A Bad Day in the Life of a Colour Designer

I was in the best group today at the CMG Conference (here in Portland) talking about which colours will be NEXT. I’ll post more later but I had dinner tonight with Stephanie Fehrle who is the creative director in charge of a team of 9 for a company that designs gift bags for all the big box stores, Walmart, Target, etc.

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The gift bag was invented in the 1970’s. We were joking about how they should leave the little tags off them because when you re-gift a gift bag sometimes you can forget and leave them on it with someone else’s name. She told us they actually designed a bag once that said ‘re-gift’ on it. The best part was when she said “Do you wanna know what a bad day in my job is? A bad day is, ‘What do you mean we can’t put glitter on both sides of the bag?’
Truly, there are so many creative jobs that exist in the world you just need to do some research to figure out what you could do. Coming to these conferences you never know who you’ll find yourself having dinner with, it’s great!

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  1. Maria, so excited to hear more!!

    Come lisren to a great interview ans thene enter my new giveaway!!
    xoxo

    Karena
    Art by Karena

  2. Your so right Maria, there are so many jobs that we may never even think of that would be amazing! Can't wait to hear what colours will be next!! Happy Monday to you 🙂
    Nancy

  3. Hi Maria: I agree. I love everything about what we do. Pick what you would do for free, then go after it! We can't wait to hear the next big thing. I still predict bright 60's colors. We shall see….
    Best,
    Liz

  4. Whew! I was worried you were going to write that you DID have a very bad day – thanks for sharing your fun! I can't wait to hear what color ribbon I will be buying next year!

  5. Can't wait to hear the predicted "new" color trends. I'm always happy when they blend with the colors I have in mind for my next redo.

  6. I imagine you run into this as a color designer enough as it is. When I was recruited for my job, I had to ask myself if it was a good risk to take. Years down the road, will I be marketable to another employer having had the title, "color specialist"? That title doesn't do our jobs justice. I opted to join this world because I felt that the personal rewards were worth the risk. I would venture to say that many of the people in this field entered it for the same reason. Kudos to those who pursued a profession that supports their passion. It's not for the faint of heart! Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us! It's always great to know you aren't alone!

  7. Maria: I had to giggle at what a designer (in this case a packaging designer) didn't even consider. I am afraid as a design for over 20 years I have a few stories as well. Thank goodness I am not able to share many!!!! I wouldn't be writing a blog.

    Just went to a color forecasting event for 2012…….I wouldn't miss one of those for anythng

  8. Hi Maria, love your blog.

    Inspiring quote from Peter Lawrence of the Corporate Design Foundation in Boston, MASS:

    "[Looking at] process and final product – design doesn't just contribute to our quality of life – it IS the quality of life.

    If you look at the personal possessions of corporate folks, when you cross the threshold of business, somehow design is LOST! However, design and business, as shown by SCAD and other academic institutions – gets everybody together to understand each other, how to work together…Putting design in the DNA of a company … design connects people. Design makes a real contribution to people's lives."

  9. Maria, I'm so glad you didn't have a bad day. :O) But it IS a funny thought…what does constitute a 'bad day' for a designer? For me, as a seamstress and fabric artist..a bad day is when I have a new idea or project all planned out and I just can't find the fabric I've pictured in my mind. I'm all excited and begin pulling fabrics out of my stash..only to discover that the color of fabric, thread, or ribbon I need..or the embellishment or button just isn't there. That's when I have to start shopping…It's not the worst day. The worst day would be cutting a huge piece of expensive fabric..the wrong way! I often spend a whole day just measuring and re-measuring before cutting out anything. Our motto is "think twice–cut once!" I'm looking forward to hearing what your 'bad day' would be…and what new things you've come across to share with us.

    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home

  10. Even on a bad day Ladies, "WE DO HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD" spending other peoples money and making them love their home again!