Top Conventions for Graphic Designers to Visit

Top Conventions for Graphic Designers to Visit

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Keeping the creative spark alive is no easy feat. It’s something that most graphic designers know and this is why they continuously try to keep their creative minds awake. Creative thinkers, whether they are writers, painters, web designers or graphic designers like to share ideas and insights with like-minded individuals. And there’s no better place to get together with other professionals than international conventions. Whether you want to delve deep into subjects like typography, print design, color psychology or even more nerdier topics like JQuery or Javascript design, there are many conventions that will impress you and will leave you asking for more.

So let’s see which are the top conventions for graphic designers you wouldn’t want to miss out on:

GAIN – AIGA Design and Business Conference, New Orleans

Held every year in October, GAIN is held by AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Arts) in different locations across the United States. In 2014, New York was selected to host GAIN, but for 2015, this much awaited conference will be held in New Orleans. The conference draws more than 1,500 designers each year and features interactive events, roundtable discussions and a huge design fair showcasing the latest graphic design works and technologies.

Design Thinkers, Toronto

Design Thinkers is THE conference to go if you want to know where the design world is heading. Although lasting only 2 days, Design Thinkers is packed with public speaking events, roundtables, interactive design sessions, tutorials, tech shows and business opportunities. It’s the perfect hotspot for graphic designers from around the world and speakers include Debbie Millman, Javier Mariscal and Karen McGrane. The conference is held by RGD, Canada’s top association for graphic designers and is famous for bringing together marketing professionals, company executives, graphic designers and other business professionals.

Fluxible, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

One of the smaller design conferences this year, Fluxible is the perfect spot to go if you want to have a one-on-one chat with your favorite designer or graphic artist. The conference usually has less than 500 attendees, but the speakers are thoroughly selected, so you’ll definitely find someone to hang out or have dinner with. The conference is famous for attracting design leaders from around the world, and last year’s speakers include Giles Colborne, Danielle Malik and Indi Young.

Generate, London

Presented and organized by net magazine, the world’s leading web design and graphics magazine for web designers and graphic artists, Generate features world-class speakers, excellent workshops, educational seminars, roundtables and numerous networking opportunities.