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Beyond the colour wheel talk – Minotti London – 2nd May 2019

This image shows headshots of Daniel Hopwood, Jane Monnington Boddy, Kassia St Clair and Karen Haller

One of the things I love about colour is the way we relate, experience and use it, is continually evolving. 

I’ve noticed in particular over the past year or so a huge increase in the  conversations, discussions and debates at design shows, exhibitions and in the media on colour. And if  you’ve been following my blogs, articles and attended any of my talks over the years, you’ll know that I’ve been advocating how colour has a life way beyond the colour wheel.

So when Minotti London (luxury Italian lifestyle brand) asked me if I would be one of their guest speakers for their Beyond the Colour Wheel panel, it was like colourful music to my ears.

For this colour discussion, they have gathered some really fantastic speakers, one I’ve met and the other two I’m really excited to meet in person and hear what they have to say on their specialty area of colour. And I’ll be sharing my views on applied colour psychology and how we are ready to embrace and use colour beyond solely colour wheel application.

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London Transport Museum – Love Your Line – Colouring in the Lines talk

This is an image of the London Transport Museum Love Your Line event

I’ve always been someone who loves travelling. As an Australian coming to London, my first experiences of the tube I remember well. I was in awe of how millions of people on a daily basis manage to navigate their way around this seemingly complex underground system. And I remember thinking how do they do this? When I spotted the huge colour coded tube map up on the station wall, I knew – find the line I needed to go on and just follow the colour.

Little did I know 15 years later I would be asked by London Transport Museum to give a talk on colour for their Friday Late Colour event ‘How we relate to colour in branding’.

I’m delighted they have asked me again for this month’s Love Your Line weekend.

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My first book – The Little Book of Colour available to preorder!

You know when you need to keep something a secret yet bursting to let everyone know? This is what I’ve had to do for just over a year, but I can now finally share with you that I’ve busy writing my first book!

I’m really excited to announce that after a decade of working in the business of colour and finding anyway I could share the power of colour psychology to transform lives, it’s my absolute delight to be working with Penguin Life to be able to bring this message in the form of this book out into the world.

My book, The Little Book of Colour – How to Use the Psychology of Colour to Transform your life which will be published in August, distills so much of what I have learnt, consulted in and taught.

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Banish that ‘Winter Blues’ feeling through colour and light

 

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Are you someone who suffers from the ‘Winter blues’? You know, that post-Christmas, back to work, missing the sunshine, and feeling generally flat kind of blues. Well, it seems you’re not alone.

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Colour, design and creating positive mental health

A few months ago, I received a newsletter from 100% Design which is one of the biggest interior trade shows in the UK, where they released their forecast of the upcoming trends in design, and right up the top at number 2 was mental health. And as today, 10th October, is World Mental Health day, it’s the perfect day to look at where we are heading with mental health and design.

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colour talk – colour in branding & advertising

I’m delighted to be asked to speak at the Colour Collective UK’s October event Colour in Branding & Advertising – Palette to poster.

The Colour Collective UK is made up of a fabulous group of colour lovers and devotees based in the north of England. They are great at seeking out and bringing together an eclectic mix of design and industry people from different backgrounds that always makes for a really interesting series of thought provoking talks.

They have invited three speakers for their October event. They are local fashion icons Michael Owen who will be talking about how he harnessed the power of a single colour to tell his brand story and Mandy Barker discussing why she had to navigate the political aspects of pink for a recent client project. I’m really looking forward to hearing their experiences. And I’ll be sharing how my clients use colour to influence consumer decisions, and why.

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Why colour has the power to bring us joy

Have you ever associated colour with joy? Have you ever noticed that certain shapes, patterns, design styles make you feel happier than others?

This is the subject of a really fantastic Ted2018 talk by a woman named Ingrid Fetell Lee’s Where joy hides and how to find it (if you haven’t seen the video you’ll be able to view it at the end of this article).

Ingrid shares her journey of discovery into what joy is and where it lives – “How do things make us feel joy? How do tangible things make us feel intangible joy?”

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Why Wimbledon Wears White

It’s a wrap on another exciting Wimbledon Championships. Every summer the best players from around the world descend on SW19 for two thrilling, nail biting weeks of tennis.

I definitely had lady luck on my side this year. On three separate days I just chanced it and managed to get not only into the grounds but into the coveted Court no. 1 and Centre Court. Yes, I was beyond excited to watch some amazing matches.

Walking around the grounds, I couldn’t help notice just how well the All England Lawn Tennis Club use colour. Their iconic purple and green combination are everywhere and on everything. That’s just good business.

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Introducing… the Wellbeing Colour Wheel Tool and Framework

Last week I spent three days at Clerkenwell Design Week. Now into its 9th year, it’s definitely one of the highlights on the global design calendar.

It’s also one of my favourites as it has a real festival feel to it and for me this year was even more exciting because I officially launched my new Wellbeing Colour Wheel in collaboration with the prestigious 100-year-old flooring brand, Altro, where I selected colours from their current product range based around the concept of Creating mindful interiors for wellbeing spaces – going beyond the grey.

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how colourful plants can help reduce workplace stress

Growing up our house was full of plants which is no surprise given my mother is Dutch… Boy, do they love their indoor plants. I definitely picked up my mother’s love of plants as every house I’ve lived in, no matter where in the world I was based one of the first things I did was go down to the local markets and buy as many plants as I could carry to bring life and bursts of colour into my home.

And back when I worked in an office (in my corporate days) I would often find myself bringing in a colourful pot plant or two to lift my spirits and bring in some joy.

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explore colour at clerkenwell design week 2018

Tucked away in a little corner of east London is an area called Clerkenwell which is famous for its abundance of design showrooms, studios and architectural practices. And for three days every May, this design quarter truly comes alive for what is regarded as one of the UK’s leading independent design festivals.

I’m thrilled to be once again part of this exciting festival collaborating with this time with 100-year-old flooring brand, Altro where we’ll be launching the Wellbeing Colour Wheel.

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Meet Ella London, the yellow lady

Meet Ella London, the Yellow Lady or as she is happy to be known as Miss Sunshine. Yep, she’s a woman who wears yellow from head to toe. I first came across Ella when I saw her New York Post video which has been viewed over half a million times since it came out on March 14th 2018. I was so fascinated about why somebody would wear just one colour and I also felt really drawn to her (which is a trait of the colour yellow) so I contacted her to find out more.

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