Designer Experience



With Designers Today Editor in Chief Jane Dagmi


Jennifer Grace

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Keynote: Cultivating Your Creative Edge
Jennifer Grace, leadership, mindset and transformational coach and author, loves to guide people toward freeing their creative potential and passion.  She has helped thousands of people and numerous corporations tap into their flow state so that everything becomes possible.  She understands how circumstances can begin to cloud one’s path and toy with one’s sense of self, and provides tools to help us manage those emotions and 4am panic attacks in order to access clarity and move forward.

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Design Talks

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Design Talk: AphroChic’s Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason

More than a Design Brand: Choosing your niche and running with it: Since its launch in 2007, media and design company AphroChic celebrates creativity and culture across the African Diaspora. The AphroChic brand includes an interior design company, product design, a sold-out book, online media, the One Step Up podcast, and the popular AphroChic Magazine, described as a “love letter to the cultures of the African Diaspora.” With new collaborations and initiatives that support the Black Lives Matter movement, coupled with their speaking engagements and successful social media channels, founders Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason discuss how they grew their brand authentically by filling voids, staying on message, and focusing on storytelling. Followed by a Q&A.

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Design Talk:  Sarah Von Dreele

Shifting Perspective: Transforming Obstacles into Creative Fuel for Your Design Business: Artist, designer, and branding expert Sarah Von Dreele has taken the world of interiors by storm with her signature wall coverings, home goods, and debut line of textiles. Flash back several years, we see a very different picture – following a major life-changing event, Sarah discovered painting as a vehicle to process a trauma – iterative, gestural works that document the journey out of pain into healing. With the encouragement of close relationships, as well as plenty of drive and discipline, Sarah’s paintings – and the experience that drove them – have become the foundation for a successful product brand. Join Sarah as she outlines how a shift in perspective can transform even the most uncertain future into a world of opportunity. Followed by a Q&A.

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DX On Location

Baxter Mill Tour

DX On Location visits the Baxter Mill Archive in South Carolina.  Part of Springs Creative, the Baxter Mill Archive encompasses over 600,000 antique documents, hand-painted designs, and vintage art books spanning over three or more centuries from nearly every corner of the world.  We’ll step inside the Vault for creative exploration, design inspiration, and to showcase how historical archives can provide fresh purpose in today’s design world.

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Musical Performance by Denise Wenacur



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Writing and Publishing Your Book: 
From concept to completion to consumption, authors share how they got it done

Is there a book inside of you begging to come out? In this panel discussion, four esteemed authors share their book-writing journeys, how they got published, and best practices for marketing them. Saxon Henry, content strategist, four-time author and cofounder of Sharktooth Press, leads the conversation. Panelists include interior designer Sheila Bridges, retailer extraordinaire Ted Kennedy Watson, and design entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux.

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DX After Hours

An hour of cocktails and connection.

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