Last week, I was invited to attend a panelist discussion at the lovely Donghia showroom. Heading up to the seventh floor of Manhattan's illustrious Decoration and Design Building (DDB), Crans Baldwin, president of Donghia joined an all-star list of design panelists to discuss how to become a successful designer.
Playfully titled Design File: Outside the Box, Campion Platt, Alexa Hampton, Susanna Salk and David Scott joined forces to discuss ways they have advanced their brands in today's society. The brunchtime event was a wonderful opportunity for budding designers and those in related professions to pick each of the designer's brains on how to be successful.
Overall, the event proved to be great as it encouraged hopefuls to reach for the stars and utilize various social outlets. Speaking of tips, want to see some? Below are various pointers from the panel that you can hopefully use in your own careers.
Quick Transcript (Pointers) on How to Get Noticed in the Industry
- Twitter is the ultimate blog pulling from a greater audience vs. an actual blog that pushes out information (Campion Platt)
- Always remember to diversify. Take advantage of every opportunity (e.g. blogging) and be as helpful to editors as possible. If you don't happen to work for a particular story, have them keep you in mind for future ones (Alexa Hampton)
- Social media gives you the opportunity to put yourself out there and wait for the world to catch on. This opportunity was not so readily available pre-internet (Susanna Salk)
- To keep your day organized, dedicate a specific amount of time to Facebook, blogging and Twitter only sharing things that you are interested in to help build your brand identity (David Scott)
- (Other takeaways) Always think outside the box when it comes to your brand as there are limitless opportunities at your disposal. Pair your design talents with another outlet like creating an online storefront, developing your own product line or publishing a book