Clariant presents ColourForward Automotive

Clariant presents ColourForward Automotive

Second edition of colour guide customized for car designers, including trend analysis and colour-design tool offers creative inspiration. It examines trends that will influence consumers in 2017

Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has released the Automotive Edition of ColorForward® 2017. This is the second year Clariant has formatted its colour/trend analysis tool to meet the needs and interests of automotive designers and marketers.

Clariant’s groundbreaking ColourForward trend-analysis and colour-design tool has been released every year since 2006 to help plastic product designers and marketing professionals make more informed color choices. It presents four global societal trends that can be expected to influence consumers and then links them to colours that evoke an emotional response related to each trend.

The Automotive Edition is the work of the Clariant Masterbatches European Automotive Team in collaboration with the color specialists at the Clariant ColorWorks® design and technology centers. It presents 20 colors, linked to the four trends, in several different forms:

Large, textured plastic plaques: Fibre pompons and yarn wrap cards (to illustrate carpet and textile options)CLAPR1061a

Small “concept” cars moulded in plastic Leather swatches (new in the 2017 edition)

These samples are packaged in a presentation box and are meant to be handled, rearranged and studied as part of a creative exercise. “We are not trying to teach our automotive customers about colour,” explains Laura Carrillo, Head of Market Segment Automotive, Clariant Masterbatches Europe. “They are already experts. We want to start a dialogue with them about global societal trends and, at the same time show them these different materials so they become more aware of possible colour harmony issues. In any case it should be fun and inspirational.”

The colours for 2017 are more muted than in years past. People are a bit more fearful, more introspective and reflecting the disconnectedness that many seem to be feeling today. In general the colors are softer, darker and even ambiguous. The trend themes for 2017 are as follows:

Annoy firm Omit: An anagram of the phrase “my information” is intended to capture the ambiguous, yin/yang nature of the information universe. Data mining, or the systematic sifting of digital information to achieve a specific purpose, is central to this trend theme. The duality of the web-world is captured in the annoy firm omit trend colours. Two of the five are dark and sinister.

Delonelination: In a connected world, the last taboo is being lonely. “Delonelination is a wake-up call,” says Judith van Vliet. “It is a warning that loneliness is on the rise, particularly among young people. The five colours representing this trend are generally pale and muted, ranging from a beige to suggest the human need to be handled with care, to a plain brown.

Nebulove: This theme can almost be seen as the antithesis of loneliness because it recognizes a trend toward complex connected relationships between multiple people who may be married or not depending on what gives them fulfilment. Colours representing this theme include a light green/yellow like the inside of a cucumber, and a diffuse red. There is a lilac purple and a brownish orange, almost cognac-coloured shade.

It’s a trap!: “Life can be a trap,” says van Vliet. “It can be hard and stressful – or just plain dull – if you allow it to become that way, and so people are beginning to seek new ways to break out, to be curious and explore the limits of the human mind. This trend is about escapism and finding new modes of perception.” Not surprisingly, the colours of this trend theme tend toward a funky new aesthetic.

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