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07.20.11


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Early-Bird Deadline extended to August 1

Welcome to San Francisco

If you missed last Friday's deadline to save $100 on your IRDC registration, you're in luck. The new (and final) deadline for snagging the Early-Bird Discount is Monday, August 1. Deduct another $100 if you're an IRDC Alum or Insider, and your total discount is $200.

(If you're a subscriber to this newsletter, you're probably an Insider. If not, become one here.)

Speaking of deadlines, the cutoff for reserving your room at San Francisco's Parc 55 Wyndham is just around the corner. After August 18, any remaining rooms in the IRDC block will be released to the general public.

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IRDC SESSION PREVIEW

Design Within Reach founder is closing keynoter

Rob Forbes

Rob Forbes, founder of furniture retailer Design Within Reach and, more recently, bicycle retailer PUBLIC, will deliver the Closing Keynote address at IRDC 2011 on Friday, September 9. Forbes's presentation, Visual Immersion and the Retail Mindset, will focus on the unexpected sources of inspiration that can fuel your creativity as a designer of retail experiences.

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IRDC SESSION PREVIEW

Q&A with Big Red Rooster exec vp Marcie Merriman

Marcie Merriman

Each new generation of shoppers has its own set of values, beliefs and buying habits, and millennials (18- to 29-year-olds) are no exception. You'll get insight into this wave of consumers in the panel discussion Designing for the Millennial Shopper on day one of the conference, September 7.

Joining WD Partners' Michelle Fenstermaker and Little's Nicole Rehfuss on the panel is Big Red Rooster executive vp Marcie Merriman, who shares insight from her investigation of millennial shoppers in this Q&A.

> READ THE Q&A


SF RETAIL HOTSPOTS

826 Valencia (a.k.a. The Pirate Store)

If you want to check out interesting retail in San Francisco—and you happen to be low on Peg Leg Oil—your first stop should be 826 Valencia in the Mission district.

Here you can stock up on buccaneer supplies such as Glass Eyes, Scurvy Begone Tablets and Mermaid Bait or Repellant (it does both!) at The Pirate Store, a one-of-a-kind emporium that fronts best-selling author Dave Egger's original writing lab for students, also called 826 Valencia.

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2011 Networking Roundtable Discussion Topics

Designing retail for the 20-and-under crowd

Questions to ask before hiring a design firm

Tapping the local community for design inspiration

Color Trends: The role of color in shopper behavior

Visual merchandising trends and ideas

Social media and store design: How to integrate?

Lighting design trends

Signage and Graphics: Updating branding on a budget

Fixtures: Design trends

Digital Media: What resonates with customers and why

Materials: Trends and ideas

Innovations in green materials

Store Renovations: Making your budget and your deadline

International Markets: How to translate your brand

Urban Retailing: Challenges and opportunities

Better design =better sales: Proving ROI

Corralling creativity: Getting from brainstorm to bricks-and-mortar

Favorite/least favorite trends in retail design

ge-lighting centiva fleetwood
Alpolic ASI Belaire CRI
Chippenhook ColorX Dfab Grottini
JPMA KDM Marlite MG
Mondo Pattison Triad Visplay

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