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AIGA Design Conference   October 13-16, Phoenix, Arizona

Fun stuff!

The AIGA Design Conference is the place to get refreshed and recharged. The Opening Night Reception, Happy Hour, Film nights, AIGA Type Quiz and Closing Reception are all included in your conference registration at no extra charge. Just show up with your name badge!

If you’d like to bring along a spouse or colleague to these evening events, guest tickets are available for purchase. See the registration page for details and pricing.

Opening Night Reception

Thursday, October 13
6:00–8:00 p.m.

The Opening Night Reception will take place in the Design Fair on Thursday, October 13. Join us in the exhibit area for tempting food, an open bar and a chance to meet the exhibiting sponsors and do lots of networking.

AIGA Arizona Reception at the Phoenix Design Museum

Thursday, October 13
8:00–11:30 p.m.

Join AIGA Arizona on Thursday at 411 S. 2nd Street for an exclusive opening reception of the brand new Phoenix Design Museum. The “365 | AIGA Design Effectiveness Exhibition” and a showcase of more than 30 Design For Good case studies will be on display, along with several other exhibitions. Just show your Pivot badge at the door to get in!

Happy Hour in the Design Fair

Friday, October 14
6:30–8:30 p.m.

We’ll be hosting a networking happy hour in the Design Fair on Friday, October 14. There is no better way to end an inspiring day than to kick back and enjoy a beverage and a bite to eat while you mingle with other designers, conference supporters and design luminaries.

The 2011 AIGA Type Quiz

Friday, October 14
7:30–9:00 p.m.
Allan Haley, Gary Brunelle and Elie Wilkie, Monotype Imaging

Can you pick Gotham out of a crowd? Been around the typographic block a few times? Then you’re ready to take the 2011 AIGA Type Quiz. You say you’ve taken the quiz before? It won’t help. We’ve got all new questions. In fact, this year’s quiz will be even more fun and rewarding than ever before. There will be more prizes and a series of questions for those that don’t care that five-point type was once called “pearl.” And, if you know your typographic stuff, winning the varsity section will score you the grand prize of the complete Linotype® Originals OpenType Library of more than 1,700 fonts and “Typophile of the Year” bragging rights. Prizes will also be awarded to the “Friends of Doyald Young” winner, “Fred Goudy Honorable Mention” and “Typographically Challenged.” Did we mention that there will be lots of prizes? Test your “metal” at the 2011 AIGA Type Quiz.



Proceed and Be Bold!

Thursday, October 13
9:00–11:00 p.m.
Symphony Hall
Film produced and directed by Laura Zinger, 20K Films

How far would you go for your one true love? Would you give up all of your earthly possessions, your job, and your family? What if your one true love was a printing press...? At 40 years of age, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. abandoned the traditional American dream to follow his own. Unsatisfied with his comfortable, middle-class life, Kennedy traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for a pair of overalls. Armed with life, liberty, peanuts and a meager yearly income of $7,000, Amos cranked out a new, mutinous declaration of independence. Proceed and Be Bold! joins Kennedy for a titillating retelling of his story, while examining the pretensions and provisions of the art world. The work of this self-proclaimed “Humble Negro Printer” raises emotionally-charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print. By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Kennedy redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: exhilarating and subversive.


Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist
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Friday, October 14
Symphony Hall

8:00 p.m. Doors open
9:00 p.m. Screening
10:00 p.m. Live Q&A with Marian Bantjes, hosted by Michael Bierut of Pentagram

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer, and illustrator known for her detailed, precise vector art, obsessive hand work, patterning, and ornament. She has collaborated with numerous design legends, including Debbie Millman from Sterling Brands, Michael Bierut and Paula Scher from Pentagram, Sean Adams from AdamsMorioka, and Stefan Sagmeister from Sagmeister Inc.—all of whom are featured in this latest Creative Inspirations documentary from Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist is shot on location in Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles, and Marian's home and workspace near Vancouver, where Marian shares her views on design and designers. We also visit her distinctive one-woman show at the Ontario College of Art & Design. 

Closing party, sponsored by Shutterstock

Saturday, October 15
7:30–11:00 p.m. 

The conference may be over but the party lives on! Enjoy an evening under the Arizona stars at Corona Ranch with plenty of food, beverages, entertainment, a few surprises (!) and a fantastic atmosphere to mingle with Pivot attendees and speakers. Motor coach service between both conference hotels and Corona Ranch will run from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Sheraton deadline extended

The hotel deadline has been extended at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel—rooms at the conference rate are still available so make your reservations now!