Everybody loves Cheminne Taylor Smith. Army brat by birth and entrepreneur by choice, Taylor Smith — by virtue of the different roles she’s played and time she’s devoted in our industry — seems to have the ear and respect of nearly everyone in the design, home furnishings and media worlds. When Cheminne talks, people listen. She is a supreme connector with unbridled curiosity, a generous heart, and a penchant for idea generation and content creation. In this episode, we cover her career path, the importance of being memorable, volunteering, the importance of seeking inspiration outside the box and much more.
Recorded live at the Designer Experience Atlanta, the first part of this podcast features Kandrac & Kole’s “Adapt or Die” design talk. In order to thrive in changing times, K&K explain how they have had to check their egos at the door, expand their menu of services and redesign their website for the third time in their 14 years of business. Working with expert consultants, they deemed that the key to moving forward was making sure the site reflected the caliber of design they were doing, their commitment to philanthropy, and their authentic selves — which has always been part of their value prop. Bloggers for ten years and podcasters for two, the future, according to their 2020 corporate vision board, is laced with more video, higher earnings and finally, that trip to Marrakesh.