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“Next” is your opportunity to see Helvetica!
Watch it for the first time or savor your favorite scenes in the company of director Gary Hustwit. You won’t want to miss the screening of Helvetica, a feature-length documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. And then enjoy the rare chance to hear Hustwit’s exclusive take on the film in a Q&A following the screening with some of the featured designers: Michael Bierut, Tobias Frere-Jones and Jonathan Hoefler. Presented by Veer.

According to the Chicago Tribune, “The film says a great deal without raising its voice, lending wit and grace to an inquiry regarding the way a medium, a squiggle or the precise space between two letters affects a million different messages and a billion different eyeballs.”

Register now for “Next: AIGA Design Conference,” October 11–14 in Denver. Then grab some popcorn. We’ll save you a seat!

Today, September 5, is the last chance to have your name included in the attendee directory. Register now.

More speakers you’ll want to hear:

Bill Buxton, designer and researcher, Microsoft, and Hugh Dubberly, founder, Dubberly Design Office, consider how design education should prepare students for a changing future. Looking at technology’s currents trends—how processors will keep getting smaller and faster, as computers and sensors are included in more and more products—how can we predict what the next generation’s designers will face over the course of their working lives? This panel looks at what design education can provide that will endure.

Ed Fella, 2007 AIGA medalist, shares his knowledge as an “exit-level designer.” The Calarts professor says he has no “next” other than working on some “bad paintings.” But he does have a 50-year career in graphic design to draw on (literally) and rework (deconstruct), both as an alternate (counter-factual) history of itself and as a current practice. Armed with “after-the-event” flyers, roadside snapshots of vernacular lettering and countless sketchbook pages, Fella re-presents his story as a narrative of hope for the next generation of graphic designers.

Julie Lasky, editor, I.D. magazine, presents Lusting for Fresh Blood: Confessions of a Talent Scout. Designers are fearless. They dream impossible dreams, embark on insane projects, and don’t seem particularly concerned about starvation. Ever on the search for emerging design talent, Lasky elaborates on the combination of hunger and talent found in the multidisciplinary young designers who’ve recently won the hearts of I.D.’s editors.

Daniel Libeskind, architect, Frederic C. Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum, has for decades developed his radically poetic architectural language through creating monumental drawings and models that serve as influences to a generation of architecture students. Libeskind discusses how he brought his architectural and urban vision to Denver in the context of his past and future work and, above all, forms relationships between visual communication and architecture.

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

Don’t miss the Champagne Celebration of AIGA medalists!
Mingle, celebrate, admire, toast, honor and generally bask in the glow of AIGA medalists. Raise a glass with Michael Bierut, Jean and Patrick Coyne, Ed Fella, Kit Hinrichs, Ellen Lupton, Kathy McCoy, Deborah Sussman, Michael Vanderbyl, Lorraine Wild and other industry legends while you enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline and Rocky Mountains at one of Denver’s most scenic venues. Tickets for the event are $75.00 and may be purchased when you register for the conference.

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

Cocktail attire

“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 “Next” experience with a host of special activities, events and workshops. Space is limited, so sign up now!

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; Tekserve; Xerox Corporation; xpedx; X-Rite, Incorporated and Yupo Corporation of America


Next: AIGA Design Conference
October 11–14

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

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