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A School, A Park

Montreal, Canada

A School, A Park is a graphic design summer school based in Montréal, Canada, consisting of daily workshops, discussions, and lectures, in collaboration with a set of invited designers from Canada and abroad.

  • Ingrid Rousseau
  • François Girard-Meunier

Books From The Future Summer School 2018

London, United Kingdom

Books From The Future Summer School with this years theme "Staging Disaster: An inquiry into the phenomenon of disaster in contemporary culture". The 21st Century is dominated by narratives of anxiety, insecurity, speed, and uncertainty. Arguably, this perpetual crisis has become an accepted, managed and collectively staged reality. While numerous critics and theorists have deconstructed the language, logic, and patterns of such man-made disasters, comparatively fewer designers and artists have attempted to construct alternative narratives. Staging Disaster is a ten-day workshop for designers and artists interested in exploring the relationship between visual communication, perception, and reality through publishing.

Related interview: Our 2016 interview with the designers behind books of the future summer school Yvan Martinez and Joshua Trees.

Price: £ 600

  • Yvan Martinez
  • Joshua Trees
  • Ayşe Köklü
  • Jack Clarke

Design & Content Conference 2018

Vancouver, Canada

Fourth edition of the Design & Content Conference. Design & Content Conference is for designers and content strategists around the globe. Here you hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the web. The conference is set up with one day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras in one of the most beautiful cities, Vancouver.
Watch here videos of the 2017 edition.


Portland, Oregon, United States

Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts celebrates the 20th anniversary of TypeCon their annual conference, with exhibits, workshops, parties, and other extracurricular events are always part of the complete TypeCon package.

Price: Various pricing, depending on whether attendees are students, professionals, or members of SOTA. Details will be available on the TypeCon website.

  • Louise Fili
  • Nina Stössinger
  • Lauren Hom

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

Trojan Horse Summer School 2018 'The Choreography of Money'

Bengtsår Island, Hanko, Finland

Third edition of Trojan Horse Summer School. This year the summer school will construct a monastery-like environment on the Island of Bentgsår. The theme of the year is The Choreography of Money.

During the seven days you will enjoy the isolation of the island, read together, get to know each other, discuss, go to sauna and have workshops. There will be moments from our daily routine to share your own interests, research topics or organise a workshop for the others. The reading circles will circulate around the topic of money, value and validation.

This year the summer school is also trying to rethink the role of money in the education system. The summer school is free of charge. You do not need money to take part. We even provide food and all other expenses on the island, and everyone is accommodated in their tents. Each participant will receive a grant of 200€ that can be used for traveling or other summer school related expenses.

Application deadline: Registration is open until midnight the 3rd of June, (Finnish time, GMT+3)

Price: € 0 / When accepted you get a €200 grant

Open Set Summer School 2018 ‘Fluid Rhythms’

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Summer School is the start of a seven-month programme ‘Fluid Rhythms’, which aims to address the key practices and methods of ‘rhythm’ in the fields of arts, design, urban planning, performance, and humanities. How can we tune the urban infrastructures of everyday life, that are influenced by rigid power structures and concrete separations? Rhythmanalysis in populated areas is an observational method which allows researchers to understand the effects of the variations in movements, spaces, sounds and natural forces on the inhabitants of those areas. This entails entering a process of research, design and testing in the local context. This intense programme provides a unique opportunity to experience a diverse set of concepts and methods related to ‘rhythm’, within the context of the Bijlmer, — one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Amsterdam, once envisioned as an urban utopia and famous for being called the ‘city of the future’.

Building on the Summer School, it is also possible to continue the programme, by joining the related LAB trajectory (for developing new practice-based research projects) and the Seminar ‘Rhythmanalysis in Context’ (October 2018–February 2019).

Application deadline: 1 July (Early Birds 1 June)

Price: € 1000 / € 900 Early Birds

An Interesting Day

Amsterdam, Netherlands

An Interesting Day by Bakken & Bæck. A one-day conference on an offbeat schoolyard exploring the boundaries between work and play.

In addition to the speaker list, Bakken & Bæck curated an offbeat playground at one of Amsterdams hottest venues De School. Former classrooms will be filled with installations, games, and performances by experimental artists and innovative technologists. Naturally, this area will include a dance floor. Performers include NSDOS, Yuri Suzuki, Tobias von Hofsten of Teenage Engineering, The Rodina, Katja Heitmann and Bjørn Gunnar Staal.

Related article: Q&A with Morteza Vaseghi, graphic and media designer, about the first An Interesting Day.

Price: Free. 30 spots held off for students​

  • Ida Tin
  • Anna Holmes
  • Tracy Ma
  • Zach Lieberman
  • Elise By Olsen
  • Morteza Vaseghi
  • Joy Mutai

Perennial Institute Summer Program

Berlin, Germany

The Perennial Institute is an experimental education program created to explore the boundaries of design and art practice through the lens of plants. In our 2018 Berlin summer program, we have crafted an workshops and experience that will deepen connections with this important resource, in order to expand our creativity. We will bring together creatives, cooks, scientists, florists, foragers, and more in the pursuit of experiences, knowledge, experimental practices and new awareness. The program is aimed at artists, designers and those interested in plants. Each day participants will explore plants in new ways from sensory perception to ethnobotany, arrangement, scent, pigment production, Berlin community gardening, and more. It will culminate in individual experiments around the city of Berlin.

Price: € 700

  • Jai McKenzie
  • Julka Almquist
  • Andrew Rewald
  • Lilia Luganskaia
  • Shota Nakamura
  • Elsa Sloanen
  • Scent Club Berlin

UX Week 2018

San Francisco, United States

16th edition of the UX Week. UX Week is a mixture of engaging keynotes and informative workshops from leading professionals in the field of UX design. UX Week is for design professionals. from all over the world to get inspiration and building new skills.

Related interview with curator an host Jesse James Garret on creating a human-centered design conference

Price: $2795 / Neon Moiré users can enter the code "UX18NeonM" for a 10% discount on tickets! Also, take advantage of the rolling early bird discounts by buying tickets early.

  • Hannah Beachler
  • Roman Mars
  • Catt Small
  • Jorge Arango
  • Liz Jackson
  • Bryan Lee Jr.
  • Lining Yao
  • Vahid Jahangiri
  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  • Claudio Guglieri
  • Laura E. Hall
  • Julie Carpenter
  • Lisa Gelobter
  • Monika Bielskyte

Design + Diversity Conference

Saint Louis, Missouri , United States

3rd edition of the Design + Diversity conference explores proactive ways to make the design industry more diverse. As the only conference that focuses on diversity issues in the design field, the event provides a platform for constructive conversation among those who design, innovate, and lead.

Price: From $107

c/o pop convention

Cologne, Germany

Parallel to the c / o pop Festival, the c / o pop Convention will take place on the 30th and 31st of August 2018 at the IHK Cologne - with a broader range of topics than ever before and everything under one roof. Thursday is dedicated to the program areas Interactive and Brands & Music, on Friday the program areas Exchange & Connect and New talent are in focus.

The Conference 2018

Malmö, Sweden

Eight edition of The Conference. 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.

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

me Convention 2018

Stockholm, Sweden

Join today’s makers and thought leaders for the three-day, cross-cultural me Convention and explore the future through the lens of technology, art, and design.

Explore the entrepreneurial spirit of vibrant Stockholm at the me Convention this September while immersing yourself in countless events and thrilling highlights at various hotspots. me Convention 2018 finds a home in the Scandinavian chic of Nacka Strandsmässan, where top speakers from all walks of life — curated in collaboration with SXSW® — will showcase the latest in technology, art, and design across our five themes. Discover fascinating developments in New Society, New Leadership, New Economies, New Creativity and New Bionomics.

Price: 329€ Early Bird Rate (until June 22nd) / 379€ Mid Rate (until August 11th) / 449€ Late Rate (from August 12th) all incl. Tax and valid for the whole 3 days of event!

Nordic.Design 2018

Stockholm, Sweden

Second edition of this one day, single track design conference in Stockholm. With talks by internationally renowned speakers and rising stars in the design community. Organized by the people behind nordic.js 2018

Brigthon, United KIngdom

Annual design & code event is the award winning international conference with a festival vibe. Each year international creatives and developers taking the stage to inform, inspire, entertain, thrill and educate attendees from all over the world.

Today’s digital creatives are multi-disciplined, they draw their inspiration to do great work from many different influences. Reasons to: is curated with that in mind, bringing content from many disciplines to give designers, coders, creatives, film makers, animators, installation builders, illustrators, artists and more the opportunity to see and hear new perspectives and the best content in the world.

  • Linda Brownlee
  • Irene Pereyra
  • From Form
  • Liam Walsh
  • Dominic Wilcox
  • Erik Kessels
  • Mathieu Gosselin
  • Dan Hett
  • André Michelle
  • Cécile Dormeau
  • Yuko Shimizu
  • Chris Spalton
  • Liv Siddall

XOXO 2018

Portland, United States

XOXO is an experimental festival for independent artists and creators working online. XOXO started in 2012 and promotes the work of independent artists and makers, and has evolved into a world-class showcase of indie games, short-form video, art, and the open web.

CAMP 2018

Calgary, Canada

5th edition of annual CAMP Festival. CAMP celebrates creative technology, art and design by bringing together like-minded professionals, artists, and students to share and shape experiences that educate, challenge and inspire.

Price: From $110

  • David Carson
  • Chelsea Klukas
  • Neil Mendoza
  • David M. Hogue
  • Can Buyukberber
  • Cordy Rierson
  • Jason White
  • Ryan Honey
  • Jeff Boddy
  • Emilie Baltz ​

ATypI 2018

Antwerp, Belgium

ATypI 2018 will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, from the 11th until the 15th September 2018. The local organizing team consists of Ann Bessemans, Jo De Baerdemaker, Joke Gossé, Yves Peters and Frederik Berlaen.

The ATypI is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to typography and type design.


Aarhus, Denmark

Annual event this.nordic has two coexisting arenas: A full-scale business conference focusing on creative tech, future business innovation. And an outdoor festival space exploring music, art, and installations with support from world-renowned Roskilde Festival.

Their ambition is to build a strong bridge between creatives and thought leaders and create a true exchange between innovative projects and global businesses across borders.

Price: € 500 / Early Bird tickets until 31th of May is € 420

  • Avi Issacharoff
  • Lior Raz
  • Matthieu Lorrain
  • Hollie McNish
  • Morten Bach Jensen
  • Mr. Bingo
  • Patrick Bulger
  • David Shingy
  • Mette Søs Lassesen
  • Kaspar Colling Nielsen
  • Per Pedersen
  • Jon Black Andersen
  • Carla Cammilla Hjort
  • Mauricio Ruiz
  • Flemming Besenbacher
  • Vilde Schanke Sundet

Brand New Conference 2018

New York, 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. Organized by UnderConsideration

Price: $450 Pro / $225 Student. Early bird until end April 2018: Pro: $350 / Student: $175

  • Christopher Doyle
  • Annie Atkins
  • Kit Hinrichs
  • Sue Murphy
  • Neil Blumenthal
  • Mirko Ilić
  • Katie Levy
  • Mike McVicar
  • Deva Pardue
  • Laura Forde
  • Scott Dadich
  • Leland Maschmeyer
  • Ivan Vasin
  • Ivan Velichko
  • Dr Natasha Grand
  • Alice Ann Wilson
  • Jon Contino
  • Oliver Maltby
  • Spencer Charles
  • Kelly Thorn
  • Jesse Reed
  • Hamish Smyth
  • James Greenfield
  • Jessica Hische


Hamburg, Germany

NEXT is a 2-day event for those who actively participate in shaping the digital transformation. The NEXT Conference is during the Reeperbahn Festival, which is 19 until 22 September 2018.

Price: Apply for ticket

TodaysArt 2018

The Hague, The Netherlands

The 14th edition of TodaysArt, The Dutch international festival of art, electronic music and digital creativity runs September 21 to 23 in various venues in the city centre of The Hague.

Featuring more than 100 artists working at the intersection of art, music and technology, the festival showcases live performance, mind blowing audiovisual works, installations, talks and an extensive club program of 72 hrs non stop.

Price: Early Bird Ticket: 52 Euro / Full Festival Pass: 70 Euro

Design Matters 2018

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.

Weltformat 18

Lucerne, Switserland

10th edition of the international poster festival.


Weltklasse Workshops with The Rodina and Eike König

We are delight­ed to announce this year’s Welk­lasse ­work­shop lead­ers: The Rod­i­na from Ams­ter­dam and Eike König from Berlin!

This year’s work­shops are all about visu­al exper­i­ments at the bor­der between graph­ic design and art. Dur­ing three days the work­shop lead­ers will make you leave your com­fort zone and show you new ways of design­ing. In a play­ful way they’ll broad­en your hori­zon and chal­lenge grid­locked pat­terns. You will work on your own designs and get pro­found feed­back.

Web Unleashed 2018

Toronto, Canada

Web Unleashed, the front-end developer event, helps front-end professionals learn the skills they need to push them ahead in their careers. Enjoy two full days and over 50 presentations from industry experts, plus endless opportunities to network and connect with like-minded developers, creative coders, evangelists, designers, technologists, managers, makers, engineers, educators, directors, strategists, enthusiasts and more! #WebU18

Price: Super Early Bird Tickets (ends July 1, 2018) from $399. Early Bird tickets (Ends August 12, 2018) from $499, Regular tickets (After August 12, 2018) from $599. Students $149

  • Ethan Marcotte
  • Harry Roberts
  • Christian Heilmann
  • Marpi
  • Thomas Burleson
  • Carl Sziebert
  • Rachel Andrew
  • Simon Bloom
  • Jamie Strachan
  • Anne Thomas
  • Sarah Drasner
  • Wes Bos
  • Matt Hryhorsky
  • Paul Grant
  • Grant Skinner
  • Zuzana Sekerova
  • Kristina Balaam
  • Burke Holland
  • Ricardo Cabello
  • Bermon Painter
  • Jen Looper
  • Rizchel Dayao
  • Melissa Mesku
  • Corey Ouellette
  • Stephanie Nguyen
  • Eli Fitch
  • Andrea Crofts
  • Jay Phelps
  • Henri | Helvetica
  • Arthur Maltson
  • Houssein Djirdeh
  • Naomi Bower
  • Christina Truong
  • Haris Mahmood
  • Sandro Pasquali
  • Keyfer Mathewson
  • Samuel Horodezky
  • Zoe Daniels
  • Luke Dewitt
  • Chris Zacharias
  • Hasan Ahmad

OFFF Vienna

Vienna, Austria

First edition of OFFF Vienna. A new #OFFFonTour city. 2-days of OFFF Barcelona in Vienna. OFFF is a community inviting all those whom are eager to learn to participate and get inspired in a journey of conferences, workshops, activities and performances. #OFFFonTour

Price: Limited Early Bird Tickets: € 149 / Regular € 169

  • Burton Rast
  • Daniela Leitner
  • Thomas Strobl
  • Leta Sobierajski
  • Wade Jeffree
  • Mucho
  • Borja Martínez
  • Gerard Miró
  • Anna Fahrmaier
  • Michael Hochleitner

REDO Design Conference

Prestina, Kosovo

Redo is an annual three-day event in Pristina. 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.


Malmö, Sweden

CONFRONT is a day about dev and design. It is an interactive day with keynotes, talks and workshops, focusing on the dialogue between developers and designers.

Price: From 1900-3500 SEK

  • Hakim El Hattab
  • Una Kravets
  • more TBA

Torino Graphic Days Vol.03

Turin, Italy

Torino Graphic Days is the festival that celebrates creativity, visual design and graphic experimentation.

The festival's third editions will guide you through the discovery of a new program of events, exhibitions, workshops, talks, performances and more. The festival will deal with all the aspects of graphic design: from handcrafted techniques, like engraving, to the artistic field’s ones, like illustration and sign painting and to contemporary sectors like branding and animation. This year edition will host many exhibitions and performances and, during the week-end, the market fair dedicated to all the different artisanal and innovative entities coming from the visual communication field. There is a brand new festival area dedicated to publishing houses and independent magazines.



Workshop by Studio Dumbar, Copenhagen Signs, Studio Mucho and Riccardo Guasco.

Early Bird: Students Or Registered: 95€ / Not Registered: 110€
Full Price: Students or Registered: 120€ / Not Registered: 135€

  • Giorgio Camuffo
  • Filip Zagórski
  • Edgar Bak
  • Davide Fornari
  • Rene Wawrzkiewicz
  • Studio Dumbar
  • Saatchi&Saatchi
  • Vasjen Katro
  • Caffè Design
  • Mauro Bubbico
  • Studio Mucho
  • Copenhagen Signs
  • Jonathan Pierini
  • Slim Dogs


Tel Aviv, Israel

Second edition of OFFF TLV. Two days of OFFF creativity in Tel Aviv, Israel. OFFF is a place to connect en get inspired through interdisciplinary design and creativity.

What’s coming? 2 lecture halls, the market yard, interactive booths, Funzone, creative people and lots of global inspiration


Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Cinekid Festival will take place on 15 - 21 October 2018 and the Cinekid for Professionals Conference and the presentation of the Cinekid Media Awards, followed by MediaLab Night on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

push conference 2018

Munich, Germany

push conference, a two-day event in the heart of Munich, unites creative coding and user experience design, by offering a platform for designers, developers, and UX professionals.

Call for Speakers until July 13:

Call for Exhibition:

Price: € 260 – € 500

  • Anders Toxboe
  • Adrian Zumbrunnen
  • Signe Roswall
  • Shan He
  • Joel van Bodegraven
  • Katie Swindler
  • Josh Clark
  • Laurissa Wolfram Hvass
  • Kevin Cannon
  • Steffi Kieffer

Information+ conference 2018

Berlin, Germany

Information+ 2018 is a three event: a one-day hands-on workshop [19 Oct], a two-day conference [20–21 Oct], and an exhibition of historic information design [19 Oct – 14 Dec].

The biennial conference brings together researchers and practitioners in information design and visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Unlike discipline-specific gatherings, Information+ seeks to foster productive exchanges amongst the variety of people involved in the theories, practices, and pedagogies of analyzing and communicating information.


Berlin, Germany

For the second time IEEE VIS comes to Europe. IEEE VIS is the largest conference on Scientific Visualization, Information Visualization, and Visual Analytics. It is the premier forum for advances in visualization in academia, science, government, industry, and beyond. The conference will include programs for students, academics, artists, industry and commercial practitioners, government researchers, and anyone with interests in visualization and data analytics. IEEE VIS is a week of research presentations, tutorials, workshops, panels, demonstrations, posters, and exhibitions.

Bend Design 2018

Bend, United States

Bend Design 2018 will feature two days of engaging conversations, tours, interactive workshops and hands-on exhibits intended to celebrate design as a way of thinking, regardless of category or discipline. Whether you are a visual artist, trade professional, entrepreneur, city official, student, or simply a curious and passionate citizen, Bend Design invites you to join them October 25 & 26 for an active and engaging celebration of design thinking and design doing.

Related: Neon Moiré Show with Chris Do

Price: $160 early bird / $185 after 1 August 2018 / $75.00 for students

  • Chris Do
  • April Greiman
  • Allison Arieff
  • John Bielenberg

Productized Lisbon 2018

Lisbon, Portugal

Productized Conference 2018 is our fourth conference in Lisbon gathering thought-leaders on Product Thinking, Product Management, and User Experience. Productized has been designed with digital products in mind but is also relevant to other product categories such as hardware and wearables, or technical products.

Price: From €149 to €799

  • Marty Cagan
  • Melissa Perri
  • Jeff Gothelf
  • Chris Lukassen
  • Stefan Haas
  • Alexandra Lung
  • Diego Dalia
  • Joyce Yan
  • Hugo Froes
  • Amber van Hecke
  • Christian Becker
  • Jens Otto Lange
  • Catherine Louis
  • Crystal C. Yan

KIKK Festival 2018

Namur, Belgium

The 8th edition of KIKK a multi-track festival on the intersection of art, science & tech to explore the economic and artistic implications of new technologies. The conference is on Thursday and Friday, all exhibitions are also open on Saturday and Sunday.

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: € 279

  • Andy Budd
  • Debbie Millman
  • Gemma O’Brien
  • Marcin Wichary

Us By Night

Antwerp, Belgium

Third edition of Us By Night a design & creativity festival turned into a unique night experience. With an inspiring lineup and an endless market, it's guaranteed to provide you 3 nights you don't want to miss. Soon more names will be announced. #USBYNIGHT2018

Related articles:

Price: Super Early Bird €95 / Early Bird €115 / Combi Ticket €135 + fees

  • Amira Daoudi
  • Braulio Amado
  • David Uzochukwu
  • Dinamo
  • Dot Lung
  • Haw-lin Services
  • Jaime Alvarez
  • Moniker
  • Shantell Martin
  • Studio Kleiner
  • Traum Inc
  • United Visual
  • Zach Lieberman
  • Yuko Shimizu


CTM Festival 2019

Berlin, Germany

CTM festival's 20th edition will take place at various Berlin venues. Founded in 1999, CTM is a prominent international festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as the diverse range of artistic activities in the context of sound and club cultures. The festival's aim is to present the most outstanding international productions in adventurous, experimental and electronic music and audiovisual performance, as well as to reflect on recent artistic, social and technical developments in music culture.

FITC Amsterdam 2019

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Now in its 12th year, FITC returns to Amsterdam to host their groundbreaking design and tech event on the future of innovation, design and all the cool shit in between.

Elevate Festival 2019

Graz, Austria

Elevate is an annual interdisciplinary festival held in various central venues around the Schlossberg in Graz, Austria. With its unique combination of critical political discourse and contemporary music and art, the Elevate Festival stands out of the "usual" festival circus. Amongst the guests are Human rights experts, climate researchers and activists from all over the world, who gather in Graz once a year with musicans and artists, illuminating pertinent issues of our future. The organisational body is a not-for-profit association. Therefore all the discourse and film programme of the festival is free of charge.

IAM Weekend 2019

Barcelona, Spain

IAM Weekend is the best weekend of the year for internet people! Fourth IAM Weekend offers the future of internet culture, within the theme: "The Quantumness of Archipelagos".


99U Conference 2019

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.

Related interview: Neon Moiré Show with 99U Editor-in-Chief Matt McCue

By Design Conference

Bratislava, Slovakia

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