Don’t Miss These Happenings

Have you ever heard about a conference just days after it happened? Worry no more! To keep you on the up and up, we created a list of all the exciting design-related events happening around the world in 2017/2018.


Women + Design Summit

San Diego, CA

May 12, 2017

Don’t miss out on this new event, and the chance to foster relationships with some of the most impressive women in design! There will be speakers, panels, sessions, workshops and more. Some highlights include insights from Ti Chang on her transition from Industrial designer to Entrepreneur, and stories from Diane Allen retelling how she managed several interior design projects for Nissan Design America. The Summit will be lead by Megan Neese, chair of IDSA board of directors. The Women and design Summit promising to be an inspiring event with incredible speakers and a great venue. I wouldn’t miss it!


The Maker Faire

San Mateo, CA

May 19-21, 2017

Hosted in the fast paced world of the Bay Area; the Maker faire is ready to send ripples through the water. This event has countless options to customize the participant’s experience. With day passes, weekend passes, discounts, and activity based registration, there’s no excuse to keep you from participating in part, or all of the happenings! You can find their ticket price options here. The Maker Faire boasts a variety of music, educational workshops, show and tell, science workshops, electronics talks, and equality discussions. This festival has something for everyone. With free admission for kids, and a wide range of presentations, it is truly an event for young and old alike!


The ING Creative Festival

Dubai, UAE

April, 2018

This creative mecca is an event for the decades! At the price of only $270, you can participate in this three day event and the biggest hurdle is getting yourself to Dubai. The event offers incredible speakers and inspiration. At the 2017 conference, the ING conference hosted over 28 talented speakers including creatives from Disney, Google, Design Matters, National Geographic, the MOMA, Pixar, Nasa and IBM; to name a few. Beyond impressive speakers, they even had interactive workshops ranging from screen-printing, to restaurant branding and leatherworking.  Individuals can also sign up as volunteers or for internships, so no matter your financial situation, you have options to get to the festival. This event is the complete package, offering a huge range of information and diversity. Sign up for the ING festival to listen to the most creative people in the world tell their stories.


Milan Design Week

Milan, Italy

April, 2018

If you’re looking for an adventure and vacation, along with some design inspiration, then Milan Design week is for you! The Milan design week encompasses the programs of the salone del mobile – the annual international furniture exhibition staged at the halls of rho fiera; and fuorisalone – a set of events distributed in different areas of milan, sure to inspire. What’s not to love about a design centric trip to Italy?



Austin, TX

March 9-18, 2018

South by Southwest is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas.. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. It is now a huge platform for tech innovations and design. The 2017 conference boasted speakers from Otterbox, Naked Juice, IBM and Adobe. The conference is a great way to learn a little about the startup culture, design, and technology.


What Design Can Do

Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 23-24, 2017

What Design Can Do (WDCD) was initiated in 2011 as a platform to showcase design as a catalyst of change and as a way of addressing the societal questions of our time. In 2017 and 2018, WDCD focusses its attention to climate change, definitely the most urgent issue humanity faces right now. WDCD is challenging the creative community to contribute to the solution to its own capacity. WDCD promises to be an uplifting activism event and a great chance to meet passionate people.


99U Conference

NYC, New York

June 7-9, 2017

(Sold-out) Sponsored by Adobe; the 99U conference gives career advice, pep-talks, and useful resources to get designers out of the creative rut. The 99U Conference is a one-of-a-kind live experience that inspires creative professionals to bring their ideas to life and shape the future of the industry. Speakers include Ian Spalter; head of design at Instagram, Alex Schleifer; VP of design at AirBnb, Scott Belsky; founder of Behance, and many more talented individuals.



Chicago, Illinois

June 12-14

This event draws in over fifty thousand design professionals and hosts over 100 free seminars. Keynote speakers include Arianna Huffington; founder of the Huffington Post, Jessica Green; famous scientist, and John Ronan; founding principal of John Ronan Architects in Chicago


IDSA International Design Conference

Atlanta, GA

August 16-19, 2017

This conference will culminate with the grand IDSA International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2017 Ceremony on Aug. 19.The IDSA conference promises to have some of the most compelling speakers at the intersection of design and business along with studio and other offsite tours, great parties, and family-friendly attractions.


London Design Festival

London, England

September 16-24, 2017

In it’s fifteenth year running, this festival will be an exciting event! The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. One of the things that makes this festival unique, is the amount of art installations that will be created for the event. In 2016 there were at least six, large scale, installations across the city from well-to-do artists that you wouldn’t want to miss.


World Design Summit

Montreal Canada

October 16-25, 2017

At this ten day event, attendees with come together to foster cooperation and enhance their own professional development. There are six themes for the Summit, divided into 108 subcategories, so there will be no lack of information! The six themes are; design for beauty, design for the earth, design for participation, design for sale, design for transformation, and design for extremes.

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