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Kick off opening night at “Next: AIGA Design Conference” in Denver with the bold and visionary Daniel Libeskind, an international icon in architecture and urban design. Listen to this esteemed architect share insight into his current and future projects, as he returns to the city that is home to his first U.S. structure—the Frederic C. Hamilton Building of the Denver Art Museum.

Inspired by the surrounding light and geological formations, Libeskind designed the Hamilton wing to echo the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and recall the geometric rock crystals found in the Denver foothills. The building is covered in 9,000 titanium panels that reflect the Colorado sunshine.

Appropriately, the Denver Art Museum is the site of the closing party, where you can celebrate three days of enlightening discussions and new friendships. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, enjoy selections from the AIGA Design Archives and images created by conference attendees projected onto the glistening exterior throughout the evening. The closing party is presented by Sappi Fine Paper North America.

Other “can’t miss” sessions include:

Allan Chochinov, Core77; William Drenttel, Design Observer; Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss; Khoi Vinh, Subtraction; Alissa Walker, UnBeige; and moderator Steven Heller, co-chair, MFA Design as Author, School of Visual Arts, bring you into the Blog O’Fear: The Rules and Etiquette of Blogging. Who is afraid of what the blogosphere has and will become? The next stage of blogging is coming, and this panel discusses it in terms of art and commerce and its role as a forum for ideas, commentary and whatever’s next.

Bobby C. Martin Jr., design director, Jazz at Lincoln Center, talks about the pros and cons of in-house design and the impact of his design work on everything from marketing to accounting, the structure of board meetings to employee response to the physical office space, watching his once elaborate and strategic presentations whittled down to brief conversations and worried voicemails, and being committed to his work on a level he never imagined.

Bruce Mau, 2007 AIGA medalist and founder of Bruce Mau Design, looks to the future of human civilization and explores the ways in which design is improving the quality of life for millions of people around the world, as well as the possibilities that exist to extend this revolution to all humanity. Mau begins with a simple, yet profound proposition: “We are at a point in history where the welfare of all life on the planet is a practical objective.” Big, bold and inspiring, this presentation offers examples of the many positive changes taking place globally.

Adam Pratt, senior systems engineer, Creative Suite, Adobe Systems, Inc. and David Womack, writer, editor of Adobe ThinkTank, will bring together the theory and practice of designing for multiple devices. Join this inspiring discussion about the present and future—from exploring trends in digital technology to a demonstration of how Creative Suite 3 Premium provides tools to match these opportunities and allows designers to move seamlessly between mediums and engage with an environment in which information is constantly reinterpreted.

For the full listing of 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 projected on closing night at the Denver Art Museum! Click here to download the template and share your vision and ideas.

Come early and stay late!
Soak up the splendor and culture that Denver has to offer, and make the most of your experience with a host of special activities, events and workshops. Space is limited, so sign up now!

Just one week remains to be included in the attendee directory! Register by September 5 to ensure you're listed!

AIGA would like to thank the following partners in presenting “Next: AIGA Design Conference”:

AIGA National Partners
Adobe; Aquent and Domtar EarthChoice

Lead Collaborating Sponsor
IIT Institute of Design

Major Sponsors
Appleton Coated; Mohawk Fine Papers; Neenah Paper; Pantone; Sappi Fine Paper North America and Veer.

General Sponsors

Bank of America; Design Observer; Eye magazine; Getty Images; HP; Print magazine; Quark and Sandy Alexander

Exhibiting and Supporting Sponsors
The Artcraft Company, Inc.; College for Creative Studies; ColorGraphics; Corporate Image; Crane & Co.; Extensis; FedEx; Hemlock Printers; The Hennegan Company, a Consolidated Graphics Company; ICG/Holliston; Infowit; International Paper; Leopard, an Ogilvy company; Mediasurface, Inc.; Monotype Imaging, Inc.; NewPage; Precise Continental; Savannah College of Art and Design; Shutterstock; SMART Papers; Stora Enso; Xerox Corporation; xpedx; X-Rite, Incorporated and Yupo Corporation of America


Photo credit: Steve Crecelius for 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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