Wow, have I been missing out on attending DBC the past two years. Day one of Design Bloggers Conference was an assault on my senses (AGENDA). We started the morning with Windsor Smith sharing the details of her path from when she began designing to the present.
From friends and clients she designed for in the beginning of her career to the construction and design of her showhome shared on the pages of Veranda.
My favorite bit of advice from Windsor about your blog and your brand was this:
“Remember….Be relevant and current while also archival and timeless”
And that was all before 10AM.
We also heard from Susanna Salk who delivered wisdom related to sharing your design aesthetic with the world. Author of many of my favorite books:
“Room for Children”
“Be Your Own Decorator”
the upcoming “CZ Guest American Style Icon”
Susanna has such a wonderful style of speaking and was so comfortable on stage and engaging. My favorite advice was to do what you love as it relates to social media. She reminded us of the following: Don’t write a blog if you start each blog post with dread and concern for how you could EVER do this each day! Are images your thing? Then Instagram. Writing? Pen a blog. Don’t feel like you need to be everything to everyone…….such frank and honest advice.
And more importantly the removal of the guilt that you aren’t doing what everyone else is in relation to social media….its OK!!
And then there were the Design Bloggers Conference Hall of Fame awards!! So many great blogs nominated and the winners (all of whom you should follow, along with the nominees HERE) were:
Best New Design Blog – Hadley Court by Leslie Wood
Best Design and Graphics – design*sponge by Grace Bonney
Best Writing on a Design Blog – My Marrakesh by Maryam Montague
Best Overall Design Blog – Quintessence by Stacey Bewkes
And I didn’t even mention the great panel discussions: first up was Cliff Sirlin of Project Decor, Peter Sallick of Waterworks, and Jason Harris of The Design Network, moderated by Stacy Kunstel a.k.a. Stacy Style.
Second, we heard another panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Powell of Kravet, featuring Jenny Bradley of Traditional Home and Kyle Hoepner of New England Home, along with Beth Greene of Kravet.
Finally, we ended the day with Charlotte Moss speaking on “Blogging in Design with Originality, Excellence and Ethics”. For a relatively new blogger like me, Charlotte reminded me how important it is to create original content. She also spoke of ethics in crediting photography and researching your content.
All in all, I left with a new mantra for my blog. If I am not sure of the originality of my content, don’t publish it…ever. Even more reason for me to use my own photos and experiences to share my vision for Designing with a Deadline. As a reminder of originality, she gave all attendees these great baseball caps…
What an amazing first day!! I think this is possibly the longest post I have ever written, but I still get to recap Day 2, so maybe that will be even longer!!