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Karen Gastle

As an interior designer, where do you get your inspiration? Is it from observing the world around you, leafing through design magazines, endlessly scrolling through Pinterest, or reading the blogs of your favourite designers? Regardless of where you find your inspiration, finding it is important. So why haven’t you thought of attending design events?


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The world of design is booming and full of socialites, meaning you can learn a thing or two by making an appearance at such an event.


If you’re not sure where to start, check out this list. Keep reading for the top three events you need to check out in order to get inspired.

1. World Design Summit

If you’re new to the world of design events, the World Design Summit might be the best place to start. Hosted this year from October 16th to 25th in Montreal, this conference brings together the greatest minds in design for one common purpose: exploring how design can shape the future.


When you arrive at the World Design Summit, the first thing you’ll notice is the wide breadth of expertise mingling under one roof. In fact, this event brings together professionals from six design principles: architecture, industrial design, graphic design, landscape architecture, urban planning, and of course, interior design. One of the most unique aspects of this event is the sharing of knowledge among different disciplines. Designers of different fields can share their insights and inspiration regardless of their fields, and this event is proof of that.


If you’re interested in growing your design firm, rethinking the design process, and finding some of the best design inspiration, the best place to start is at this summit.

2. DesignThinkers

Now that you’ve bought your ticket for the World Design Summit, it’s time to start planning your next event to attend. Thankfully, the DesignThinkers conference is coming up quickly and this year it’s being hosted in Toronto on November 7th and 8th. This conference is unique, focusing on bringing together many different perspectives to explore the process of creativity and design.


Sometimes, as an interior designer, you’ll reach roadblocks—problems you feel like you can’t solve. Something will arise and no matter how you look at it, you feel like you can’t come up with a solution. That’s why the DesignThinkers conference is important: It reshapes the way you look at problem solving and the creative process.


While the conference does focus on the principles of graphic design, any design professional will benefit from the lessons learned, the innovation that’s discussed, and the inspiration that fills the room. Plus, if you’re already busy attending another event on November 7th and 8th, the next DesignThinkers conference is being hosted on May 29th and 30th of 2018 in Vancouver, so it’s a win-win either way.

3. Interior Design Show

Last but definitely not least on the list is the Interior Design Show, one of the most exciting events of the year for any budding interior designer. Taking place on January 18th through the 21st in Toronto, this event is jam-packed with an exciting events schedule, amazing keynote speakers, and tons of exhibitions to look at.


With 20 years of experience, the IDS is very well-known in North America and is regarded as Canada’s premier showcase of new products, furniture, design trends and concepts no designer wants to miss out on. With so much to look at and so many designers to talk to, this event acts as both an inspiration powerhouse and a networking jackpot.


With some of the greatest minds in interior design, along with many powerful business resources, this event is a must-attend.


If you’re looking for the best way to stay sharp in the design world, meet some of the latest designers, and find your design inspiration, these three events are the perfect places to start!


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Karen Gastle

As an account manager, Karen has experience working with design firms of all sizes to integrate DesignDocs to streamline business processes, increase administrative efficiencies, and deliver higher profits.
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