Join us in New Orleans for the AIGA Design Conference

Hyatt Regency, New Orleans
October 8-10, 2015

The AIGA Design Conference brings the design community together to experience provocative speakers, local culture, nightly networking receptions, competitions, exhibitions, professional development sessions and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.

We hope you’ll join us in New Orleans this Fall for the 2015 AIGA Design Conference. With more than 90 speakers and thousands of attendees, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience you won’t want to miss.

Reserve your place now for the next AIGA Design Conference and find inspiration and connection in The Big Easy!

Registration rates will increase after July 15, 2015.


 Until July 15, 2015
Supporting+ member
Contributor member
Student member
Educator member

Discounted rates are determined by your current AIGA membership status. Not a member? Join AIGA before you register to save!

Hotel and travel discounts are available now! Make your reservations today to secure the best rates.


Joining moderator Roman Mars, host of 99% Invisible and PRX Remix, are our eight announced speakers, with dozens more revealed in coming weeks:


Keetra Dean Dixon
Designer, artist, winner of a U.S. presidential award. Clients include The New York Times, Nike, Volkswagen, and Coach.

Christopher Simmons
Designer, writer, design advocate, and educator. He’s also a principal/creative director at MINE™, and an AIGA national Board member.

Virginia Postrel
Author, Bloomberg View columnist and speaker, whose work concentrates on intersection of culture and commerce, including her recent book The Power of Glamour.


Michael Bierut
Pentagram partner, co-founder of Design Observer, and 2006 AIGA Medalist.

Audrée Lapierre
Creative director and co-founder of FFunction.

Ellen Lupton
Senior curator of contemporary design, Cooper Hewitt, and 2007 AIGA Medalist.

Sébastien Pierre
Founder of FFunction and creator of “Invisible Islands” project.


Eddie Opara
Partner, Pentagram. Two-time alum of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

Karin Fong
Emmy Award-winning director and designer. Her work includes the iconic opening titles for Boardwalk Empire and South Park.

Paul Sahre
Called one of the most influential graphic designers of his generation. Frequent contributor to the New York Times.

Nelly Ben Hayoun
Designer of experiences, including the International Space Orchestra in collaboration with Beck and Damon Albarn. Winner, WIRED Innovation fellowship for “significant impact on the world.”



Thursday, October 8


8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Studio tours*
Professional development workshops*
Emerging Designers Symposium
Design educator workshops*
*additional fees required, registration available this summer
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Design Fair opens
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Opening general session
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
General session
6:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Opening Night Reception


Friday and Saturday, October 9–10


9:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
General session
10:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Affinity sessions
12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Affinity sessions
3:30 p.m.–4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
General session
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Happy Hour/Closing Party


Convince your boss

We know you’re excited... but we also realize that you may need to convince your boss. Here are three reasons why you need to be in the “Big Easy” this October.

Recharge and conquer
You may be told that you can’t afford to be away from work—but don’t let that deter you from attending! Between inspiring speakers, a welcoming community of like-minded peers, and tons of networking parties, you’ll leave feeling reinvigorated and ready to win. Sure, you’ll be away from your desk for two days, but you’ll come back energized for the rest of the year, and ready to share cutting-edge design thinking, strategy, and inspiration with the team back home.

You deserve the best
AIGA is the leader in design conferences and has been producing must-see programming full of provocative sessions and hands-on training for more than 20 years. Between the connections you’ll make, the people you’ll meet, and the thought-provoking speakers you’ll hear, you can’t put a price on the AIGA experience.

Become a part of something bigger
When you join AIGA before registration, you get much more than a great rate for the AIGA Design Conference. You’re also receiving access to exclusive member benefits from amazing partners like Adobe, Shutterstock, and Skillshare, plus invitations to must-see AIGA programming and webcasts, and a personal connection to the local design community through your AIGA chapter.

What to expect

Reserve your place now for the 2015 conference where you’ll find everything you need to get inspired, make connections and more:

  • On the main stage, experience a diverse array of inspiring speakers
  • Choose from a wide range of affinity sessions and workshops to help you take your practice to the next level
  • Get up close and personal with your design hero at roundtable discussions
  • Explore examples of the best design through exhibitions and local tours
  • Get inspired at the Emerging Designers Symposium and learn from the designers who’ve been there, done that
  • Make important connections with partners and vendors in the Design Fair
  • Continue the discussions beyond the stage with networking receptions, evening events and more

This is not just about learning and networking—although you’ll meet plenty of colleagues, mentors and partners while getting practical advice. It’s also the place to celebrate design excellence and discuss critical issues affecting the design profession. 

Hear what past attendees are saying about the AIGA Design Conference:

“The feeling of being surrounded by 2000 people with the same passion was amazing, and it's definitely not an everyday experience.”

“The variety of speakers was amazing. It was great to hear from people at all stages in their careers and a variety of specialties.”

“A lot of creative blocks that I've experienced over the past few years got knocked loose throughout this conference, and I am so excited to see how I will take what I've learned back to my life as a creative.”

Get involved

Is your company interested in exhibiting in the Design Fair trade show and / or sponsorship opportunities around the conference? Please contact Elaine Bowen, director of strategic partnerships

Who is speaking?

As speakers and programming for the 2015 event are confirmed, information will be posted here and updates will be sent to subscribers by email. Curious to know what the AIGA Design Conference is like? Take a look at Videos from the 2013 AIGA Design Conference.

What’s included

Your conference registration includes admission to all main-stage sessions, breakout sessions, the Emerging Designers Symposium, the Design Fair and all evening events. Pre- and post-conference events may require separate, additional fees; details will be available in early 2015.

Registration policies

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA conferences and activities, in corresponding publications, in AIGA’s archives and on AIGA’s website.

Conference rates are based on membership status at the time of registration. Memberships are non-transferable.

There will be a $100 cancellation fee for cancellations made prior to July 15, 2015. AIGA will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between July 15 and September 10, 2015. No refunds will be available after September 10, 2015. All ticket sales for pre- and post-conference events are final, no refunds will be granted.

Cancellation policy

Conference is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for conference registration and sponsorship fees. Speakers are subject to change without prior notice.


Am I eligible for the educator rate?
At this time, the educator rate is available to AIGA members who identify as educators in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

Am I eligible for the student rate?
At this time, the student rate is available to AIGA members who identify as students in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

Can I register by mail?
If you prefer to register by mail or fax, a PDF form is available by request: please email AIGA_registrar[at]; a $25 per-person processing fee applies.

Can we get a discount for group registrations?
At this time, there are no discounted group rates for the AIGA Design Conference.

Can I view the sessions I registered for online?
The confirmation email you receive at the time you register will include a link to your registration record. You can also log in to view your registration record or add a workshop.

Will a packet be mailed to us before the conference?
All conference materials will be distributed onsite when you check in at registration. This includes a full conference program and daily schedule-at-a-glance.

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 opening reception on Thursday night and the Design Fair happy hour on Friday night. 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 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, out of respect to our customers who pay for the conference.

Will videos from the conference be published online?
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.