AGENTS Networking: AIGA Design Conference 2016

Last Updated: August 1, 2020

The AIGA Design Conference is one of the most remarkable and largest networking events in the US. Here is what to expect from the 2016 AIGA conference in Las Vegas.

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THE neon buzz of Las Vegas will be the vibrantly colourful backdrop for this year’s AIGA Design Conference. As one of the longest established, and largest, networking events for design professionals, entrepreneurs and startups in the US, there is something for everyone at the AIGA conference. There is also a lot of fun and inspiration by the truckload. Here is everything you need to know about this year’s event.


What is the AIGA Conference?

FOUNDED in 1914, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is the largest professional membership organisation for design. AIGA’s mission is to accelerate design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and cultural force. Its annual conference gives design enthusiasts and entrepreneurs the chance to meet new people with similar outlooks and ideas. Networkers will hear inspiring presentations from market-leading figures, and enjoy an array of fun activities such as live design competitions and face-to-face round-tables with experts. Conference is the perfect place for a design entrepreneur to upskill, and to take significant steps towards becoming a design leader.

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Where & When is it?

THE AIGA Design Conference 2016 takes place from Monday October 17th to Wednesday October 19th, at the Mirage Las Vegas on 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

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Why Should I Attend the AIGA Design Conference?

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DESIGNERS are joining a real and vibrant community when they attend the AIGA Conference, so it’s an opportunity to connect with old friends and meet new ones in a sizeable sector. It’s inspiring, fun, energetic, with tangible benefits for your professional skill-set. You will come face to face with your heroes, and also make interesting new connections. As the association’s website puts it, you will leave Las Vegas “energized by three days of inspiring presentations, skilled up from professional development, and ready to make strides as a design leader.

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Who are the Speakers?

THERE are a large number and variety of speakers scheduled to attend and deliver presentations at the AIGA conference. Here are a few of the most notable.

Sean Adams – Founder, Burning Settlers Cabin

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SEAN Adams is a founding partner of AdamsMorioka, and the founder of Burning Settlers Cabin, a design website. He is also a professor at the Art Centre College of Design. Adams is the only two-term president in the history of AIGA, and has served in many positions on the AIGA board.


Ryan Fitzgibbon – Founder, Hello Mr.

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RYAN Fitzgibbon is the founder and publisher of Hello Mr. Fitzgibbon started out as a communication designer at IDEO in San Francisco, before moving to Australia for a period. As well as founding Hello Mr., Fitzgibbon has served as Co-Chairman of Communications for AIGA in San Francisco, and was invited to a trial residency at Benetton’s prestigious communications research centre, Fabrica, in Treviso, Italy.


Tina Essmaker – Co-Founder, The Great Discontent

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BORN in southeast Michigan, Tina Essmaker is an editor and writer living in New York. She is the chief editor and co-founder of The Great Discontent, a magazine that features inspiring conversations with the artists of today, makers, and risk-takers. Previously, Essmaker received a Bachelor of Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit, and had spent over a decade working with homeless youths in Michigan.



How do I get tickets?

Tickets for the AIGA Design Conference are on sale now. All the information on ticket pricing and registration can be found here.


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