Color Forecasting, President, and is currently VP of Membership. Being involved in the strategic direction of the association, along with the personal and professional connections gained through CMG membership, have been the most rewarding aspects of her career.

 

Susan is currently Project Manager and Implementor at Neon Lizard Creative Marketing & Design, an agency located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN, that specializes in Brand Development and offers comprehensive marketing and design services across all platforms. Susan loves to use a wide range of creative, problem-solving, and organizational skills every day, and thrives being an integral part of a team.

Doty Horn is the Founding Director of ColorVoyant LLC, a visionary color marketing firm specializing in Color, Design, Trend marketing and merchandising for the Commercial and Residential B-to-B Interior products industry. She believes that it is the insightful translation of color and design that drives a successful business, no matter the market application.


With a strong background rooted in the Fashion industry and having worked in cross-current industries, Doty applies her keen fashion eye and "big picture" thinking to whatever she creates. Her background includes: Creative Direction/product development SVP for Congoleum flooring, Armstrong flooring, Formica, Cole of California swimwear and at Benjamin Moore Paint's Director of Color and Design, Doty established color strategies and trend forecasting for market-focused programs using color as the driving principle. Among numerous contributions, she created the Affinity® Color / Color Stories Collections and was the creator/visionary behind the internationally acclaimed and award-winning Color Pulse ®–an annual trend forecast.

Doty also created an international design blog for a Finnish paint manufacturer: The ColorVoyant Watch and has conducted presentations/workshops in the US, UK, Canada, Asia, Russia, Scandinavia, Italy and Germany.

Educationally, Doty has held teaching positions at FIDM-LA (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) and FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology-NYC… bringing a unique and cross-current perspective to the color and design industry. And has participated on panel discussions for Philadelphia University and The Consumer Products Safety Commission.


Doty is an active board member of The Color Marketing Group and has been member since 1991. She has seen the sustaining life of the organization and believes that each member has a wealth of creative talent, waiting to be shared and enriched. This led her to be a driving force for creating a CMG Mentoring program, which is being launched at the 2022 Tucson Summit.

MEET OUR MENTORS:

Susan F. Beiser

Susan F. Beiser is Founder of a design and consulting business, Susea Blu Studios, based in Charlotte, NC. Susan discovered her creative passion at an early age and hasn't looked back. Her spark began with a 1970's design trifecta…Shrinky Dinks, Spiro-graph and Altair Design books from her grade-school book fair. She was off and running to a visual art high school and later, earned a BFA in Graphic Communication (Illustration) and an MFA in Fibers (Surface Design). Her journey naturally evolved into a design career spanning close to 35 years with a diverse range of specialties in residential and commercial industries. Her most recent position was over 21 years serving as Senior Designer at OMNOVA, A Synthomer Business focused on decorative surfaces and performance films for laminates. Previous, positions were in textiles and graphic design. Style and color research, surface design and collegiate instruction remain the consistent focal points of her creative pursuits.  A fellow CMG member and mentor of Susan's advised her when joining CMG, that this is the closest we, as designers, get to continued education while working in our fields. Susan still approaches the CMG experience with that in mind. She has been a member of Color Marketing Group since 1998. She is a long-time facilitator and co-facilitator at International Summit workshops. She was a participant in the new member mentor program, helping first time attendees get their footing at International Summits. She views the formal collaborative experiences at CMG Summits as critical and energizing while the unforeseen encounters, the exciting diversions, are what lead you to places unexplored.


Lora Di Fabio

My passion for color has been the driving force since the beginning of my career. Upon completing my Fine Arts degree, I joined an Industrial Design consultancy where I specialized in color & graphics applied to consumer products: From telephones to laptops and packaging in between.  This experience brought me to my next job and where I tackled much bigger products like snowmobiles, motorcycles, boats, and even helicopters!  Moving on to even bigger things, today my focus is developing an array of flooring products for commercial applications such as hospitals and schools.  Through the years, CMG has had my back. With the support of the color design community, I always feel I could count on their knowledge and guidance no matter what the size of the challenge!  I look forward to sharing my passion and experiences with other color & design enthusiasts on their journey through our wonderful profession!


Thoma Doehring

Thoma has been an entrepreneur all of her life, finding creative ways to sell or market something. When she discovered her love of colour and design her world changed forever. 

Thoma has owned a Benjamin Moore retail store for 30 years where she was responsible for marketing herself and her business, along with HR, tinting and colour matching paint as well as customer service. Essentially everything that was involved in running a business she did at some point in her career.  During the transformation of the paint industry and various economic challenges, her retail business evolved into more of a one stop shop for any in home decorating project. Her passion for sewing and working with textiles made selling window coverings a natural fit.  She also branched out and created Thoma & Co Designs offering in-home consulting on colours, interior design, window coverings and Kitchen and Bath renovations. Working with customers is her ultimate passion, pushing the limits of their imagination and building trust to use colour in a new way, while helping them create a feeling of home, is her greatest reward.  Thoma became a member of CMG in 2016, and after attending her first summit she was so excited to have found her colour tribe, meeting like minded people from all over the world. As she enters into a new season of her life she would love to pass on some of this knowledge to anyone interested in pursuing a career in colour, customer service or design.


Stephanie Dycha

Stephanie Dycha has devoted herself to the world of color over the past 20 years. Specializing in working with brand managers, utilizing innovative technology, and applying extensive trend knowledge, she strives to apply a circular design approach to a new level in the field of plastic products. Stephanie now heads up both the Avient ColorWorks US & Canada team in West Chicago, IL and the West coast Design team located in Phoenix, AZ. These teams work with a diverse client base that spans numerous fields including packaging, consumer goods, automotive, and much more.  The Avient ColorWorks network is made up of global centers specially designed to foster imagination and support creative exploration of new plastic product ideas while providing the technical resources needed to test the feasibility of original and unique product designs.  Stephanie is on the Executive Committee of the Color Marketing group as the Vice President of Marketing. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently an MBA Candidate in a joint program with Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business and Loyola University School of Environmental Sustainability where she focuses on Sustainability Assessment and Planning. 


Leatrice Eiseman

As I was in the process of writing my first book about color, I was looking for reliable professional resources and found the Color Marketing Group. I attended my first meeting in 1982 and have been a member ever since. The value of belonging to this group has been incredibly meaningful. Not only is it an opportunity to learn and to contribute and share, but it is also a place to network with other like-minded people and to build strong friendships. It is always such a pleasure to see former attendees of my color/design classes become members of the group as I feel CMG is such a valuable resource and provides a place to come together in the pursuit of more information about our favorite subject—COLOR!


Cindy Green

Throughout my career, my love of color has been a constant source of inspiration. I have worked in the home furnishings industry for thirty years as a textile designer creating printed and knitted fabrics, rugs, and color and trend research. In this next phase of my life, I have returned to school to study Interior Design. My expertise in product development and color and trend research has helped me succeed in my studies.  After joining CMG, I immediately began volunteering in various committees and co-facilitating and facilitating workshops. I have served as a member of the North American Steering Committee, Summit Planning, the Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee. Color Marketing Group has been vital to my professional growth and development. CMG is the only organization where members actively participate in the forecasting process. We live it, see it, and breathe it every day – we are the experts in our field. I enjoy sharing my love of CMG, meeting new members, hearing their stories, learning about new industries, and helping others in our colorful journeys.


Montaha Hidefi

Montaha is a Color Archaeologist™ with an international record in the coatings industry, global marketing, trend research, color forecasting, writing and public speaking. Montaha's experience in the coatings industry extended across many geographical areas, including North America, the Middle East, South East Asia and Europe.  Fouder of Color Landing Studio, Montaha works with clients on color portfolio, color trends and color forecasting based on concentrated research related to their market segments and geographical areas. Montaha remained a permanent color forecasting panelist for five consecutive years with The Mix Magazine and contributed to color trend panels and color trend books around the world, including Dutch Design Week trend book, MoOD Inspirations in Belgium, and NCS Color Trends, just to name a few. As a writer, Montaha authored three memoirs; Giving Voice to My Silent (2022)Dando voz a mi silencio (2021), and Groping for Truth (2018). She co-authored Colour Design: Theories and Applications (2012 & 2017)edited by Janet Best. She also authored The Role of Color in Design, an educational chapter for Shop! MaRC Program'sMontaha's articles and interviews on color forecasting have appeared in various publications including Powder CoatingProduct FinishingRetail EnvironmentPCI, PPCJ, APCJ, Rugs News and Designs, The Vancouver Sun and The Wall Street Journal. As a public speakerMontaha made virtual and in-person appearances on many international stages, including 100% Design, ChinaCoat, CoaTech, Color Marketing Group, The European Coatings ShowNeoconThe Powder Coatings SummitWarsaw Culture CenterTaiwan Design Center, and many others. She has also been a guest lecturer in multiple universities including Ryerson Univeristy, George Brown College Casa Loma Campus, and Heriot Watt University Dubai Campus. Montaha joined Color Marketing Group in 2007 and facilitated and co-facilitated various workshops. After many consecutive hits and misses in the elections for the Board of Directors, she didn't give up until she got elected in 2018. In collaboration with Kiki Redhead, she contributed to setting up and rolling out a virtual training module on facilitating. She also got involved in other projects and chaired the Color Apps Committee. Staring January 2020, Montaha has been serving on CMG's Executive Committe. In her tenure as VP Color Forecasting she contributed to the rollout of virtual color forecasting and participated in other improvements to worksheets, written reports and color forecast analysis. In addition to Color Marketing Group, Montaha serves on the Executive Committee of the Colour Research Society of Canada (CRSC) and the Canadian Freelance Guild (CFG).  Montaha is based in Guelph, Ontario in Canada, and speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian and Arabic.


Alicia Keshishian

CMG is my drug of choice. CMG has offered me access to a vibrant community of experienced, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable people ~ broadening my life, personally and professionally. By being in the company of mutually-color-obsessive-people my life has been greatly enhanced > filling my brain with the sights and sounds of color in ways I didn't know was possible! So, after years and years of experience as an art director, illustrator, graphic designer, textile artist, and surface designer I'm excited to be part of ColorBRIDGE. Having worked in corporate jobs and steering my own business I delight in meeting other curious minds and sharing my experience as we all strive for growth.


Christa Lynam

I went to school for textile design. Then, I started my career designing woven fabrics and print designs, creating beautiful fabric collections. When my heart led me to Colorado, I transitioned to developing and sourcing textiles and incorporating other materials, surfaces and touch points for products. Research, trend and color have always been a large part of my design process. I like to tell a story about what I have created. It may be inspired by nature, my travels, history or a culture I admire. I love collaborating with other designers in addition to cross functional-teams, outside creatives and innovative consultants to achieve the best end result. CMG is a wonderful way to meet other creatives and be inspired! Being part of ColorBRIDGE will allow me to share my knowledge and learn more about  about all of you! 


Sandy Sampson

I am an independent color, material, and finish professional, graphic designer, and founder of Simple Modern Style, a multi-disciplinary design studio. I have an insatiable thirst for creative exploration, new creative challenges, and constant learning. My specialty lies in the ability to transform color, trend, consumer preferences, and market research into a color design that successfully engages your target audience, sets your brand apart, or defines your desired space.  In 2005, I joined CMG and started volunteering on numerous committees, facilitating color forecasting workshops, and have served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. As a mentor in CMG's ColorBridge™, I am excited to share my color knowledge, journey, and enthusiasm with other color design professionals and listen and learn from their color journey while guiding them to achieve their goals. 


Judith van Vliet

Judith van Vliet is the founder of The Color Authority™ and helps people unleash color in their lives and businesses. TCA develops color trends for different markets through storytelling and palette development and offers various color consulting services. Judith collaborates with a global network of like-minded color experts who understand the power of color. She is a fervent speaker and is the host of the podcast of the same name that features fascinating conversations with some of the most inspiring people in the world of color. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Color Marketing Group as Immediate Past President, where her deep knowledge of color helps keep CMG at the forefront of global color forecasting. Judith currently works in Milan, Italy.  My journey in color started with my first meeting in Berlin in 2007 where I met those who spoke my language. Ever since I have been curious about all that is color in many different fields, specialising in color trends, color and identity and education. What fascinates me about color is that we can never stop learning about it and how it keeps evolving. CMG has been key in my career path and in making so many like-minded color friends. 



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Visiting Tucson

“Tucson is the weird capital of the world”…

Courtesy of CMG Member, Leatrice Eiseman


… that's what Jodie Foster said in the 70's film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'. Tucson's visitors' bureau posted that quote on its Facebook page—taking it as a compliment and point of pride. It might seem a bit odd to frequent a bar that was a former mortuary, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant attached to an aviary or visit a mirror lab used for outer space exploration that is built under the University of Arizona's football stadium*, however, following are a few of the places that lend some uniqueness and history to this multi-faceted city. (*Source: Secret Tucson, A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure, by Clark Norton)

 

The Turquoise Trail

The turquoise had faded somewhat, but following the turquoise striping in downtown sidewalks will take you on a two-and-a-half mile loop that encompasses nearly two dozen of Tucson's most historic spots, including the Hotel Congress, the Fox Theatre, Old Town Artisans, the Tucson Museum of Art, the old Pima County Courthouse that now houses the U of A Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum (a must-see for color-lovers!)

 

Tucson Botanical Gardens

If you are a plant lover, The Tucson Botanical Gardens has been named "one of the top North American Gardens worth traveling for". Tropical butterflies are housed in the pavilions and there are year-round art exhibits.

 

Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens

The Tohono Chul is another great botanical garden that has won national recognition. It is located in the Casa Adobes area of the northern part of the city and very close to my home. There is a gift shop with some very colorful art and artisan work. We are very fortunate to have gotten a great classroom there (inside and out) for teaching my color/design four-day design program immediately following the CMG Summit.


Museums

Tucson has some fine museums. There is something to fit many taste levels, from contemporary art to sign art. The following link will give you a good overview of what is available, where they are located and the hours.


The Desert Museum

Because of its proximity to the Starr resort, it is well worth a trip to the Desert Museum. It has been called a "fusion experience," including a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, art gallery, and natural history collections. The location and scenery adds greatly to the experience.


Tucson's Murals Project

An ongoing art scene in Tucson is mural art. If this of is of particular interest, the following link will take you to a blog that contains photos of more than 100 murals. It also contains images of many of the mosaic works and other public art displayed around Tucson as well as some images of private murals.


Mount Lemmon Sky Valley

Believe it or not, there is a mountain range with snow at the top. It's the highest peak in the Santa Catalinas range just north of Tucson. Mt.Lemmon Sky Valley is open for skiing from December to March and in warmer months the lift offers a scenic view of the summit, a 30 minute ride that offers panoramic views.


Bicycling

Tucson has been called the cycling capital of the world. If you are into that sort of sport, you will appreciate the number of bike loops that exist in and around the city. Rentals are easy and accessible in many locations.


Hiking

There are many hiking trails throughout the area. One of particular interest is called Sabino Canyon and the link will explain the highlights


For the Foodies

Frankly, when I moved to Tucson, I did not have high expectations about the variety of foods and restaurants available here, but I have been very impressed. Getting back to the quirkiness factor, one of the best and most interesting menus is available in a restaurant that originated in

Scottsdale called Culinary Dropout. How can you resist a name like that?

What I discovered was that Tucson has been named a Unesco City of Gastronomy as the variety of foods here "tells a story that dates back 4,000 years". That's impressive. There is quite an eclectic array of differing menus. Here are just a few of the top recommendations as well as a link for the restaurant reviewer and photographer, Jackie Chan


https://www.incasperuviancuisine.com

https://www.batatucson.com/food

https://www.opentable.com/r/bata-tucson

https://www.lovinspoonfuls.com

https://www.wildflowertucson.com/locations/tucson-az/


Of course, there many excellent Mexican Restaurants, each with their own specialties. The first one, the El Charro Café, was established in 1922.It is the nation's oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. There are now several locations in Tucson.

As it is largely plant based, my favorite, Charro Vida, is very near my home. Please forgive my proselytizing, but I simply had to include some of the background for the creation of this wonderful eatery: "Charro Vida's thoughtful menu is a modern-day prelude to a love story. Its Food Por Vida (Food for Life) promise allows us the opportunity to love on ourselves, and our families and friends, just a little bit more. The chapters of this story highlight the benefits of plant-based eating, the ideal and sustainable proteins and their intentional preparations, the natural fats that our hearts crave, the most suitable of sweeteners, and other examples of foods that maximize the body's inherent potential for self-healing".

Another option for Mexican food with a more seafood slant is Ajuua:


Food reviewer

https://tucsonfoodie.com/

http://www.jackietranphotography.com/about-ba 


Best Kept Secret


There is much more to learn about Tucson, however, I will finish with another place of interest that does not take visitors as it is privately owned and can be viewed only from a distance. If you are a Beatles fan, you might remember the lyrics:

JoJo left his home in Tucson, Arizona for some California grass

Get back, get back, get back to where you once belonged

Get back JoJo, go home………..



It seems the home could be the Tucson spread that is still owned by Paul McCartney