If you're tired of video meetings and need some inspirational motivation, we've got you covered. Get off Zoom and connect IRL with your design community at the 2022 AIGA Design Conference! Prepare to get inspired and re-energized while learning in community from designers at the cutting edge of today's hot topics.
Get off Zoom and connect IRL with your design community at the 2022 AIGA Design Conference in Seattle: a dynamic, urban city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty. Explore Pike Place Market, go to new heights at the Space Needle, or immerse yourself with culture at the Seattle Art Museum and Olympic Sculpture Park. Looking for more to do? Plan your trip with Seattle's Top 25 Attractions.
Seattle Convention Center tunnel rainbow lights for PRIDE month. Photo by Alabastro Photography. Provided by Visit Seattle.
Photography by Lee-Sean Huang
2022 Schedule Overview
Join us in 2022 for the same AIGA Design Conference you love, with new programming for hands-on learning and deep dive conversations. Visit the 2022 AIGA Design Conference Schedule page for additional information.
Thursday, October 20
8:00 a.m. Registration and check-in begins
8:00–12:30 p.m. Educator Pre-Conference Track (SURFACE)*
2:00–3:30 p.m. General Session
3:30–4:15 p.m. Break
4:15–6:15 p.m. General Session
All times US Pacific. Schedule subject to change.
*Hosted by AIGA Design Educators Community. Included in Educator Conference Ticket.
Pentagram is a multi-disciplinary, independently owned design studio founded in 1972. Working from offices in New York, London, Berlin and Austin, the firm and its partners create everything from brand identities, advertising and graphics, to products, digital experiences and installations. The company has worked with many of the most iconic brands across culture, fashion, finance, entertainment and technology.
Hemlock Printers is one of the most recognized printers in North America, building our success over the past 55 years on a commitment to quality, sustainable practices and continuous innovation. Supported by over 170 craftspeople, we proudly operate our 80,000-square foot carbon neutral facility in Burnaby, BC, Canada, with sales offices in Seattle and San Francisco. Hemlock has been trusted by top brands from across the US to deliver flexible, high-quality and sustainable print solutions across a wide range of applications.
Lyft was founded in 2012 and is one of the largest transportation networks in the United States and Canada. As the world shifts to transportation-as-a-service, Lyft is at the forefront of this massive societal change. Our transportation network brings together rideshare, bikes, scooters, car rentals, transit and vehicle services all in one app. We are singularly driven by our mission: to improve people's lives with the world's best transportation.
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) is the only college primarily devoted to fine arts education in a low-residency model at the graduate level. VCFA's MFA in Graphic Design program is one of the nation’s first low-residency programs in graphic design which synthesizes intense, one-week residencies with four 6-month semesters of independent study with a range of faculty mentors. We educate students towards the broader context of design and see Graphic Design as a social tool and design education as a process of social transformation.
Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties, and high-end direct mail. With a culture of innovation reaching back to its beginning in 1931, Mohawk is committed to providing materials that help make every printed project more beautiful, effective, and memorable. As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon-neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of recycled papers is certified by Green Seal and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
This year, we're introducing a new twist to our mainstage, leaning into design curiosity and welcoming three esteemed hosts to guide us through the most pressing, cutting edge, and provocative topics impacting design.
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.
Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer of COLLINS, an independent strategy and experience design company in San Francisco and New York City. In their work, they aim to mix imagination, craft and technology to build brands that can’t be ignored. They were named by Forbes as one of the companies reshaping the future of brand building. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, Businessweek, Creativity, Fortune, NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and Fast Company, which named Brian an American Master of Design. COLLINS was the first design company to appear on the AdAge A-List and was awarded their Design Agency of the Year in 3 consecutive years from 2019 to 2021.
Lee-Sean Huang is the Director of Design Content & Learning at AIGA. He also co-founded Foossa, a design and strategy consultancy focused on social innovation and transformative learning. He has taught courses in design and innovation at New York University, the Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, and the College of Staten Island. He has also developed and taught courses for online learning platforms like CreativeLive, Knowable, and Highbrow. He earned a bachelors in Government from Harvard and a masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU.
Debbie Millman is host of the award-winning podcast Design Matters, one of the world’s first and longest running podcasts; Chair of the first ever Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts, Editorial Director of PrintMag.com, and the author of seven books on design and branding. She has worked on the design and strategy of over 200 of the world’s largest brands. Her most recent book, Why Design Matters: Conversations with the World’s Most Creative People, was recently published by Harper Collins.
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