**ALL NEW: TOUCH-BASE TUESDAYS and PD THURSDAYS**
We’ve been testing the waters with our Zoom conferences, and have been delighted with the uptake on these virtual events. We’re planning some inspiring interviews for our ‘touch-base Tuesdays’ and a diverse line up of professional development topics to deliver to you each Thursday. The content will be rolled out via an interactive-conference-style or well laid-out webinar, depending the topic of the week. KBDi Members get priority placement in these capped events: register your interest in our upcoming sessions below.
PD Thursday | Exploring the colour trends of 2020
Thursday | 4 June 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
As the Colour and Communications Manager for DuluxGroup, Andrea Lucena-Orr researches colour trends across the globe and presents her findings to media, trade and retail markets. In this professional development session, proudly supported by Lincoln Sentry, Andrea will be sharing her thoughts on the colours we can expect to see making their way into Australian interiors in 2020.
PD Thursday | Producing A+ Plans
Thursday | 11 June 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
Having worked in cabinetmaking, design and drafting for over a decade, Aaron Meyer (Meyer Vision) has experience at both ends of the concept to construction journey. Aaron knows how clear and concise technical drawings can eliminate design fails and avoid on-site hassles, and he’s eager to share his top tips for producing plan sets that meet and exceed Australian Standards.
What have you missed?
Our PD Thursday sessions are designed for designers and exclusive to KBDi Members (and invited guests). Following are the kind of topics our Members like to learn about, as have been delivered in past sessions.
Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Kate
Tuesday | 2 June 2020 | 2pm (AEST)
Kate St James is a very well-recognised name in the Australian design industry. Kate was Editor-in-Chief of Universal Media’s Home Design and Living Series magazines (including Grand Designs Australia and Home Design magazines), where her journalism and interior design qualifications were put to great use. She held the title of Editor-in-Chief for more than sixteen years, and has jam-packed an impressive list of interior design accomplishments, training positions and industry organisation roles in her career, too. Kate could certainly be described as an ‘industry stalwart’, and we can’t wait to have a chat with her in this special ‘Touch-base Tuesday’ session.
PD Thursday | Where will you find your clients post Coronavirus-crisis?
Thursday | 28 May 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
Universal Media Co conducted a comprehensive digital survey of consumers in the midst of renovation projects at the end of March 2020. While coronavirus headlines were particularly daunting at that time, the survey responses were surprisingly buoyant. If you’re wondering who you’ll be working with and where in the coming months, you won’t want to miss the insights UM’s Janice Williams will be sharing.
Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Rex
Tuesday | 26 May 2020 | 2pm (AEST)
It’s double trouble for Touch-base Tuesday when our own Royston Wilson is joined by fellow Melbournian, Rex Hirst CKD Au. As a KBDi founding member and recently-awarded KBDi Life Member, Rex has decades of design and sales experience and an undeniable passion for the industry. Guests will be privy to tonnes of tips from one of Australia’s most influential designers, and are sure to be entertained by this tell-it-like-it-is industry stalwart.
Sampling and Specifying – how Laminex is changing the game for designers
Thursday | 21 May 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
In this exclusive Member session, KBDi Premier Partner, Laminex, will walk you step-by-step through their freshly-launched digital platform. Kelly Jamieson will kick off the session with a new product update for Laminex, specifically speaking to their new sheet size and range. Navine Smith will then speak to Laminex’s freshly-launched digital platform, providing you with a step-by-step navigation into their new sample ordering system. You’ll learn how to set up a new specifier account, streamline your service, access more samples and view your sample order history.
Touch-base Tuesday | Royston, Jane & Alan
Tuesday | 19 May 2020 | 2pm (AEST)
WA Members, Jane Tincey and Alan Gmeiner are old hands at non-contact design: with their work in the mining sector, the pair have been designing remotely for a number of years. In this chat, you’ll learn how they go about collating briefs and preparing designs, often without ever visiting sites. Their issues with restrictions and logistics – and how they resolve them – are truly fascinating, and we encourage you set aside an hour for some design inspiration.
Contracts and COVID-19
Thursday | 14 May 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
With the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 crisis, many business owners are finding themselves in tricky contractual binds. In this not-to-be-missed session, Alex Solo (Sprintlaw) will step you through the actions you can take if you’re concerned about meeting your pre-coronavirus contract obligations.
Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Liza
Tuesday | 12 May 2020 | 2pm (AEST)
KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, will be at his WFH work desk and ready to touch base with KBDi Members looking for industry support, advice and light entertainment on Tuesday. This week Royston will be joined by Adelaide-based Student Member, Liza Reynolds. Liza’s corporate background and business coaching qualifications have given her a unique perspective as she pursues her (new) dream career. She’ll be sharing her thoughts on ongoing learning, mature-age study and much more in this one-hour session.
Touch-base Tuesday | Royston & Darren
Tuesday | 5 May 2020 | 2pm (AEST)
KBDi Executive Director, Royston Wilson CKD Au, will be at his WFH work desk and ready to touch base with KBDi Members looking for some industry support, advice and light entertainment on Tuesday. He’ll be joined by long-time Member and multi-multi-multi award winner, Darren James CKD Au (Darren James Interiors). Darren will be sharing some of his favourite projects with Royston and guests, giving us a personal tour through some truly stunning spaces.
Taking time out for self-care and support
Thursday | 30 April 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
Multi-award winning designer and newly appointed KBDi Board Member, Rina Cohen CKD AU, is passionate about the inter-relations of design and health. Her studies in the latter have given Rina a great respect for self-care, and she’s eager to share her learnings with fellow Members. In this session, Rina will be joined by long-time KBDi friend and supporter, Ron Redman, whose passion for people and personal success is both inspiring and contagious. Together the two will get you thinking about the value in taking time out for yourself in order to better your business and relationships with others.
Illuminating your WFH space for quality video conferencing
Thursday | 23 April 2020 | 4pm (AEST)
As Zoom and Skype conference calls become part of our every-day client communications, it’s essential to consider how you’re presenting on screen. In this session, our favourite lady of light, Adele Locke (MINT Lighting Design) will share her top tips for lighting up your work-from-home space with style. Adele will cover warm and cool lighting, directional light, colour rendering and more.