AIGA chapter conferences

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AIGA chapters around the country are committed to providing content to their local community through a variety of mediums. Often chapters offer unique experiences open to visitors around the world. Following is a list of annual conferences hosted by AIGA chapters. Please revisit the page often as it will be updated frequently. Most conferences occur annually.

Upcoming

AIGA Nebraska
September 22, 2018
Me, Myself & Design 
Students and emerging designers, get ready for AIGA Nebraska's 9th annual, single day, design conference. Me, Myself, & Design challenges the perception of design past the classroom and expands your knowledge on what you thought you knew about the creative industry. No laptop needed, just bring a notebook, pen, one piece you want to review with a professional (if you wish) and a mind that’s ready to learn!

AIGA Upstate New York
September 22, 2018
Get Worked Up Conference
Get Worked Up is a one-day conference designed for emerging and student designers (generally people with 0-5 years of professional design experience). This conference is part of the AIGA Emerge Initiative to empower, engage and inspire emerging designers of different backgrounds and experiences as they grow their career. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet and interact with Upstate New York peers;
  • Learn more about the profession, the business of design, landing a job, and being involved in the design community;
  • Walk away inspired by the projects, creativity, and work of designers in our region;
  • Ask questions and talk with speakers (all from Upstate New York)—don’t be shy, ask them what you really want to know.

AIGA Minnesota
October 5-7, 2018
Design Camp® 2018
Since 1980, Design Camp has been held annually in northern Minnesota, and has set the standard for design conferences nationwide. Opening on a Friday and closing on a Sunday, campers experience outstanding keynote speakers, hands-on workshops held by the industry’s best, and a weekend full of opportunities to socialize and truly let go, amongst peers and icons alike. Limited to 350 attendees, Design Camp is made up of illustrators, photographers, educators, graphic designers, art directors, students, web developers, executives, copywriters, visual artists, sculptors, project managers, design entrepreneurs, and rollerbladers.

AIGA Seattle
October 5-7, 2018
Into The Woods
Designing with focus means producing a clear vision and finding a focal point. Through zooming in zooming out, we aim to arrive at a single point. Into the Woods 2018 celebrates provocative ideas, integrative thinking, and boundary-defying design. In October 2018, this legendary conference is back, with three days of keynote presentations, hands-on workshops and backwoods creative bonding at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth, Washington. At the heart of Into the Woods is the opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment dedicated to helping aspiring leaders increase their range of vision and establish conditions that enable others’ success. Designed to bring together top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences on everything from the design trends, the impact of design in today’s climate, to thinking about design in the future, and many other hot topics.

AIGA Arizona
October 6–7, 2018
Beyond Design: PHXDW 2018 Conference
The Beyond Design Conference is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. It’s a two-day design conference for designers, illustrators, writers, UI/UX designers, content managers, marketing professionals and people who work with them. Join us for two days of inspiring talks, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities to push your career beyond.

AIGA Houston
November 3, 2018
Inside Job 2018: A One-day Conference for In-house Design
Inside Job is a one-day conference and workshop series focused on the insights and perspectives of the in-house design community. But it stands for more. Inside Job represents creative professionals who dig deeper. It represents the initiative to search inward. To go below the surface. To build trust. We are designers. Moreover, we are problem solvers. We study the landscape. We explore new territory. We forge new paths. We envision what others often times cannot. Inside Job is more than a just a job. It’s results driven focus and intent. It’s true dedication. And today, we celebrate the many levels of creative talent that exists inside us all.

For all career levels

AIGA Orlando
February 3, 2018
Re:Solutions 2018
Re:Solutions is a one-day conference dedicated to re:starting the new year inspired, informed, and re:invigorated. Re:Solutions is a one-day conference dedicated to re:starting the new year inspired, informed, and re:invigorated.The day is broken down into two parts. In the morning, re:charge your creativity in one of three hands-on workshops. Then in the afternoon, re:engage your mind as you glean from the knowledge and experience of four key speakers.

AIGA Cincinnati
February 10, 2018
Designer’s Revival
Let’s take a deep breath, decompress, reflect, and combat the mental health challenges we face as designers. This full-day event will begin with breakfast bites, a peaceful and calming yoga session followed by an open forum discussion. Later, we'll learn about mental health and mindfulness as we enjoy a healthy lunch together. Pones Inc. dance collective will show us how to express creativity through movement. A special hands-on workshop will rejuvenate your creative and artistic talents. Finally, we’ll close out the day with keynote speaker Gemma Correll.

AIGA Santa Barbara
February 16-18, 2018
FLIP! 2018
AIGA Santa Barbara and Marty Neumeier present a 3-day brand workshop in Santa Barbara! Learn the essential principles of brand strategy while you build your brand. Marty Neumeier, bestselling author of The Brand Gap, The Brand Flip and ZAG will lead a three-day workshop in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. You’ll learn the new principles of brand strategy while applying them to your own brand. You’ll leave with a prototype for transformation—a plan to make your business more competitive, more profitable, and better aligned with its true potential.

AIGA Raleigh
February 23, 2018
THRIVE 2018
AIGA Raleigh is proud to present THRIVE 2018, a one-day supercharged creative conference. Much like the mission of AIGA Raleigh, which is to create a place where design thrives for everyone, THRIVE hopes to inspire the creative leaders of today and our future creative leaders through Design Empowerment, helping to enable social change through Design Impact, and to cultivate the creative community through Uniting People.You will leave this conference feeling energized to push forward, onward, and upward. We have assembled a line-up of speakers from all over the United States to change the way you think about yourself, where you live, and the impact you can have on both.

AIGA Austin
April 19-22, 2018
Design Ranch
Design Ranch is an intimate, three-day, hands-on, workshop-driven design retreat in a rustic setting on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Design Ranch isn't one of those slide-and-lecture "big conferences," it's about putting down your mouse, getting your hands dirty and reviving your creative spirit. Our goal is not to teach you the latest fad or tech trick. What your clients and businesses need more than ever is you, at full creative power, doing your best work, so we'd rather you go home with something a little more timeless: a fire in your belly and a fresh take on design that can only be achieved by unplugging and gettin' a little dirty. The 150 folks lucky enough to attend will find themselves rubbing elbows with well-known workshop leaders and fellow attendees in a way most conferences can't deliver—next to the campfire, out on the dance floor, and in unique, hands-on workshops. So come on out, learn something new, two-step under those big Texas stars, and who knows? Maybe even save your creative soul.

AIGA San Diego
May 5-6, 2018
Y23 Design Conference
That precise moment before the fingers hit the keyboard, the pen meets the paper, or the cursor glides across the screen, our minds catch an idea, ignite, and the beginnings of the code, illustration or design lights up the space for us. Join us for two days of speakers and participatory Thinkshops that will stroke your creative fires! Y23 will illuminate your mind and galvanize your design.

AIGA Nebraska
August 4, 2018
BarCamp Omaha
At BarCamp, we've ditched the predetermined speaker list. We're a user-generated, creative unconference that provides a space for everyday humans to share their passions. Talks aren’t scheduled until just before the conference starts, and anyone can speak — though it's just as rewarding to sit back and listen. There's no bar (except for drinks at the opening party) and no camp (unless you bring your own tent). But there's a whole lot to discover. This year, we celebrate process. How do we get from A to B, and where do our creative worlds collide? BarCamp 2018 invites you to share your messy, extraordinary, perhaps unfinished creations — because we're all a work in process.

AIGA Philadelphia
August 9-11, 2018
Creative LeadCon
AIGA Creative LeadCon offers a professional learning opportunity that will prepare you to inspire those around you, meet current industry demands and empower you to stay ahead of future challenges. This conference will serve as a catalyst for design professionals to cultivate core leadership, business and strategic thinking skills to become skilled decision makers, innovative problem solvers, and inspirational motivators for positive change. During this three-day conference, you will gain insights from industry thought leaders, learn about tools and skills you can put into immediate action, and adopt a leader’s mindset to thrive and succeed through change. Attendees of AIGA Creative LeadCon will also gain support by building peer-to-peer relationships through cohort groups established during the conference. The building of networks, peer support, and personal connections is at the core of AIGA Creative LeadCon.

AIGA Iowa
September 8, 2018
[WO]MAN UP! Conference
The [WO]MAN UP! Conference started as a platform to celebrate and inspire women in the world in art and design. In its second year, we seek to expand the conversation about equality in the creative sphere by encouraging both men and women to attend and meet and mingle with both local and national leaders in design.

AIGA Kansas City
September 14-15, 2018
Made in the Middle
Made in the Middle Creative Conference is a two day event devoted to design and creativity with inspiring talks, workshops, vendors, music and plenty of that Kansas City charm.

AIGA New Mexico
September 14-15, 2018
ABQ Design Summit
AIGA New Mexico is excited to invite you to our annual ABQ Design Summit, a two-day conference dedicated to learning and inspiration. This year's Design Summit will consist of two days filled with speakers, lectures and workshops led by talented creatives. We also see the return of our popular and informative Adobe Workshop series, where you can learn the latest tips and tricks about Adobe's newest offerings and get to know the tools you use every day a little better.

AIGA Minnesota
October 5-7, 2018
Design Camp® 2018
Since 1980, Design Camp has been held annually in northern Minnesota, and has set the standard for design conferences nationwide. Opening on a Friday and closing on a Sunday, campers experience outstanding keynote speakers, hands-on workshops held by the industry’s best, and a weekend full of opportunities to socialize and truly let go, amongst peers and icons alike. Limited to 350 attendees, Design Camp is made up of illustrators, photographers, educators, graphic designers, art directors, students, web developers, executives, copywriters, visual artists, sculptors, project managers, design entrepreneurs, and rollerbladers.

AIGA Arizona
October 6–7, 2018
Beyond Design: PHXDW 2018 Conference
The Beyond Design Conference is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. It’s a two-day design conference for designers, illustrators, writers, UI/UX designers, content managers, marketing professionals and people who work with them. Join us for two days of inspiring talks, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities to push your career beyond.

AIGA Seattle
October 5-7, 2018
Into The Woods
Designing with focus means producing a clear vision and finding a focal point. Through zooming in zooming out, we aim to arrive at a single point. Into the Woods 2018 celebrates provocative ideas, integrative thinking, and boundary-defying design. In October 2018, this legendary conference is back, with three days of keynote presentations, hands-on workshops and backwoods creative bonding at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort in Leavenworth, Washington. At the heart of Into the Woods is the opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment dedicated to helping aspiring leaders increase their range of vision and establish conditions that enable others’ success. Designed to bring together top thinkers and practitioners from diverse fields to share ideas and experiences on everything from the design trends, the impact of design in today’s climate, to thinking about design in the future, and many other hot topics.

For emerging designers

AIGA Mobile
March 10, 2018
Flourish: The Emerging Designers Conference
Junior and senior-level design students and emerging design talent are invited to attend the third annual Flourish: Emerging Designers Conference hosted by AIGA Mobile and the University of South Alabama Visual Arts Department. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in portfolio reviews with area professionals during one-on-one mock interviews, receive important career tips at our Q&A panel discussion and hear from keynote speaker Jordan Wong (WONGFACE), a Cleveland-based designer, illustrator, and artist. Whether their ambition is to join a firm or freelance, students will receive important career advice and valuable feedback on their work and start to build a professional network of peers and professionals. Full day conference attendees will be entered to win one of several door prizes including tickets to the Creative South Conference, a Wacom Tablet, and a portfolio from Sleek Portfolios. 

AIGA Upstate New York
September 22, 2018
Get Worked Up Conference
Get Worked Up is a one-day conference designed for emerging and student designers (generally people with 0-5 years of professional design experience). This conference is part of the AIGA Emerge Initiative to empower, engage and inspire emerging designers of different backgrounds and experiences as they grow their career. Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet and interact with Upstate New York peers;
  • Learn more about the profession, the business of design, landing a job, and being involved in the design community;
  • Walk away inspired by the projects, creativity, and work of designers in our region;
  • Ask questions and talk with speakers (all from Upstate New York)—don’t be shy, ask them what you really want to know.

For in-house designers

AIGA Houston
November 3, 2018
Inside Job 2018: A One-day Conference for In-house Design
Inside Job is a one-day conference and workshop series focused on the insights and perspectives of the in-house design community. But it stands for more. Inside Job represents creative professionals who dig deeper. It represents the initiative to search inward. To go below the surface. To build trust. We are designers. Moreover, we are problem solvers. We study the landscape. We explore new territory. We forge new paths. We envision what others often times cannot. Inside Job is more than a just a job. It’s results driven focus and intent. It’s true dedication. And today, we celebrate the many levels of creative talent that exists inside us all.

For students

AIGA St. Louis
February 10, 2018
AIGA St. Louis Student Conference 2018
Shape your future career at AIGA's annual Student Conference. Join us this year for the opportunity to meet new people, grow your portfolio, and participate in some fantastic workshops! As a junior or senior in college, this Conference is a great opportunity for you to explore your creativity with design professionals from around the U.S., and it's a great chance to learn from the best. If you're a senior, this is the perfect chance for you to get some real world feedback on your portfolio, so that you can be better prepared for the world in front of you. 

AIGA Nebraska
September 22, 2018
Me, Myself & Design 
Students and emerging designers, get ready for AIGA Nebraska's 9th annual, single day, design conference. Me, Myself, & Design challenges the perception of design past the classroom and expands your knowledge on what you thought you knew about the creative industry. No laptop needed, just bring a notebook, pen, one piece you want to review with a professional (if you wish) and a mind that’s ready to learn!