50+ Design Conferences to Attend in 2020

50+ Design Conferences to Attend in 2020

An annual incomplete guide to the best events for designers and creatives who want to get inspired, meet new people and expand their horizons.

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As a designer of 20 years, attending events and conferences has been a vitally important aspect of my practice. Personally, I love nothing more than coming home afterwards with a notebook filled with new ideas, people to reach out to and genuine optimism for the kind of work we do.

Just before the beginning of a new year, I collect all the design, art and inspiring events that are on my radar in one place. From international art fairs to top-tier conferences on creativity, my list is expansive. Resources are meant to be shared, especially those that support inspiration and innovation. Here you?ll find 50+ creative events of 2020 that are on my radar, and hopefully they end up on your radar too.

1. FOG Art and Design

Date: January 16?19, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

Celebrating today?s most significant creatives and leading contributors to the worlds of design and visual arts, the fair assembles 45 leading international galleries, prominent 20th-century and contemporary design dealers and a weekend of exciting programming.

More info: https://fogfair.com/

2. In/Visible Talks 2020

Date: January 16?17, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

In/Visible Talks is a conference for creative professionals that celebrates the art of design. There?s no case studies here, this is the real deal about how creative work gets done. The speaker line up for 2020 includes Jennifer Morla, Jerome Harris, Antionette D. Carroll, and many more. With a happy hour to follow at the Museum of Craft and Design and several cultural partnerships that get you free tickets to local museums and art fairs, this event is not to be missed. A second day of workshops is also available for those who want to get hands on with their own creative practice.

More info: https://invisibletalks.com/conference-2020/

3. Maison & Objet

Date: January 17?21, 2020Location: Paris, France

The leading home decor fair connecting the international interior design and lifestyle community. This year?s theme (RE) GENERATION, in celebration of their 25th anniversary, will set out to analyze the attitudes, desires and expectations of Generation Y and Z?s digital natives. A whole year?s celebrations will be devoted to these committed millennials who, confronted with the many current crises, are looking for a better world, changing the rules and revolutionizing consumer behavior in both the home and lifestyle sectors.

More info: https://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris

4. New Adventures

Date: January 22?23Location: Nottingham, UK

This year Nottingham?s future-focused digital design conference brings Tatiana Mac, Jeff Veen, Florence Okoye and more to the stage. Their fifth annual event will explore speculative and critical design, radical inclusivity, climate, sustainability, and much more.

More info: https://newadventuresconf.com/2020/

5. Digital Thinkers Conference Awwwards

Date: January 23?24Location: Tokyo, Japan

This multi-day event caters to designers, developers and digital dreamers and includes a 2- day conference, a day of workshops and design competition. The programming is brought to you by the team behind Awwwards, the most visited digital design awards platform in the world.

Every year they hold conferences in iconic cities across the globe including New York, Amsterdam, Paris, London and Los Angeles. Next up in 2020 after Tokyo is Amsterdam, then Toronto. And if you haven?t seen their playful conference branding it?s worth a look on its own.

More info: https://conference.awwwards.com/tokyo/

6. IxDA Interaction 20

Date: February 2?7, 2020Location: Milan, Italy

Interaction 20 is a week of design events, dedicated to design and its consequences, including a 3-day conference, an education summit, a local leaders retreat, a day of workshops, and a student design charette.

Interaction Week 2020 will bring together the brightest minds in design, as well as science, philosophy, psychology and business including Georgia Lupi, Awa Caba, Audrey Tang and more.

More info: https://interaction20.ixda.org/

7. First Round

Date: February 14, 2020Location: Portland OR

First Round is a one-day showcase of original presentations made to clients featuring initial design explorations for logo, identity, and branding projects brought to you by the folks behind Under Consideration. The day will include 30-minute talks from 12 speakers who will be sharing their unique stories that helped land their first clients. This event travels to different cities so if you miss Portland you might be able to catch the next one elsewhere.

More info: https://underconsideration.com/firstround/

8. Design Indaba

Date: February 26?28, 2019Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Known for hosting the best creative conference in the world, the Design Indaba Festival is an annual celebration of design and creativity, showcasing the hottest and most relevant talents across the creative sectors. It?s all about how creativity is creating a better world and they bring to the stage the best of the best who are doing just that. The 2020 event marks the 25th anniversary of this important global gathering.

More info: http://www.designindaba.com/conference

9. Leading Design Conference

Date: March 4?6, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

Now in its fifth year, Leading Design is a sell out conference for people leading design teams, overseeing design direction, or instilling a culture of design within their organizations. Past speakers have worked at Facebook, Netflix, IBM Design Studio, Spotify and Google. This year they?ve assembled a wonderful group of design leaders including Audrey Liu, Kate Aronowitz, and Peter Merholz who will cover a wide range of topics to help you make the most of your Design Leadership journey.

More info: https://leadingdesign.com/conferences/sanfran-2020

10. Service Design in Government

Date: March 4?6, 2020Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Returning for the 7th year, Service Design in Government 2020 is the original public sector service design conference, attracting an international audience and program of passionate Service Designer professionals.

Our participants enjoy meeting and learning from their peers and leaders in the industry, leaving with new ideas and skills to improve public services, an increased professional network and inspiration gained from many useful conversations and interactions.

More info: https://2020.govservicedesign.net/

11. Mutek Barcelona

Date: March 4?7, 2020Location: Barcelona, Spain

Since its first edition, the MUTEK festival has distinguished itself as an international rendezvous for original and avant-garde programming. The festival?s range strives to be diverse, with interests in both the experimental and the playful sides of digital creativity. MUTEK?s programming intends to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. This is a world of constant evolution and incessant refinement ? the ?MU? in MUTEK refers consciously to the notion of ?mutation?. MUTEK also takes place in other cities across the globe throughout the year.

More info: http://www.mutek.org/en/spain/2020

12. The Armory Show

Date: March 5?8, 2020Location: New York, NY

The Armory Show is New York City?s premier art fair and a leading cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world?s most important 20th- and 21st-century art. Staged on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery and patronage in the visual arts. The NYC art world comes alive at this annual event. There are several satellite art fairs happening throughout the city at the same time ? all worth checking out.

More info: https://www.thearmoryshow.com/

13. SXSW: Design Track

Date: March 13?18, 2020Location: Austin, TX

The design track at SXSW covers all aspects of this industry, from futuristic product design to design-thinking approaches that can be applied to numerous other disciplines, businesses, and organizations. This programming will examine how design informs our interactions, shapes our experiences, and plays a critical role in problem-solving.

More info: https://www.sxsw.com/conference/design/

14. AIGA Design Conference

Date: March 30-April 1, 2020Location: Pittsburgh, PA

This annual event makes its way to the Pittsburgh ?City of Bridges? for their 2020 event. The conference will be defined by this theme of Bridges: Who are those in the creative communities building bridges to new ways of thinking, new ways of living, and new ways of creating? Who is challenging and rewriting established narratives, guiding old behaviors and institutions into a new, modern way forward? Who are the builders, the uniters? Together, we?ll explore crucial topics such as Design Ethics, D+I, Automation, Future of Work, Future of Cities, Food, and more.

Roman Mars, creator and host of the popular design podcast 99% Invisible, returns to host general sessions on the mainstage.

More info: https://designconference.aiga.org

15. Creative South

Date: April 2?4, 2020Location: Columbus, GA

Creative South is a weekend of creative thinking, collaboration, and exploration. 2020 marks their 10th year and the speaker line up includes Jessica Bellamy, Lauren Hom, and Aaron Draplin. Attendees enjoy Ink Wars, workshops, talks focused on process and experience, and meeting old friends as well as making new ones. There?s even a track of community organized satellite events planned for this year.

More info: https://www.creativesouth.com/

16. OFFSET Dublin

Date: April 3?5, 2020Location: Dublin, Ireland

Offset is committed to a multi-discipline approach to curation, inviting the most interesting and exciting practitioners from the fields of Graphic Design, Photography, Animation, Illustration, Fashion, Film, Industrial Design and Art. Representing industry at all levels, their speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their field driving everything from huge global campaigns to awe inspiring personal projects. With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world?s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries.

More info: http://www.iloveoffset.com/

17. Creative Festival

Date: April 9?11, 2020Location: Dubai, UAE

For the past 5 years, -ing has been committed to helping creatives improve their skills by bringing some of the most well-known names in the industry to share their expertise and skills in Talks, Workshops and Networking Sessions. Whether you?re in Branding, Design, Product Design, UI/UX, Marketing, Advertising, or Social Media their diverse line-up has plenty to offer. Their 2020 speaker line up includes Stefan Sagmeister, Mackey Saturday and Shuya Gong.

More info: https://www.ingcreatives.com/

18. Design Week Portland

Date: April 18?25, 2020Location: Portland, OR

Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. Their mission is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy. The full week schedule will debut in February on their website.

More info: https://www.designweekportland.com/

19. Smashing Conference SF

Date: April 21?22, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

SmashingConf is focused on front-end and UX, but it covers everything web, be it interface design or machine learning. The fifth SmashingConf San Francisco will explore how to improve accessibility and front-end workflow, refactoring, security, interface design patterns, CSS Grid techniques, performance, and how to write better JavaScript. Plus, there will be a bunch of hands-on workshops on design, front-end and UX.

SmashingConf is focused on real-world problems and solutions. Their speakers rarely show slides: they show how they work ? their setup, techniques and shortcuts for getting work done in live interactive sessions. After San Francisco they?ll bring the event to Austin, Freiberg and New York.

More info: https://smashingconf.com/sf-2020/

20. Salone del Mobile. Milano

Date: April 9?14, 2019Location: Milan, Italy

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile was founded in 1961 as a vehicle for promoting Italian furniture and furnishings exports and soon became the most keenly awaited event in the world of furniture. With more than 370,000 attendees on average from 188 different nations, the Salone is as a laboratory for experimentation and cross-pollution, a place for interface and new opportunities for reflection on the world of design and designing.

The Salone Internazionale del Mobile is split into three style categories: Classic, which draws on the values of tradition, craftsmanship and skill in the art of making furniture and objects in the classic style; Design, products that speak of functionality, innovation and boast a great sense of style and xLux, the section devoted to timeless luxury re-read in a contemporary key.

More info: https://www.salonemilano.it/en/

21. Moogfest

Date: April 16?19, 2020Location: Durham, NC

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Their Mission: To grow a global community of futurists who explore emerging sound technologies and design radical instruments for change.

By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation, attracting creative and tech enthusiasts for four days of participatory programming. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge performances by early pioneers in electronic music, contemporary pop innovators, and avant-garde experimentalists in venues throughout the city

More info: https://www.moogfest.com/

22. OFFF Barcelona

Date: April 23?25, 2020Location: Barcelona, Spain

OFFF is a three-day journey of conferences, workshops, activities and performances. Founded at the beginning of the 21st century, OFFF was born as a conference event. Today, OFFF has ascended to the most influential creativity Festival to attend hosting artists and designers from all over the world. It is a way of understanding creativity. Always evolving and transforming. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of this event.

More info: https://offf.barcelona/

23. HOW Design Live

Date: May 4?7, 2020Location: Boston, MA

HOW Design Live is where creativity, inspiration and technology converge.

One of the largest annual gatherings of creative professionals in the world, where you will have access up to 100 educational sessions and keynotes, an exclusive opportunity to preview new tools, technologies, products and powerful keynotes such as Elizabeth Gilbert, Simon Sinek, Malcolm Gladwell and Bren Brown, that represent some of the best creative minds in the world.

More info: https://www.howdesignlive.com/

24. PixelUp!

Date: May 4?6, 2020Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Pixel Up! is by designers for designers. We deliver an inspiring program packed with practical skills you can take back to your desk and apply immediately. You?ll get to learn from a diverse group of speakers including authors, local and international designers, as well as rising stars. They?ll deliver thought-provoking talks and energizing workshops to improve your craft and help advance your career.

More info: https://pixelup.co.za/

25. Pictoplasma

Date: May 13?17, 2020Location: Berlin, Germany

Pictoplasma is the world?s leading platform for contemporary character design and art. Creators and producers meet for a central conference to exchange strategies for figurative aesthetics, while the wider festival awaits the general public with cutting edge screenings, numerous exhibitions throughout the city.

At the heart of the festival, the central Pictoplasma Conference presents 21 key lectures by the world?s most influential artists and upcoming talents, cutting-edge graphic and game designers and leading animation filmmakers, offering the chance to learn from and be inspired by some of today?s most innovative and avant-garde artists.

More info: https://conference.pictoplasma.com/

26. The Design Conference

Date: May 21?May 23, 2020Location: Brisbane, Australia

The Design Conference is a 3-day event for creatives. They discuss more than the future of design ? but what design means in the hearts and minds of the worlds favorite creative leaders. By being transparent and vulnerable, we engineer an experience which is designed to move, motivate, educate and connect.

From critically acclaimed strategists to the worlds most outrageous commercial artists, The Design Conference is curated to not only entertain but more specifically to surprise. In one way or another, their speakers will leave you feeling confronted in the most beautiful way.

More info: https://www.thedesignconference.com.au/

27. RGD Design Thinkers

Date: May 26?27, 2020Location: Vancouver, Canada

DesignThinkers, Canada?s only annual conference for visual communicators, is a must-attend for informed, forward-thinking creative communications and design professionals. At this inspiring two-day event that takes place in Toronto (in the Fall) and Vancouver (in the Spring), they offer in-depth analyses of trends and best practices in branding, design thinking, design management, communications technologies and user experience with a range of opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues, new and old. Attendees leave with a reconsidered and refined design or creative process, feeling inspired, refreshed and connected to the creative communications community.

More info: https://designthinkers.com/vancouver

28. C2 Conference

Date: May 27?29, 2020Location: Montral, Canada

C2 brings together Commerce and Creativity to explore trends, opportunities, disruptions and major shifts on the horizon. Every year, this is where more than 6,500 decision makers and creative minds unite to collectively shape, experience, and challenge the future of business.

C2 Montral?s 2020 theme, Beyond Boundaries, is about what it takes to push yourself and your life?s work to another place. It?s about recognizing what barriers have been imposed on your psyche, your business or your politics, and seeking freedom from these restrictions.

More info: https://www.c2montreal.com/#/

29. Layers

Date: TBA. June, 2020Location: San Jose, California

Layers is a 3-day conference during WWDC to talk about design, technology, art and culture. For designers and non-designers alike, we showcase design fundamentals for industry newcomers and advanced ideas for seasoned professionals.

More info: https://layers.is/

30. Typographics Design Festival

Date: TBA. June, 2020Location: New York, NY

The Typographics design festival is a multi-part event series focused on contemporary typography and where its future may lie, hosted at Cooper Union, that includes talks, workshops, a type lab, a book fair and more.

More info: https://2019.typographics.com/

31. 99u Conference

Date: June 3?5, 2020Location: New York, NY

Hear from a diverse group of thinkers and doers in a series of main stage talks, workshops, master classes and open studios over two days. 99U speakers offer pragmatic, real-world insights that transcend creative sectors

What does it mean to be a creative? At the 12th Annual Adobe 99U Conference, they?ll unpack our creative identities, explore how to establish purpose, find ways to nurture our talents, and redefine success on our own terms.

More info: https://conference.99u.com/

32. By Design Conference

Date: June 6, 2020Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

By Design is an annual conference about design and business that takes place in Bratislava, Slovakia. Speakers at the 2020 event include Lance Wyman, Cas Holman, and Cordula Alessandri.

More info: https://bydesignconf.com/

33. Eyeo

Date: June 8?11, 2020Location: Minneapolis, MN

Eyeo brings together a community of people drawn to the intersection of art, data and creative technology. Over the course of 4 days a passionate community of thinkers, makers, creative coders, data designers, and artists, share talks, workshops, inspiration, and meet friends ? new and old. 2020 marks their 10th anniversary.

More info: http://eyeofestival.com/

34. Cumulus Roma

Date: June 16?19, 2020Location: Rome, Italy

Aligned with the vision of Cumulus Association and its commitment for sharing design knowledge and practices in a global and multidisciplinary perspective, Sapienza University of Rome will host the Annual Cumulus conference with the aim to foster the international debate on the current cultural, social, and economic challenges in design.

The working title of the Conference is ?Design Culture(s)? and is aimed to reflect on the idea of design as a form of culture. Design Culture(s) is investigating not simply on the concept of culture as a monolithic expression of a specific knowledge that reflects on itself, but as the product of an investigation that is open to many different ?Cultures? which are emerging and revolving around it in society, in the places and in history.

More info: https://cumulusroma2020.org/

35. LA Design Festival

Date: June 17?21, 2020Location: Los Angeles, CA

The LA Design Festival honors our city?s rich design culture and celebrates their status as a global design capital. Their definition of design is purposely broad to ensure that our festival is reflective of LA?s diversity and talent. The Festival is the only citywide festival of its kind, featuring events throughout LA.From architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, fashion, set, costume, and experiential design, the LA Design Festival showcases the best of the local design scene as well as some exciting national and international voices.

How will design continue to evolve to meet future challenges? How will designers apply intellect to problem-solving, making new and better things, spaces, and services? They believe that design is intrinsically optimistic and open-ended and that designers see a multiplicity of futures. For 2020, they?re looking at the future through a lens of optimism, curiosity, and purpose.

More info: https://www.ladesignfestival.org/

36. San Francisco Design Week

Date: June 16?25, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

SFDW is an essential week-long city-wide festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future. Through studio tours and events, SFDW celebrates this spirit of newness by providing unique access to exhibitions and conversations with the designers who are shaping the future ? from architecture to fashion, product design to digital services, and everything in between.

More info: https://sfdesignweek.org/

37. Aspen Ideas Festival

Date: June 24-July 3, 2020Location: Aspen, CO

Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation?s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.

From Aspen Lectures to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days are filled from early morning to late evening. Attendees have exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds ? on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar, in auditoriums and in small seminar rooms.

More info: https://www.aspenideas.org/

38. The Gray Area Festival

Date: TBA. July, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

The Gray Area Festival 2019 plots the future of world building through AR, VR, XR, installation, and immersion with four days of art, technology, music, and culture. International thought leaders in immersive design, experiential technology, spatial computing, and culture converge in San Francisco for discussion around the history, impact, and trends in the growing fields of analog and digital world building.

More info: https://grayareafestival.io/

39. DO Lectures Wales

Date: July 2?5, 2020Location: Wales, UK

DO are the folks behind the encouragement network. Taking place on the far edge of west Wales, attracting some of the most progressive minds on the planet. For many who attend, and indeed, who speak, it proves to be a life-changing set of 3 days. The talks are filmed and then made available to the world for Free.

In addition to the conference they have workshops, books and a podcast. For their 2020 event they?ll be celebrating their 12th anniversary.

More info: https://www.thedolectures.com/do-2020

40. Offgrid Osea Island

Date: July 8?10, 2020Location: Essex, UK

OffGrid Sessions is an independent ideas festival that emerged from the UK media, tech and design community. OffGrid looks to bring together a collection of the interesting & interested to discuss ideas, explore different approaches and look at issues through the eyes of others.

At the heart of OffGrid Sessions are their speakers, they?ve had economists, scientists, artists, designers, inventors, cider makers, adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists, ethnographers, journalists and philosophers.

They don?t record or video our talks, and each sessions involves a rage of questions and discussions. It?s about being there, getting involved and sharing with others.

More info: https://www.offgridsessions.com/

41. Design Content

Date: July 15?17, 2020Location: Vancouver, Canada

Designers and content strategists team up. Hear from industry leaders about crafting experiences and telling stories that shape the future of the web. A day of workshops, two days of talks, and thoughtful extras in one of the most beautiful cities, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

More info: https://content.design/

42. SIGGRAPH

Date: July 19?23, 2020Location: Washington, DC

SIGGRAPH is the forum where inspiration creates progress. Collaborate with our forward-thinking community to find the most transformative advancements across computer graphics and interactive techniques.

SIGGRAPH 2020 will push the boundaries of educational and hands-on experiences, with programs and events that will ask you to think beyond the industry?s current landscape.

More info: https://s2020.siggraph.org/

43. Design + Diversity Conference

Date: July 30?August 1, 2020Location: St. Louis, MO

2020 marks the 5th year celebration of the Design + Diversity Conference ? the conference which inspires, celebrates and promotes not only diversity in design, but the diversity of design. The conference focuses on the following themes:

  • Using creative practice to address social ills and systems of oppression through Social Justice
  • Using creative craft to meet the needs of specific identities through Designing Diversity
  • Developing a collective acumen of Traditional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This event provides a safe space for critical conversations among designers, innovators, and leaders.

More info: https://designplusdiversity.com/

44. Clarity

Date: TBA. August, 2020Location: TBA

Clarity is a design systems conference focused on how we work together. We provide tools and standards to scale across an increasing number of devices, platforms, and products. But real success comes when people align around a shared vision and language. Diverse perspectives for design, development, and product unite so more people can be a part of the conversation. At Clarity, we elevate skills through multi-faceted inclusion, empathy, technology, creativity, and collaboration.

More info: https://www.clarityconf.com/2020

45. Typecon

Date: TBA. August, 2020Location: TBA

TypeCon is an annual conference presented by the non-profit Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA), an international organization dedicated to the promotion, study, and support of typography and related arts.

Since the inaugural conference in 1998, TypeCon has explored type for the screen, printing history, Dutch design, type in motion, Arabic calligraphy, the American Arts and Crafts movement, experimental typography, webfonts, and much more. Special events include the Type & Design Education Forum, and an exhibition of international type and design.

More info: https://www.typecon.com/

46. Circles Conference

Date: September 10?11, 2020Location: Richardson, TX

Circles Conference is a three-day design and development bringing together designers and makers from around the globe. Learning from transformative thinkers and connecting with like-minded innovators, Circles provides a space where you?ll be challenged to push yourself in the creative process while drawing inspiration from those thriving in the industry.

Awaken your imagination at Circles Conference 2020. This year?s theme, Wonder, is setting the stage for the curious, the weird, and the extraordinary. When is the last time you let your mind marvel? They?ll explore the ways Wonder is a fundamental element to your creative process, and give you a head start in getting back to the heart of your work.

More info: https://www.circlesconference.com/

47. London Design Festival

Date: September 12?20, 2020Location: London, UK

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. The Festival returns to venues and institutions across the city from 12?20 September 2020.

More info: http://www.londondesignfestival.com/

48. Grace Hopper Conference

Date: September 29?October 2, 2020Location: Orlando, FL

Grace Hopper Celebration is the world?s largest gathering of women technologists. The Grace Hopper community aims to encourage women to work towards careers in computer science. The Abie Awards are also a key part of the festivities and celebrate women?s achievements in technology.

More info: https://ghc.anitab.org/2020-attend/2020-location/

49. Adobe MAX

Date: October 19?21, 2020Location: Los Angeles, CA

MAX is the annual gathering of more than 14,000 graphic, web, and multi-disciplinary designers; creative and art directors; film, video, and motion graphics pros; photographers; and creative leaders. With main stage talks, satellite talks, hands on workshops and parties this 3 day event is packed with ways to pile on the learning and networking. Brought to you by the folks behind the software we all know and love, this event is top notch.

More info: https://max.adobe.com/

50. Brand New Conference

Date: October 22?23, 2020Location: Austin, TX

The Brand New Conference is a two-day event organized by UnderConsideration, focusing on the practice of corporate and brandidentity ? a direct extension of the popular blog, Brand New. The conference consists of eight sessions each day offering a broad range of points of view with speakers from around the world practicing in different environments, from global consultancies, to in-house groups, to small firms.

More info: https://underconsideration.com/brandnewconference/

51. Art Basel Miami

Date: December 3?6, 2020Location: Miami, Florida

Art Basel is the leading global platform connecting collectors, galleries, and artists. Art Basel?s fairs in Basel, Hong Kong, and Miami Beach are a driving force in supporting galleries as they nurture the careers of artists.

During Art Basel Miami over 200 of the world?s leading international Modern and contemporary art galleries display artworks by over 4,000 artists, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, film, video, and digital art. Visitors can find works ranging from editioned pieces by young artists to museum-caliber masterpieces.

More info: https://www.artbasel.com/miami-beach

52. An Event Apart SF

Date: December 14?16, 2020Location: San Francisco, CA

An Event Apart San Francisco is two days of sessions from 12 speakers with intense focus on digital design, UX, content, code, and more. Following the two-day conference comes a full day, A Day Apart, with a single speaker diving deeply into one important topic.

Their 3 day events focused on design, code and content take place throughout the year in several cites with San Francisco being the last of the season.

More info: https://aneventapart.com/event/san-francisco-2020

This list is by no means comprehensive. If you have other events you want to add, get in touch or say something in the comments.

Arianna Orland is the creative director, advisor, and artist at Arianna Orland and Paper Jam Press. Her most recent project, In/Visible Talks, is a design conference about the creative process. Co-founded with Dava Guthmiller of Noise13, In/Visible Talks aims to bring people together through conversation about the behind the scenes of design. The 3rd annual conference will take place in San Francisco on January 16, 2020. For information, visit: In/Visible Talks 2020.

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