One of the best ways to follow industry trends and get ahead in your field is by attending conferences.
To help you find the perfect design conference to attend in 2019, we have assembled a list of 12 conferences that besides providing the invaluable knowledge, allow you to travel to places you haven't visited before.
#1 The UX Conference – Tobacco Dock London
The UX Conference
in London brings designers, developers, researches, and marketing specialists together. The theme of the conference in February 2019 is the role of designers and marketing in growing businesses. The organizers invited amazing speakers from Booking, Conde Nast, Monzo, Ocado, Thomas Cook etc.
Dates: February 21st, 2019
began in 1987 as a music festival in Austin, Texas. Today, SXSW Interactive is a prestigious annual festival celebrating all that is innovative in the technology world. More than 30,000 people attend this event every year, and keynote speakers have included Mark Zuckerberg, Astro Teller, and even the former president of the United States Barack Obama.
Dates: March 8 – 17, 2019
#3 AIGA Design Conference
Staged by the oldest professional graphics arts organization in the USA, the AIGA conference
takes place in different places around the US, and the 2019 conference is in Pasadena. This conference provides a deeper insight into how you can do better in your chosen field via hands-on labs, panels, and presentations.
Dates: April 4 – 6, 2019
has become one of the world's most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design industry. This Dublin-based conference gathers over 2,500 attendees each year, and invites the most interesting practitioners from the fields of graphic design, illustration, animation, photography, industrial design, fashion, film and art.
Dates: April 5 – 7, 2019
#5 Smashing Conference
makes the list as one of the truly great conferences for graphic designers because of the hands on tips and tricks provided by the experts.
This conference takes place in San Francisco, and is usually scheduled for early spring. Those who want to get a better view of the more technical aspect of graphic design should definitely attend.
Dates: April 16 – 17, 2019
#6 99U Conference
99U is the well-known blog that focuses on everything from designs trends to inspiring talks and interviews with industry leaders. You can expect the same (or more) from the conference.
This New York-based conference
is pretty similar to Adobe MAX conference since it is more about meeting people in your industry. If you attend this event, you will be able to listen and interact with some of the best minds in the business, but there will be plenty of workshops that will allow you to show off what you can already do.
Dates: May 8 – 10, 2019
#7 Creative Pro Week
Creative Pro Week
is an essential event for designers, publishers, and Adobe InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator users. This Seattle-based event will feature 40+ expert speakers and 80+ sessions and tutorials, during five days of in-depth training and inspiration that you can use to improve your productivity.
CreativePro Week brings together 4 great conferences in one location:
1. PePcon: Bridging Print and Digital Publishing
2. Click: The Presentation Design Conference
3. Ps/Ai: The Photoshop + Illustrator Conference for Designers
4. The InDesign Conference: The Essential Event for InDesign Professionals
Dates: June 10 – 14, 2019
#8 London Design Fair
London Design Fair
is a 4-day event which will be held at the Old Truman Brewery in London, United Kingdom. This event showcases products like furniture, digital media, architecture, graphics, vintage design etc.
Dates: 19-22 September 2019
#9 Design Matters
is an international and Copenhagen-based design conference. It is a conference on new movements in digital design, and it brings together design practitioners from the best companies around the world.
Dates: September 18-19, 2019
#10 Amuse UX Conference
is an international conference for anyone interested in how to design and develop successful products that users love. It covers the fields of UX design, service design, user research, product design, creativity and more. This will be a 3-in-1 conference experience, as Amuse will be held together with Impact (a product management conference) and Crunch (a big data conference).
Dates: October 16 – 18, 2019 Budapest
#11 Brand New Conference – Las Vegas
The Brand New Conference is an annual 2-day event that brings together the crème de la crème of influential graphic designers, where you can hear and see a lot about identities, logos and brand. The kind of event where you hear inspiring phrases like: "It's often very easy to design something complex, and very hard to simplify an idea, to make it minimal". Philippe Apeloig
It is a perfect occasion to immerse into graphic design culture during 48 hours.
Dates: October 17 – 18, 2019
#12 Adobe MAX 2019
Last but not least, we have Adobe MAX
, the premier conference launched in 2003 by Macromedia. Organized by the Adobe Systems Inc., the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference will be held from 2nd-6th November 2019 in Los Angeles. Adobe MAX provides more than 300 educational sessions across various creative disciplines, but it also represents a convenient way for Adobe to demonstrate the latest updates for its suite of applications.
Dates: November 2 – 6, 2019