We hosted our first virtual Designer Experience earlier in the summer and I must admit I was skeptical. After hosting four in-person events with incredible on-location programming and relaxed networking opportunities, we knew that Zooming the DX was going to feel quite a bit different.
And it did feel different for all the obvious reasons, but by virtue of our community, the players and content, and the intention behind the event, it had that unmistakable DT vibe which is to say soulful energy. Perhaps because most everyone attending was home-based, it also felt remarkably personal.
The DX provided five hours of back to back content — honest presentations and conversations supplied inspiration and education, and a carousel of guest designers made it downright ceremonial. Capping off the afternoon with our virtual cocktail party brought us full circle to the in-person DX of the past, where we had a chance to see faces, new and familiar, and share a few laughs and a tear or two. After all, it wouldn’t be a DX if I didn’t cry just a bit.
Our next Designer Experience is on September 24th. It comes as we acknowledge the half-year mark of COVID. Four months after our country and our industry awoke to racial injustice and inequality. And three months before the new year. It’s been a time of pivots, start-ups, and reflection. We have a lot to talk about. I hope you’ll be part of the conversation.