See how some of AIC member countries celebrated ICD.


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.


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


AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD)   

The link to the journal is: http://jcolore.gruppodelcolore.it/ojs/index.php/CCSJ/index 

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. 18-25; 
    • 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