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Attendee List
Program Committee
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Conference Chair: Linda Bracamontes,
Conference Committee: Frank Baseman, Matthew Gaynor, Marcia Lausen, Robert Sedlack, Carol Sogard, Philip Burton, Kathy Fredrickson, Renate Gokl, Apryl Niksch, Lisa Lindsay, Sharon Oiga
Design: Joanna Vodopivec, Janna Fiester, Elizabeth Garvey, Caroline Young, Emily Oxinio

The purpose of AIGA is to set the national agenda for the role of design in its economic, social, political and cultural contexts. AIGA is the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing. AIGA was founded in 1914 and now represents more than 16,000 designers through national activities and local programs developed by 48 chapters and more than 150 student groups.

AIGA supports the interests of professionals, educators and students who are engaged in the process of designing, regardless of where they are in the arc of their careers. The disciplines represented in the profession range from book and type design through the traditional communication design disciplines to the newer disciplines of interaction design, experience design and motion graphics.

AIGA serves as a hub of thought-leadership and activity for the designing community. The association is committed to stimulating thinking about design through the exchange of ideas and information, the encouragement of critical analysis and research, and the advancement of education and ethical practice.

Through conferences, competitions, exhibitions, publications and websites, AIGA inspires, educates and informs designers, helping them to realize their talents and advocating the value of design among the media, the business community, governments and the public.

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AIGA Education and history
AIGA educational standards and criteria represent an effort by the profession and educators to set clear expectations for accredited design programs, through AIGA’s partnership with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). This effort stimulates thinking about the key characteristics of curricula and professional requirements.

AIGA archives at represent a growing resource of design history and criticism. AIGA is also encouraging the development of print archives through legacy gifts. In June 2003 we announced that our competition archives will be transferred to the Denver Art Museum, which made a long-term commitment to graphic design collections.

AIGA conference policies
AIGA policies toward conference activities have been developed based on experience and with a firm commitment to follow practices that are fair, equitable and consistent. They are applied across all circumstances to assure each participant that he or she is being treated the same as any other participant as a matter of trust. Therefore, exceptions are not given unless the policy is to be changed for all participants. Policies also reflect the need to be able to administer practices fairly and consistently with limited staff resources, which will result in certain policies having been established for administrative viability.

What the registration fees cover and how they are set
The registration fee for participants includes attendance at all conference general and focused sessions. Coffee will be provided throughout the conference, but you will be on your own for food. The fees are set to make the experience both memorable and affordable. We have tried to reduce the cost to encourage as many people as possible to attend.

We are a nonprofit professional association. Our activities are created for our members, who also support them. We have a limited number of press passes for editorial staff on publications who we believe are likely to write a substantive article on the content so that it can be made available to a broader audience. Press who are intrigued by the content are encouraged to attend. We apply our policies consistently and fairly to avoid situations where 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 a proposal to Under no circumstances will noneditorial staff or more than one writer from a single publication receive a press pass.

Group registrations
You can register as a group, but there are no reduced prices for groups.

When the national design conference originated 20 years ago, the conference was an opportunity to bring together people who were passionate about design to share ideas. Over time, we have drawn farther and farther afield in seeking speakers who are inspirational, informative and provocative. The speakers are selected by a program committee and are offered a modest travel honorarium. 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 our participants.

Partial registrations or one-day passes
AIGA offers only full conference registrations to its events. The experience and the pricing for the conference are based on attendees 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 police compliance. It would be unfair to those paying full registration to allow those purchasing a partial registration to allow a means for others to experience the conference by violating the intent of a partial registration.

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


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