Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who are the Best Design Bloggers?


The best design bloggers are ones who work hard at improving their message, content, and voice by taking the medium of blogging into new directions and stepping out of the lines. 

IMG_5520df The beautiful stage setting designed by Currey & Company – just look at those flowers!

I just got home from my second Design Bloggers Conference run by the gregarious and always entertaining Adam Japko and his fantastic team at Digital Sherpa where I was once again challenged to step up my game.  This years conference was held in Atlanta and it featured A-list designers, blogging superstars, TV personalities, marketing experts,  magazine editors,  a fantastic wine tasting and some of the top home dec brands in the industry.


sketch of the gorgeous flowers by Currey & Co on the stage set.

Aside from the beautiful decor and those flowers the conference is an intensive immersion into the nuts and bolts of design blogging and the future of the medium.   Digital Sherpa hosted in depth blog analysis for all attendees who wanted to participate so they could have key questions answered or just get a broad overview of their blog by experts.  It was a huge success for everyone involved.  



One of the highlights was Candice Olsen giving a lively talk on the importance of texture and contrast in design as well as tips to create a good lighting plan.  Other speakers included Timothy Corrigan, Suzanne Kasler, Jeffrey Allen Marks, Susanna Salk, Tobi Fairley, Jennifer Bowles, Andrew Joseph and many more.  It was quite a line up.


Melissa Galt, Deb Barrett, and Shannon Leclaire enjoying the annual wine tasting hosted by Digital Sherpa and wine expert Jeremy Parzen of “Do Bianchi” There is nothing like a room full of 350 design bloggers with three fabulous glasses of wine in front of them.  Cheers!


After the educational portion of the conference was over for the day the parties began with Kravet, Sunbrella, and Ethan Allen partnering up with Traditional Home magazine to host three fabulous nights of revelry, great food and drink including a swanky Oscars viewing party on Sunday night.


Next years event will be held again in Atlanta if you want to join in on the fun.  Thanks to Adam Japko and the Digital Sherpa team for putting on such a fun and worthwhile event.  See you again next year. 


Rebecca Grace said...

Love that photo with you and Marie! It made me smile to see you ladies together, all looking so smashing and having a great time. It sounds like a wonderful conference.

My Decorating Tips said...

Jackie, you were one of the best highlights of this conference. I am so happy that I met you. I keep on thinking about your talent, personal charisma and all the fun we had together! Marina Klima