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#DMMTalks Lounge hosted by Modenus and Design Milk at Wanted Design

We are thrilled to announce another collaboration with our friends at Design Milk at Wanteddesign at 269 11th Ave NYC, May 20-22. The Design Milk X Modenus Talks Lounge will feature a series of talks that range from business of design to diversity in design and from the importance of vintage to the importance of well managed forestry. Needless to say, we would love to see you there. Please see below for the full schedule. Thank you to our great sponsors: Wilsonart, NKBA, SMEG, Semihandmade, Mr.Steam and FLOS. If you cannot join please be sure to follow #DMMTalks on Twitter or Modenus Facebook to learn more and even to ask questions live at the event. To register please visit WantedDesign now!

Saturday May 20:

10 – 11 AM

Things they didn’t tell you in school – Tips and Tricks for running a successful creative business. A session for students and lifelong learners. Sponsored by NKBA

Join Veronika Miller of Modenus.com for an informative session for students and lifelong learner. This conversation is all about “things they didn’t teach you in design school”- from marketing and managing your creative business effectively to selling your ideas to a client without losing sight of creativity OR the bottom line. Moderator, Veronika Miller, Founder and CEO of design directory Modenus and social media platform #designhounds draws from her own background as kitchen & bath designer to lead the conversation with experts from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) including NKBA K+B Insiders, Karl Champley, AKBD, Certified Master Builder and award winning interior designer Alberto Villalobos of Villalobos Desio, along with Elle H-Millard, CKD, NKBA manager of certification & design. Be ready to learn valuable tips and tricks on managing your business and promoting yourself and please come armed with questions for this engaging topic.

11:15 – 12:15 

How Rethinking Global Forestry Could Save the Design Industry. Sponsored by Wilsonart

Global Forestry – A Deeper Look at the Woods We’re Specifying The facts are astounding. One-third of tropical timber traded globally comes from illegal deforestation. We lose 48 football fields of forest every minute to deforestation. Yet architects and designers in the U.S. and around the globe continue to design and build with endangered woods in their projects, often because they don’t even realize it. Design historian and materials specialist, Grace Jeffers, will take you through the current state of endangered woods and forests. She will provide information on endangered woods, tips for how to insure the woods you use are properly sourced, as well as sustainable options for achieving sought after exotic wood looks. You’ll leave understanding the importance of this issue and how the A&D community can help.

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Past + Present = Future: The Synergy Between Vintage and Modern. Sponsored by SMEG.

Past + Present = Future. Reinvent the wheel? No. Improve it? Sure. How does the past inform the future and how can we apply and improve upong what art, design & architecture have already discovered over the past 75 years. Please join celebrity designer Mat Sanders of Consort Design; Roll & Hill founder Jason Miller; Heather Karlie Vieira with 20th Century by HKFA; and SMEGs director of marketing Christian Boscherini for a lively discussion on how we pull and modernize trends and treasures of the past to create new environments, products and style directions.


3:30 – 4:30 PM

Strategy, Materials and Methods for Better Office Design

Join Michelle Cleverdon, Workplace Strategist for Capital One for a discussion on office design and strategy—how designers are navigating these unchartered waters through new materials, methods and forms. Panelists include Join designer Chris Adamick, John McDonald of Semihandmade and MORE, David Gallulo of Rapt Studio and Mesve Vardar of Humanscale to learn more about the office of the future. This talk is part of the Design Milk x Modenus Talks series at WantedDesign, presented by Wilsonart.

4:30 PM

Happy Hour  with our friends at IDS Toronto. Influencers and design pros contact us at talktous@modenus.com for an invitation.

Sunday May 21:

11:15 – 12:15

Building Balance: Culture, Context & Inclusion in Design. Sponsored by OTHR.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect and celebrate balance, equality, diversity and opportunity in our lives and our industries. On this day, in 2017, OTHR surveyed the industrial design landscape and noticed that while there is a breadth and diversity of talent, we have a long way to go to build proper balance and representation. This raises the question: how do we, as individuals and as an industry, begin to identify and solve this problem?
Join Kate McTigue of OTHR, Jaime Derringer of Design Milk, Patrizia Moroso of Moroso, Jean Lin of Colony, Alyse Archer-Coite of A/D/O and Mimi Hoang of nARCHITECTS for a discussion on the value and need for a more diverse design ecosystem. Professionals and enthusiasts alike will walk away with a deeper understanding of the value of a more diverse industry and actionable tools to do our part in shifting the landscape of design.

12:30 – 1:30 PM

Building Your Customers and Clients—The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media Marketing. Sponsored by Mr.Steam.

Should I join Snapchat? What’s an IG Story? Where should I spend my marketing dollars? Learn from the best:

Join Jaime Derringer of Design Milk and Veronika Miller of Modenus.com to talk about best practices, tricks and tips for social media marketing your design business. Great for designers who are just starting out, established designers and brands who are looking to improve their skills or expand their online presence, and anyone else interested in getting involved in online marketing.

2 -3 PM

How Tech is Changing the Way We Live. Sponsored by Mr.Steam

Is tech changing the way we live or is it the other way around? Join Dan DiClerico Multimedia Content Specialist and Spokesperson at HomeAdvisor, Tamica Fields of Sony Life Space UX, Travis McMichael of B&O PLAY, and Ryan Herd of One Sound Choice, CEDIA NJ Chapter and Josh Rubin of Cool Hunting to discuss the roll that technology plays in design and in our everyday lives.

3:30 – 4:30 PM

What Do We Mean When We Say American Design?

Designer and Clever podcast host Amy Devers opens up the can of worms we call American Design. Hear her talk with Brit Kleinman of AVO, Derek Chen of Council, designer Brad Ascalon, and Jackson Schwatrz of Hennpin Made for an honest look at how we define ourselves and our design industry. This talk is part of the Design Milk x Modenus Talks series at WantedDesign, presented by Wilsonart.

Monday May 22:

10 – 11 AM

Changing Consumption: Retail in the Digital Age

Jessie Dowd of Design:Retail talks with designer Megan Grehl, Caleb Mulvena of Mapos and Dasha Faires of Canal Street Market about how the technological revolution has changed way we browse for products, and buy the things we see (often at a click) as well as the continued importance of retail for touching, feeling and personal engagement. Questions to be considered are: Is there a syngery between retail and digital shopping, can the two exist in harmony and/or can digital actually help support or even save retail and, in doing that, maintain and improve the infrastructure of our towns and cities we love and require to get away from our online existence.

11:15 – 12:15

Illuminating Design: A Light Conversation

Michael Anastassiades discusses his creative process, design philosophy and successful collaboration with FLOS


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