AIGA Design Conference Set for October in Las Vegas

AIGA (the American Institute of Graphic Arts) is the oldest and largest design association in the United States, with the selections in its annual juried competition representing the best work across all disciplines of communication design created in the past year. Chosen by a distinguished jury of design peers, all selections become part of the AIGA Design Archives. Each year’s selections also become part of a traveling exhibition that debuts at the AIGA National Design Center in New York.

The annual AIGA Design Conference will once again provide the opportunity to experience "provocative speakers, local culture, exhibitions, professional development sessions and face-to-face roundtables." The moderator this year is Roman Mars, the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a radio show covering design and architecture. Some top talent will be presenting, including Sean Adams, Stanley Hainsworth, Dana Arnett and the inevitable Allan Haley. The overall theme for this year is "Shaping the design conversation: Adaptation is change with purpose."

Beyond the presentations there is also a series of mini conferences that address such topics as interaction, in-house, craft and branding. And the Command X live design competition is back, allowing seven up-and-coming designers to face off for the chance to break into the industry in front of 2,000 peers, heroes and potential employers, with the winner snagging $1,000 in cash and a collection of prizes. Attendees can also participate in optional workshops devoted to such things as how to lead an effective presentation and tips for landing that dream job. Add in the Design Fair exhibit hall, which includes vedor products and services, book signings and portfolio reviews, and there should be a lot to keep attendees occupied during the three-day event.

More information and registration for the conference, which will be held between October 17-19, 2016, is available on the AIGA site.