May 15th to 17th, 2019


CMG 2019 European Conference, Catania, Italy

Country: Italy
Dates: Wednesday, May 15th – Friday May 17th, 2019
Location: Plaza Hotel Catania, Viale Ruggero Di Lauria No. 43, 95127, Catania, Italy

Registration Fees:  Registration is now closed for this Conference.  Check back soon for details of the 2020 European Conference.

2021+ European Forecast

We recently revealed the 2020+ European Forecast during our 2018 International Summit – now we begin to forecast color directions for 2021 and beyond and YOU can be part of that conversation. Our Conference Workshops offer a chance to explore and recognize subtle nuances in color, to envision which palettes and color combinations will best attract, inspire, and inform, and to explore the global influences and drivers that affect color directions.

At the very heart of all CMG Conferences is the Color Forecasting process where the world’s leading color and design influencers share, discuss and explore color directions. You will be on the cutting edge of color forecasting, and you’ll bring these insights back with you to shape and validate discussions and decisions on color directions for your industry, product, or service.  CMG’s Color Forecasting process is a collaboration of minds; a joint effort to understand and interpret what is happening in the world around us and how this will influence color.  The final result?  A 16-color Directional Forecast that is distributed electronically with a report identifying the trends and influences affecting color directions.  The Color Forecast shows notations in all the major color systems including Pantone, NCS, RAL, RGB and LAB.

Who Should Attend?

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 specialist, color specifier, and anyone who works with color for products you won’t want to miss the important color discussions.

You do NOT need to be a member of CMG to participate in this Conference. If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of Color Marketing Group please visit our Membership page to learn more or contact the office.

The Benefits of Attending

At this Conference, you’ll have access to amazing events and fascinating speakers, along with plenty of opportunities to share and collaborate with other professionals across all industries—people who, like you, are constantly searching for inspiration, for what’s next in color.

• Join the latest color conversations helping you to succeed in your field and helping your company to achieve continued growth.

• You’ll network with individuals outside your specific industry, expanding your horizons and opening new areas for exploration.

• We provide an open-discussion atmosphere that will allow you to mix, mingle, 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 leave with newfound color revelations that will keep you, your company, and your clients well-versed in all things color.


Plaza Hotel Catania, Viale Ruggero Di Lauria No. 43, 95127, Catania, Italy

There may be some changes to the timing of this Schedule

Wednesday, May 15th

18:30 –20:00:  Registration & Welcome Cocktail

European Planning Committee Welcome

20:30 Optional Networking Dinner  at Tre Bocche Via Ingegnere 11, Catania (NOT included in registration fee)

Thursday, May 16th

08:30 Arrival & Registration including President’s Opening Remarks – Judith van Vliet, Designer, Clariant ColorWorks

Guest Speaker Presentations

09:00:   Guest Speaker – David Carlson

10:00:  Guest Speaker – Geraldine Wharry

11:00:  Guest Speaker – Laura Perryman

12:00:  Begin Color Forecasting Workshops

13:00: Lunch

14:00 – 17:00:  Color Forecasting Workshops

(Tea & Coffee will be served)

20:30:  Dinner at Canni & Pisci via Museo Biscari n° 8, Catania.

(Included in Meeting Registration) – Details to follow

Friday, May 17th

09:30:  Color Forecasting Workshops

12:00:  Lunch

13:00:  Color Workshops

Finalize 2021+ Color Forecasts

17:00:  Wrap up and Farewell

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    Geraldine Wharry

Geraldine Wharry’s global experience as a fashion designer and trend forecaster has led her to collaborate across the style industry in fashion, beauty, innovation, technology, marketing and retail for leading brands, agencies and institutions.

She is a unique futurist, a polymath, equipped with the vision of a forecaster, the craft of a designer and the relentless curiosity of a scientist.

Her reputation for accurately predicting trends and designing successful fashion collections has equipped her collaborators with successful product launches, trend foresight and best-selling designs in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Passionate about knowledge and from a family of educators, artists and scientists, Geraldine has also dedicated herself to public speaking, mentoring, lecturing and writing. She has been featured in the press with international outlets such as the BBC, Dazed Beauty, Vogue, and Grazia UK.  Read more.

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    Laura Perryman

Laura Perryman has 12 years experience as a colour and materials designer and a trend forecaster. Her ethos is that colour and aesthetics should be innovative, well considered, but above all purposeful.

A subtle difference in surface texture or a shift in colour has huge impact on the senses. The ability to identify and harness colour, material and finish is imperative to experience.”

Gathering inspiration from emerging design, new materials, consumer insights, Laura is a creative thinker, in the field of colour, materials and design innovation.  Working with companies she consults and helps navigate future opportunities as well as creating tangible and on trend design solutions. She has brought this specialist knowledge and approach into play for brands as diverse and forward thinking as Habitat, Nokia, 3M, DuPont, Sainsbury’s, Speedo, Antron Carpets, Panasonic Europe, Haier, Homebase, Comex, Post-It, HP, Arrival and trend forecasting agencies including WGSN, Stylus and Beautystreams.

She set up Colour of Saying in 2016 to create forward thinking colour and material design insights and experiences for brands connecting her expertise in trend forecasting, materials, product design and art direction.



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    David Carlson

David Carlson is Strategic Creative Director with 30 years experience of business and brand development, design thinking, futurescaping, holistic sustainability, and creative ideation and conceptualization processes. He is, among other things, the founder of David Design, David Report, and Cities of Love Scandinavia. David Carlson is the author of Make Design Matter, a pocket size guide to meaningful design and a board member of Svensk Form, the design association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design. David Carlson has a great passion for photography and his landscape and rose pictures are widely appreciated. His social life reflects his cross-pollinating mindcast: president of a nature conservation organization; guitar player in bands since the early 80s; and last but not least, a deeply dedicated gardener – more specifically, of old roses with unmatched aromas.

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Registration is now closed for this Conference.  Check back soon for details of the 2020 European Conference.