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Aug. 30, 2011

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Have you ever wanted to sit around and “illuminate and elevate the discussion of color; its usefulness and impact on society, its importance as a communication tool; and its impact on the worlds of art, design, politics, branding, and everyday lives?” Now you can, thanks to Print magazine’s first annual Color Conference, Oct. 4-6, 2011, at the Art Directors Club in New York.

The event is co-sponsored by Pantone, a color-matching company that also researches color trends in fashion, art and design. Pantone promotes the “color of the year” award, which in 2010 went to honeysuckle, which was said to “elevate our psyche beyond escape, instilling confidence, courage and spirit.” The year before that, turquoise took home the honor.

Conference highlights include interactive workshops on color theory, color dyes, and the neuroscience of color; lectures on “color and controversy” and the effects of light on color, plus a cocktail party (no doubt a colorful one). Speakers at the conference include Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum director Bill Moggridge, lighting artist Leni Schwendinger, Pantone executive director Leatrice Eiseman and WORKSHOP co-founder and creative director Jessi Arrington, among others.

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