2024 PHXDW Conference

Sat, Oct 05, 2024 8:30am - 5:00pm
Phoenix Convention Center West, Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Join us in October for the two-day PHXDW Conference presented by AIGA Arizona at Phoenix Design Week 2024!

Phoenix Design Week is a week-long celebration of design organized by AIGA Arizona to unite our state’s design community and provide a forum for sharing best practices, showcasing exceptional work and gaining inspiration.

The PHXDW Conference is the main event during Phoenix Design Week — a two-day industry conference for graphic designers, illustrators, writers, UI/UX designers, content managers, marketing professionals and people who work with them. For 2024, we’re celebrating this 16th annual PHXDW at Phoenix Convention Center for two full days of creative jumpstarts, workshops and friendship. With a theme of “Oasis” we invite you to step away from the constant deadlines and demands of daily life, relax with us, and get your creative battieries refreshed and recharged.


Get in on the action early and save 25% from June 1-July 31, 2024, with additional savings for AIGA members, students and faculty, nonprofits, and groups. See “Ways to Save” section below.

Keynote Speakers signed on for 2024 currently include:

Natalie Kent, Creative Director at Focus Lab

Nikki Villagomez, Author of Culture + Typography

Brian Wood, Learning Content Creator, Brian Wood Training, Adobe MAX

Evelio Mattos, Creative Director at IDP Direct and Podcast Host of Unboxd

James Archer, Fractional CMO and marketing consultant for growth-stage companies

Ken Phox, Creative Director, President of Tequila Corrido

Joseph Carter-Brown, Senior Design Lead, Think Company

Watch for more to come!

Updates will be coming at you on social media (follow #phxdw), and directly in email, so be sure you’re on the mailing list to get the latest! Continuing conference announcements for attendees will be sent via Eventbrite confirmation emails.

The two-day PHXDW Conference pass includes:

Access to all main stage keynote talks and educational breakout sessions presented by national and local design leaders

Two full days of programming, on both Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6

Admission to the “Friday Flipdoodle” pre-conference reception on Friday, October 4 featuring Eric Torres

Free gift poster

Please note that all other standalone Phoenix Design Week events from October 1-6, 2024 are NOT included in the conference registration. Most are usually free, but some may require additional registration fees.

More Ways to Save

Become an AIGA member and get perks too.

AIGA members save up to $100 over non-member pricing, waived transaction fees, and we’ll have some secret bonuses at the conference especially for members, too. You will need to enter your AIGA membership number and current year expiration date on the order form to qualify.

Learn more about membership options and join at http://www.aiga.org/join/, then return to this site and enter your AIGA member number and expiration date to qualify for Member registration. AIGA memberships are issued by the national AIGA organization, are portable to any chapter across the US, and can be billed quarterly. Want someone to walk you through it? Contact us locally at membership@arizona.aiga.org.

DID YOU KNOW? Starting 7/1/24, it’s a particularly good time to become an AIGA member to get your PHXDW discount! Because all membership terms are annual, if you sign up now, your membership dues will be prorated for only the cost of half a year. Check out the options, do the math, and see how you can save!

Other Discount Opportunities

Affiliate discounts offered to members of our sister professional organizations (AAF PHX, AZIMA, AMA, and PRSA).

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) designation may also choose the Affiliate discount level (have your organization’s EIN ready to enter on the order form)

Students and teachers receive up to half off, and waived transaction fees; choose Student/Faculty option.

Group Rebates: Five or more qualified attendees from the same organization; click the group box on the order form and receive a rebate of 5% back on your Early Bird / 10% on Advance / 15% Full price order, refunded back to your credit card. Does not apply to already discounted Student/Faculty or other special offers.

Support PHXDW with a sponsorship that includes conference passes (see section below)

Become a Sponsor

A conference of this caliber at such reasonable ticket prices simply would not be possible without the generous monetary and in-kind contributions of our sponsors — dedicated companies and individuals who want to demonstrate their commitment to Arizona’s design community by standing behind Phoenix Design Week. Packages that include sponsor passes, promotions, and exhibition spaces are available starting at the $500 tier. If you or your company would be interested in having your name, products or services highlighted to the Phoenix Design Week audience, send a note to sponsorship@arizona.aiga.org for more information. Thank you!

Sponsor A Student Donation

Enable a deserving student to attend PHXDW 2024 so they can experience what it means to participate in their greater design community. Add-on student sponsorships are only $150 and cover the attendance cost for students currently enrolled at a college or university in a design-related field. As a student sponsor, you can choose one (or more!) student(s) from those who apply for scholarship, or have AIGA AZ select a student for you. Your contact information will be shared with the student, or you may remain anonymous. Scroll down to the Add-On section of the order form to choose this option. Students who wish to apply for scholarship, watch for application form announcement.

The Details

Location and Travel

The conference and breakout sessions will be held in the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center, Room 301A. In the heart of downtown Phoenix within walking distance of hotels, entertainment and restaurants, the center has a dedicated stop on the METRO Light Rail line, and is about fifteen minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Paid parking is available in the Convention Center garage as well as several overflow public paid garages nearby.

Lodging Information

We’ve made arrangements for our out-of-town guests as well as local staycationers at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, right across the street from the convention center. Reserve online and get a discounted rate of $209/night with the code CHEERS.

Dining Options

Lunch breaks will be 1.5 hours, allowing you enough time to visit one of the many downtown restaurants within walking distance.

We are exploring costs for a catered, prepaid box lunch add-on; check the box on the order form if you would be interested.

Registration Information

Registration to the PHXDW Conference does not include admittance to all Phoenix Design Week events. Other standalone offsite Phoenix Design Week events at other venues statewide scheduled from October 1–6, 2024 may have separate ticket pricing. Keep an eye on your email and the website at phxdw.com for details.

Refunds and Cancellations

There are no refunds on registration purchases; however, you may either:

  • Transfer your registration to another person by notifying us no later than Friday, October 4, 2024. Your request must include your name and email address as well as that of the person who will be attending in your place. If you have registered as an AIGA member, your substitute attendee must also be an AIGA member; additional higher price may apply for non-members.
  • Request a credit to be applied toward next year’s conference by notifying us no later than Friday, October 4, 2024. If you are holding a credit or transfer from a past year, please contact treasurer@arizona.aiga.org.
  • If AIGA Arizona, the venue, or world events cause us to cancel the event altogether, we will issue refunds on all registrations less any nonrefundable fees or costs out of the control of AIGA Arizona.

Speakers and Schedule

While we make every effort to confirm our speakers’ participation prior to the event, we cannot guarantee that the published speaker list or schedule will be exactly as presented online. Speakers and schedule are subject to change without notice. Speakers’ presentations and viewpoints are their own opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of AIGA Arizona. We are not responsible for the content of every presentation; please be aware that adult language, visuals or topics may be included.

Land Acknowledgement

AIGA Arizona acknowledges that this event is being held on the land of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People, stewarded today by the Akimel O’odham (Pima), Tohono O’odham, as well as the Pee Posh (Maricopa), who are the indigenous peoples of this land. We acknowledge the sovereignty of all Native Nations within the state of Arizona, and recognize our responsibility to honor Indigenous People, their culture, and their legacy as thriving contemporary communities by advocating for inclusive and diverse practices for all design-related institutions.


Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio and video recording taken of you at the events for promotional and educational purposes in connection with Phoenix Design Week and AIGA Arizona in perpetuity, and places you on the master Phoenix Design Week mailing list. At any time, you may opt out of the mailing list, or withdraw your consent in writing to AIGA Arizona. Attendee list may be provided to Title Sponsor for promotion.

AIGA Arizona has adopted the AIGA Code of Conduct with regard to all conference activities. We reserve the right to refuse admittance for violations of this Code, or other unlawful or disruptive actions. Any concerns should be addressed to the AIGA Arizona president. Phoenix Design Week is a non-profit event , wholly owned and presented by AIGA Arizona, a 501(c)(3) organization.