When we asked for proposals that centered around the theme “Open Doors,” we emphasized that designers take as broad of an interpretation as they see fit. We had no clue what would come to us from the other side of that submission portal.
One reason for this: Part of learning new things is discovering new things to learn. Asking designers to conform their proposals to our motivations behind “Open Doors” would’ve not only contradicted the theme itself—it would’ve resulted in a far less interesting and illuminating week of programming.
What will that week of programming look like, exactly? We’ll spare you the details until the end of September, when our full schedule goes live. However, if you’re eager to know how ADW can help you grow as a designer and a person, we noticed a few common lessons sprinkled throughout this year’s programming that excites us to share right here and right now.