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the AIGA Design Conference. We hope you find the information you
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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.
Join us in Minneapolis this October for “Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference,” a biennial design conference exploring design strategy, social impact and design as craft.
Together, design and business can solve society’s toughest problems. Attendees learned how from a wide range of industry leaders at “Gain: AIGA Design for
Social Value Conference” in San
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Conference , Gain conference, social responsibility, business
New York, NY—September 29, 2014. As the definition of
“design” continues to broaden, so too will the scope of AIGA’s biennial
design and business conference. Next month, leading
thinkers-practitioners-writers-educators will converge in New York City
at “Gain” to consider many facets of the design of business for the
New York—September 23, 2014. Next week, AIGA, the professional
association for design, opens “Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist”—a
vibrant and inspiring retrospective of a designer who pioneered New Wave
design while carving his own path from academia to corporate design,
experimental European commissions and AIDS activism in the East Village
art scene. This exhibition is organized and designed by AIGA Medalist
Chris Pullman and Laura Varrachi of LVCK Environmental Graphics with
support from Dan Friedman's brother Ken Friedman.
New York, NY—September 25, 2014. AIGA and Wacom announce the launch of “Rise & Shine,”
a new video series that goes behind the scenes of the diverse practices
of six up-and-coming communication designers. Viewers are invited to
travel across the United States with AIGA, the professional association
for design, and Wacom, the leading producer of intuitive design tools,
to visit a range of talented, emerging designers working today and find
out what fuels their creativity. The series offers a closer look at
everything from creative processes and big career breaks to the
techniques and technology they use to realize their visions.
NEW YORK—September 18, 2014. AIGA, Design Observer and Designers & Books today published results of the 2013 “50 Books/50 Covers” competition. A panel of jurors including Michael Bierut, partner at the New York design firm Pentagram; Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer; and Peter Mendelsund, associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books chose 50 outstanding books and 50 exceptional covers.
This task force is charged with reviewing the role AIGA might play in recognizing, communicating and advocating remarkable design that has emerged from the graphic design tradition—experienced in many media and forms today.
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Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a sucker punch of a talk that aims to provide bonafide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design.
Angela R. Kirwin
AIGA Santa Barbara
Member since 2014
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March 24, 2015
AIGA San Francisco
Sarah E. O'Malley
Anna L. Woodling
Dominique N. Boudinot
AIGA Reno Tahoe
Sergey V. Popkov
AIGA New York
Kickstart Graphic Means
March 27, 2015
How to Give and Receive a Good Design Critique
Tall Tales From a Large Man at UMBC
March 26, 2015