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

Speakers:
  • Aaron Rose
  • Ben Wright
  • David Caon
  • Elizabeth Ann Macgregor
  • Gemma O'Brien
  • Glenn Cole
  • Henry Wilson
  • Jacqueline Bourke
  • James Jean
  • Janne Ryan
  • Jess Miller
  • Jonathan Briggs
  • Katherine Keating
  • Kelvin Ho
  • Kevin Coatman
  • Lisa Havilah
  • Meirion Pritchard
  • Moth
  • Oliver Stone
  • Paul Stafford
  • Rainer Wessler
  • Sharni Spencer
  • Tim Paciolla

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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

Speakers:
  • 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.

Speakers:
  • Andrew Kramer
  • Animade
  • Bee Grandinetti
  • Carson Ting
  • Erica Gorochow
  • Illo
  • John Black
  • Oddfellows
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Robert Valley
  • Sander Van Dijk
  • Tuna Bora

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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

Speakers:
  • Julien Priez
  • Ellmer Stefan

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DesignThinkers Conference Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

DesignThinkers, Canada’s premier conference for visual communicators, beyond Toronto for the first time! This annual design conference provides insights into design thinking, design process and strategy, helping delegates strengthen their ability to deliver outstanding visual communications and cutting-edge design innovation. The conference will take place on May 30 & 31st at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre.

Price: $295-650

Speakers:
  • Ellen Wong
  • Mark Beechy
  • Kelli Anderson
  • Casey Caplowe
  • David Carson
  • Dana Cho
  • Scott Dadich
  • Ralph Gilles
  • Maria Giudice
  • Timothy Goodman
  • Tinker Hatfield
  • Chip Kidd
  • Emily Lessard
  • Min Lew
  • Craig Mod
  • Emily Oberman
  • Alex Schleifer
  • Loni Stark
  • Dana Tanamachi
  • Cap Watkins

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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.

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Speakers:
  • Resn
  • Active Theory
  • Andy Dahley
  • Stefanie Posevec
  • Monochrome
  • Ueno
  • Your Majesty
  • Matias Corea
  • Claudio Guglieri
  • Watson D/G
  • Epic
  • Frog Design
  • Unit9
  • Immersive Garden

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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.

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Speakers:
  • Moment Factory
  • Field
  • Lo Siento
  • Onur Senturk
  • Echolab
  • Future Deluxe
  • From Form
  • Tavo

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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.

Speakers:
  • Debbie Millman
  • Ian Spalter
  • Alex Schleifer
  • Natasha Jen
  • Rick Webb
  • Julia Kaganskiy
  • Paul Ford
  • Farai Chideya
  • Mike Perry
  • Liz Jackson
  • Irene Au
  • Scott Belsky
  • Will Allen
  • Matt McCue

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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

Speakers:
  • Juno Calypso
  • Ryan Gander
  • James Jarvis
  • Marguerite Humeau
  • Christopher Raeburn
  • Triboro
  • Carlota Guerrero
  • Astrid Stavro
  • George Hardie
  • Noma Bar

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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

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

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Made in Space

Copenhagen, Denmark

Made in Space is a hybrid event combining the magic of a festival, the depth of a conference and the hands-on experience of a workshop. During the 3-day event three themes are explored: Circular Societies, Coexistence and digital empowerment. Made in Space is a happing organized by Space10, a future-living lab and exhibition space.

Price: DKK350 - DKK875

Speakers:
  • Tomas Diez
  • Liam Young
  • Mariano Alesandro
  • Rachel Wingfield
  • Indy Johar
  • Carlo Ratti
  • Pontus Westerberg
  • Katharina Unger
  • Leyla Acaroglu
  • Caroline Hobkinson
  • Al Jeffery
  • Anton & Irene

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Typographics

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.

Price: $ 250 - 400

Speakers:
  • Kara Haupt
  • Elana Schlenker
  • Ryan Essmaker
  • David Heasty
  • Marlene McCarty
  • Jonathan Hoefler
  • Stefanie Weigler
  • Natasha Jen
  • Jonathan Key
  • Kris Sowersby
  • Helen Yentus
  • Shiva Nallaperumal
  • Annik Troxler
  • Hilary Greenbaum
  • Ilya Ruderman
  • Lara Captan
  • Astrid Stavro
  • Martin Venezky
  • Forest Young
  • Hansje van Halem
  • Silas Munro
  • Agnieszka Gasparska
  • Ken Barber

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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

Speakers:
  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Erik Spiekermann
  • Eike König
  • Sarah Illenberger
  • Mr. Bingo
  • Snask
  • Nychos
  • Droga 5
  • Pfadfinderei
  • Studio Feixen
  • Niklaus Troxler
  • FREITAG
  • 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.

Speakers:
  • 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

Speakers:
  • 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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Eyeo Festival

Minneapolis, USA

Since 2011, the annual Eyeo Festival brings together creative coders, data designers and creators working at the intersection of data, art & technology for talks, workshops, labs and events.

Price: $ 699

Speakers:
  • Alexander Chen
  • Invincible/Ill Weaver
  • Gene Kogan
  • L05
  • Morehshin Allahyari
  • Jennifer Daniel
  • Deb Chachra
  • Robin Sloan
  • Albert-László Barabási
  • Sands Fish
  • Molly Wright Steenson
  • Matt Mitchell
  • Sissel Tolaas
  • Nicholas Felton
  • Sage Crump
  • Jenny Odell
  • Kevin McCoy
  • Surya Mattu
  • Zach Lieberman
  • Sam Sinyangwe
  • Mariana Santos
  • Marcin Ignac
  • Jason Salavon
  • Francis Tseng
  • Joanie Lemercier
  • Wesley Taylor
  • Manuel Lima
  • Derek Watkins
  • Afroditi Psarra
  • Juliana Rotich
  • Jennifer McCoy
  • Steve Lambert
  • Mimi Onuoha
  • Taeyoon Choi

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Semi Permanent Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand

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.

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POST Design Festival 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

Second edition of POST Design Festival. The design festival explores the working life of the visual communicator and the ethics of design, with an emphasis on graphic design, illustration and image making. The speakers will explore the personal and political aspects of their work, debates will tease out the realities of personal and commercial practice and workshops will allow participants to explore new approaches to creation and communication.

We interviewed founders Jody Barton and Peter Folkmar just before the first edition about starting the festival, and its identity. Read the feature.

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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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Darefest

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.

Speakers:
  • 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.

Price: $ 225 - 650

Speakers:
  • Joe & Joseph Duffy
  • Iván García
  • Scott Stowell
  • Mike Reed
  • Laura Stein
  • Mig Reyes
  • Eileen Tjan
  • Amy Schwartz
  • Susan Archie
  • Miski Noor
  • Sharon Werner
  • Tosh Hall
  • Richars Meza
  • Jacquelyn De Jesu
  • Kurt Volk
  • Joerg Metzner
  • Kim Knoll + Kyle Eert
  • Jodi Navta
  • Tom Crabtree
  • Jennifer Kinon

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Graphic Matters

Breda, Netherlands

Graphic Matters, formally know as Graphic Design Festival Breda is a month-long gathering of graphic stories. A festival with exhibitions, talkshows, workshops and tours.

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OFFF Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

A new #OFFFONTOUR city. Two days of OFFF creativity in Tel Aviv, Israel. OFFF a place to connect en get inspired through interdisciplinary design and creativity.

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REDO Design Conference

Prishtina, Kosovo

Redo is an annual three-day event in Prishtina. This is the sixth edition, and brings together designers from around the world to create a discourse around the current issues within the practice of graphic design.

We talked with REDO's program director Bardhi Haliti. We talk about organizing, graphic design, education and Pristina. Read the interview.

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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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OnBrand'17

Amsterdam, Netherlands

OnBrand is a branding conference for the international marketing communications industry. Speakers will share their own insights and best practices, and provide you with actionable insights to succeed in the digital age.

Price: € 149

Speakers:
  • Jay Curley
  • Maddie Raedts
  • Jez Frampton
  • more tba.

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PopTech

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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Graphic Design Festival Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland

Fourth edition of Graphic Design Festival Scotland. The festival promotes the best of international graphic design and visual communication and aims to inspire and educate through active engagement. Networking and socialising play a key role in the festival and we aim to build relationships and networks across the world. The programme offers workshops, talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, competitions, music and more.

We talked with the founders of the festival, Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist (Warriors Studio). Read the interview

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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.

We recently interviewed Marc Thiele, founder and organiser of beyond tellerrand about how he finds the right mix of speakers, side events, swag and partnerships. Read the feature

Price: € 179 - 279

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DesignThinkers Conference Toronto

Toronto, Canada

DesignThinkers, Canada’s premier conference for visual communicators. This annual design conference provides insights into design thinking, design process and strategy, helping delegates strengthen their ability to deliver outstanding visual communications and cutting-edge design innovation. The conference will take place on November 7 - 8 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

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Integrated 2017 — Biennial International Art & Design Conference

Antwerp, Belgium

#Integrated2017 is the sixth edition of this 2-day Art & Design Conferenc, Organized by St. Lucas School of Arts Antwerp & deSingel Antwerp. Started in 2007 the biennial aims to provide a platform for the diverse but interesting visions of designers, artists, architects and philosophers on how we can develop a new and sustainable dynamic in tomorrow’s society.


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Us by Night

Antwerp, Belgium

Us By Night is a design & creativity festival turned into a unique night experience. With an inspiring lineup and an endless market it's guaranteed to provide ypu 3 nights you don't want to miss.

Read our interview with Razon Parein, curator of Us by NIght or our review of the first edition called OFFF by Night in November 2016.

Speakers:
  • Felipe Pantone
  • Hansje van Halem
  • Tim Lahan
  • Jonathan Zawada
  • Toothtaker
  • Catk
  • mode 2
  • gary Horton
  • michael Spoljaric
  • studio Feixen
  • tyler Askew
  • echolab
  • leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree
  • ferry Gouw
  • matt Lambert
  • hugo&marie
  • foam Studio Zeitguised
  • mirko Borsche
  • aaron Duffy
  • tyrsa Live Painting
  • erin Sarofsky
  • jeremyville
  • weshoulddoitall
  • saiman Chow
  • josé Cabaco Adidas
  • marshmallow Laser Feast
  • Neville Brody
  • james Veitch

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2018

Resonate 2018

Belgrade, Serbia

The Belgrade New Media Festival, celebrates it's 7th anniversary in 2018. The festival brings together artists to drive a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture. #Res18

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Internet Age Media 18

Barcelona, Spain

Internet Age Media the best weekend of the year for internet people! Fourth IAM Weekend offers the future of internet culture, within the theme: Subversions of Paradoxes. #IAM18

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