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.

For all career levels

AIGA Arizona

Method + Madness Conference-Method + Madness is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. It’s a two-day grassroots conference organized by AIGA Arizona and community volunteers for fellow designers in all fields, illustrators, writers, and UX professionals. Method + Madness brings together world-class speakers and local experts for two full days of actionable insights, hands-on education, and fire-fueling inspiration.

AIGA Austin

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.


WOMAN UP!-Join AIGA Iowa for the first annual WOMAN UP! Conference, championing female talent and professional development. Learn from both local and nationally renowned designers and business professionals, including Jessica Walsh of the internationally recognized design firm, Sagmeister & Walsh (NYC). Choose from a variety of sessions throughout the day ranging from personal projects like hand-lettering and journey mapping, to discussions on using creativity for social justice and finding a balance between business and family.

AIGA Minnesota

Design Camp®-All are welcome to the largest regional design conference in the country, AIGA Minnesota’s Design Camp®. Since 1980, Design Camp has been annually held in northern Minnesota, and has set the standard for design conferences nationwide. Opening on a Friday and closing on a Sunday, campers experience talks with five 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 Nebraska

BarCamp-BarCamp Omaha is a user generated conference where the speakers are everyday folks talking about what interests them. Talks aren’t scheduled or planned until just before the conference starts, and anyone can give a talk. At BarCamp, you won’t find a predetermined speaker list or a line of suits passing out business cards. What you will find is some shaggy dude in a t-shirt talking about moonshine, a web developer talking about the best practices in SEO, or a world traveler sharing their experiences. BarCamp is a chance to network, learn something new, and share what awakens your curiosity. Come one, come all.”

AIGA New Mexico

ABQ Design Summit-AIGA New Mexico is excited to invite you to ABQ Design Summit, a two-day conference dedicated to learning and inspiration.Day One starts with another installment 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. We wrap up the first day with the first of our professional speakers. Day Two will be packed with professional skills mini-workshops and will finish off the conference with two more speakers.

AIGA Orlando

Re:solutions-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. Re:solve to attend this re:warding event.

AIGA Raleigh

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 Reno Tahoe

DICE 2017 Design Conference-For the past 7 years, DICE has served as a platform for all design disciplines and how they improve our future. With the Nevada Museum of Art’s space as a creative catalyst, DICE presents an annual competition and gathers some of the world’s most inspiring speakers. The goal is to challenge our thinking and explore the power and potential of good design.

This year, DICE 2017 explores the ideas of creating space, whatever it may be: public, community, work, etc. This theme is to reflect the idea of the people who are the catalysts and innovators who design/create the spaces we live/work/play/exist in.

AIGA Santa Barbara

FLIP! 2017-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. Over the course of three days, you’ll build a Brand Commitment Matrix with the six elements that guide the most successful brands. Then you’ll prototype the key touchpoints that will drive your brand into the marketplace. During the process you’ll benefit from hearing the viewpoints of others in the group, and from seeing how they approach their own challenges.

AIGA St. Louis

Design + Diversity Conference-The Design + Diversity conference explores proactive ways to make the design industry more diverse. This is the only conference that focuses on diversity issues in the design field. This event provides a platform for constructive conversation among those who design, innovate, and lead. We welcome the perspective of diversity and inclusion professionals, designers, and any active enthusiast.

AIGA San Diego

Y22 Design Conference-Join us for two days of stimulating speakers and participatory Thinkshops where you'll be challenged with thought-provoking questions. We'll provide a platform where you can engage in meaningful dialogue, learn from your peers, and define your own answers. Why? To inspire you to take action. Come pose your own questions. Come share your insights.

AIGA Seattle

HIVE: Proceed with Intent-As we move forward into 2017, we are seeing the landscape of design evolve into a more human-centered, experience-based profession. Design has shifted from its traditional practices of only ink and paper and progressed into creating world changing connections. Continuing the theme of future forward thinking, HIVE 2017 will focus directly on improving technological and social advances using various design techniques. Seminar topics will range from virtual reality and artificial intelligence to social justice and communication design. You will hear from local and national experts who have established best practices in using their design skill sets in a way which shapes and encourages positive change.

For in-house designers

AIGA Houston

Inside Job 2017- INSIDE JOB 2017 brings in speakers from some of the biggest and best in‑house design departments to help you successfully meet the demands of the corporate design world without losing your creative edge. With insight into the inherent challenges and rewards of in‑house design, INSIDE JOB 2017 will push you to bring out the best in you and your team, whether you’re a seasoned in‑house art director, a jack‑of‑all‑trades project manager or a newly‑minted design professional.

AIGA Philadelphia

@in: the conference for in-house creatives- AIGA Philly is proud to announce their second @in: the conference for in-house creatives. It will be a day of insight + inspiration featuring some of the most dynamic and influential creative leaders in our industry. Learn how in-house designers can make a greater impact at work, evolve professionally, and connect with a wide network of their peers.

AIGA Seattle

In-House  xCHANGE-An interactive, high-impact, one-day conference targeted at innovation executives, creative leaders, and heads of design. 

For emerging designers

AIGA Cincinnati

EMERGE mini conf: a conference for rising designers-EMERGE is a new initiative of programming co-created by the national AIGA organization + AIGA Minnesota. EMERGE is a series of experiences tailored to help the emerging designer hone their skills, discover their talents, and grow their career. AIGA Cincinnati is excited to be participating in this initiative by hosting a mini-conference created specifically for emerging designers by emerging designers (those with 0-5 years of experience). This half-day event will include two engaging panel discussions, the choice of a keynote speaker based on your interests, and a workshop to help you refine your professional social media presence. The day also includes time for networking, free professional head shots, unlimited coffee, breakfast + snacks. The goal of EMERGE is to help you flourish as a designer—in the areas of employment, growth, leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills. 

AIGA Mobile

Flourish: The Emerging Designers Conference-Junior and senior-level design students and emerging design talent are invited to attend Flourish: The Emerging Designers Conference hosted by AIGA Mobile and Spring Hill College. 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 and award-winning Art Director/Designer Devon Hoernschemeyer. 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.

AIGA Upstate New York 

Get Worked UP Conference-Get Worked Up is a half-day mini conference for emerging and student designers. This conference is part of the EMERGE initiative focused on designers who are just launching their careers to those who have up to five years of experience in the field.

For students

AIGA Baltimore

Ink & Pixels-Ink & Pixels, AIGA Baltimore’s Student Design Conference, is one of the area’s largest events focused on helping students prepare for a career in design. In the morning, industry leaders from the in-house design team at T. Rowe Price will discuss the skills needed to succeed in the professional world. Then enjoy a talk from the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Zolt Levay, who will present the work behind NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope images. After lunch, students will present their portfolios to regional design professionals and receive constructive, one-on-one evaluations.AIGA Baltimore is excited to host this annual event that brings together students and professionals who share a passion for design and its future. Join us and share your excitement on social media using the hashtag #inknpix17.

AIGA Nebraska

Me, Myself, & Design-Students and emerging designers, get ready for AIGA Nebraska's 8th 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.

AIGA St. Louis

AIGA Saint Louis 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. We can't wait to see you!