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the AIGA Design Conference. We hope you find the information you
are seeking, but if you still have unanswered questions after
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What do registration fees cover and how are they
set?The registration fee for participants includes attendance at
all conference general and affinity (breakout) sessions, the Design
Fair opening reception on Thursday night, the Design Fair happy
hour on Friday night and the closing party on Saturday evening.
Continental breakfast and light refreshment breaks will be provided
on Friday and Saturday. 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 we get a discount for group registrations?Discounts are available for three or more people registering
from the same company. You must complete the group registration
form and send it to AIGA by mail or fax together with payment in
full. Learn more about groups and download the form here.
How do you select speakers for the conference?
When the Design Conference originated more than 20 years ago, the
gathering was an opportunity to bring together people who were
passionate about design to share ideas. Over time we have drawn further
afield in seeking speakers who are inspirational, informative and
Each year, the AIGA community helps to curate the program for one
AIGA’s biennial conferences, AIGA Design Conference (held in odd years)
or “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference” (held in even years).
AIGA invites members, nonmembers, chapter leaders and other concerned
parties to contribute suggestions to program through an open call for
topics and speaker recommendations. The affinity session presentations
are programmed by a group of curators and leaders from AIGA’s
communities of interest. Main stage presentations are vetted by an
advisory committee. Richard Grefé, AIGA executive director, and Katie
Baker, AIGA conference producer, manage the committee and speaker
Except in highly unusual cases, we have not paid speaking fees. We
also try to avoid any presentations that will be self-promotional or
promote a specific product. Unlike some professional conferences, we do
not offer opportunities for presentations that do not fit into the main
theme of the conference as determined by the conference committee. This
policy is followed in order to be able to manage the experience and
value we offer all participants.
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. As
such, it would be unfair to those paying full registration to allow
those purchasing a partial registration to experience the full
conference by violating the intent of a partial registration.
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. We respect our customers who pay for
the conference and will not violate their trust.
Can I get a press pass for the conference?AIGA, the professional association for design, is a nonprofit,
501(c)(3) educational institution. Our activities are designed to
benefit our members, who also support those activities. Therefore,
only a limited number of press passes may be available for
editorial staff serving publications that are likely to provide
coverage of the event and share the news with a broader audience.
Members of the press who are intrigued by the content are
encouraged to attend.
We apply our policies consistently and fairly to avoid
situations in which designers with limited means are subsidizing
participation by others. This is the only way we know to remain
fair to our members who support us all year and also pay to attend
our conferences. To apply for a press pass, send us a
proposal for consideration. Under no circumstance will
non-editorial staff or more than one writer from a single
publication receive a press pass.
Is video of speakers from AIGA conferences
available?To share the content from the conference with a wider audience
and allow attendees to relive the experience, AIGA will make every
effort to post video, transcripts and presentations of all the main
stage presentations on the AIGA website.
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