the concept for #gettingbehinddesign is all about human to human connection and accessibility to design with Spreading Roomers leading the charge.
Created to help you find your best fit; this is a platform of the industry recommendations you’ll need to build trust with the PEOPLE you mean to engage; both locally and (coming soon) nationally.
“Deb’s taking Spreading Roomers in a really clever direction, by bringing you a reliable online resource that is only accessible for feature via invitation only.” - Kristie Castagna.
But isn’t Spreading Roomers all about inclusivity? Well yes, but it’s also about credibility for the consumer; so anyone wanting to join our community needs to get to know their community. It’s a give back get back system of true support for one another; inclusivity being the natural driver.
“Endorsed and recommended by those within the industry – this is a platform that invests in bringing the industry UP and is a refreshing alternative to social media or directories where anyone can join without moderation.” - Andrea Pienaar.
So how is this different? This is a platform designed to brighten the brand. This purposeful space exists on a foundation of meaningful touch points and the unedited that will stay with you, long after the twists, trends and inspo disappear.
So; when you’re ready – take a good look around. This is for the design lovers, industry enthusiasts, believers in community and encouragers of best fit.
A LITTLE DEB
I think I’m best described as a little person with a big bloody passionate heart and equally sized funny bone! Both a mum and small business owner, I don’t DO IT ALL. Instead, I am the MASTER OF TILT. I’m ok with that. What I don’t do is anything half-heartedly and if I can have a laugh along the way, I will. That’s actually my version of success.
Personally; I’ve spent the last 3 years coaching within the industry, in both business and brand, and it’s those built relationships and old school values that have become the backbone of my business. Much like I don’t like to outsource my boys, I don’t like to outsource my clients either – we three legged race this damn thing together. It’s how it’s supposed to be.
…but you don’t rope yourself to another without a level of trust. The bonds become strong. So much so, I now field regular calls and requests of “Do you know someone who can help with….” “Are you able to recommend a …”. On the daily, there is a request for help from me. That’s a pretty damn awesome feeling. It’s also the inspiration behind SR.
As a lover and avid social media user the one lesson that sticks with me is how often our industry is underpinned by visual content yet we know so little other than the edits we have access to? The ‘real’ often gets curated away and replaced with perfect imagery and dialogue (like I enjoy baked beans with vinegar and I often gets lyrics to songs absurdly wrong); but ask yourself this - have I ever hired a business based purely on looks without any due diligence? It’s just too easy to edit (for good or for bad) unless you get to know one another.
As a person I look for twinkles in the eyes, crinkles in the nose and the peppered exchanges of life that make you look at that person of interest and go “yep, you’re the one, you’re hired”. Suddenly, instagram profiles, paid PR, blogs with unread content and pinterest accounts don’t become the deciding factor. Instead; “who would you recommend?” is king, and ‘connection’ it’s queen.
I deferred uni to travel the world in my 20’s and spent nearly 7 years in London, way, way before being a mum was on the radar. When I came back, with a tonne of ‘boys club’ corporate training under my belt I thought, there is a way to do all of this with both softness and steal. My hope is that Spreading Roomers delivers an adequate measure of both, but mostly it is here to really make sure you find who you’re looking for.