The Designer Experience: BXtraordinary

Making others feel calm, comfortable, deserved and safe is no small feat. Add to that a pandemic plus a movement to end racial inequity, and it’s easy to see we’ve been immersed in a world of change.  You, personally. Our industry, as a whole. And the world, in general.

At the upcoming Designer Experience, let’s reflect on last year’s influx of challenges while celebrating this year’s movement toward positive change and new ways of Being Extraordinary.

12:30-6 p.m. (EST) May 25, 2021

WELCOME

Designers Today Editor in Chief Jane Dagmi kicks off the Spring 2021 Designer Experience, which will be filled with insights from design experts, behind-the-scenes tours, our legendary product gift-aways and surprise entertainment. Also, throughout the day, we will bring you The Question video series, where your peers will answer fundamental questions about the extraordinary career they’ve chosen.

The Question series sponsored by:

KEYNOTE: Sonya Haffey, Principal of V Starr

Don’t Pivot, Just Shift: Volatile times don’t necessarily necessitate a major restructuring of your company. When you know your strengths and the secondary and tertiary markets associated with your services and products, you can use small creative shifts to keep your business moving forward.

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A CONVERSATION WITH CHRISTIANE LEMIEUX

Designer, entrepreneur and author Christiane Lemieux will join us to talk about the state of home, product design and sources of inspiration.

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INTO THE VAULT WITH NORWALK

Caroline Hipple and Dixon Bartlett take us into the design studio at Norwalk’s Ohio headquarters to share the science and art behind pairing fabrics to furniture frames, as well as their winning strategy around lead times.

DESIGN THERAPY LIVE

Design Therapy Live brings acclaimed design business coaches together with designers to work through major pain points and challenges.
Session 1: Kim Kuhteubl on Visibility

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DESIGN THERAPY LIVE

Design Therapy Live brings acclaimed design business coaches together with designers to work through major pain points and challenges.
Session 2: Gail Doby on Profitability

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AT HOME WITH THE THOMPSONS

Alejandra Thompson invites us into her home – and her kitchen – for a very special family dinner that reflects her Mexican heritage, authentic hospitality and passion for beauty.

DESIGN THERAPY LIVE

Design Therapy Live brings acclaimed design business coaches together with designers to work through major pain points and challenges.
Session 3: Nancy Ganzekaufer on Productivity and Getting Unstuck

AFTER HOURS

Join us as we raise a glass, wrap up the day and reconnect with our fellow designers.