Students in the Color Specialist Certificate Program rigorously analyze industry trends to develop a forecast for each season’s colors, which are selected for the Hot Topics brochures.
Spring Wonder, a romantic violet hue, stirs up nostalgic feelings of the perfect bedroom color accented by white eyelet curtains that
flutter in the breeze of the open windows, imbuing scents of wisteria.
Bathing in Spring Wonder, a violet pink hue, stimulating our senses…what awaits our next move, a glance, a breath? Ah, Spring Wonder, enchanted by your beauty, desiring to know what lies ahead. The purity of this enchanting color concurs up nostalgic feelings, the perfect pink bedroom, ballet slippers and freshly prepared pink lavender macaroons. The pastel violet shade suggests something unique and mysterious, and composes itself with just a hint of romantic pink blush.
The sense of nurture, security and buoyancy this color provokes gives us optimism for the future. Spring Wonder invokes confidence in us and invigorates our senses for innocence and new love in all of its provocative imaginings.
The subject of green is all around us and summers overgrown foliage is a reminder. I think the news should offer a daily update on green each day. A bit of verbiage on how green evolves beautifully and lovingly along with our weather, coast to coast, sea to shining sea would evoke a smile from me every morning. I would surely turn the news on anxious for the update.
As summer days wind down and I get a bit melancholy I close my eyes and take in the smell of the hue known as green. The lush fresh smell of plant life fills my senses on the days where humidity is dominant just after a cooling rain. Oh the smell of lawn just cut, that to me is summer and in my mind’s eye its green. I find this so comforting in a time of uncertainty. This familiar color with all its attributes truly grounds me. I stop to wonder why a bit more deeply as August roots itself and September whispers “I’m coming”.
With a focus on Pantone’s Greenery to start conversation I invite you to think of all the good things that exist and revive us year after year no matter what the headlines say. I remind you look around, open your eyes to the diversity of green and it’s acceptance in our urban environment, rural landscapes and beach style land fronts. Revel in the open-mindedness of where it lands in our deep forest floors glowing and bright or our hot roof top garden planters puffed up in bluer shades of succulents laced with traces of red and orange and reflect on its resilience. It always comes back, its brave and its timeless. It keeps showing up, even though like Kermit the Frog would say, “it’s not easy being green”. I admire green. Fact is that this color represents hope and change.
When the weather is magnificent with roaring skies and bursts of lighting and wicked winds blow our precious gardens and fences all around accompanied by bashing high tides…..just a bit of time and the green glows again. Spring sings it open with the first buds of future leaves on trees and new grasses peaking through the lawns dull landscape. Summer embraces it and it thrives in a steroid infused like fashion simply because of moisture and heat. I invite you to gaze over the green apples at your market with a new perspective, stare deeply into the shapes and colors of squashes and brush your hand upon the herbs in your garden noticing all the amazing shades this wondrous hue holds. Remember green is morphing as time rolls to survive. It keeps its promises and reminds us that a new season is upon us and it will emerge again and again.
The color Greenery by Pantone is a cheery one though considering green’s vast possibilities. This happy and cheerful color is sure to lighten your mood and so I think everyone should own something in this hue or one of the varieties taking it into winter, spring to follow and pairing once again into summer too. Green teaches us about perseverance and working things out. Just look how it works with all the colors on your farmers market stand. It glows proudly with the purples of radishes and beets, it stands sportively with the yellow hues and it freely waves its leafy hands on all our delicious root veggies. Don’t hide from it, let it shine and keep believing in its power to come back each year a little tweaked perhaps but always strong and grounded. Green is honest. Green is good. Green is loyal.
I’ve always been very creative and have been able to put things together in an unexpected way to create some kind of excitement and interest. I began doing this as a young boy growing up in the San Francisco Peninsula by constantly moving around the furniture in my room.
I continued moving things around to create an impact, by creating parties and events in high school and then college. After studying design, advertising, packaging and exhibit design at Carnegie Mellon University and The Arts Center College of Design in Los Angeles, I moved to New York City.
There, I was first hired by advertising agencies such as Young and Rubicam, N.W. Ayer and Chiat/Day to create packaging solutions for leading brands. I decided to go out on my own doing the same and created David Lees Design. I was then given an offer I could not refuse and became in-house designer for “Studio 54,” the legendary night club, where I created the look of the club and its special events for three years. After that, I established my own event production company, David Lees Productions – to help companies better market their products and services through product launches, press announcements, and over the top events.
Why did you decide to become a career coach?
After 30 years of running around the country, Europe, and the Pacific Rim – quite frankly, I was burned out and thought it was time to start something new. I went to see a career coach to help me. I was so impressed by the process she took me through to create a new understanding of myself and what I could do with the next step of my life. We came to the conclusion that the missing piece was the opportunity to closely work with “people” to help them better position, package and market their talents! That’s why I’m a career coach today. I get to do what I’ve always loved which is moving things around – now, to help my clients get attention and succeed. I do this by helping them see new career possibilities by better connecting them to who they are at their core.
What’s the most common thing people need to work on?
Recognizing their intrinsic strengths and capitalizing on them.
Can you give our students a quick tip about networking?
Be authentic, have a strong and unique value proposition, and realize that your efforts must be about helping others succeed with your guidance and not all about you and your amazing talent.