Exactly a week since the culmination of the 2013 Design Bloggers Conference and I am still walking on sunshine. I gained so much from the speakers that its difficult to sum it all up. I'll do my best.
ContentThe stage was set and out of the gate, it was one impactful soundbite after another, as evident by the continuous scrolling #dbc2013 Twitter feed on the conference screen that was front and center. Conference organizer Adam Japko, President of Digital Sherpa kicked things off and made the statement that "It's ok to have a smaller blog audience, as long as you have the right audience." I never thought about it like that, but definitely something I'll be keeping in mind.
The conference began with the renowned Windsor Smith who took us through 2013 design trends.
|Windsor Smith Home|
However, what stood out to me most was the fact that she's always working to bring families together with her designs. How powerful is it that interior designers have the ability to do just that?
Next up was a great panel discussion....
|Peter Sallik, Jason Harris and Cliff Sirlin moderated by Stacy Kunstel (a.k.a Stacy Style)|
...in which Peter Sallik told us to be mindful of the fact that "...you will always be behind. Someone will always have more____ (fill in the blank) than you. Be yourself."
Jason Harris, NC native and founder of The Design Network got us totally pumped. He also managed to get my wheels turning with all sorts of video/t.v. ideas.
The talented Susanna Salk told us to not worry so much about what's out there in the blogosphere and what's not. "Your enthusiam will carve out your niche for you."
|Kyle Hoepner, Beth Greene, Jenny Bradley and Jennifer Powell|
There was also a great industry dialogue moderated by Jennifer Powell from Kravet Fabrics.
|Richard Auffrey (left) and Evan Dawson (right)|
Rounding off day number one was the incomparable Charlotte Moss.
|Designer Charlotte Moss/via Traditional Home|
Charlotte challenged us to bring it in terms of blog content. She even gifted us with these cute hats. Love it!
She also told us that when working with clients, it's key to "...listen beyond the words." Great advice.
The second day included a host of other great speakers including Hearst Design Group's Newell Turner, but the belle of the ball was the design icon Barbara Barry. Wow!!
|Barbara Barry Designs/House and Home|
She had this very elegant way about her that was simply lovely. She spoke of design as if it were a graceful dance. It was truly poetic. She reminded us that "..inspiration is all around us."
Lastly, I think the melodic stylings of Grammy award winning Patti Austin , a design enthusiast herself, just about sum up how I felt at the end of this amazing three day adventure.
I'm gonna let it
Oh! I almost forgot. If all of that weren't enough, of the 400 attendees guess who was the first to register for the conference next year. That would be me. Who knew that as a result, they'd call me on stage to inform me that because I was so eager to attend DBC 2014, they would be footing the bill for me. I know!! I'm going next year for FREE! What a way to end the conference.