What do registration fees cover and how are they set?
The registration fee for participants includes attendance at all conference general session presentations and the opening reception. Continental breakfast and light refreshment breaks will be provided; lunch and dinner are 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?
At this time, there are no discounted group rates for the AIGA Design Conference.
Update August 2022: For the 2022 AIGA Design Conference, AIGA is making group registrations available on a trial basis for groups of four or more. Group registrations are not eligible for further discounts.
How do you select speakers for the conference?
When the AIGA Design Conference originated nearly 40 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 provocative.
Each year, the AIGA community helps to curate the program for AIGA’s conference. 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.
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 chair. 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 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.
Update August 2022: For the 2022 AIGA Design Conference, AIGA is making day passes available on a trial basis. One day passes are not eligible for further discounts. The best value for those traveling to attend is the full-conference 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.
Update August 2022: For the 2022 AIGA Design Conference, and through the support of AIGA event speakers, as well as that of its members, AIGA is able to provide professional development credits for individuals in need.
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 of all the main stage presentations on the AIGA website. Additionally, be sure to follow along as AIGA live-tweets all mainstage presentations from our Twitter handle (@AIGAdesign), as well as covers the entire conference in real time on Facebook (/AIGAdesign) and Instagram (@AIGAdesign).
Update August 2022: AIGA members receive access to video content on the AIGA website after the event provided there are no limitations or restrictions. Video recording packages may become available to the public for a fee.
Am I eligible for the student rate?
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.
Update August 2022: AIGA student members in good standing are eligible for the student rate. Part of a student group? Don't miss out! Join or renew early to ensure your membership is active well in advance of registration deadlines and volunteer recruitment opportunities. We experience higher-call/email volume during the back-to-school season. Thank you in advance for your patience; we are a small staff and will do our best to process membership applications in the the order they are received.
Looking for more information, including schedules, professional development credits, volunteer opportunities, group registrations, and policies for COVID-19 or cancellations?
To get the most up-to date answers for the AIGA Design Conference, visit the page: 2022 Conference Policies and FAQs
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