Registration Now Open for Digital by Design: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Registration Now Open for Digital by Design: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Hosted by Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, the full-day event features CEU seminars and networking opportunities exclusively for design and architect firms

Chicago, IL (April 1, 2019) – Design Center at the Merchandise Mart is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 3rd annual Digital by Design, a day filled with the latest trends and best practices in digital, web and social, exclusively for interior design and architect firms. The event takes place Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Merchandise Mart (theMART) in downtown Chicago.

Registration is required and now open – complimentary to interior design and architect firms only. Seating is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

“The avenues for architects and designers to build new relationships and capture the attention of clients is continuously evolving thanks to technology,” said Beth Hicks, Managing Director, Marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “This year, Digital by Design discussions focus on owning and optimizing online presence. Whether that entails targeting the right audience, building valuable video content or considering software decisions, it’s our intention to offer the resources for designers to continue thriving in the industry.”

Digital by Design features four CEU seminars hosted by industry leaders. Highlights include:

The Internet is Your Frenemy (.1 CEU)

Join Michela Abrams of MODA+ for an entertaining kick-off to the day, focused on learning to compete with the internet and capture the evolving affluent consumer.

Accounting and Project Management Software: Pros and Cons (.1 CEU)

Settle in for a panel discussion, with experts weighing the pros and cons of accounting and project management tools. Panelists include: Emily Gerow of James Thomas Design; Angelo Ademo of Angelo Ademo Design; Michael Wegman of Devon Grace Interiors and moderator Brooke Hubbuch of LBV Group.

Using Video on Social Media: How Designers Can Use Video to Grow Their Business (.1 CEU)

Listen to Christopher Hall of Penumbra Pictures as he answers questions about starting small, finding your audience, crafting a series of videos without breaking the bank, and using those videos to actually grow your business.

Live the Lifestyle: How Savvy Designers Brand through Social Media (.1 CEU)

Go behind the scenes of successful Minneapolis design firm Martha O’Hara Interiors with Kate O’Hara and see how they use social media to get new customers and build a proprietary database.


The day begins with coffee and registration, with time built in for a networking lunch. Digital by Design concludes with a wine and cheese social meant to encourage more conversation on what’s new in the digital world. For more information, please visit

About the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART)

The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.


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Design Center at theMARTRegistration Now Open for Digital by Design: Wednesday, May 15, 2019