Where to Find Color Inspiration in 2015

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or a home designer, finding inspiration can be one of the most important, yet most challenging tasks in your day-to-day life.

The Altitude Design Summit provides the perfect opportunity to cultivate new ideas and inspiration, especially with color. Color can greatly impact our moods. Here are five places to go for color inspiration.

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Attending Conferences 101: Is Rebranding Right for You?

With Alt Summit Winter 2015 only 70 days away, you may be contemplating a minor brand refresh or a total rebrand. But rebranding should not be a knee-jerk reaction. Why do you want to rebrand? 

Rebranding may be the right solution for you if you want a fresh outlook or need a new direction because you have outgrown your current branding. Resources from The House of Brinson, Rebrand.com, GCI, Substance 151, and Onextrapixel will help you decide if you should rebrand and how to get started on the right foot.

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Alt Chat Wednesday: Styling Your Space

By: Eden Hensley; Photos by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

The spaces in which we live and work can either invigorate us or challenge us to remain energized. The secret to creating spaces that welcome us is to craft a space that honors your personal style while blending styles of loved ones and co-workers.

Join Kirkland's and the Alt Community on Twitter tomorrow Wednesday November 5th from 9AM PT/12PM ET to learn tricks for creating spaces that showcase your personality, tips for reflecting the changing seasons in your home, and must have home decor items every shared space should have.

Want to win a $25 Kirkland’s gift card? Here are the details:

  1. Join the #AltChat tomorrow Wednesday November 5th from 9 - 10AM PT / 12 – 1PM ET, if you can.
  2. Every tweet using the hashtags #AltChat and #AltLovesKirklands will be entered to win one $25 gift card from Kirkland’s. You can tweet once or tweet 17 times, each is another chance to win.
  3. Tweet all day! All tweets related to the conversation and using the hashtags #AltChat #AltLovesKirklands will be entered to win from 9 AM - 5 PM PDT. You must use both hashtags.

One winner will be randomly selected and announced on Twitter Thursday before noon PT. The winner will also be listed here. 

Never participated in a Twitter Chat before? Visit this previous post for a few pointers on how to join a Twitter Chat.

UPDATE: Hayley @RootsandWhim is our winner. Congrats!

Throwing a Stunning Event

By: Sara Urquhart of Alt Summit Top Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Alt is made up of events within events within events. I am often asked about how to throw memorable events. This series will talk about specific events at Alt, letting you know how and why behind-the-scene decisions were made that move us toward great functions.

Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

The challenge for the Garden Party held at Alt Summer was to create excitement and an energy that could be felt both by guests and by those viewing photos of the event live on social media and after the event in our Flickr gallery. To do this, we needed to excite but not overwhelm the senses.

Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Kasi Miller of Kasi Miller Designs and I work on many of the Alt parties together. Kasi and I brainstormed ideas and then we worked to execute the details of this event.

Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Pops of Color

An important sense for The Garden Party was sight. We wanted to create an environment that worked in person and translated well to photographs.

Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

To accomplish this, I started with color, specifically three bright, vibrant, fun summer colors: Orange, Blue, and Yellow. These colors, used throughout the party, created a unified space and appeared in the décor, the activities and even the food. The colored balloons on the tables created a ceiling for the space, giving the eye a path for traveling up to admire the architecture of the Grand America but then right back down into the party.

Photos by Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Abundance of Details

When guests are headed to a party there are some things they expect (like food, drink, activities, etc.) We provide all the expected items and then we work to layer on a variety of extra details that we hope make the guests smile.

Photos by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Staying with three colors we added flowers designed by Soil and Stem to the tables. We shared candy, in coordinating colors provided by Maison Confiserie et Boutique. And we provided summer activities like yellow bikes and croquet sets. We also made sure the two patches of grass were unobstructed so people could kick off their shoes to feel summer between their toes.

Photo by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

To heighten the sense of a welcoming space, we hung colored streamers from all the trees around the edges of the courtyard. These streamers created a sense of entering a special event, leaving the hustle and bustle of your every day life behind. The ribbons also defined the space and encouraged guests to congregate within the line of trees rather than on the outside edges of the space.

Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Activities that Get Guests Mingling

At these events mingling is important for both introverts and extroverts to have fun. For The Garden Party, the way we did this was to include activities that reminded guests of childhood summers and would encourage laughter.

Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

We provided bicycles with baskets sent by our friends at Hayneedle full of flowers so that guests could ride and relive childhood memories.

Photo by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

On one of the areas of grass, we invited guests to play croquet also provided by Hayneedle. Croquet encouraged guests to mingle and took the pressure off of having to find something to say.

Photos by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

Places for Capturing Memories

Once guests are comfortable, we wanted to provide spaces for recording the moment: photographs that online friends could look back on and remember real life connections and for new friends to build future online relationships upon.

We had two areas for photos. TinyPrints designed and captured group shots throughout the party. Attendees chose from clever summer props that helped them style a personal picture. The second photo area featured mopeds that allowed guests to relax and have fun recording their memories, because what screams summer more than the freedom of mopeds?

Photos by: Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

When you are planning your own event make sure to think through what will help your event feel unified, we used color to do that at the The Garden Party. Remember to layer your event with unexpected surprises like we did with the flowers, the bikes and the candy. Finally, providing clever spaces where people can capture their night so the feeling can be revisited may be important at your event. It is these kinds of details that make any party or event feel special.

Alt Summit Teams up with fashionABLE for Scarf Design Contest

By: Eden Hensley Photos by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Alt Summit is pleased to announce we are once again teaming up with fashionABLE to host a scarf design contest. We last ran a scarf design contest with fashionABLE -- an Ethiopian-based business dedicated to providing work and job skills for women in need -- before Alt Summit Winter 2013.

The design that won last time (modeled by Gabrielle Blair in the top photo) was by Janette Crawford of Fashion Loves People. It is called the Genet, and was so popular, it has been spotted on celebrities like Christy Turlington, Jimmy Fallon, and chef Marcus Samuelsson. Where will your design end up being spotted?

How to Submit Designs

Want to help us create a scarf with fashionABLE? Here is what you need to do:

  1. Email design@livefashionable.com for design parameters and full instructions.
  2. Start brainstorming; we are looking for all kinds of designs -- from elegant simple stripes to all over patterns.
  3. By July 24th (9 days from now), submit your design or designs to design@livefashionable.com.

How Winning Designs Will be Selected

The Alt Community (you!) submit designs between now and July 24th. The top designs will be sent to Ethiopia to be woven into sample scarves. In mid-August, we all will vote online for our favorite scarf. In mid-September, the winning scarf will go on sale. As the time approaches keep your eyes out for hints and details. (We are super excited about how we will be selling this product.)

What Winners Receive

Winners will a FREE pass to the 2015 Alt conference of their choice along with a $500 credit to spend at livefashionABLE.com. In addition to the Alt Summit pass and $500 credit, as the winner, your name will be attached to the design on all promotion. You will also be helping to create sustainable business for women in Ethiopia.

Good luck!

Share Your Design Inspiration--Instagram and Facebook Contest

By: Eden Hensley Photo by: Justin Hackworth for Alt Summit

Dreaming of giving your site a new look or refining your current design? Prepare to get inspired.

We are giving away ten seats in our upcoming online July 17th Alt on Topic Design workshop. To grab one of these seats, we would like you to share logo and design ideas that have caught your eye.

Here is what you need to do to enter:

  1. Follow @AltSummit on Instagram and take a photo of your favorite design or logo.
  2. Post your picture on Instagram before Saturday, July 12th at midnight PDT. You can enter as many different pictures as you would like. We want to see what is inspiring our community.
  3. Make sure to include the hashtags #altsummit and #altontopic_design. To be eligible, entries need both hashtags.
  4. Optionally, for an additional chance to win, like @AltSummit on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Altitude-Summit/179318294630) and post your picture to our wall before Saturday, July 12th at midnight PDT, using the hashtags #altsummit and #altontopic_design.
  5. Clear your morning or afternoon schedule because class may be in session for you.

The ten winners will be chosen randomly and notified by an Alt team member by Monday, July 14th. And we will be showcasing our favorites on the AltSummit Instagram stream.

Good luck!

Small print: Winners will be chosen randomly and notified by a member of the Alt Summit team by July 14th. You will need to be fully registered on July 16th. If you are unable to attend or you are not fully registered, your winning ticket will be given to another eligible entrant. These tickets are for new participants only. If you are currently registered for the Alt on Topic Design workshop and you are chosen a winner, you will not be refunded your registration fee. Instead, a new winner will be randomly selected. Oh, and I hope you win!