Best conferences for creatives

Who doesn't love inspiring people, getting out of the office and exploring a new city? If you are feeling a little bit uninspired, perhaps it is time to attend one of the many exciting creative conferences around the world?


If you run a conference or know one that we missed, let us know and we can add it to the list!



OVERVIEW:

  • Europe

  • North America & Canada

  • Australia

  • Asia

  • South America


Europe


By Design conference

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Slovakia


With names you have most certainly heard of and a big focus on combining design and business, the By Design conference is great for learning something new to move your business forward.


The D&AD awards

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London


Described as a "three-day creative spectacular", the D&AD awards festival is a big celebration of new ideas and great artistry. Join to get inspired and to meet creatives from around the world.


OFFF Barcelona

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Barcelona


The OFFF conference is the perfect place to meet creatives from new countries and with a different background. With the aim to unite innovative and ambitious creatives, OFFF is hosted in the heart of Barcelona during a 3 day conference in April.


What design can do

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Amsterdam & San Paulo (different every year)


Each year, What design can do creates a challenge for creatives around the world to help solve a pressing global issue. Past years have dealt with poverty, the immigration crisis and climate change. The goal with the events is the encourage cross-pollination of ideas and for people with different perspective to work together.


Nordic Design

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Stockholm


Some say Nordic Design is one of the friendlies conferences to attend. With a focus on challenging your way of working in a supportive environment, this is a place to go if you feel stuck or are interested in how other creatives run their businesses.


North America & Canada


AIGA design conference

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Pittsburgh


The professional association for design host an annual event with some of the creative worlds biggest names and companies attending and speaking. Find out what the most innovative agencies are doing and how the world of design is changing in the future.


Cirles

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Texas


This conference has a wide variety of activities - from talks, workshops and even a yoga break to keep your mind fresh! Mainly for graphic & UX designers, illustrators and makers, this conference aims to empower creatives to pursue a high standard of work.


C2 Montreal

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Montreal


The C2 conference is all about change and moving things forward. If you want to have an active role in the creative community, improve your business or have a positive impact on the world, this will be an inspiring event for you.


Adobe 99U

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New York


With a big focus on learning, 99U is the perfect place to listen to experienced creatives and hear about the latest tools.


How Design Live

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Boston


How Design Live is focused on helping the worlds of design and technology collaborate in an inspiring conference setting. With talks, job boards, a yearly cause and much more, you will have plenty to get excited about.


Smashing conference

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New York, San Fransisco, Toronto, Freiburg


Smashing is a conference for those who love actionable advice and getting a peak at how other creatives work. With a focus on workshops and finding solutions to real-world problems, Smashing is the right place for anyone interested in UI, web and machine learning.


Australia


The Design conference

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Brisbane


With a big focus on the personal experience and emotional reasons we create, the Design conference is a more personal alternative to other options. Their speaker list includes current names and you can join one of the breakouts to get some hands on tips form other creatives.


Semi Permanent

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Sydney, Singapore, Aukland, Porto, Los Angeles


Semi permanent has hosted events in 6 different countries over 17 years. The events mix art and design with exhibitions, panel discussion and workshops. Each event is a little different but all embrace creativity.


Asia

UXVN

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Vietnam


User experience is a giant and growing field. UXVN focuses on teaching attendees about UX in the context of emerging markets. The talks are very actionable and give practical advice on how to build something people want.


UX Now

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New Delhi


UX Now hosts workshops, talks and networking for anyone interested in how design can shape our day to day experiences. The topics have a great spread, from storytelling to design failures and making an impact.


Design Up

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Bangalore


This design conference has a big tech focus and covers topics like emerging technologies and their impact. Design Up is not only a conference but also a community.


South America


What design can do

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Amsterdam & San Paulo (different every year)


Each year, What design can do creates a challenge for creatives around the world to help solve a pressing global issue. Past years have dealt with poverty, the immigration crisis and climate change. The goal with the events is the encourage cross-pollination of ideas and for people with different perspective to work together.


Latin America Design Festival (LADFEST)

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Lima


LADFEST gives out design awards and hosts big names like Paula Scher at their conferences. You can find an abundance of typography inspiration and the exciting branding of the conference is always highly embraced by the community.



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