Color & Materials Design


Sally Erickson Wilson

Chair of MFA Color & Materials Design

MA, Royal College of Art
BA[ HONS] Manchester Metropolitan University
Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing

Research Interests:

Color Meaning, Color Behavior, Color Relationships, Materials Innovation, Natural Textile Processes, Sustainability, Textile Design and Techniques, City of Detroit, Collaborative Design Practice, Design History, Applied Color, Material & Finish Design [ CMF] , Trend Research, Consumer Insight. 

Professional Experience:

After receiving her master's degree in Textile Design from the Royal College of Art Sally began an extensive career in Color, materials and finish [CMF] design at Peugeot S.A. in Paris, working for the Peugeot and Citroën brands. This was followed by a seven-year stint in Italy working Ford's Ghia studio and Fiat as a CMF Designer. At Ghia the work focused on advanced concepts including the Ford Focus. At Fiat Erickson she led a team of designers developing creative CMF strategies.

Sally returned to Ford in the late 1990's working in Michigan, the UK and Germany, as Chief Designer where she was able to develop her skills at a time when the CMF studio practice was gaining ground as its own recognized discipline. When CCS launched the MFA Program in Color and Materials Design in 2014 Sally returned to the College full time as Department Chair.