Here is a list of answers to frequently asked questions about the AIGA Design Conference. We hope you find the information you are seeking, but if you still have unanswered questions after reading this page, please contact us.

To share the content from the conference with a wider audience and allow attendees to relive the experience, AIGA will make every effort to post video, transcripts and presentations of all the main stage presentations on the AIGA website. You can watch videos from the 2011 AIGA Design Conference here.

The registration fee for participants includes attendance at all conference general and affinity (breakout) sessions, the Design Fair opening reception on Thursday night, the Design Fair happy hour on Friday night and the closing party on Saturday evening. Continental breakfast and light refreshment breaks will be provided on Friday and Saturday. Lunch and dinner will be on your own.

The fees are set to make the experience both memorable and affordable. Typically the per person cost of putting on the conference is about three times the registration fee.

AIGA offers only full-conference registration to its events. The experience and the pricing for the conference are based on participants attending the entire conference. Based on experience, we have determined that it is neither economically nor administratively feasible for our small staff to offer partial registrations and to oversee compliance. As such, it would be unfair to those paying full registration to allow those purchasing a partial registration to experience the full conference by violating the intent of a partial registration

At this time, the student rate is available to AIGA members who identify as students in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

Your conference registration includes admission to all general sessions, affinity sessions, the Emerging Designer Symposium, the Design Fair and all evening events, including the Opening Night Reception, Friday night Happy Hour and Saturday night Closing Party. Pre- and post-conference events may require separate, additional fees.

AIGA, the professional association for design, is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution. Our activities are designed to benefit our members, who also support those activities. Therefore, only a limited number of press passes may be available for editorial staff serving publications that are likely to provide coverage of the event and share the news with a broader audience. Members of the press who are intrigued by the content are encouraged to attend.

We apply our policies consistently and fairly to avoid situations in which designers with limited means are subsidizing participation by others. This is the only way we know to remain fair to our members who support us all year and also pay to attend our conferences. To apply for a press pass, send us a proposal for consideration. Under no circumstance will non-editorial staff or more than one writer from a single publication receive a press pass.

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA conferences and activities, in corresponding publications, in AIGA's archives and on AIGA's website.

There will be a $100 cancellation fee for cancellations made prior to July 10, 2013. AIGA will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between July 11 and September 10, 2013. No refunds will be available after September 10, 2013. All ticket sales for pre- and post-conference events are final, no refunds will be granted.

Design Camp®: AIGA Minnesota will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between July 11 and September 10, 2013. No refunds will be available after September 10, 2013.

Conference is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for conference registration and sponsorship fees. Speakers are subject to change without prior notice.

At this time, there are no discounted group rates for “Head, Heart, Hand.” 

At this time, the educator rate is available to AIGA members who identify as educators in the AIGA design community. The rate is determined by your current membership status.

We do not offer complimentary registrations to anyone, including board members and chapter leadership. This policy is based on a firm commitment to equity and fairness, out of respect to our customers who pay for the conference.

All conference materials will be distributed onsite when you check in at registration. This includes a full conference program and daily schedule-at-a-glance.

When the Design Conference originated more than 20 years ago, the gathering was an opportunity to bring together people who were passionate about design to share ideas. Over time we have drawn further afield in seeking speakers who are inspirational, informative and provocative.

Each year, the AIGA community helps to curate the program for one AIGA’s biennial conferences, AIGA Design Conference (held in odd years) or “Gain: AIGA Design and Business Conference” (held in even years). AIGA invites members, nonmembers, chapter leaders and other concerned parties to contribute suggestions to program through an open call for topics and speaker recommendations. The affinity session presentations are programmed by a group of curators and leaders from AIGA's communities of interest. Main stage presentations are vetted by an advisory committee. Richard Grefé, AIGA executive director, and Katie Baker, AIGA conference producer, manage the committee and speaker selection process.

Except in highly unusual cases, we have not paid speaking fees. We also try to avoid any presentations that will be self-promotional or promote a specific product. Unlike some professional conferences, we do not offer opportunities for presentations that do not fit into the main theme of the conference as determined by the conference committee. This policy is followed in order to be able to manage the experience and value we offer all participants.