Last week I attended Design Camp in Seattle and my business will never be the same. Somehow I was lucky enough to win a ticket to attend from Leslie Wood, founder of the fabulous blog Hadley Court. Not surprisingly, Leslie credits Design Camp with giving her the necessary tools and advice that helped her to win the Best New Design Blog of the year. When Leslie reached out to me and let me know that I had won the ticket, I knew instantly that this was an opportunity not to pass up!
Two leaders in the design industry; Lori Dennis and Kelli Ellis started Design Camp after meeting and participating in a panel discussion at the Las Vegas World Market. These super-talented women share a long list of accomplishments including: author, TV personality, design professional, product designer and mentor (among many others). Participants in Design Camp can’t help but be influenced and inspired by their enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of the design industry. Together, they gathered a group of incredibly talented speakers to participate in Design Camp Seattle, each and every one of whom took to the stage to share a passion for their area of expertise. They spoke about design trends and offered great blogging tips. They also advised attendees on how to more efficiently run their businesses, how to take advantage of social media, and most of all, how to make their businesses grow and thrive.
Several speakers had recently published books, and many of us returned home with bags heavy laden and plenty to read on the plane. I was so excited to hear the incredibly talented Nathan Turner — designer, author, entertainer and TV personality from the wildly famous show Million Dollar Decorators. His design aesthetic is so fantastic and right up my alley, and I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new book in the mail, Nathan Turner’s American Style. Another speaker who had the audience hanging on her every word was Kimberley Seldon. Her advice on setting goals, outlining fees and creating a process for successfully managing a project had attendees lining up to buy both volumes of her exceedingly popular book series Kimberley Seldon’s Business of Design. The audience was also excited to hear from Ronda Rice Carman, founder of the popular All the Best Blog and author of the newly released book Designers at Home. To hear her tell the story of how she never gave up on her dream to be published taught everyone in the room the value of being persistent and never losing your focus.
While I certainly didn’t intend for this post to be so long, there is still so much more to share. I will highlight more of the fantastic speakers in a future post, so for now I will leave you with this thought: Many have said that their heads were spinning with all of the information that was passed along during Design Camp. While I agree, I have never been more focused, more inspired or more excited to be in this industry, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such a worthwhile event.