Graphic Events Every Designer Should Visit This Year

This year is a big one for graphic design conferences, especially during spring and summer. A number of large events are taking place, some of which are taking submissions for contests, scholarships and more.

Here are five events that are highly anticipated and still open for contest and feature submissions. But most are closing submissions this month, so be sure to hurry.

HOW Design Live

HOW Design Live

Where: Boston, hotel reservations via

When: June 21-25, 2012

The HOW Design Live events are usually among the biggest and most popular all year. This time around, they are having four different conferences with a four-day event: Design, In “Howse” Managers, Creative Freelancer and Dieline Package Design. This means a packed four days with so many great lectures that you will have trouble scheduling them all.

Right now there is an early-bird special on the price, which gives you access to all four conferences and an all-inclusive package for $1,595 until March 30. Individual conferences are available. There are also group and student rates.

Art San Diego

Art San Diego

Where: San Diego, Directions and hotel info can be found here

When: September 6 -9, 2012

This is a contemporary art fair. They will be having regular talks by the greats in the business, from graphic designers to illustrators.

The first two years of this fair were wildly successful, and so far the third promises to be even better. So be sure to check it out.

ISMAR 2012

ISMAR 2012

Where: Atlanta

When: Nov. 5-8, 2012

An internationally focused conference, ISMAR is focusing this year on a symposium on the topic of Mixed and Augmented Reality. The implications of this subject range from science and research to graphics and art on a number of levels.

Currently, there is a call for participation for papers and posters, tutorials and more. But most are coming close to the end of their deadline, so you will want to hurry and submit your entries. It also has a range of contests that should be announced soon.

London Design Festival

London Design Festival

Where: London.

When: September, 14-23, 2012

Looking at the correlation between design and branding, the festivakis a great event that will take a few days this autumn bringing together amazing keynote speakers. Focusing on the way design is used in a corporate and business context, it has managed to snag some giants in the designer wing of the industry.



Where: Frankfurt

When: June, 22, 2012

TYPO has been a huge design conference in Europe for years. The schedule is packed with speakers for the two days of events, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with only two hours for lunch in between each day.

Some exciting people scheduled to lecture at TYPO this year are president of Association Typographique Internationale and former editor of U&lc John Berry, senior creative director for the BBC World Service, and “Explorations in Typography” creator and teacher Carolina de Bartolo.


If you are in the area or can get to the area in time for these conferences, any one of them will be fantastic. There are dozens more, so make sure to catch at least one this year.