Conferences, Courses, Call for Education Abstracts

Plan ahead for the great conferences of 2014!

The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0

February 20, 2014
Carleton University, River Building, Ottawa, ON

Presented by David Berman R.G.D., FGDC
A public course open to all, with choice of in-person or online attendance,
$150 discount to all CGD members.

UCDA Design Summit: The Economy of Design

March 27-29, 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana

It's like tip-toeing through a land mine: you have an audience that keeps changing the way they like to communicate and a client who prefers to keep everything the same. And don't forget that your budget has been mercilessly slashed. What's a designer to do?

Sessions include topics on guerrilla marketing, design thinking, the creative pitch, and the value of a brand, to name a few.

Speakers Rick Bailey (RHB), Herbert Krabel (Guerrilla Communication), Rebecca Salerno (Indiana University), Tom Walker (RHB), Sam Waterson (RHB), and Rex Whisman (University of Colorado Boulder) will equip you with the tools to overcome these daily challenges while inspiring you to do work that is fresh and creative.


UCDA Design Education Summit

May 19-20, 2014
Madison, Wisconsin

Design educators and graduate students-join your colleagues in the tenth annual UCDA Design Education Summit.

This national summit for design educators, chairs, and students, continues an ongoing community created specifically for graphic design educators with many opportunities for professional participation and development.

Included in the summit are general session speakers, panel discussions, and paper and poster presentations selected from abstracts submitted through a peer reviewed process.

This one and a half day summit is open to UCDA members and non-members, design educators and practitioners, and students.

Call for Abstracts
Deadline: March 1, 2014
Notification of acceptance: March 28, 2014
Submission guidelines:

Early Registration (by May 1)
$195 (Member, Partner, or Non-member)/ $145 (Student)
Late registration (after May 1)
$245 (Member, Partner, or Non-member) /$195 (Student)
Information/registration form:

With 3,000+ attendees, 80+ speakers and sessions, 12 keynote talks and 12 networking opportunities, HOW Design Live is the biggest design event—anywhere. And for the first time ever, 5 design events are converging into one huge experience that’s all about giving you the most personalized, inspiring and career-boosting 5 days ever!

Print design. Web design. Package design. Leadership. Creativity. Freelancing. Technology. Management. Mix and match sessions in any time slot across the entire HOW Design Live program. Hear big, juicy, life-changing ideas from Malcolm Gladwell, Stefan Sagmeister, Seth Godin, Maria Popova, and other creative visionaries.

Design your own HOW Design Live—and get exactly what your brain, your career and your creativity need.  Click here for more >

TypeCon 2014

July 30-August 3, 2014
Washington DC
Presented by the Society of Typographic Afficionados

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) is pleased to announce that The City of Magnificent Intentions — Washington, DC — has been selected as host city for TypeCon2014 — July 30th to August 3rd. Thanks to the awesome local crew who were instrumental in bringing TypeCon to the nation’s capital.

Our conference headquarters will be the Hyatt Regency Washington — located just steps from Capitol Hill. The hotel has recently undergone a top to bottom renovation and features a five-story atrium, immaculately appointed guest rooms, well-equipped fitness center, indoor lap pool, an impressive lounge, and the renowned Article One – American Grill restaurant. Read more >

Typo San Francisco 2014: Rhythm
International Design Talks

April 10-11, 2014
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA

This year’s theme, “Rhythm,” explores the cadence of the creative process, the underlying tempo of inspiration, and the beats of the design experience.

Wondering what the pulse is of the design community? Mark your calendars for TYPO San Francisco Rhythm, presented by FontShop, this April.

Join a diverse and inspirational group of international and local creative speakers, professionals, faculty and students at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on April 10 & 11, 2014. With an emphasis on design, society, culture – with a little bit of kerning, the two-day conference adapts one of Europe’s most successful design events with a Bay Area twist.

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GAIN: AIGA Design and Business Conference


October 23-24, 2014
Redesigning commerce: Changing the face, place and character of business
Marriott Marquis, New York City

Join us in New York City as we take a closer look at redesigning business for the future. Culture, economics and commerce will converge to tackle the tough question businesses and designers face: What is the new shape of business? 

Register Now! Early registration deadline: July 15, 2014

Cusp Conference 2014

The design of everything.

October 22–23, 2014
Chicago, IL

Cusp Conference 2014 will be held in the theater at Chicago's beautiful Museum of Contemporary Art. Located just a block east of Michigan Avenue in the heart of the Magnificent Mile, the MCA offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945, documenting contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance.

Experiencing CUSP: The Design of Everything
The experience of CUSP is unlike any other; the randomness, the unexpected feelings, the networking, the amazing speakers, the way it makes you think about everything differently. – Sandee Kastrul and Deborah Cane, i.c. stars

2014 Presenters

Kanya Balakrishna
Dr. Kim Blair
Ti Chang
Nicholas Epley
Charna Halpern
Dr. Julienne Rutherford
Mike Score