- Summit Overview
- 2023+ World Color Forecast™
- Guest Speakers
- World Color Forecast Presenters
- ColorChat™ Presenters and topics
- Summit Sponsors
- Partnership Opportunities
As designers, artists, marketers, and innovators working across the world in a spectrum of industries, we are united by our desire to create. Creativity solves problems, stimulates our senses, and brings forth boundless new ideas. As creators we open ourselves to new and different ways of thinking, pushing the boundaries of possibility and reaching beyond our horizons. We are inspired by knowledge, insight, and information.
Expand your horizons and get creative with us this November 3-4.
Join us to experiment, explore, question, and imagine!
If you shared in our experience last year you’ll know it’s so much more than a live stream. Share in the future of color by participating in this collaborative and interactive experience during which we’ll reveal the latest color trends for 2023 and beyond gathered during our global virtual color forecasting events. This year our Summit will welcome even more of our members from far and wide to enter the conversation for a truly global experience. We’ll offer topic-focused virtual networking events with luminaries in the color design field. We’ll share insights, exchange ideas, and, above all, chat about color!
A Virtual Summit Experience
The Summit is a two-day virtual experience offering a mix of interactive networking sessions with the global color design community; multi-media presentations, and panel discussions on all things COLOR!
DAY ONE features the revelation of our 2023+ World Color Forecast™, comprising the results of our global color forecasting in-person and virtual events held in 2021. The World Color Forecast reveals the top 64 color directions that CMG’s global color design community believes will be trending in 2023 and beyond. The Summit will showcase presentations from our four Forecast regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America, each of whom will present the top 3 Color Trend Stories with supporting color directions. Guest Speakers include Alicia Keshishian, an award-winning design professional with more than 40 years of experience, and Rana Kadra, the Regional Colour Marketing & Creative Manager – Jotun Paints (Middle East, India & Africa).
DAY TWO highlights CMG’s President, Peggy Van Allen, presenting the overview of our Color Forecast, combining the results from all four Regional Forecasts and analyzing the hue families and their evolution from 2022 to 2023. Guest Speakers include Doty Horn, Founding Director of ColorVoyant, a visionary color marketing consulting firm formed in early 2011, and Kole Montross a professional post-production specialist, Photoshop expert, and master printer with over 15 years of experience in the studio, lab, and agency settings. Our Panel discussion will feature a global line-up of color design experts exploring how they CREATE!
Each day will be “topped and tailed” with our CMG ColorChat™ Committee, offering you the chance to join the conversation and network with our color tribe across a multitude of topics including CMF trends, region-specific color trend information, and more!
Our ChromaZone Workshops take place in advance of the annual Summit. ChromaZone attendees, who are color experts in their field, present their color trend stories as they relate to their industry/product. During the process, we analyze thousands of colors and identify big picture trends that will influence color directions in the coming years. The final outcome from each event is 16 color directions that participants believe will be trending two years out. At the end of our forecasting season, our Regional Steering Committees curate all the workshop results, distilling them to a global selection of 64 color directions comprising 16 from each of our regions of North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. The combined outcome – our World Color Forecast – is revealed annually at the International Summit.
Who Should Attend our Virtual Summit experience?
Global manufacturers, brands, and marketers understand the importance of color marketing to their bottom line. Your company will benefit from creating research-fueled and validated products in colors that sell. As a project manager, product developer, designer, manufacturer, CMF designer, color specifier, or anyone who works with color for products or services, you won’t want to miss our Summit experience.
You do NOT need to be a member of CMG to register for the Summit.
The Benefits of Attending
At our Virtual 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, North America, and Latin America, and give you the first look at the 2023+ World Color Forecast™.
- Join the latest color design conversations, helping you to succeed in your field, and helping your company to achieve continued growth.
- Use our ColorChat™ sessions each day to 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 “tribe” 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.
Introducing our Keynote Speakers
Karl Johan Bertilsson originally studied Applied Linguistics and ran his own language school in Mexico for 11 years. In 1997 he returned to his native country, Sweden, and switched to the color language of NCS, becoming responsible for establishing NCS worldwide. Since 1997, his full focus has been to support different Industries with color solutions including the Architect and Design communities, and universities and colleges.
His first Color Trend workshop was with Color Marketing Group in 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and since then he has worked continuously with color trends globally, with full responsibility for NCS colour trends.
In 2016 he established his own design company MRKRL AB, offering design solutions of interiors, products, and branding where the aesthetics, the function, and meaning of color always have a central function. His clients are mainly based in China, Europe, and Russia. All of this while still consulting for NCS Colour AB as a Creative Director.
Doty Horn is the Founding Director of ColorVoyant, a visionary color marketing consulting firm formed in early 2011. She has an expansive cross-current background in the Commercial & Residential interior products and fashion industries and has worked in trend forecasting/product development for companies such as Armstrong, Formica, Benjamin Moore, Cole of California, and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising).
Doty brings a unique “Big Picture” perspective to the color and design across all markets.
Alicia D. Keshishian is an award-winning design professional with more than 40 years of experience. She’s been an art director, graphic designer, surface designer, textile designer, illustrator, as well as a color consultant. Coming from a long line of accomplished artists Alicia continues to examine a myriad of mediums in her California studio and ponders the question: Is she an artist or designer? Alicia has owned and operated her own textile business, producing a line of custom, handmade-to-order carpets, as well as designed for various industries and corporations (Clients have included: Papyrus, Bloomingdale’s, CBS Publications, New York Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Health/Hippocrates Magazine, Working Woman Magazine, Premiere Magazine, Image Magazine, RCA Records, American Craft Council). Color and texture have captivated Alicia’s imagination for as long as she can remember and she continues to explore “creativity” in her California studio. Teaching color workshops is one of her happy places. Alicia is in her second term as a board member of the Color Marketing Group, heading the education team. She has studied with Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, attended two intensive Color Science courses at RIT, as well as a color course with NCS in Sweden. She is also a member of ISCC while she continues to increase her knowledge of color through various educational resources. (www.adkcarpets.com)
Rana Khadra is the Regional Colour Marketing & Creative Manager – Jotun Paints (Middle East, India & Africa). As head of the creative department, Rana is the brain behind creating enchanting colours and the discerning eye when it comes to forecasting and spotting trends for Jotun. With her eclectic experience in advertising, marketing and product management, she has spearheaded product innovations while successfully launching new products and colour collections across the Middle East, Africa, and India.
A certified Colour Trainer by NCS, Sweden and a member of the Colour Marketing Group, Rana has conducted many a masterclass in colour for interior designers and architects across the region.
Her infectious passion for colour is reflected in the hues of her vibrant personality too. She has a thing for beautiful doors and walls and a longing for longitudes as she often travels the world to fill her shelves with hidden curios and stories.
Kole Montross is a professional post-production specialist, Photoshop expert, and master printer with over 15 years of experience in studio, lab, and agency settings. She is an occasional filmmaker and photographer and specializes in project and team management.
Her specialties include digital photo illustration, compositing, matte painting, beauty retouching, render retouching, complex product retouching, color design, color grading color management, RGB & CMYK, packaging, printing, fine art and archival printing, photography and studio processes, lighting in real-world and digital environments, reading client’s minds, doing the impossible. Additionally, she has extensive experience with digital painting, CMYK conversions, pathing, masking, alpha channels, color changes, color grading, shadow work, cloning, non-destructive editing (i.e. dodge and burn), color matching to product, color matching to callouts, mastering files for print, file enlargements.
Introducing our Presenters
Judith Briggs is passionate about banishing bland and boring spaces. She believes there has never been a better time for people to use color to create inspiring environments, either in their homes or workspaces. She is the author of Bye Bye Bland – How To Create Sensational Spaces Using Colour, which has won several international awards.
Judith is the principal color designer of Colour Consultants Australia Pty Ltd, an architectural color consultancy and design practice, established in Sydney Australia in 2001. Whilst Judith now resides in Penang, Malaysia, she continues to consult with Australian clients both in the residential and commercial markets, along with new clients in Malaysia.
As a true color specialist in both online and offline applications, Judith also works with a number of specialist clients on branding and product palette development for the building industry.
As Past National President of The Colour Society of Australia and Australian Representative of the International Colour Association (AIC), Judith continues to be actively involved in the design industry and loves anything color-related. She has been a guest speaker on color at a number of design industry events and enjoys researching color trends and the forecasting process.
Montaha Hidefi is a world-renowned Color Archeologist that provides color consultancy to develop color trends and forecasting insights, portfolio ideation and other color related matters to small, medium, and large organizations on a global basis. She currently serves on CMG’s Executive Committee as VP Color Forecasting. She is a founding member and National Vice President of the Canadian Freelance Guild. With a wide background in international marketing and the coatings industry, Montaha has lived and worked in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. As a public and keynote speaker, she lectures about color and trends virtually and in-person in countless trade shows, conferences, and seminars. She had made appearances in 100% Design London, ChinaCoat, European Coatings Show, Neocon, Powder Coatings Summit, Warsaw Culture Center, and Taiwan Design Center, among others. She participated as color forecasting panelist on various venues for Al-Jazeera Paints, NCS Color Trends, The Mix Magazine, and other global organizations. Her articles on color and trends are published in countless trade publications including Door Security + Safety, PCI Magazine, Powder Coating, Powder Coated Tough, PPCJ, Product Finishing, and Rug News and Design.
Montaha is the author of Groping for Truth (2018), The Role of Color in Design (2019), and co-author of Colour Design: Theories and Applications (2012, 2017).
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.
Introducing our Panelists
Laura Adams is a Textile and Surface Pattern Design Consultant for the Contract and Residential markets. She is currently serving as an outside design consultant for Milliken Specialty Interiors and is responsible for developing new fabric collections and customer products for the Contract, Hospitality, Office, and Healthcare markets. With nearly three decades in textiles, Laura has worked with a variety of clients and has a broad outlook on the design process, collection creation, and color development. Throughout her career, she has helped lead direction through color consulting, yarn development, trend forecasting, creative direction, art development, and teaching on complex woven design. She finds color inspiration through nature, travel, and art but is mostly inspired by fellow creators.
Daniel Beauchemin is described as a lover of life and all things beautiful – and he sees beauty in all things. The eternal optimist – the fighter for all that is good and right. Two things matter to him in life. His home and those in it and helping those around him through philanthropy.
“Growing up in a home where design and comforts of living as well as philanthropy were a central and daily part of life – it was easy for me to understand where my future lay – somewhere in the design world and being able to give back. I was graced with a multicultural environment from day one and was exposed to not only Canadian, American, and European culture at home – but my parent’s circle of friends spanned the globe. From an early age, my taste for all that is beautifully designed flourished.
My studies included architecture with a focus on furniture design and art history. My education expanded to art history and interiors graduating with a degree at the prestigious Academie Julien in Paris. With 10 years of experience under my belt, I was offered design positions in NYC in 1993 and eventually made the move. Strangely enough, I was introduced to the framing industry in NYC in 1993 through a friend and eventually purchased Chelsea Frames in 1995. It was to become the focus of my work and my life. By 2009 Chelsea Frames had become one of the most renowned framing studios in the USA with customers that spanned the globe. At that point in my career, an opportunity in design for the framing industry was offered to me in Europe by Larson Juhl, a Berkshire Hathaway Holding. In September 2009, my Senior Manager became my business partner, which allowed my husband and me to make the move to the Netherlands. While In Europe I became involved with CMG and it was an instant fit. After 6 ½ years in the corporate world and by 2016 the decision was made I would return to our framing studio where I can again work daily with clients, collectors, and designers. It is the focus of our life for now. Art and color surround me.”
Susan Britton is president and chief creative officer of Britton Marketing & Design Group. After many years as creative director at Vera Bradley, she has spent the past 15 years developing color-driven brands—including Vera Bradley, Peter Millar, Spoonflower, and many prominent national paint brands—through thoughtful strategy and captivating imagery. Originally a writer and fine artist, Sue turned her attention to commercial marketing as a way to communicate corporate stories and to express the nuances of brands that want to connect with consumers at a deeper emotional level. The team she has assembled at BMDG sets a high standard for creative problem-solving, layered upon strong, research-backed strategies, to help their clients achieve ongoing success. She is dedicated to building and mentoring creative teams that not only have passion but are also committed to treating each other with trust and respect, which she believes to be an integral element to healthy and high-level creative work environments.
Gerri Chmiel is the Senior Design Manager, North America for Formica Corporation. Gerri joined Formica Corporation in 2001 and is responsible for creating and managing the trend and design portfolio of surfacing materials for the North American residential market. She leads the effort in design research and residentially focused design development and acts as Formica Corporation’s voice of design through targeted customer presentations and speaking engagements.
Chmiel tracks international and domestic design/color trends to aid in the development of innovative design and to educate customers and Formica Corporation team members about the latest influential trends affecting their markets. Once a design specifier of Formica® Brand, Chmiel now works with the Formica Corporation team to deliver a great brand experience to customers through diversified products and outstanding design.
Oxana Dallas was born and raised in Moscow, Russia, where she earned a bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and interior design. She operated a successful textile design studio in Moscow for 15 years and in 2013 she immigrated to the United States and earned a Master of Arts in Textile t Kent State University in 2018. She became a US citizen that same year. For the past two years Oxana has worked as a Product Designer for Armstrong Flooring in Lancaster PA and is a member of Surface Design Association, IIDA, and Color Marketing Group.
Dominik Eisend is the Senior Design Manager, Surface Solutions/Automotive Coatings with MeRck KGaA in Frankfurt. He steers & drives Merck’s global Pull Marketing activities within surface solutions, always focusing on design & technology at automotive OEMs. He introduces new trends and stylings and listens closely to what is needed in the market.
Dominik has a background in transportation interior design and is a CMF expert. Prior to his role at Merck he has worked for several OEMs such as Mercedes-Benz, AMG, and FORD as well as for a German-Chinese automotive start-up called BORGWARD where he was leading the Color&Trim design team.
He loves to work with materials or to experiment with new technology to generate material-driven design experiences. He looks at color and surfaces to play an incremental role in good product design. In his eyes, material design will play the most influential role in the future of mobility.
Samantha MacLean is the Colour Marketing & Design Manager for Lorama Group Inc. Samantha has been an illustrator, graphic designer, marketing associate, educator, and even YouTuber. Samantha’s educational background has always been creative and art-focused, which culminated with receiving a BA in Illustration at Sheridan College. Using the same principles of Colour Theory and Design learned during her years at Sheridan, Samantha created “Colour Insights.” A service formed out of a niche need for clients in the coatings industry. This service focuses on further training and education about colour with an emphasis on trends. Colour Insights provides design support and training for several international brands based in Asia and Latin America. Since becoming a CMG member, Samantha has participated in several ChromaZones and thoroughly enjoys the evolution and transformation she has witnessed in them over the years. She attended and volunteered as a Facilitator at her first summit in Philadelphia. Eager to be more involved in the process, she signed up to be a Champion for the following year in Arizona. Presenting the forecast for Durable Goods with the other Champions that year. Following this event, Samantha volunteered for the Color Alert program as the Graphic Designer. Stitching all the contributions for each monthly alert into various designs and styles with the rest of the team.
Erika Woelfel is the VP, Color & Creative Services for the Behr Paint Company. With over two decades in the paint industry, Erika Woelfel has always had a passion for color and design. Her background includes a mix of color consulting, trend forecasting, visual merchandising, graphic design, photography, PR planning, and content strategy and development. She and the team are dedicated to helping people find the perfect paint color. In the past year, color inspiration has come from newfound hobbies, local travel, virtual art tours and, nature escapes. She is a 25+ year member of Color Marketing Group.
What better way to start and end each day of our Virtual Summit than connecting with people, like you, whose passion is color! Our ColorChat™ events during the International Summit are interactive, question-led events. They are fun, casual, and wildly inspiring. Come armed with your coffee or a cocktail AND your creativity!
DAY ONE: NOVEMBER 3
10:05 am – CMG’s Immediate Past President, Judith van Vliet of The Color Authority will interview Karl Johan Bertilsson, Creative Director with NCS Colour. Karl originally studied Applied Linguistics and ran his own language school in Mexico for 11 years. In 1997 he returned to his native country, Sweden, and switched to the color language of NCS, becoming responsible for establishing NCS worldwide. Since 1997, his full focus has been to support different Industries with color solutions including the Architect and Design communities, and universities and colleges.
DAY TWO – NOVEMBER 4
Time: ColorChat™ events will be held at the start and end of each day of the Virtual Summit
How to Join the Chat: Zoom details will be emailed to you upon registration
Registration Fees: Included in the Summit Registration Fee
Meet our ColorChat™ Moderators!
Bridget Frizzie comes to the table with over 20 years of experience as a provocative lifestyle designer, handling everything from event ideation, interior styling, color customization, hospitality design, and visual merchandising, as well as an accomplished floral designer. Chief Creative Officer and senior strategist of Kehoe Designs, a full-service event decor, and production company. She is a board member of the international association for Color Marketing Group. Her skill set includes blending a multicultural background, a passion for travel, and a relentless pursuit of trend spotting, which is now leading her to a new career as a futurist. Her default is a nearly obsessive curiosity on strategic futurism, color forecasting, and scenario planning. She’s a patient hunter with a meticulous eye for finding the subtle nuances in design and innovation and envisioning how they’re indicators of what’s next. Bridget’s style of thinking melds together seemingly unrelated facts, ideas, and nuggets of information; the result is trend spotting that is both inspiring and relatable. Her audiences are given the vital indicators of what will help determine success in the future, for the individual as well as for companies.
Kiki Redhead leads all CMF & Trend initiatives for Sherwin-Williams Design Segments in Industrial & Performance Coatings, including spearheading a new DesignHouse in Minneapolis, MN. She collaborates with Industrial Design customers in appliance, office, and outdoor furniture, as well as electronics, medical devices, packaging, transportation, and heavy equipment. She also works with designers for architectural and building products on coatings development and trends, including ideation of aesthetics, performance, and sustainable solutions. She proudly touts her previous experiences working for Sherwin-Williams Consumer Group, as Interior Design Manager & Color Stylist for Dutch Boy Paint, as Trend Editor for Time Inc. shelter publications, and as CMF Leader for Polaris Industries. From 2008 to 2018, Kiki owned Colour Couture: a consultancy that coached 35 cross-industry clients from over 12 countries on CMF evolution in innovation, development, design, and marketing. A longtime member of the Color Marketing Group, Kiki sits on the Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the Future Thinking Committee.
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 the 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.
Our Virtual Summit pricing structure includes the costs of delivering an information-packed, value-added, multi-media experience including an inspiring Keynote Speaker and Directional Color Forecast presentations.
EARLY REGISTRATION RATES END OCTOBER 1, 2021:
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Non Members (*) – $175
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DAY ONE: NOVEMBER 3 – 10 am – 2 pm Eastern time
10.00 am: President’s Welcome – Peggy Van Allen, Color Anthropologist, Founder of Colorfuel, and President of Color Marketing Group
10:05 am: ColorChat™ – CMG’s Immediate Past President, Judith van Vliet of The Color Authority will interview Karl Johan Bertilsson, Creative Director with NCS Colour. Karl originally studied Applied Linguistics and ran his own language school in Mexico for 11 years. In 1997 he returned to his native country, Sweden, and switched to the color language of NCS, becoming responsible for establishing NCS worldwide. Since 1997, his full focus has been to support different Industries with color solutions including the Architect and Design communities, and universities and colleges.
10.50 am 2023+ Latin American Forecast delivered by Antonella Ruiz, The Sherwin-Williams Company of Central America
11.04 am: 2023+ Asia Pacific Forecast delivered by Judith Briggs, Colour Consultants Australia Pty Ltd.
11.23 am: 2023+ European Forecast delivered by Judith van Vliet, Founder, The Color Authority.
11.39 am: 2023+ North American Forecast delivered by Montaha Hidefi, Color Archeologist, Author, Writer, and CMG’s VP Color Forecasting.
11.56 am: Q&A for all Regional Forecasts
12.16 pm: Keynote Speakers – Alicia Keshishian
12:46 pm: Keynote Speaker – Rana Khadra
13.14 pm: ColorChat™ – Future Thinking! What will be the big ideas driving our design decisions in 2030? This session will inspire you to think well beyond this decade. You’ll choose one topic that sparks your interest and join other forward thinkers for a casual Zoom-based chat of inspired learning, deep conversations, critical thinking and you’ll emerge with a better understanding of where the world is headed.
14:00 pm: Wrap-up
DAY TWO – NOVEMBER 4 – 10 am – 2 pm Eastern time
10 am: ColorChat™ – Network with your Color Family for another Zoom-based chat with experts from around the globe.
10.50 am: CMG’s 2023+ World Color Forecast™ – CMG’s President, Peggy Van Allen, will present the overview of our Color Forecast, combining the results from all four Regional Forecasts.
11 am: Guest Speaker – Doty Horn
11:30 am: Guest Speaker – Kole Montross
12:00 am Comfort Break
12.15 pm: Panel Discussion – Join our global line-up of color design experts for a lively and inspiring Panel Discussion as we explore how they CREATE within their industry
1.15 pm: ColorChat™ – Join us for an interactive and informative experience as we continue the discussion with our global line-up of color design experts exploring how they AND YOU CREATE!
2.00 pm: Wrap-up
NOTE: There may be some changes to this schedule.
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