2016 AIGA Design Conference

Mirage Las Vegas
October 17-19, 2016

The AIGA Design Conference is the biggest event of the year for creatives from all across the country. Be there as the design community comes together for provocative speakers, nightly networking receptions, live competitions, exhilarating exhibitions, innovative professional development sessions, and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.

Ante up and join us as the conference returns to Las Vegas in October 2016—with more than 100 speakers and thousands of attendees, you’re sure to hit the jackpot!

Reserve your spot today—or scroll down for rates.


Don’t miss your favorite design icons and creative visionaries as they take the main stage in Vegas. Currently the speaker lineup includes Keira Alexandra, Terry Irwin, Amos Kennedy, AIGA Medalist John Maeda, host Roman Mars, and the returning AIGA Medalist Paula Scher. Plus don’t miss as podcast superstar and AIGA conference host Roman Mars unveils an exclusive preview episode from his smash hit design show 99% Invisible, live from the stage.

Continue to watch this space, as well as @AIGAdesign on Twitter and Instagram, as we continue to make more exciting additions to this speaker list.

Reserve your place now for the 2016 AIGA Design Conference, and double down on inspiration and stimulation in “Sin City” with our early-bird rate, available now through mid-July.

 Until July 19, 2016
Supporting+ member
Contributor member
Student member
Educator member

Remember, discounted rates are determined by your current AIGA membership status. Not a member? Join AIGA before you register to save!

Your conference registration includes admission to all main stage sessions, breakout sessions, the Emerging Designers Symposium, the Design Fair, and all evening events. Pre- and post-conference events may require separate additional fees; details will be available in summer 2016.

Hotel accommodations

The Mirage Las Vegas will be the venue for Design Conference and AIGA has partnered with the hotel for discounted guest rooms. The Mirage has held these rooms expressly for conference attendees, and AIGA is obligated to fill the block. Thank you for supporting AIGA by staying at the Mirage.

The discounted rate is only available by mentioning group code AIGA16A when making your reservation by phone. You can also make your reservations online.

The special rates are available until the block sells out or September 23, whichever comes first. After September 23, or when the block sells out, availability and rates will be quoted at the hotel’s discretion.

Mirage Las Vegas
3400 Las Vegas Blvd., South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Rate: $154 single or double (plus a reduced daily resort fee of $15 which includes wired and wireless access in your guest room and throughout the hotel).

Reservations: online or at 800 627 6667 (if you are making your reservation by phone, you must mention the group code AIGA16A to receive the discount).

Air travel

Delta Airlines is offering a two to 10 percent discount (depending on when you make your reservation and fare type selected) for Design Conference attendees flying into McCarran International Airport (LAS). When making your reservations online, select “Book a Trip”, then “Advanced Search”, and enter meeting event code NMMLT in the appropriate box. You can also receive the discount by calling 800 328 1111 and mentioning the same code but please note that Delta charges a fee for phone reservations.

Ground transportation to/from McCarran International Airport (LAS)

Taxi: approximately $22 one-way (depending on traffic).

Shared van: : SuperShuttle is offering a 10 percent discount for conference participants. You can make your reservations online or by calling 800 258 3826 and mentioning the discount code N4MKG.

Car rental: discounts are available through Avis at any of the 21 locations in the Las Vegas area. Make your reservation online or by calling 800 331 1600 and mentioning AWD number J770134.

Programming and schedules

We’ll have more information about schedules, speakers, and events in coming months. Continue to watch this space!

In the meantime, expect to:

  • Experience a diverse array of inspiring speakers on our main stage
  • Choose from a wide range of affinity sessions and workshops to help you take your practice to the next level
  • Get up close and personal with your design hero at intimate roundtable discussions
  • Explore examples of the best design through exhibitions and local studio tours
  • Get inspired at the Emerging Designers Symposium and learn from the designers who’ve paved the way
  • Make important connections with cutting-edge partners and exciting vendors in the Design Fair
  • Continue the discussions beyond the stage with nightly networking receptions, evening events, and more

Don’t forget, the AIGA Design Conference isn’t just about learning and networking—although you’ll meet plenty of colleagues, mentors, and partners while getting practical advice. It’s also the place to celebrate design excellence and discuss critical issues affecting the design profession.

Hear what past attendees are saying about the AIGA Design Conference:

“The feeling of being surrounded by 2,000 people with the same passion was amazing, and it’s definitely not an everyday experience.”

“The variety of speakers was amazing. It was great to hear from people at all stages in their careers and a variety of specialties.”

“A lot of creative blocks that I’ve experienced over the past few years got knocked loose throughout this conference, and I am so excited to see how I will take what I’ve learned back to my life as a creative.”

Registration policies

There will be a $100 cancellation fee for cancellations made prior to July 19, 2016. AIGA will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between July 19 and September 13, 2016. No refunds will be available after September 13, 2016. All ticket sales for pre- and post-conference events are final, no refunds will be granted.

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA conferences and activities, in corresponding publications, in AIGA’s archives and on AIGA’s website.

Conference rates are based on membership status at the time of registration. Memberships are non-transferable.

Cancellation policy

Conference is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for conference registration and sponsorship fees. Speakers are subject to change without prior notice.

Join us as a sponsor

Is your company interested in exhibiting in the Design Fair trade show and / or sponsorship opportunities around the conference? Download our sponsorship brochure and get in touch with Faustyna Hariasz, manager of marketing and partnerships.

Volunteer opportunities

AIGA recruits approximately 60 conference associates to help run the conference on site. Total working time during the conference is expected to be approximately 30 hours, and conference associates receive complimentary conference registration. Conference associates must be current AIGA members. Priority is given to AIGA student groups. In order to fairly offer volunteer opportunities to our diverse membership, there is a limit of 10 students per school.

NOTE: We are currently at capacity for volunteer positions. If you are an active AIGA member, you may add your name to the waitlist. You will not be contacted unless a volunteer opportunity becomes available.


Am I eligible for the educator rate?
At this time, the educator rate is available to AIGA members who identify as educators in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

Am I eligible for the student rate?
At this time, the student rate is available to AIGA members who identify as students in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

Can I register by mail?
If you prefer to register by mail or fax, a PDF form is available by request: please email AIGA_registrar[at]aiga.org; a $25 per-person processing fee applies.

Can we get a discount for group registrations?
At this time, there are no discounted group rates for the AIGA Design Conference.

What do registration fees cover and how are they set?
The registration fee for participants includes attendance at all conference mainstage and affinity sessions, and all evening receptions. Continental breakfast and light refreshment breaks will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday. Lunch and dinner will be on your own. The fees are set to make the experience both memorable and affordable. Typically the per person cost of putting on the conference is about three times the registration fee.

Can I buy a one-day pass to the conference?
AIGA offers only full-conference registration to its events. The experience and the pricing for the conference are based on participants attending the entire conference. Based on experience, we have determined that it is neither economically nor administratively feasible for our small staff to offer partial registrations and to oversee compliance.

Do you offer any comp registrations?
We do not offer complimentary registrations to anyone, including board members and chapter leadership. This policy is based on a firm commitment to equity and fairness, out of respect to our customers who pay for the conference.

Will videos from the conference stream or be published online?
As a benefit to AIGA’s 25,000 members, we aim to share content from the conference, to allow attendees to relive the experience and non-attendees to begin to sample the unbeatable experience. Details will be shared closer to the event dates.