See how some of AIC member countries celebrated ICD.

Dear Colleagues!

On the 21st March, the International Colour Association members in general, postponed their celebrations that required physical presence.
The exceptional case came from Croatia, where CROCOS celebrated for the 2nd time the 21st March jointly with The International Exhibition of Digital Imprints.  Works by 67 artists from 15 countries were set up on the fences of 'Nikola Tesla Technical Museum i Zagreb' to become visible to passing vehicles!

Switzerland and Russia celebrated the 21 March with the announcement of the publication of Color Culture and Science Journal, Vol. 12, no. 1, (2020). This CCSJ special issue gathers together a selection of extended papers presented at the First Russian Congress on Color (FRCC2019) in Smolensk.

In July, President Vien Cheung sent out the following announcement:
'No doubt it has been a challenging year and a number of ICD events understandably had to be postponed. We do also note, for example, the Colour Group (Great Britain) has posted a collage of rainbow drawings on their website to echo the spread hope message across the country. Colour is always with us. If you had (or will have) an opportunity to host any ICD events or you come across any colour stories like CG(GB)'s please share with us (email to internationalcolourday@gmail.com). We will keep our ICD 2020 webpage space open for your news.'

Unfortunately, social distancing is still a measure adopted to minimize spreading the pandemic, and for that reason meetings have taken place online, such as in the case of AIC 2020 organized by 'Centre Français de la Couleur'. 

If you are planning an online event before the end of this year, do send photos and a description for the ICD webpage.

Either way, and due to general instability, it is worth planning ahead ICD 2021 celebrations as non-presential, which might include a seminar, a book launch, or a simple gathering of colleagues that share the same interest : COLOUR!


Celebrating Colour during the Pandemic Lockdown: Britain 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the Colour Group (GB) could not celebrate International Colour Day 2020. Nevertheless paradoxically, the lockdown period became a time of celebrating colour across in the land of Newton. The ‘Chase the Rainbow’ campaign was instigated on Facebook. The entire nation, from children to local and national artists, engaged in the creation of millions of rainbows. The campaign encouraged people to display pictures of rainbows in their windows. Children were to go rainbow spotting whilst out for walks. For everybody these pictures became beacons of hope for better, brighter times ahead, a token of kindness and solidarity and a way of charitable giving.

Here are some of those rainbows from across the country that appeared in the public domain and lifted up the spirit of the nation:

From left to right:
Top row: Worthington, West Sussex; City of Nottingham; Minehead, Somerset; City of Bristol;
Bottom row: Bath, East Somerset; Gloucestershire; Damian Hirst, Butterfly Rainbow; Damian Nicolson (local artist), Burnham-on-sea, Somerset; Quentin Blake.



The Croatian Color Society, CroCoS, in co-organization with the University of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Graphic Arts and the Academy of Fine Artshas prepared a rich program to mark International Colour day 2020, which is traditionally celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21

The eventful all-day program, entitled "SPECTRUM", was supposed to be held at the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum. We have prepared for you a scientific and professional symposium, an exhibition thematically dedicated to color, workshops for children and adults, and International Exhibition of Digital Prints.

In the shadow of the current high-risk situation and circumstances caused by the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we had to give up organized activities, but International Exhibition of Digital Prints ZAGREB FULL COLOR 20 can be viewed on the wire fence of the Technical Museum Nikola Tesla in Zagreb from 21st of March at 12:00 till 26th of April 2020.

The virtual space is as infinite as the color space contained in the circle, therefore, with the poem N. Kalyani, chanted on the occasion of International Color Day 2019, showing the part of the exhibition that was to be held this year, an invitation to see the Zagreb Full Color 20 exhibition on the fence of the Nikola Tesla Technical Museum and a song bursting with the joy of colours De Colores, through our web site we send you joy of colors and wish you all a HAPPY INTERNATIONAL COLOUR DAY.


The colours of the spectrum vibrant,
A harmony splendid and brilliant,

Blending and merging in White,
Or in colours of dispersing light.

Colours reflected in relief and landscape,

And in rainbows and vistas of the skyscape.

Colours of flowers in springtime blooming,

Sharing their perfumes with the breeze wafting.

Nature's life forms in shades and hues varied,

As life's expression of Divinity carried,
Of colours a celebration,
Of life a grand integration.
Colours of love, joy and peace in unity,
Of the Heart's feelings in real purity.

N. Kalyani, March 2019.


Colours of My Home

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we were forced to spend most of the year 2020 (including the spring) in isolation in a safe shelter of our homes. Nevertheless, the colours are always present around us. The Slovenian Society for Colours (Slovensko združenje za barve) and the students of Graphic and Interactive Communications at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, celebrated the International Colour Day 2020 by preparing a series of photos under the title “Colours of My Home”.  Visit our website for more details


FRCC2019 Special Issue of Color Culture and Science Journal, Vol. 12, no. 1, (2020)


AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD)   

In times of social distancing policies, lockdown, self-isolation, and quarantine to fight the Covid-19 pandemic we celebrate 21 March International Colour Day with the announcement of the publication of Color Culture and Science Journal, Vol. 12, no. 1, (2020). This CCSJ special issue gathers together a selection of extended papers presented at the First Russian Congress on Color (FRCC2019) in Smolensk. We warmly thank Editor-in-Chief Prof. Maurizio Rossi and his editorial staff for giving us the opportunity to publish this special issue. We also express our gratitude to the authors and reviewers for their contributions.

Verena M. Schindler, Yulia A. Griber, pp. 01-08.


    • Three colour design proposals for the Market Square in Warsaw – Karolina Białobłocka, pp. 9-17; 
    • Color as a sign of urban transition in the city of Bordeaux – Aline Barlet, Audrey Bousigues, Alice Herbert, pp. 18-24; 
    • Colour design of textile architectural envelopes: an initial study – Alessandro Premier, pp. 25-31;
    • Emerging colours: new trends, demands and challenges in contemporary urban environments – Beichen Yu, Simon Bell, pp. 32-39;
    • Color analysis of birth space ambiances – Ichraf Aroua, Faten Hussein, pp. 40-47;
    • An educational experience about color emotion and its design implications – Cristina Boeri, pp. 48-56;
    • Color Lab IFRJ: practical color exercises for fashion courses – Milena Quattrer, Welton Fernando Zonatti, Anna Paula Silva Gouveia, pp. 57-62;
    • Does chromatic lightness have an impact on the perceived odor of Brazilian perfumes? – Camila Assis Peres Silva, Clice de Toledo Sanjar Mazzilli, pp. 63-74;
    • Ceramic products and their chromatic ‘DNA’ markers – Carla Lobo, pp. 75-81; 
    • Approaching ecological ambiguity through a non-divisionary understanding of colour in art – Yulia Kovanova, pp. 82-88.



Verena M. Schindler, pp. 89-92.

The column includes reviews of three books addressing colour in urban and architectural design: 

    1. Jean-Philippe Lenclos: Painter & Designer (2017);
    2. Colour Strategies in Architecture (2015); and,
    3. Farbraum Stadt: Farbkultur in Winterthur (2019).

Verena M. Schindler, Art and Architectural Historian, Zollikon, Switzerland
Yulia A. Griber, Smolensk State University, Smolensk, Russia
Co-Chairs of the Study Group on Environmental Colour Design

Karolina Białobłocka, pp. 9-17