Color Challenge Judges

Jackie Nash

JACQUELINE NASH

 

Managing Director and founder of the color and trend forecasting company Global Color Research Limited - publishers of The Mix. Jackie is a specialist in color production. She has been involved in publishing and design for nearly 30 years. Jackie has artfully managed editorial, advertising and promotional projects in New York, Amsterdam, Milan and Beijing, in addition to the production of numerous color prediction services. In 1998, Jackie was integral in the launch of Global Color Research Limited; a company that provides intelligent color solutions. The Mix was designed specifically to meet the changing information needs of decision makers in today's complex global markets. In addition to producing color and trend forecasts and magazines for the interior and fashion industries, Jackie also undertakes consultancy projects and produces color forecasts for various industry sectors such as plastics, paints, automotive and laminates.

Excerpts from Jackie's Response:

What can the winning designers take away from this process? Is there any advice you would give to those designers' whose work is being featured publically for the first time?

Always research you market sector. Only when you understand who, what and why you are creating or designing for will you understand their need and aspirations. A good designer does not design for themselves but gets inside the clients head and heart and designs for them.  Any project however small is your creation and it deserves 100% of your attention to make the best effort you can achieve.

What comments would you like to share regarding the overall concept of the Color Challenge and / or the designers that participated?

We feel that this was a enormous undertaking from the California Paints' team. It was completely new thinking and was a exceptional idea that deserved total 110% credit. As to the participants, brilliant effort! I feel that this should be an annual challenge. Not only does it engage young designers but gives the profile of a forward thinking and expansive color challenge.

 

PAT VERLODT

PATRICIA VERLODT

 

Founder and president of Color Services and Associates, Inc. and recipient of Lifetime Membership Award from the Color Marketing Group (CMG). Pat has been involved in the world of color for 40 years beginning her career in the paint industry. She founded her color consulting business, Color Services & Assoc., Inc. in 1985 and has been responsible for coloring products for many Fortune 500 companies. She is past president and senior chair holder of the Color Marketing Group, an association of hundreds of color professionals. She also received the Color Marketing Group's Lifetime Membership award for her contributions to the organization. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune as well as many magazines such as Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens and Forbes. Pat is also featured in Harold Linton's Color Forecasting book about designers like herself who identify and forecast color trends.

Excerpts from Pat's Response:

What can the winning designers take away from this process? Is there any advice you would give to those designers' whose work is being featured publically for the first time?

Think about the color schemes as real life projects. Since it is a paint company you can think of them as three colors of paint, that is more challenging than thinking of them as three colors within a color scheme, like paint, carpet and fabric.

What comments would you like to share regarding the overall concept of the Color Challenge and / or the designers that participated?

Any excitement you can put into a color project or color card is much ?needed and appreciated by consumers.

 

 RON TRUDEAURON TRUDEAU

 

Certified interior designer and published paint expert. Ron is an expert in paint and color. In addition to being a certified interior designer, Ron's experience includes color design and full scale consulting on construction and remodeling projects. His talents reach beyond the use of color to the consideration of color as it specifically relates to paint application and use. Ron has 30 years experience in interior design and consulting. His tenure at Nashua Wallpaper Company and Universal D├ęcor as senior designer and sales manager gives him unique perspective on balancing the desire for high design with the real world usability of paint colors. His work has been featured in several newspapers and magazines such as New Hampshire Builder, New Hampshire Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. Ron's past projects include the design of his own color palette and several faux finish designs.

Excerpts from Ron's Response:

What can the winning designers take away from this process? Is there any advice you would give to those designers' whose work is being featured publically for the first time?

Great job and congratulations! Use this wonderful opportunity and exposure to further market yourselves. Digest and absorb the comments of the judges. Step back and realize that being featured on a paint manufacturer's color cards is the ultimate compliment! Previous names featured on such color cards are Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren! Take the time to really understand your accomplishment. Take advantage of any opportunity you can to showcase your work like you did with the Color Challenge. You can only become a better designer through exercises like this.

What comments would you like to share regarding the overall concept of the Color Challenge and / or the designers that participated?

I enjoyed the Color Challenge very much. It was great to see so many designers' work. I loved working with the other judges and seeing their comments and reactions to the color schemes. The participating designers should realize the Color Challenge was a unique opportunity to bring their work to life. Keep looking for similar opportunities or create your own. When you have the chance to showcase yourself and your creativity in conjunction with color, make the most of it.

 

MARRK WOODMAN

MARK WOODMAN

 

North America's voice for Global Color Research, Owner of Mark Woodman Design & Color and the incoming President, Color Marketing Group (CMG). Mark's design work ranges from private residences and office interiors to hand selecting the color palettes for entire communities. Mark perfected his aesthetic understanding of "real-life" color and design during the 20 years he worked in the architectural coatings industry. Coordinating color collections, creating palettes and working in marketing, Mark filled the important role of creating excitement about color and paint. During that time, he was privileged to work with historical and city foundations to create color palettes for many prestigious venues including George Washington's Mount Vernon. A spirited and accomplished international speaker, Mark frequently lectures on color and design for prominent organizations such as ASID, IFDA, IDC, CMG, NKBA, Surfaces, and more.

Excerpts from Mark's Response:

What can the winning designers take away from this process? Is there any advice you would give to those designers' whose work is being featured publically for the first time?

Follow your instincts. It may not suit everyone, but only the ones from whom you're creating matter.

What comments would you like to share regarding the overall concept of the Color Challenge and / or the designers that participated?

It was fun and a wonderful departure from the day to day world of color. I liked experiencing it through other people's eyes. Even if I didn't particularly love it, I still appreciated the effort that went into creating it.
 

 

SHELBY HICKS

SHELBY S. HICKS

 

Professional interior designer NCIDQ cert # 016830 and instructor of Interior Design as adjunct faculty member, at Manchester Community College. Known for her intelligent design sense, Shelby has won numerous design awards for her residential and commercial work. Shelby's commercial work includes libraries, educational facilities and corporate offices where her design sense features an exceptional balance of form and function. Her commercial work has been featured in both local and global publications. For over 20 years, Shelby has grown her client list and professional reputation in the New England area. In an effort to build upon her already successful career, Shelby has recently finished her Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies and continues her Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

 

Excerpts from Shelby's Response:

What can the winning designers take away from this process? Is there any advice you would give to those designers' whose work is being featured publically for the first time?

First and foremost they should all feel proud they participated and made the effort to bring forward their ideas. To have such great recognition and mass publication is certainly something that does not happen often in the design field, better yet with no financial cost. My advice to those who this is their first time, use it, ad nausium, bring it with you to clients, leave it in their homes, doctor/dentist office, rotary and business meetings work it!

What comments would you like to share regarding the overall concept of the Color Challenge and / or the designers that participated?

I think most of it I have said above. I think the Color Challenge is an excellent concept, unlike the color marketing group which deals with a broad industry uses, this deals strictly with the build environment. An idea maybe would be commercial design applications should be added. I hope the designers that participated get work and recognition that they deserve, hopefully California Paints will do this again and you will have even more designers participate.