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Let the magnificence of Denver and today’s design visionaries inspire and motivate you! Discover, discuss and determine what’s next in great design.

The Mile-High City offers stunning Rocky Mountain landscapes, thriving art, design, architecture and music scenes, a commitment to sustainable development and much more. What better place to explore the future of design?

Come and hear from some of the world’s most thoughtful and insightful voices in design and beyond.

Moira Cullen, design director at Coca-Cola North America, discusses power—the ability to influence the behavior of others to get the outcome you desire. In today’s emotional economy, design’s ability to shape client and consumer preferences through the power of attraction is increasingly valuable. Design leadership—tangible and intangible, thinking and making—aligned to shared consumer values and business goals, is transformative.

Jody Turner, Culture of Future, with Victor Chu, FashionTec.com, Bart Haney, FuseProject and Superhappybunny and Vivian Rosenthal, Tronic, project future design trends by recognizing that consumption models have changed. At the same time, how we function as designers has changed. What are the current design trends and the resulting design demand? How do we want to contribute and influence going forward and what are the ways we do it?

Lydia Varmazis, director of emerging technology at Adobe, explores how the proliferation of user-generated content on community sites has widened the possibilities for creative expression. Hear how many similar concepts are enabling designers to share ideas with others, enhance design experiences and expand access to design knowledge.

For the full listing of 85 speakers and descriptions of the presentations, visit designconference.aiga.org.

“Next” online gallery: Share your vision of what’s next!
Present your design work, illustrations, photos or musings on what you think is next for design and designers. Contribute to an online gallery created by “Next” participants, featuring the many frames of reference shaping our views of the future. You may even see your vision at the conference! Click here to share your vision and ideas.

Champagne Celebration
Honoring recipients of the AIGA Medal

Mingle, celebrate, admire, toast, honor and generally bask in the glow of AIGA’s medalists. Rub elbows with Michael Bierut, Jean and Patrick Coyne, Ed Fella, Kit Hinrichs, Ellen Lupton, Katherine McCoy, Deborah Sussman, Michael Vanderbyl, Lorraine Wild and other industry legends while you enjoy sweeping views of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountains at one of Denver’s most scenic venues.

Wednesday, October 10
The Pinnacle Club
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Denver
6:00–8:00 p.m.

Cocktail attire

Tickets for the event are $75.00 and may be purchased when you register at designconference.aiga.org.

Command X update
Hundreds of young designers met the deadline for submitting their work in hopes of becoming a contestant in Command X, the graphic design reality show. The seven finalists will be announced soon and will begin work on their first project. You’ll want to be there on opening night when they make their pitch to judges Michael Bierut, Brian Collins, Noreen Morioka, Emily Oberman and Bonnie Siegler. Who will survive the glare of the spotlight to be named Command X winner of 2007?

Come early and stay late!
Soak up the splendor and culture that Denver has to offer, and make the most of your “Next” experience. Register now for the special activities, events and workshops at “Next.” Space is limited so sign up now! A few of the events you won’t want to miss:

Denver studio tours
Visit a few of the diverse design firms contributing to Denver’s vital cultural landscape. Ranging from a long-established powerhouse to the newer, more eclectic partnerships of individuals, this creative community is developing as rapidly as the land it inhabits.

Colorado adventure tours
From Rocky Mountain biking and jeep tours, to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Coors Brewery Tour or a day in Rocky Mountain National Park, you’re sure to find an adventure to fit your energy-level and interests.

Interactive Design: Building on What You Know
Taking your magazine online or making that brochure more dynamic is within your reach. We’ll show you how you can easily apply what you know and venture into the world of complex, interactive design by using the creative tools in CS3. Presented by Adobe.

Photo credit: Ron Ruhoff/Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau


Next: AIGA Design Conference
October 11–14

Register by September 5 to be included in the attendee directory!

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