Meet the Presenters of CMG’s 2025+ World Color Forecast to be revealed this August 25 to 28 at the CMG virtual Summit Reveal.
Lora Di Fabio is the 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 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 where she facilitates a yearly colour trend workshop. 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. Lora is also a board member of the Colour Research Society of Canada.
Judith van Vliet was born in the countryside of The Netherlands. She moved to the urban environment of The Hague for her studies at the age of 17. At 28, when she moved to Milan, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of living in Italy. She still lives there, a participant in the vibrant unfolding of color and design-thinking in one of the world’s creativity capitols. Her initial dive into color came in her first job as Product Planning Specialist at Kawasaki Motors, where she was the only European and the only woman on Kawasaki’s Japan-based design team. Later, she served as Senior Color Designer at Avient ColorWorks, which designs innovative and increasingly sustainable polymer-based colorants to the manufacturing sector and was Creative Director of ColorForward, a global color forecasting guide. These positions allowed her to travel the world to present social and consumer color intelligence to cross-industry professionals, designers and marketers. Today she is captain of her own ship as founder and color intelligence provider at The Color Authority. She’s also vice president of membership of the Color Marketing Group, where she’s been very active for over fifteen years in positions including president and member of the executive committee.
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), andPeggy 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. Groping for Truth (2018).
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.