Stephanie Picht has Measured the Color of Everything from Hair to Cookies

Stephanie Picht, DatacolorCurrent Location: Mönchengladbach, Germany


Datacolor Tenure: 18 years, 3 months


Favorite Non-Work Activities: Spending time at home in my garden, or riding my bicycle


Favorite Color and Why: Green! I like all different types of greens. I like garden work, and flowers have a lot of different green variations. Also my eyes are green, so that may be part of the reason.


Trickiest Color Challenge: One of the most recent challenges was at a seminar where acustomer wanted us to measure the color of a cookie


Oddest Material You’ve Worked With: Hair is one that was unexpected!


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The World Cup of Color Management


When you meet Stephanie Picht, it becomes immediately clear that she loves her job.


As Datacolor’s Sales Manager for European Specifier Accounts, Stephanie has built an impressive career. But what does she do exactly? When we spoke with her, the 2018 FIFA World Cup was just beginning, and Stephanie used the event to explain what she does at Datacolor.


“My job is to help our clients find color solutions, so I come up with recommendations to improve and optimize their work flow,” Stephanie said. “If you saw the jersey for the German keeper, Manuel Neuer, it was from Adidas—one of our customers. The shirt is made up of different components. You have the jersey, the color, the print of the number, and all of these things have to meet the corporate design for the team. If Adidas needs to bring all of these things together in the final product, all of the colors must be communicated, as well as visually or digitally assessed. I help to provide the technology for them to do that successfully.”


Around the World with Datacolor


We asked Stephanie what led her to Datacolor 18 years ago.


“When I accepted this job eighteen years ago, Datacolor was already an industry leader,” she said. “I had previously spent two years in a dye house, and everything I did was associated with color. Even back then, spectrophotometerswere being used in that industry. And at the university level, we spent at least half a year on color metrics—so the color industry, and Datacolor, was around me from the start.”


“I knew Datacolor was a good company from my interactions with them during these early experiences,” she said. “We’re always improving, and the worldwide team camaraderie is unique. The products we are offering meet the challenges that arise no matter which part of the globe you are working in.”


One of the perks of working on a worldwide team? Lots of travel. Over the years, Stephanie’s job has taken her to India, South Korea, Hong Kong, Shanghai, South Africa, Mexico, the United States and all over Europe—and that’s just the beginning.


And since there’s nothing like travel to give you a unique perspective on industry trends around the world, we asked Stephanie how she views the future of the color management space. She said:


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“I think the future will see more customers advancing into working digitally. I see them realizing that the digital workflow is much less time-consuming, appreciating the excellent accuracy of digital methods, and acknowledging the results are more often on-par with how they should be.”


“In addition to a move toward more digital processes, in the world of design, virtual designs will be used more frequently,” she continued. “Companies will lean away from working with models, and move to working within the virtual realm. Models won’t be fully replaced within haute couture, but for prototype design, I do see an evolution that’s more computerized.”


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