DDW Q&A with Modern In Denver publisher, William Logan
Every fall, Modern In Denver magazine hosts Denver Design Week, bringing together some of Colorado's most notable movers and shakers in the design world, from furniture to architecture, interior design and beyond.
We chatted with Modern In Denver publisher, William Logan, about this year's weeklong event, their favorite events, and what's in the works for next year.
What is the reason behind a weeklong event like this?
WL: We believe that great design can change people’s lives and we want to foster dialogue about design and how it relates to our city and world. That’s why Denver Design Week was created three years ago - To bring the design community together.
What was new and different about this year's design week compared to other years?
WL: We definitely added more technology design sessions and held two keynotes each night to give attendees more options. And we held the majority of events at a model of urban infill development, Junction 23 at Denargo Market. It’s a great example of how older buildings can be looked at with a keen
design eye and transformed, instead of torn down.
Was there a Modern In Denver or a personal favorite, speaker, seminar or event this year?
WL: Some of our favorite events this year included:
- Zaha Hadid Architects’ Filipe Pereira who flew in from New York to speak about her last project that was just finished in Manhattan, 520 W. 28th and her Cove kitchen design.
- Designer Hlynur Atlason’s keynote at Design Within Reach about the impact that design has had in his life and his latest projects.
- Facebook’s Joyce Hsu, who heads up the social media giant’s “hardware lab” Area 404.
- The closing party at Studio Como that featured models from many of Colorado’s foremost architecture and design firms.
How do you rate the success of design week? How was this year's turnout?
WL: We had over 2,700 design professionals attend 35 keynotes, sessions and tours this year, we had over 500 party-goers attend the Launch Party and 300 guests at the Final Party at Studio Como. Every year we get bigger but try to keep the welcoming and community-feel to the events. It’s important to us that
attendees not only learn but make meaningful connections to other design professionals during the week.
What is the process like for choosing presenters and discussion topics?
WL: It’s long! We spend a great deal of time making sure we schedule a wide range of timely design topics and then we scour regionally, and nationally in some cases, to find the experts in that field who are also lively and interesting speakers.
Were there any surprises and/or highlights this year?
WL: We loved the enthusiasm and active participation in each session from attendees. From insightful questions to the exchange of business cards, it was encouraging and inspiring to see so many connections being made. That was a definite highlight!
What's the plan for next year's DDW and when do you start preparing for it?
WL: We’ll only take a few weeks off and then we start the planning again for next year’s Design Week in mid-November. It takes months to develop the programming schedule, find just the right speakers, plan the
parties and tours, and then put sponsorship packages together for the forward-thinking companies who want to partner and be involved.
Denver Modern had a blast sponsoring this year's Denver Design Week lounge at Junction 23 (pictured above). Big thanks to Modern In Denver for putting together such a thoughtful event for the bright minds in the Denver design community! We're looking forward to next year!