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This event reached capacity on September 25, 2008.

About AIGA

AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, to participate in critical analysis and research, and to advance education and ethical practice. For more information on AIGA, go to

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.


We are a nonprofit professional association. Our activities are created for our members, who also support them. We had a limited number of press passes for editorial staff on publications who we believed were likely to write a substantive article on the content so that it could be made available to a broader audience. 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 for a future AIGA event, send a proposal to Under no circumstances will noneditorial staff or more than one writer from a single publication receive a press pass.

Registration fees

What the registration fees cover and how they are set

The registration fee for participants included attendance at all conference general sessions on October 24 and 25. The fee also covered a continental breakfast each morning, light refreshments, the opening night reception on Friday evening and the closing night party on Saturday evening.

Pre-conference studio tours and workshops required an additional, separate fee.

The fees are set to make the experience both memorable and affordable. Typically the per person cost of putting on the conference is about three times the registration fee.

Group registrations

A group conference registration discount was available to groups of three or more. This offer did not apply to online registrations; all group registrations had to be mailed or faxed in together with payment in full.

Registration rates per attendee numbers
3–4 $825
5–6 $800
7–9 $775
10–14 $725
15+ $700

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 did 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.