Be inspired by your surroundings. Everything you see. Everything you hear. Everything you experience. Soak in everything. Take it in and breathe out. Be passionate. Conspire with one another. Awaken the Spark inside you at Y16.
Spark new ideas.
The AIGA San Diego Y16 Conference brings together industry thinkers, innovators and change-makers for two days of creativity and collaboration. Keynote speakers like Chris Dooley, Co-founder and Creative Director, National Television, and Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co. will share their insights to inspire and empower. And now for the first time, we're offering hands-on Thinkshops during both days of the conference, so you have double the opportunity to engage and mix it up with your fellow attendees.
Join us for two days, Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, 2011 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego. Incredible speakers. New friends. Engaging insights. Sound like fun? Then join us and ignite the Spark within.
The Y16 is held at The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice on the beautiful campus of the University of San Diego. There you are, up on a hill overlooking Mission Valley and the waters of Mission Bay. Wow. You can't help but be inspired.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Accommodations & Travel.
The Y Conference will be held at the University of San Diego, which is located right in the center of San Diego. The airport and Downtown San Diego are just minutes away.
The fun of Downtown. Downtown places you right near the action of the Gaslamp Quarter and close to the airport. The University of San Diego is just a few minutes to the north.
- The W Hotel
- Hotel Solamar
- San Diego Marriot Hotel and Marina
- Horton Grand Hotel
- Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Nearby in Mission Valley. If you want to sleep in until the last possible moment, stay right in Mission Valley, just minutes away. (Don't miss the mariachis and margaritas in Old Town.)
- Heritage Inn San Diego Hotel
- Holiday Inn Express San Diego Old Town
- Bristol San Diego
- Best Western Hacienda Hotel
For the starving students. Or for those who would rather spend their money on design books. (We understand.)
What if I need travel assistance? We have a local travel agent that will assist in all your travel needs. Hotel, air, car rental. Please email Kathy at A Bit of Travel.
San Diego: 70° and sunny.
As they say, being a weatherman in San Diego can be a pretty monotonous job. We are blessed with just about the best weather anywhere.
Over the past few years, San Diego has grown to become the nation's eighth largest city. Nowhere is this more evident than in Downtown, where recent development has provided a vibrant place for people to live, work and play. Leading economic sectors in the county include defense, biotechnology/biosciences, computer sciences, electronics manufacturing, software development, telecommunications, wireless research, and tourism.
Many people know San Diego for the San Diego Zoo (pandas and koalas) and Sea World (Shamu). But San Diego may be best known for its beaches. Visiting Ocean Beach is like a trip back in time to 1969 with its collection of funky shops, health food restaurants and live music. Head up the coast to Windansea Beach in La Jolla where you can sit under a hut and watch some of the city's best surfers hit the waves. Then enjoy a scenic drive along Torrey Pines Road, take in the beauty of the Salk Institute by Louis I. Kahn and be sure to check out the Torrey Pines Gliderport where paragliders and hang gliders launch off the sheer cliffs and soar hundreds of feet above the Pacific in free flight.
There's so much to do. The wild flowers will be blooming in the desert. Tijuana beckons south of the border. And Coronado is just a short ferry ride (or breathtaking drive across the bridge) from Downtown. Trust us, you'll want to stay a day or two after the Y. (Heck, make it a whole week.)
We're excited about our lineup of speakers. Hopefully, they'll inspire you and spark some new ideas about design, business and creativity. This year we have a great lineup from designers, illustrators, videographers and more.
Maker, Draplin Design Co.
Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web Development, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. We make stuff for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Chuck Prophet and even the Obama Administration, if you can believe that. We pride ourselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.
Our Proud List of Services: Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and Occasional Usage of Big Words.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: Draplin.com
Director of User Experience, Method
Raphael Grignani co-leads Method's User Experience team in San Francisco. He has experience in all aspects of the design process - from running international field research studies and ideation, to managing multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams, to working with clients and partners all around the world. Raphael has a deep understanding and passion for design research and cross-cultural design with a social impact. He has been personally contributing to the creation of implementable, relevant, and desirable experiences centered around people for over a decade.
Prior to joining Method, Raphael founded Nokia's Bay-Area design studio in 2008, devised long-term strategic concepts, and designed products that have gone on to be used by hundreds of millions of people. In the late 90's, he was admittedly part of the dot-com boom in Europe. Raphael also participates actively in the design community through mentoring students, writing for design publications and speaking at international conferences on the role of design in addressing environmental and social issues.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: Method.com
Art Director, HOW Magazine
In her role as Art Director of HOW, Bridgid McCarren does everything from designing covers and layouts, directing photography and illustration and developing the brand across multiple platforms, such as HOW's websites, competitions and conferences. Bridgid is an active contributor to the design industry by participating on judging panels, student portfolio reviews, guest lectures, and intern programs, as well as speaking at various marketing and design events. She enjoys the opportunity to view global work, spot innovative design among a mass of entries, discuss current design trends and industry topics.
Bridgid graduated with honors from the University of Dayton where she earned a BFA in Visual Communication Design and a degree in Marketing. She is currently earning her MFA at Savannah College of Art and Design.
Even when she is not designing, Bridgid is always on the move, whether traveling, volunteering, playing the occasional prank or exercising her title as the HOW staff running-addict. It's no wonder that the way type can inspire motion and emotion is a driving force behind her passion for design.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: HowDesign.com
Lab Partners is a design and illustration duo featuring the collaborative efforts of Sarah Labieniec and Ryan Meis. They originally met in art school before making the trek out to San Francisco to set up shop. Inspired by nature, travel, and their animal companions, they work together as a means to share and explore what they love.
Prior to founding and working on Lab Partners as a full time gig, Sarah worked as an illustrator at San Francisco based stationer Hello!Lucky and at design studio Tomorrow Partners. Ryan has worked as a senior designer at Hatch Design in San Francisco and is currently an art director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners.
They've had the pleasure of working with clients such as Penguin Books, Wired Magazine, NPR, Monocle Magazine, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Superfad, and the NYTimes. Their work has been featured in Print Magazine, HOW and Design*Sponge.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: Labpartners-sf.blogspot.com
Frank Chimero is a graphic designer, teacher, writer, and creative person in Portland, Oregon. His fascination with the creative process, curiosity, and visual experience informs all of his work. Each piece is part of an exploration in finding wit, surprise, honesty, and joy in the world around us, then, trying to document those things with all deliberate speed.
His clients include The New York Times, Nike, Wired, Microsoft, Bloomberg/BusinessWeek, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Starbucks, GOOD Magazine, and others. He has been featured by Print Magazine, the Art Directors Club of New York, Vanity Fair, Monocle, and The Society of Illustrators. Frank’s work has appeared on both The Colbert Report and The Suite Life with Zach and Cody, spanning the full quality-spectrum of television.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: FrankChimero.com
Underwater Time-Lapse Videographer
Let’s just say a day at the office is more exciting for Peter than for most people. A recent trip took him to South Australia where he dove with great white sharks to get the perfect shot for the IMAX 3D film Under the Sea. His time-lapse videography can also capture the subtle poetry of coral growing or the graceful dances of starfish along the sea floor. From diving with giant manta rays in Yap to exploring the frigid beauty of the Artic seas, Peter is on the road almost 100 days a year for productions with the BBC, National Geographic, Nova, Discover and IMAX films.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: PeterKragh.com
Co-Founder & Creative Director, National Television
As co-founder and Creative Director of National Television, Dooley’s versatility and experience has earned him a number of friends and associates worldwide, including top London agencies BBH, Mother, and Wieden+Kennedy. Having built his reputation as a motion graphics director, he leads National's visionary team on international productions, including American Express, British Airways and Barclays, as well as domestic campaigns for ABC, Nike and Toyota.
As numerous awards and publications celebrated his design work, this Art Center grad expanded his creative reach by writing and directing animated spots for ABC, Coke, Orange UK, and Volvo. After receiving an award for Outstanding Typography (British Airways, Attractive Prices‚) from Britain’s prestigious D&AD organization, he was invited to London and served on their 2009 jury for TV and Cinema Advertising.
An experienced live action director, Chris has helmed commercials for clients including Honda, Britney Spears for Candie’s, Showtime and Cartoon Network, as well as music videos for Jewel, Scissor Sisters, Marie Digby and Allstar Weekend. Most recently he has directed three #1 videos for Disney artist Selena Gomez, including the platinum selling Naturally and the title track for her sophomore album, Year Without Rain.
Chris has also taught an Advanced Motion Graphics Workshop at CalArts as well as Typography 4: Type in Motion in Art Center's Motion Department.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: ChrisDooley.com
Director of Interactive Design, Art Center College of Design
Brian Boyl, MFA UCLA '92, BA Physics Reed College, '85, is currently the Director of Interactive Design at Art Center College of Design. In this capacity he's currently building an undergraduate digital media design education focused on tackling the problem of how we prepare creatives to prosper in a professional future that's re-inventing itself every day. He previously worked as the Director of Motion Design at Art Center where in five years he built that area from a few scattered classes into an award winning program largely considered as being one of the top in the World.
Prof. Boyl, with decades of experience in digital media as a creative director, designer, producer, and developer, currently has his own consultancy in digital design and strategic communication. He has worked with clients such as Toyota, NASA, Disney, Nokia, Philips, Nintendo, Marvel Comics, Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: ArtCenter.edu
Vrontikis Design Office
Petrula Vrontikis will be the moderator for Y16 and has been a leading voice in graphic design and design education communities for over 20 years. Her work has appeared in over 100 books and publications, and is part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. She is the author of the book inspiration=ideas: A Creativity Sourcebook for Graphic Designers and is an editorial contributor to design publications including the AIGA.org, STEP, CMYK, HOW and Graphis.
She lectures at conferences, universities, and to professional organizations worldwide about her work with Vrontikis Design Office (35k.com), about graphic design education, and on the subject of inspiration. In 2003 she was selected by Graphic Design: USA as one of 100 People to Watch, in 2005 Vrontikis Design Office was featured in Graphic Design America 3 and in 2008 she was included in the book Women of Design.
She has taught the senior graphic design studies course at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California since 1989, and was as a national advisory board member of the AIGA from 1999 to 2001. She has served on numerous local, national, and international design juries. In 2007 Petrula received an AIGA Los Angeles Fellows Award honoring her as an essential voice raising the understanding of design within the industry and among the business and cultural communities of Los Angeles.
For more information on this speaker, please visit: 35k.com
Up close and personal.
Thinkshops give you a chance to ask questions, interact with fellow Y16 attendees and maybe even get a little messy. They're small (up to 25 people), intimate sessions and one of the unique attractions of the Y-Conference. Thinkshops will be offered for BOTH days of the conference. So, now you have double the opportunity to engage and mix it up with your fellow attendees.
If you pre-register or register as a group, then we will contact you directly for your chosen Thinkshops. All others, when you register for Y16, you will have the option to choose your Thinkshops AFTER you checkout. Please indicate your choices, one for each day of the conference.
How to hire clients
David Lecours Design
Brand You! Building yourself as a brand
Designing for retail point of sale
Joy Cho & Meg Mateo Ilasco
Curiosity (didn't) kill the cat: Balancing a multi-disciplinary creative career
Designing killer apps for a mobile world
Next Gen Graphic Design: Designing Across All Medias
Designing for letterpress (hands-on demonstration)
Peter Kragh Productions
Inside the IMAX production process
Invention Innovation: Licensing your design ideas
Hands-on screen printing demonstration
Draplin Design Co.
Under pressure: Make a logo in 2 hours with the DDC
Using "social" to create lasting benefits for brands
Get ready for the creative sparks to fly.
Over the course of two days, there will be lots to be inspired by and we want to make sure you get the best out of the Y experience!.
Friday, March 25th
7-9:00am Registration + Resource Center Open
9:00am Opening Film + Welcome
12:00pm Lunch + Resource Center Open
3:30pm Break + Resource Center Open
4:30pm Friday’s Closing Comments
5:30pm Cocktail Party (Garden by the Sea)
Saturday, March 26th
9:00am Opening Film + Welcome
12:00pm Lunch + Silkscreen with Sezio
3:30pm Break + Silkscreen with Sezio
4:30pm Saturday's Closing Comments
6-9:00pm Neyenesch Closing Party
People we hang with.
Please join us in supporting the companies and organizations that help make the Y possible. During the conference, feel free to stop by the Resource Center featuring our sponsors and say hi (And thank you too!). To find out how you can join our list of current sponsors, just download the "Become a Sponsor" PDF or simply e-mail us and we will get in touch with you.
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The main auditorium is SOLD OUT, but the Satellite Lounge seats are still available!
Yes, you heard it here. The main auditorium is sold out but don't fret, there are still a small amount of seats available in the Satellite Lounge. The Satellite Lounge will be a separate room at the venue that will have a live broadcast of all presentations from inside the main auditorium.
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Individual Rates for Satellite Lounge ONLY:
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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 7-29 days prior to the conference will be refunded 50% of the registration fee less a $55 handling fee. Cancellations made less then 7 days prior to the conference will not be refunded.
Any questions or problems with registering? Email us at email@example.com.
Resources & Information
Some extras for you.
Are you a media expert or PR person? Do you want to know what the past conferences have been like? Or, if you just have some straight forward questions. Well, here you go.
- The Y16 Media Kit is coming soon! Please e-mail to request a packet.
- The Y-Conference Archives: Y10 / Y11 / Y12 / Y13 / Y14 / Y15
- Questions? Email Greg Laubach, Y16 Committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org