One of the things that I searched for when we made the move to Syracuse was whether or not it had an active design community. I assumed that since there's a huge "local" movement that a design movement would follow suit. When I arrived almost three years ago I was slightly disappointed.
I really needed to search things out. There were no signs saying "design friends - you've arrived" or this is WHERE the Syracuse design community is - holla! I had to make my own connections. But the city screamed artsy spaces and intentional design...I just couldn't find the actual designers.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was to have a reason to connect with other local creatives. By putting myself out there I hoped it would cast a large net in my local community - and hopefully I would find other like-minded people.
When I first heard about Syracuse Sync I nearly flipped out. I immediately contacted them to get the 411 about this upcoming event. I begged Ian to attend and he immediately agreed - I didn't even need to say "pretty please!" We registered and the countdown until Friday, September 6th began!
Last week we woke up early, got all of our stuff together and drove over to The Redhouse. We never get to start our days like this and it immediately put us in a great mood. You see, our not-so-secret dream is to work together and have an opportunity to be creative.
We met some new friends and connected with other familiar faces. The energy buzzing in the cafe was impressive because it was before 9 a.m. and people were just beginning to load up on the tasty coffee and treats. We grabbed our swag bags full of wonderful surprises and our fancy lanyards with our names / twitter handles.
Going into the day I knew I would hear a lot of people sharing their thoughts on design. Sitting there and listening to the vision of Syracuse Sync got me so thrilled. Speaker after speaker dropped so much knowledge jam-packed into short sessions that I filled my notebook up with tons of ideas. I was extremely impressed by the amount of talent sitting in one room.
From the amazing lunch (courtesy of WordPress.com via The Stir Mobile Eatery) to the presentations I'm thrilled that we gave Syracuse Sync a chance. I'm really looking forward to what's up next and the community involvement.
[all photos courtesy of Ian Jones]
My take-away: there IS a design community in Syracuse. The only way to keep that community going is to "MAKE SYRACUSE" a hub where designers can mingle and others want to come and be a part of what's happening in this city.
If you attended I'd love to hear your thoughts on the event! If you weren't able to attend I highly suggest following @syracusesync on Twitter so that you can keep in touch with what's happening.