2017 AIGA Design Conference

The AIGA Design Conference returns to Minneapolis October 12–14, 2017.

Come dance in the purple rain, soak up the inspiration, and invigorate your creative consciousness as your favorite design icons and creative visionaries take the stage in Minneapolis. Let's make Prince proud.

Now is the best time to take advantage of early registration prices, available through June.

Buy your ticket today—or scroll down for rates.

Continue to watch this space, as well as AIGA’s social media channels as we unveil the latest news about the conference and speakers.

 Until June 14, 2017
Early registration tickets
Member discount tickets
Educator tickets
Student tickets


Want to save more as an AIGA member? Join AIGA before you register.

Your conference registration includes admission to all general sessions, symposia, the Design Fair, and evening events. Pre- and post-conference events may require separate additional fees; details will be available summer 2017.

Conference Venue

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hotel and travel discounts

See all our hotel and airfare/ground transportation discounts, expressly for conference attendees.

Programming and schedules

October 11
Special activities, organized by AIGA Minnesota and Eye on Design
(Separate fees apply)

October 12
9:00 a.m. Symposia* (choose one)
Building your Design Practice
Emerging Designers
Designing Inclusion
Entrepreneurship
Education
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. General session
6:30 p.m. Opening night reception

October 13
9:00 a.m. Symposia* (choose one)
In-house
Design for Cities
Craft
Leading for Growth
Education
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. General session
6:30 p.m. Happy hour

October 14
9:00 a.m. Symposia* (choose one)
Branding
UX/UI
Business
Local Design
Education
12:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. General session
7:30 p.m. Closing night party

* Topics subject to change

Additional details, expanding on the above, will be provided this summer. Continue to watch this space and check in frequently to learn more.

The AIGA Design Conference is the place to celebrate design excellence and discuss critical issues affecting the design profession. It’s about learning, networking, and so much more!

Registration policies

There will be a $150 cancellation fee for cancellations made prior to May 10, 2017. AIGA will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between April 26 and September 13, 2017. After September 13, no refunds will be available for any reason. 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? AIGA develoment director Vanessa Crews looks forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer opportunities

AIGA recruits approximately 80 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. Additional activities that require pre-registration are not available to conference associates, as their on site duties take precedence. 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 five students per school.