STRP Biënnale 2017

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

STRP Biënnale is a ten-day festival, filled with spectacular art, technology and experimental electronic music. The festival is about sharing the passion for technology, with tours, workshops and an international conference where artists and technologists offer a glimpse behind the scenes.

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Dibi Conference

Edinburgh, Scotland

DIBI : Design It; Build It is a international digital conferences for designers & developers for those shaping the future of the web. This editions the conference is celebrating risk taking, encourage participants to step out of their comfort zones and ask what we can learn when things do go wrong.

Price: £370 – £492

  • Molly Nix
  • Joshua Davis
  • Chris Hammond
  • Yan Zhu
  • Vibha Bamba
  • Mike Kus
  • Brent Palmer
  • Louise Mushet
  • Christian Vasile
  • Christopher Murphy
  • David Bailey
  • Nikos Tsouknidas

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TYPO Labs Conference

Berlin, Germany

The second edition of TYPO Labs Conference. TYPO Labs is a type technology summit, with talks, panels, workshops, peer learning and countless networking opportunities.

Price: € 178 - 415

  • Sahar Afshar
  • Frederik Berlaen
  • David Berlow
  • Bianca Berning
  • Amélie Bonet
  • Sascha Brawer
  • Peter Constable
  • Nicole Dotin
  • Michael Duggan
  • Frank E. Blokland
  • Rainer E. Scheichelbauer
  • Behdad Esfahbod
  • Ivo Gabrowitsch
  • Victor Gaultney
  • Akiem Hemling
  • John Hudson
  • Matthew J. Rechs
  • Bas Jacobs
  • Sampo Kaasila
  • Alexandra Korolkova
  • Liron Lavi Turkenich
  • Werner Lemberg
  • Werner Lemberg
  • Jean-Baptiste Levée
  • Rob McKaughan
  • Roel Nieskens
  • Toshi Omagari
  • Marianna Paszkowska
  • Laurence Penney
  • Thomas Phinney
  • Dan Rhatigan
  • Tom Rickner
  • Dominik Röttsches
  • Lukas Schneider
  • Georg Seifert
  • ​Bob Taylor
  • Adam Twardoch
  • Just van Rossum
  • Jeff Wu
  • Yuri Yarmola
  • Marina Chaccur
  • Liron Lavi Turkenich

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OFFF Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

17th edition of OFFF Barcelona. Born as a post-digital culture festival, now feeding the future through a 3-day design conferences, workshops and performances by the most relevant artists of our time.

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Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate, the Belgrade New Media Festival, celebrates it's 6th anniversary in 2017. The festival brings together artists to drive a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.

Price: € 119 - 229

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Forward Festival

Vienna, Austria

Forward Festival for creativity, design and communication brings together the best international and local creative heads, who provide insights into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere. The conference, the centerpiece of the festival is accompanied by various side events, such as workshops, live art sessions, networking events and after parties.

  • Eike König
  • Mr. Bingo
  • Sarah Illenberger
  • Pfadfinderei
  • Teenage Engineering
  • Snask w
  • Slanted
  • LWZ
  • Sofie // Boiler Room
  • Supersense
  • wild
  • Studio Es
  • Davide Bortot

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Element Talks

Warsaw, Poland

Element Talks is the largest design conference in Poland, dedicated to practical and entrepreneurial aspects of designers profession. Element Talks aims at helping their participants navigate the job market and showing the backstage of the design profession. This is the fourth edition, the conference expects over 2000 participants.

Read our interview with Paula Kacprzak and Olga Rafalska, founders of Element Talks.

Price: € 50 - 80

  • Mike Monteiro
  • Adrian Shaughnessy
  • Jean Baptiste Levee
  • nuShchoo
  • Erik Kessels
  • Tom Biskup
  • Michał Sadowski
  • Rene Wawrzkiewicz

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FITC Toronto 2017

Toronto, Canada

FITC Toronto is a 3-day conference. Celebrating design, digital development, media and innovation in creative technologies. The event explores the future of everything innovative, technical and creative to leave you informed, challenged and inspired. Before the conference there is a optional workshop day.

Price: $ 449 - 799

  • Aaron James Draplin
  • Shantell Martin
  • Vitaly Friedman
  • Anouk Wipprecht
  • Zander Brimijoin
  • Anton & Irene
  • Stacey Mulcahy
  • Santiago Carrasquilla
  • Krys Blackwood
  • Stephen Martell
  • Basheer Tome

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OpenVis Conf

Boston, United States

OpenVis Conf is an annual two-day single track conference about data visualization on the web. The conference is organised by Bocoup's Data Visualization team.

Price: $ 649

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Internet Age Media

Barcalona, Spain

Third IAM Weekend offers the future of niche communication, the randomness of internet culture, the middle of an exciting decade, within the theme: Renaissance of Utopias.

Price: € 299 - 420

  • Zygmunt Bauman (Tribute)
  • Albert Cañigueral
  • Caia Hagel
  • Félix Magal
  • Bruce Sterling
  • Vanessa Wruble
  • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
  • Per Christiansen
  • Nathan Jurgenson
  • Ricarda Messner
  • Jasmina Tešanović
  • Eliza Anyangwe
  • Omid Habibi
  • Amal Khalaf
  • Straith Schreder
  • Cecilia Tham
  • More tba...

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands

A Festival On Economy, without Economists. Economia is a threeday festival in which they collectively explore new ideas and thinking about our economy. The event is a laboratory for ideas, a place where attendees can step out of the existing frame. The festival will use unexpected and playful approaches looking at the essentials of economy, thus establishing a fresh point of view on the economic system and our society. During the festival the second edition of Renewable Futures conference will take place and aims to push the boundaries of our thinking about economy.

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HOW Design Live

Chicago, United States

HOW Design Live is about creative inspiration to refuel your passion. With speakers in de field of: Vision & Leadership; Design & Creativity; In-House Management; Interactive Design; Branding & Packaging; Creative Entrepreneur

Price: $ 295 - 2295

  • Justin Ahrens
  • Lea Alcantara
  • Kelli Anderson
  • Ilise Benun
  • Dena Blevins
  • Peter Borowski
  • Andy Brenits
  • Dontrese Brown
  • Ron Burrage
  • Melissa Bush
  • Ben Callahan
  • David Carson
  • Alex Center
  • Margo Chase
  • Seymour Chwast
  • Brian Collins
  • Moira Cullen
  • Alex Daly
  • Jeffrey Fields
  • Jason Fox
  • Bill Gardner
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Timothy Goodman
  • DeeDee Gordon
  • Jeff Greenspan
  • Gaemer Gutierrez
  • Tosh Hall
  • Eleanor Handley
  • Sam Harrison
  • Jonathan Hoefler
  • Aaron Irizarry
  • Natasha Jen
  • Jake Jorgovan
  • Klaus Kaasgaard
  • Jim Krause
  • Indra Kupferschmid
  • Jean-Pierre Lacroix
  • Ande LaMonica
  • Pum Lefebure
  • Emily Lewis
  • Jeremy Loyd
  • Matthew Manos
  • Megan Mead
  • Debbie Millman
  • Stefan Mumaw
  • Steve Murray
  • Joe Natoli
  • Elizabeth Nientimp
  • Gemma O'Brien
  • Ximena O'Reilly
  • Andrew O'Sullivan
  • Mike Peck
  • Mauro Porcini
  • Nancy Poznoff
  • Julia Reich
  • Mike Rice
  • Ed Roberts
  • Ryan Robinson
  • Mike Rohde
  • Emily Sander
  • Richard Shear
  • David Sherwin
  • Mary Paynter Sherwin
  • Helen Stringer
  • Christine Taylor
  • Terri Trespicio
  • Jason Tselentis
  • David Turner
  • Jeffrey Zeldman

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Winnipeg, Canada

The Architecture + Design Film Festival (A+DFF) presents critically acclaimed films focusing on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover a range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. A+DFF is the only festival in Canada devoted solely to architecture and design.

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Berlin, Germany

re:publica is a conferences about digital culture in the world. Theme for #rp17 is #LoveOutLoud.

Price: € 65 - 645

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Pictoplasma Conference Berlin 2017

Berlin, Germany

6th edition of Pictoplasma conference in Berlin. Pictoplasma is a contemporary character design and art conference. The program has artist talks, animation screenings and panel discussions celebrating the next generation of character design and art!

  • Chris Haughton
  • Eran Hilleli
  • Jack Sachs
  • Miss Lotion
  • Peter Millard
  • Sean Charmatz
  • Sophie KokoGate

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Fiber Festival 2017

Amsterdam, Netherlands

4th edition of the festival. FIBER presents a mix of upcoming and leading interdisciplinary artists, designers, musicians and researchers in the field of cutting-edge audiovisual (performing) arts, digital culture and electronic music.

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Beyond Tellerrand Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf, Germany

Beyond tellerrand is a web- and design festival. With a workshops and talks for creative minds on: design, technology, inspiration plus room for networking.

Price: € 179 - 279

  • Jonathan Barnbrook
  • Jina Bolton
  • Espen Brunborg
  • Sarah Drasner
  • Seb Lester
  • Yuko Shimizu
  • Patty Toland

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One Day Out 2017

Odense, Denmark

One Day Out is an international single day conference held in the heart of Denmark, Odense. The goal of the conference is to gather people for a day of inspiration and meeting new people. With speakers, from all over the world, sharing their stories, experiences and/or show some of their greatest work.

Read our 2016 interview with Thomas Kjaergaard, co-organizer at One Day Out.

Price: DKK 600

  • Dan Becker
  • Jenny Johannesson
  • Josh Brewer
  • More yet to come

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By Design Conference 2017

Bratislava, Slovakia

By Design Conference is a international conference for designers, entrepreseurs and creative minds. The one day event focus on design and business.

Price: € 200 - 250

  • Hartmut Esslinger
  • Debbie Millman
  • Jonathan Lee
  • Mucho

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What Design Can Do

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

What Design Can Do is an international design event investigating the power of design as an agent for social renewal.

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Semi Permanent Sydney 2017

Sydney, Australia

Live event of creative and design thinking platform of Semi Permanent. It's not only to inspire, but also enabling the creative community by bringing together renowned designers, artists and creative icons.

We talked with Murray Bell about challenges, experiences and enabling the creative community... Read the full feature

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TYPO Berlin

Berlin, Germany

The 3-day conference TYPO Berlin 2017 is about 'Wanderlust'. Stepping out your comfort zone and embracing the joy of change.

Price: € 649 excl. VAT

  • Salom Beaury
  • Nina Bender
  • Rejane Dal Bello
  • Kai Bernau
  • Peter Biľak
  • Erik van Blokland
  • Peter Breuer
  • Stefan Büscher
  • Jose de Cabo
  • Chris Campe
  • Gerd Fleischmann
  • Jonathan Ford
  • Andreas Frohloff
  • Nikos Georgo-
  • poulos
  • Victoryia Grabowska
  • Daniel Gross
  • Akiem Helmling
  • Donatus von Hessen
  • Kristina Huber
  • Gary Hustwit
  • Bas Jacobs
  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Michael Johnson
  • Erik Kessels
  • Ishan Khosla
  • Susanne Koelbl
  • Eike König
  • Borys Kosmynka
  • Paul van der Laan
  • Eva-Lotta Lamm
  • Ivo van Leeuwen
  • Sebastian Lörscher
  • Patrick Märki
  • Joris Maltha
  • Thomas Markert
  • Debbie Millman
  • Dagmar Nedbal
  • Sander Neijnens
  • Nikolaus Netzer
  • Justus Oehler
  • Zofia Oslislo
  • Heinrich Paravincini
  • Doro Petersen
  • Jochen Rädeker
  • Holger Schmidhuber
  • Erik Spiekermann
  • Luke Stockdale
  • Sascha Thoma
  • Ludwig Übele
  • Marcus Veigel
  • James Victore
  • Henning Wagenbreth
  • Dominic Wilcox
  • Ben Wittner
  • Evan Wray
  • Aoi Yamaguchi

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Blend 2017

Vancouver, Canada

A two-day conference-style festival about motion, design and animation family.

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Typomania 2017

Moscow, Russia

Typomania is an annual type, typography, calligraphy and video event. The festival aims to collect and connect as many type fans as possible and turn them in to a professional community.

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All Eyes on Type

First edition of All Eyes on Type a calligraphy & typography festival. Expect two days full of calligraphy workshops for beginners, a masterclass on script letter, expositions and lectures from international font gangsters, letter fights, serif showdowns and more…

Price: € 5 lecture, € 85 workshops

  • Julien Priez
  • Ellmer Stefan

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Digital Design Days 2017

Milan, Italy

After the success of the debut edition, Italy's event dedicated to design, innovation, tech and creativity is back with a stunning new line-up of speakers. Digital Design Day offers a conferences, workshops, installations and many social and networking activities.


  • Resn
  • Matias Corea
  • Romain Colin
  • Watson D/G
  • Immersive Garden
  • Claudio Guglieri
  • Field
  • Stefanie Posevec
  • Active Theory
  • Sehsucht
  • 360VR Barcelona
  • Epic Studio
  • more to be announced

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OFFF Milano

Milan, Italy

Second edition of OFFF festival in Italy. This post-digital culture festival brings a combination of creatives, on/offline designers, motion designers, thinkers, sound designers, graphic designers, theorists, developers and … curious people from all over the world to meet and collaborate.

  • Moment Factory
  • Laika
  • Tavo Studio
  • Onur Senturk
  • Lo Siento

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99U Conference 2017

New York, United States

The 99U Conference is all about "Empowering the Creative Community" to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution. Providing road-tested insights on how to make your ideas happen.

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Kerning 2017

Faenza, Italy

Kerning an annual conference dedicated solely to typography and web typography. With 2-days hands-on workshops and one conference day.

Price: € 99 - 195

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Here London

London, United Kingdom

Here is It’s Nice That’s annual one-day symposium Friday 9 June. The event brings together the most exciting creative talent from the UK and abroad together for inspiring and entertaining experience, exploring creative processes and ideas.

Price: Standard Tickets: £175 / Student Tickets: £80

  • Juno Calypso
  • Ryan Gander
  • James Jarvis
  • Marguerite Humeau
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Triboro

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Forward Festival

Munich, Germany

Forward Festival, the Munich edition. Forward Festival stands for creativity, design and communication. The festival brings together the international and local creative heads, who provide insights into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere. The conference, the centerpiece of the festival is accompanied by various side events, such as workshops networking events and after parties.

Price: € 200 regular ticket, € 240 late bird ticket

  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Erik Spiekermann
  • Eike König
  • Sarah Illenberger
  • Mr. Bingo
  • Snask
  • Nychos
  • Droga 5
  • Pfadfinderei
  • Studio Feixen
  • Niklaus Troxler
  • Boiler Room
  • ARTE
  • Google
  • Friedrich Liechtenstein
  • and many more

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New York, United States

This two-day conference is the highlight of the thirt Typographics Festival. It's centered on the use of type for publications, advertising, corporate identity, user interfaces, and motion graphics. There will also be Tours, Type@Cooper Workshops, TypeLab, and the Typographics Bookfair.

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Forward Festival

Zurich, Switzerland

Forward Festival, the Zurich edition. Forward Festival stands for creativity, design and communication. The festival brings together the international and local creative heads, who provide insights into their success stories in an exciting atmosphere. The conference, the centerpiece of the festival is accompanied by various side events, such as workshops networking events and after parties.

Price: € 300 regular ticket, € 350 late bird ticket

  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Erik Spiekermann
  • Eike König
  • Sarah Illenberger
  • Mr. Bingo
  • Snask
  • Nychos
  • Droga 5
  • Pfadfinderei
  • Studio Feixen
  • Niklaus Troxler
  • Boiler Room
  • ARTE
  • Google
  • Friedrich Liechtenstein
  • and many more

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Bump Festival

Kortrijk, Belgium

Second edition of Bump Festival, an inspirational festival for creatives. Get your mind blown by illustrators, graphic designers, UX experts, creative coders and motion graphics artists.

  • Ash Thorp

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CXI Con­fe­ren­ce

Bielefeld, Germany

CXI conference is an one-day brand and cor­po­rate iden­tity event organized by Bie­le­feld School of Design. During the sessions questions like: What de­fi­nes the ef­fec­tiven­ess of a corporate identity pro­ject? What ex­actly is nee­ded, from both cli­ent and agency? And how can such a com­plex pro­cess be im­ple­men­ted in a way that works? Will be addressed, next to showcasing re-design for big brands.

Read our interview with Prof. Robert Paulmann, of Bielefeld School of Design, who is organizing the CXI conference. Or the review of #cxi16

Price: € 10 - 189

  • Steven Cook
  • Didrik A. Fjeldstad
  • Marcus Gärde
  • Greg Hahn
  • Prof. Achim Heine
  • Stefanie Hering
  • Dr. Jan Metzler
  • Ryan Moore
  • Khanna \ Reidinga
  • Adrian Nilsson
  • Falko Ohlmer
  • Maria Soni Reissfelder
  • Matt Schoen
  • Nick Sohnemann

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TypeCon 2017

Boston, United States

TypeCon is the annual typography-focused convention run by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA). TypeCon conferences focuses on, but is not limited to, the areas of typography, type design, printing, letterpress, calligraphy, the book arts, publishing, design education, and type-related technologies including webfonts.

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Antwerp, Belgium

A 3-day experience in exploring what it means to be human today, tomorrow, a hundred years from now. Discover new ways to compete harder, work smarter and live better.

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The Conference

Malmö, Sweden

A two day explore of complexity and trends in the digital world of ours. The curated sessions help you connect the dots between the widespread disciplines and topics such as culture, arts, human behavior, tech and science.

We talked with Cecilia Frankel, of The Conference. On organizing and curating the sixth edition of the festival, and why the world needs more fluffiness. Read the feature.

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Circles Conference

Grapevine, United States

A three-day experience for creatives. The conference brings designers and makers together for the dual purpose of learning and connecting with one another.

  • Ash Huang
  • Jay Argaet
  • Tara Victoria
  • Peter Wilson
  • Amy & Jennifer Hood
  • Brad Weaver
  • Dan Rubin
  • Micah Davis

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Brand New Conference 2017

Chicago, United States

A two-day conference on corporate and brand identity with 16 sessions from today’s most active and influential practitioners around the world.

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Graphic Design Festival Breda

Breda, Netherlands

Meet contemporary designers showing you a different perspective. Public interventions, exhibitions, talks, tours in the center of Breda.

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AIGA Design Conference 2017

Minneapolis, United States

The AIGA Design Conference brings the design community together to experience provocative speakers, local culture, nightly networking receptions, competitions, exhibitions, professional development sessions and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.

Price: $ 425 - 1250

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Camden, United States

Annual conference PopTech is a three-day experience filled with stage presentations, breakout sessions, workshops, happy hours and parties.

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KIKK Festival

Namur, Belgium

The 7th edition of KIKK a multi track festival on the intersection of art, science & tech to explore the economical and artistic implications of new technologies. The conference is on Thursday and Friday, all exhibitions are also open Saturday.

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Beyond Tellerrand Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Beyond tellerrand is an event for the design and development community. Taking place in Düsseldorf and Berlin.

Price: € 179 - 279

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