Design Bloggers Conference 2016 Recap
I was lucky enough to attend the Design Bloggers Conference 2016 in Atlanta this month. The first word that comes to mind is WOW with all capital letters. I had no idea the amount of information that I would glean and the wonderful people that I would meet.
Adam Japko with Esteem Media surely can put on a conference. He was captivating, funny and kept things moving along at break neck speed.
One of the keynote speakers, the fabulous fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley was so down to earth. Here is a person that was off to school to become a painter and was intercepted by a chance meeting on a bus and became who she is today.
Same with home style guru Nathan Turner. While following a passion for design he opened his small antique shop in LA with about 20 pieces and started serving food on a beautifully set table for clients; as they do in many European shops. Before you know it people were calling him for reservations only to be told it wasn’t a restaurant, which made the crazy people of LA only want to get in more and the rest is history. These chance happenings can and do happen. We just have to take a chance on ourselves and be open to possibilities. India Hicks, model, entrepreneur and author also spoke and gave us insight into her retail market line and how she got there. She is a funny woman, witty and, again, like all the others, so approachable. Our last speaker was the incomparable designer, Mary McDonald, what a way to end my time there.
Some amazing designers and bloggers were also present to speak to us about their journey into the social media world. Justina Blakeney from The Jungalow, Courtney Allison from French Country Cottage were so inspiring. I actually stalked Courtney for a photo and then chatted with her about how she would take a photo with her cell, edit and post on Instagram. Also, Courtney won Best Design and Photography and another blog I follow, Laurel Bern Interiors won Best Writing.
Connor Dwyer who is working on his masters in graphic design at SCAD enlightened us with his first speaking engagement. Believe me, it won’t be his last. He has over 76.4k followers on Instagram and has been honored with photographing The Pope and many others. He is a true brand builder. Check out thadthefinger on Instagram, what a hoot. He actually revealed to us that he was “Thad”…not even his family knew.
My mind has been blown and filled with just enough information to make me slightly dangerous taking my photos. I have also realized I am switching to the iPhone after quite a bit of deliberation over Samsung or Apple. However, most of the people I met use Apple and if it’s good enough for these fantastic bloggers it’s good enough for me. Check out the book Iphoneography.
Our outings to The Ferguson Showroom and the Pirch Showroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres was overshadowed by the sheer amount of sparkle that bounced around the venues from lighting, kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, chrome, nickel, copper, crystal and gold. I wanted every shiny bauble to feather my nest and if I were a Kardashian I would have bought every sparkling bath and kitchen item (do they even cook?). The beauty of so many simple items we use every day and that we simply call “appliances” was turned into pure unadulterated appliance porn! If only I could afford one of them…talk about a statement.
Then there was discussion and speakers every hour relating to the importance of social media, Google analytics, photography, writing and blogging. This conference showed all of us the strong signals of how the up and coming companies are looking toward bloggers to help boost their sales and get those companies noticed by using atypical ways that have not been used in the past. Its not just about magazine and newspaper advertising, but the huge world of social media. We all are wanting to take part in this venture and hopefully some of those contacts we all made will take us to the next level of blogging.
My instagram pictures are so much better than they were before I went to DBC. Take a look over there and see what you think.