Abandon normal devices festival 2017

Castleton, Peak District National Park, United Kingdom

AND Festival 2017 Abandon Normal Devices’ roving biennial of new cinema, digital culture and art. Across four days, the festival will see a host of site-specific installations, world premieres and performances take-over the village of Castleton. From satellites to neutrino observatories, fossilisation to free-fall, this year’s programme will reveal the earth’s layers, from the drone’s eye view to the sunshine-deprived depths of subterranean bunkers, exploring themes of verticality and deep time in a series of prophetic, provocative and uncanny reflections on the earth.


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MUTEK Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Over three days and nights, MUTEK.AR promises exceptional live electronic music, audiovisual magic, installations, workshops and talks, all in the service of highlighting the astonishing contemporary work happening at the intersection of art and technology.

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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.
Recommended hotels for this event are Van Ham, Bliss Boutique Hotel, Hotel Nassau Breda

Price: 'Early Nerds' get € 3,- off and a free limited edition A0 poster by Ken Lo (available untill August 22nd).

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OFFF Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv, Israel

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

What is it about exactly? It’s a combination of Offline/Online designers, Motion Designers, Thinkers, Sound Designers, Graphic Designers, Theorists, Developers, Professionals, Students… Putting the titles aside, OFFF is made for the curious.

Price: Ticket: 473Nis / Workshop: 345Nis


Designit Toolbox Lab— as designers, we constantly focus on solving our client's problems by improving their business, services and products. Today, we want to use Design thinking tools to look at a completely different “product” - ourselves. Workshop tickets

  • Thomas Weil
  • Quentin Weisbuch
  • Burton Rast
  • Williams Arnold
  • Jon Hewitt
  • Wix Studio
  • Davor Krvavac
  • Steve Simpson

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Web Unleashed 2017

Toronto, Canada

A conference for developers, or aspire to be one, who are interested in all things front end. From technical to inspirational sessions. Get up-to-date on the skills to push you ahead in your career. Every evening there will be network events. #WEBU17

Super Early Bird ends 30 July.

Price: $299-$899


3 full day workshops, on Sunday September 24.

  • SVG Animation: From Start to Finish
  • Workshop – Building and Animating SVGs
  • Workshop – Dirty Little Tricks From The Dark Corners of eCommerce
  • Workshop – The New CSS Layout
  • James Veitch
  • Chris Coyier
  • Vitaly Friedman
  • Sarah Drasner
  • Kate Meyer
  • Alexander Blom
  • Mariah Hay
  • Robyn Larsen
  • Bermon Painter
  • Ryan Christiani
  • Clarissa Peterson
  • Anne Thomas
  • Rachel White
  • Fred Beecher
  • Monika Piotrowicz
  • Paul Bakaus
  • Adelle Lin
  • Jason Pamental
  • Rachel Andrew
  • Jesse Emmanuel Rosario
  • Keith Peters
  • Branden Hall
  • Carl Sziebert
  • Liam Thurston
  • Henri | Helvetica
  • Albert Poon
  • Stacey Mulcahy
  • Victor Savkin
  • Pearl Chen
  • Una Kravets
  • Kurt Krumme
  • Tracy Osborn
  • Kacey Mack
  • Hasan Ahmad
  • Eric Jimenez
  • Houssein Djirdeh
  • Fatima Remtullah
  • Jamie Strachan
  • Connor Bell
  • Pansy Lee

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SX Intensive

Austin, TX, United States

SX Intensive is a 3-day workshop to expand your practice to service design, the design of multi-channel service experiences. Get hands-on experience and inspiration from 3 intense days with Adaptive Path’s team of expert teachers at the Service Experience Intensive.

Price: $2.195 / 10% off by using code SXINM. They have rolling early bird discounts.

  • Day One - Service Design: Strategy — Buy Ticket
  • Day Two - Service Design: Architecture — Buy Ticket
  • Day Three - Service Design: Delivery — Buy Ticket

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Design Matters 17

Copenhagen, Denmark

Design Matters is a conference on new movements in Digital Design. It brings together design practitioners from the best and most happening companies around the world for two days of design talks, workshops, discussions and socializing in Copenhagen.

This year’s conference themes are: Conversational UI, Spreading the Product Design DNA and Embrace Failure!

Price: € 805

  • Karoline K
  • Rahul Sen
  • Hazel Jennings
  • Molly Nix
  • Andy Law
  • Nicholas Felton
  • Bojana Jamborcic
  • Adam Cutler
  • Brent Palmer
  • Amy Roberts
  • Matias Søndergaard
  • Jason Foo
  • Michael König
  • Katy Tsai & Maria Iu
  • Space10

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Brique a new creative conference to challenge your reality. Born out of an hackathon by design agency Fabrique.

Price: 59

  • Koert van Mensvoort
  • Ionica Smeets
  • Steye Hallema
  • Jeffre Jackson
  • Paul Hughes
  • Rogier Wieland

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High Five

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Second edition of High Five. An afternoon of insights, inspiration and practical lessons from the top of Dutch entrepreneurs in the design and technology scene. And of course a cozy drink! Organized by dutch digital agency Vruchtvlees.

Price: Request an invitation

  • Ilina Scott
  • Lauren van der Kolk
  • Mark de Lange
  • Karlijn Marchildon
  • Tim de Gier
  • Yuki Kho
  • Veerle Devreese

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Dots conference

Brighton, United Kingdom

Fourth edition of Dots, an one day conference, organised by Brilliant Noise in the amazing Brighton Dome Concert Hall. Dots is a celebration of what can happen when different ideas are brought together, when the dots are connected between marketing, digital and creative industries.

Dots is part of Brighton Digital Festival, a month-long celebration of digital culture that happens across the city.


Price: £ 200 + VAT / Early bird discount ends Friday, 30th of June (£150 + VAT) .

  • Neil Perkin
  • Dr. Becky Parker
  • Sam Conniff
  • Sienne Veit
  • Sam Linter
  • Muriel Lotto
  • Craig Hepburn
  • Wendy Aitken
  • Bruce Daisley

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Playgrounds Session XL: The Art Department.

Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Eleventh edition Playgrounds Festival is a celebration of the creative image and the latest developments in film, animation, animatronics and more. For the first time held in Eindhoven.

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SPAN 2017 — Newcastle-Gateshead

Newcastle-Gateshead, United Kingdom

SPAN Newcastle-Gateshead, is a one day design event hosted by Google Design. It will be an exploration of the city’s rich industrial heritage and burgeoning creative tech scene through a series of inspiring conversations and a hands-on workshop.

More details soon.

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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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Mirror Conf 2017

Braga, Portugal

MirrorConf is a conference that merges the world of design and front-end. It’s curated and organized by front-end developers and web designers and aims to be a conversation between people in this industry. It will be held in an informal setting and laid back environment, with a broad range of speakers, from UX to Accessibility experts, sharing knowledge and experiences with the participants.

10 + 11 OCT — workshops
12 + 13 OCT — main conference

Price: From: € 150

  • Aras Bilgen
  • Brad Frost
  • C Todd Lombardo
  • Claudio Guglieri
  • Eduardo Bouças
  • Frank Chimero
  • Gabriel Valdivia
  • Henry Daubrez
  • Jeremy Keith
  • Rachel Andrew
  • Sara Soueidan
  • Vitaly Friedman

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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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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

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

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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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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


  • Wolff Olins
  • Supermundane
  • Studio Dumbar
  • Harry Pearce
  • Spin
  • Pantone

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A Design Film Festival 2017

Singapore, Singapore

A film festival dedicated to design, with a curated collection of films on design and its subcultures, including architecture, fashion design, product design, urban design, photography, contemporary art, sign-painting, craft and more. #DFFSG2017

Read our interview with creative director Felix Ng, we did in 2016, about naming, curating and how no branding can be branding. Read the feature

Watch the trailers

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Cinekid is a children’s festival for film, television and digital culture. Digital culture is our contemporary ever-changing media society encompassing new media, digital storytelling and new cinematic tools and technologies. Part of Cinekid’s digital culture programming is the MediaLab, Europe’s largest digital media playground that features a wide array of interactive media art and design projects. The MediaLab presents artworks for the digital natives and critical experiments about our visual culture. MediaLab is curated by Ward Jansen.

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The Service Experience Conference

San Francisco, United States

The Service Experience Conference is a mixture of engaging keynotes and workshops taught by service design professionals and focuses on the design of end-to-end service experiences across touchpoints, from definition to modeling to service delivery. It is for people who are passionate about creating great service experiences while also delivering value to the organizations that deliver them.

Price: $1995 / 10% off by using code SX17NeonM. They have rolling early bird discounts.

  • Andy Polaine
  • Lea Simpson
  • Jeff Gothelf
  • Cheryl Dahle
  • Teresa Brazen
  • Khafre Jay
  • Alida Draudt
  • Rupert Cryer
  • Megan Miller
  • Jess McMullin
  • Jodi Forlizzi
  • Alexander Baumgardt
  • Christopher Noessel
  • Kendra Shimmell
  • Nick Remis
  • Dana Chisnell
  • Jason Ulaszek
  • Allan Chochinov
  • Linn Vizard
  • Elina Lawrie
  • Julia Rose West
  • Holly Thorsen

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Impakt Festival

Utrecht, Netherlands

Impakt Festival is a annual multidisciplinary festival with an emphasis on audiovisual arts. This years theme: Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems, curated by Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell. The programme seeks to address the relationship between technology, religion, magic and the occult. Through the framework of myth, magic and monsters, an international line-up of speakers, performers, thinkers, artists, designers and technologists will address how in magic, the spectacle is used to hide technical processes; in myth, how we build stories and narratives to culturally assimilate complex technologies; and how we use monsters to think about when things go wrong and people are hurt.

Related interview: #NeonMoiréShow with Liam Young [podcast]

  • Warren Ellis
  • Liam Young
  • Simone Niquille
  • Anab Jain
  • Legacy Russell

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The Influencers

Barcelona, Spain

The Influencers is a festival a̶gainst the internet about unconventional art, hacktivism, new aesthetics and guerrilla communication. Co-directed and curated by Eva Mattes, Franco Mattes and Bani Brusadin.

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Creativity World Forum 2017

Aarhus, Denmark

Creativity World Forum is a two-day international conference bringing together around 2000 top creative minds each year. This is the 13th edition and will be Europe’s largest forum on entrepreneurial creativity in 2017. In other words - This is one conference in 2017 you can’t miss if you’re defining yourself as a creative!

Over the course of two days, we present a conference with high-level talks, co-creative activities and satellite events around the city. We will be covering creativity on the levels of creative people, enterprises and cities, focusing on how to integrate creative levers when developing spaces to live, work and play.

Price: € 365 ends 14 Sep / € 400

  • Rachel Armstrong
  • Steve Vranakis
  • Peter Aalbæk
  • Henrik Vibskov
  • Frederik Andersen
  • Katarina Scott
  • Jose Rodriguez
  • Steen Hildebrandt
  • Michael Stubberup
  • Liliya Terzieva
  • Pauline Asingh
  • Ulrik Feldskov Juul
  • Sune Roland
  • Ronni Madsen
  • Jan Gehl
  • Tom Kelley
  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Sissel Hansen
  • Peter Lund Madsen
  • Snask
  • Indy Johar

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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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The Future

Dublin, Ireland

A 2-day event, with 4 stages, celebrating the innovators in design, media, creativity and culture, and the role they play in the future of society, business and the spaces in between.


  • Adrian Newey
  • Alan Cox
  • Anamoly
  • Astrid Stavro
  • Chris Nurko
  • Charlotte Barker
  • Danielle Pender
  • Frankie Ratford
  • Ilse Crawford
  • Johnny Kelly
  • Godfrey Dadich Partners
  • Jonathan Legge
  • It's Nice That
  • Anyways
  • Leila Fataar
  • Nelly Ben Hayoun
  • Paula Scher
  • Pfadfinderei
  • Sean Perkins
  • Stefan Sagmeister
  • Steve Powers
  • The Future Laboratory
  • Ueno
  • William Rowe

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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.

  • 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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Beyond Tellerrand Munich

Munich, 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.

Related Interview
We talked with Marc Thiele, founder and organizer of beyond tellerrand about how he finds the right mix of speakers, side events, swag and partnerships. Read the feature

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Toca Me 18

Munich, Germany

Annual one day single track design conference TOCA ME. Since 2003 the goal of the conference us to entertain and inspire the design community. Inspire by high quality presentations and by the venue and its atmosphere.
TOCA ME design conference will be one of the main events of the Munich Creative Business Week taking place from 3rd till 11th March 2018.

Related interview with speaker Mr. Bingo

Price: Early Bird 89€ / Regular 109€ / Late Bird 129€

  • Jared Tarbell
  • Malika Favre
  • Mr Bingo
  • Patrick Thomas
  • Susi Sie
  • Remo Gambacciani

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SXSW Conference & Festivals

Austin, Texas, United Stated

South by Southwest is an annual film, interactive media, and music festival and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Since it began in 1987, SXSW has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.

Price: Starting at $825

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Dublin, Ireland

OFFSET is a 3 day creative conference on creativity and bringing together the best in International and Irish creative talent in graphic design, illustration, street and fine art, film, photography, moving image and much, much more.

  • Chris Ware
  • Stephen Doyle
  • Gail Bichler
  • Richard Brim
  • The Creativity Hub
  • Aoife McArdle
  • D.A.D.D.Y
  • Peter Donnelly
  • Beatrice Alemagna
  • Much more still to come

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Berlin, Germany

TYPO Labs aims to connect font engineers and practitioners with OS developers, CSS experts and academics. The purpose is to provide a platform for the exchange of best practices, advance the state of the art and encourage the integration of new type technologies into future digital communications. Created for developers by developers, the third TYPO Labs will cover the full stack of font developments, including OpenType Variation, CJK deployment and type challenges in the field of VR and AR.

Price: Early Bird 249 € + 19% VAT ➝ 31 Dec 2017 / Student tickets on request

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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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IAM Weekend 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.

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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.

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

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99U Conference 2018

New York, United States

The 99U Conference is to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution. Learn from the world’s top thinkers and doers in a series of main stage talks over two days. 99U speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors.


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By Design Conference 2018

Bratislava, Slovakia

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

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OFFF Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

18th 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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Kerning 2018

Faenza, Italy

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


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Typetersburg 2018

Saint Petersburg, Russia

Annual international event for professional graphic designers. The festival’s program will include exhibitions and workshops of renowned international designers. Conference with two lecture days will take place on the August 4—5th. Every year in Saint Petersburg during the close of famous white nights, Typetersburg gathers local and international professional design community. Two conference days are visited by 500+ designers all around the world, so that they have an opportunity to communicate, exchange experience and discuss of modern type design and technologies

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