6 Things to Take Home from a Design Conference
In the corporate world, attending conferences is now a part of culture. It is a great way to network and also learn a lot of new things. If you are a designer, you should be attending all design conferences in your town as it helps you a lot in growing as a designer. If you have never attended one, you are definitely missing out on a lot. Design conferences are not only fun to attend but they are indeed a good way to explore designing and improve your professional network. In this article we will be discussing a few reasons why is it important to attend design conferences occasionally if not on regular basis.
Fresh Source of Inspiration
The best thing about attending a design conference is that you will get to see so many new things that you will love the whole atmosphere of fresh inspiration. Designers are bound to look for inspiration and it is not possible to find inspiration online every now and then because we end up on almost same sites and looking at the same stuff. When it comes to web design conferences, you will be in a room full of professional designers and you will be amazed to see so many fresh new ideas and will learn about lots of new tools which can be used. Since you won’t be able to filter stuff, it can bring you a lot of knowledge which you won’t find on internet.
Sometimes, you can end up with too much of inspiration because you will be trying to keep a note of everything. One good advice for attending a design conference is to attend it freely and do not think too much about finding inspiration. You will find it when you are not putting in efforts. All you need to do is quick scanning and jotting down a few interesting ideas. They key is to have fun and learn with it. I can guarantee that once you have attended the conference and after that when you will be thinking of ideas, conference will not only bring back so many memories but also some fresh and new ideas.
It goes without saying that such conferences are a great way to increase your professional network. You never know, you might end up making some great friends as well but for now, a simple conference can actually get you in touch with some big names behind great websites. Either you are a freelancer, a full fledge design company or merely offer online printing services, design conferences can be a major source of professional networking with the people in your own market and of the associated markets.
Apart from knowing these big people, you will get to know so many people from your own field and having acquaintances like this can definitely help you in grabbing some new work. Even if you are not the social kind, you can still visit these conferences because when you are surrounded with so many like-minded people, you can surely have great conversations with them. Do not forget to keep your business cards with you because you are going to need them for sure.
Latest Insight of Technology and Trends
Mostly, freelancers tend to isolate themselves from the rest of the world which is exactly why they loose the track of what’s happening in the world. Attending design conferences will help you in staying up-to-date regarding latest trends in technology. Gaining this knowledge will help you in determining what clients are looking for these days and you can market yourself accordingly to attract more customer base.
Always remember one thing that you should keep your eyes and mind open. Instead of becoming defensive about the fact that your methods are outdates, learn about the new concepts. There must be some improvements that you might have missed out on in the designing industry and these conferences will help you in learning about them.
Future of Designing Industry
The design conferences are not only a great way to learn about recent stuff going on in design world, but it is a great platform to learn where the designing industry is headed to. If you like to keep stay informed, I am sure you will know that years back people did talk about how social media will rule the internet world and this is exactly what has happened. So, the bottom line here is that predictions made in such conferences often tend to become true so if you want to survive as a designer, do attend such conferences.
As a sensible designer, you should be able to differentiate between the useful information and useless information. I agree that you have to be flexible in order to adapt to new changes but this does not mean that you should adopt every new things regardless of how stupid it might come across. Instead of blindly following designers, try to put yourself in customer’s show and then act accordingly.
Design conferences provide good learning opportunities to designers who have always been planning to but were never able to take out time to learn some new stuff in designing industry. There are various workshops arranged in such conferences along with some really valuable speeches. Such conferences are a great way to learn those things that you were not able to otherwise. The fact remains that this filed will require you to change and evolve constantly. It is sometimes a good thing and sometimes it can be bad as well. You have to keep up or you will be left behind and then you will end up telling clients you can’t do something because you don’t know how to do it.
Take a Break
Although attending a conference is again a professional thing however, it is a good way to take a break from our daily routine. In fact conferences are a bonus because you get to take a break from your daily dull routine and have so9me fun and at the same time you get to learn new things as well. If you are a full-time employee, I can assure you that your boss will love to send you out for such conferences on company expenses so you can work and have fun, both, at the same time and that too on company’s expense.
Gifts and Giveaways
This is something that you wouldn’t expect to think of but yes, you will end up with a lot of free gifts by attending such conferences. Vendors who are attending design conferences are desperate for you to visit their booth and they do this by giving away free gifts. Who doesn’t love free gifts? We all do and it does not matter if you have already paid for the conference, you would still love them.
In order to learn what you have been missing out by not attending design conferences, you should attend one as it will do no harm to you. I would recommend you to attend local conferences initially instead o spending money on traveling. After attending a few you can decide if you want to attend further conferences or not. I can assure you, you won’t regret attending one and after that many more to come.