AIGA Design Conference Speakers

The biggest event of the year for creative thinkers.

The AIGA Design Conference is a different experience; we push the design profession forward by asking provocative questions and challenging designers to think about the future. From intriguing mainstage presenters to in-depth symposia that allow attendees to dive deeper into topics facing our industry, we entice the community to imagine the future.

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Expand Your Learning

The speakers for AIGA’s Design Conference 2021 range widely in interests, medium, and biographical experience, but they all have one thing in common: they know the future relies on design. The AIGA Design Conference is your opportunity to participate in fresh ideation for design from leaders in the field.

2020 AIGA Design Conference

Engage with Design Leaders

Join us for more Fireside Chats with AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson. Bennie will speak with design business leaders about their values, journeys, and approaches to leadership. 

AIGA Design Conference Fireside Chats

Meet the 2021 AIGA Design Conference Chair

Rick Griffith

Rick Griffith has been a full-time designer, occasional writer, teacher, activist and printer, who produces, collects and loves artifacts (often made of paper) that are sometimes qualified to be discussed as art. He is working on being a more frequent writer. He has plenty to say. He participates in a studio called MATTER, and every Saturday he works in the shop at MATTER; these are both enterprises and collaborations with his Partner Debra Johnson. He is a dad, nephew, son, and brother. He is a Black, British-born West-Indian person and an immigrant, and he works in Denver, CO and Brooklyn, NY.

Rick Griffith, AIGA Design Conference Chair

Meet the 2021 AIGA Design Conference Host

Roman Mars, AIGA Design Conference Host

Roman Mars

Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With nearly 500 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. It is currently the most popular TED Talk about design with over 6.5 million views. His crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $4 million and he's the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking independent podcasts. Most recently, he co-authored The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design, a beautifully designed and illustrated New York Times best-selling book about the built world.

Registration & Tickets

Nonmember

$649 early, $699 regular

Member

$449 early, $499 regular

Nonprofit or Government

$399 early, $449 regular

Discounted rates are available to AIGA members. Your AIGA profile must match the category of membership to grant access to the corresponding price.

Educator

$249 early, $299 regular

Discounted rates are available to AIGA members. Your AIGA profile must match the category of membership to grant access to the corresponding price.

Student

$149 early, $199 regular

Discounted rates are available to AIGA members. Your AIGA profile must match the category of membership to grant access to the corresponding price.

Early registration rates are available through August 30, 2021. All prices increase by $50 on August 31, 2021.

Need assistance to attend?

Thanks to the support of our generous members and donors, we are pleased to offer a limited number of complimentary tickets to the Festival for those who are in need of financial assistance due to the unprecedented events of 2020 and 2021.