August 2–6: AIGA’s Design Educators Community to Host SHIFT{ed} Summit


July 22, 2021

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Michelle Koenigsknecht

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This week-long online event will gather the design education community to take stock of where we are, what we have learned, and what we want to do next. 

New York, NY—From August 2–6, AIGA’s Design Educators Community, will host SHIFT{ed}, a virtual summit for design educators

Last year the AIGA Design Educators Community organized the SHIFT Summit to explore the ways educators were shifting within and amidst the chaos of 2020, pivoting and changing course even while the world was rapidly changing around us. AIGA’s Design Educators Community wants to revisit these themes one year later to find out how we have SHIFT{ed}, if we are still SHIFT{ing}, and the ways we must continue to SHIFT. 

This year the summit will focus on the themes of teaching, research, and community. It will feature multiple ways for participants to engage with each other and the content—including asynchronous presentations, synchronous panels, presentations, and virtual roundtables, online forums for discussion, and more. 

“In 2021, we are continuing to explore ways that design educators are pivoting to accommodate our changing education environments and the world around us,” said Liese Zahabi, AIGA Design Educators Community SHIFT{ed} Conference Chair. “We hope you’ll be able to join us and continue this conversation, learn from each other, and find new ways to shift our focus and engagement.”

What: SHIFT{ed} Summit, week-long online event for AIGA’s Design Educator Community.

Topics include: Teaching, research, and community engagement are main themes with sessions focused on topics such as mental health, inclusivity, mentorship, and sustainability.  

Who: AIGA, the professional association for design; AIGA Design Educators Community; design educators.

When: Monday, August 2 - Friday, August 6, 2021. Learn more here and check out the schedule.

Media Contact

Michelle Koenigsknecht

(212) 710-3138


AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all.