Design Center’s Digital by Design Returns with Fresh, Exciting Content

Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago’s ultimate destination for custom home furnishings and interior design, will host its 2nd annual Digital by Design on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Expanding on the successful launch of the educational event in 2017, this year’s programming will showcase the latest trends and best practices in digital, web and social. Throughout the day, industry leaders will host CEU-accredited presentations as well as engaging panels – all specifically tailored to design professionals – to share ideas on how digital marketing can build business and inspire design through multiple digital channels.

“In a world where technology quickly evolves, it’s important that designers are provided with the resources and guidance to continue to thrive in the industry,” said Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “This year’s sessions will provide them with the skills they need to bolster their online presence and refine their brand.”

Session Breakdown:

10:30 a.m.
Master the 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Websites (.1 CEU)
Simple changes that make your website work
by Meg Touborg, founder, Metworks, Inc. and co-founder, Leaders of Design Council

11:45 p.m.
Lunchtime Social Media Q&A
With over 100,000 Instagram followers, design firm Park & Oak knows how to leverage and build an engaged following on digital platforms. Join Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto for a special lunch & learn session to talk all things content and social media.

1:30 p.m.
Serendipity and the Digital Transformation (.1 CEU)
Innovative marketing techniques in the face of the algorithmic revolution
by Adam Japko, CEO, Esteem Media

2:45 p.m.
From Painting to Podcasting (.1 CEU)
How building a personal brand can change your world…and take you around it
by Nick May, Founder & Host, The Chaise Lounge podcast

Digital by Design will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in suite 622, on the 6th floor at the Merchandise Mart. The event will conclude with a wine and cheese cocktail gathering where designers can continue to network. To register, please visit:

About 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