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Graphic Design Conferences


Attending design conferences is a great way to build your graphic design business. You will often attend lectures, seminars and collaborative events that give you first-hand expert advice. At the same time, just being at a design conference is an opportunity to network with others in your field and walk away with the potential for new projects and clients. This list of conferences highlights some of the most established and popular events. Please feel free to send suggestions of more events to include.

SXSW Interactive Festival

The SXSW Interactive Festival takes place every year in Austin, TX. This five day event is full of presentations, panel discussions, book readings, networking meetups and workshops. There is also a trade show, a hands-on arcade and the annual SXSW Interactive Awards. Past award winners can be viewed on the their website.

The next SXSW Interactive festival will take place on March 9-13, 2012 in Austin, TX. Registration is currently open. View the 2012 event schedule.

An Event Apart

This design conference is for individuals who work in standards based web design with a focus on code, content, design and usability. Read past event details on their website.

An Event Apart takes place multiple times each year. There are many events scheduled for 2012 in various cities - Seattle, Boston, Austin, Washington, DC, Chicago and San Franciso. Check out the wesite for registration information.

AIGA Design Conference

The AIGA Design conference is a yearly conference that has a different name and theme each year. The 2011 conference was called Pivot and the 2012 conference has been named Gain. The conference typically lasts two to three days and is filled with speakers, workshops and group discussions. Read about Pivot on their website.

The next AIGA Design Conference will be held on October 8-9, 2012 in San Francisco, CA. Follow @AIGAconference on Twitter for up-to-date conference information.

HOW Design Live - HOW Design Conference

Hosted by HOW Magazine, this design conference is a yearly event that brings like-minded designers together to help improve their design techniques, keeping their technical skills up-to-date and giving them the opportunity to network with members of the design community. Watch this video from the 2011 conference.

The next HOW Design Conference is June 22-25, 2012 in Boston, MA.

HOW Design Live - Inhowse Managers Conference

Also hosted by HOW Magazine, this design conference is for managers looking for expert advice on how to keep their employees inspired, staying positive during busy times and relaying their team's input to the client.

The next HOW Inhowes Managers Conference is June 21-23, 2012 in Boston, MA.

HOW Design Live - Creative Freelancer Conference

This HOW Magazine design conference is for graphic design freelancers looking for advice on money management, marketing and client interactions.

The next Creative Freelancer Conference is June 21-22, 2012 in Boston, MA and is a collaboration between HOW Magazine and Marketing Mentor.

HOW Design Live - The Dieline Package Design Conference

Another HOW magazine event, this design conference is a focused event for package designers. Attendees will think outside the box to discover approaches to package design that they may have never thought of before.

The next Dieline Package Design Conference is June 22-25 2012 in Boston, MA.

HOW Interactive Design Conference

Hosted by HOW Magazine in partnership with current leading digital designers this design conference is for individuals looking to learn how to transfer their design skills into interactive design work for the web, tablets and mobile phones. Attendees will discover what they need to be aware of when working on an interactive design project.

Details for the next Interactive Design Conference are not currently available. Check the website for details on when and where the next event will be.

Brooklyn Beta

Brooklyn Beta is a small annual design conference held in Brooklyn, NY. The inaugural conference took place in 2010. The conference organizers keep the event on the small side, so tickets go fast and have quickly become notoriously difficult to obtain. You can read about the 2011 conference attendees on their website.

Details for the next Brooklyn Beta are currently unavailable. Check the event website for additional information and follow @brooklybeta on Twitter.

Future of Web Design

Attendees of this design conference will hear from industry leaders, as well has future leaders including the conferences chosen "Rising Stars." The 2011 conference was three days and consisted of two tracks, thirty-three sessions and four workshops. View the schedule from the 2011 conference.

Information on the next Future of Web Design conference is not currently available. Check their website for additional details.

Adobe MAX

Attendees of this conference will have the opportunity to be exposed to new products from Adobe, learn about industry trends and network with potential clients and possible collaborators. View the list of 2011 MAX Award Winners. Learn more about the conference by reading information in the MAX 2011 archive.

The next Adobe MAX conference will take place on October 20-24, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Check their website for registration details as they become available.

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