Here, we don’t ask Y. We ask Y not. Dare to dream. Embrace the absurd. Delve into the world of IMAGINATION.
The 25th AIGA Y Design Conference brings together innovators, designers and doers to inspire ideas and fuel the imagination. What if your budget had no bounds? What if the wildest ideas were on the table? At the 25th AIGA Y Design Conference, everything is fair game.
CEO & Creative Counsel
Hugh Weber is a senior executive, network theorist, community organizer, and strategic advisor who counsels established leaders facing uncertainty across multiple industries including design, media, government, and business.
Hugh serves as the CEO and Creative Counsel for We Must Be Bold, a creative consultancy that discovers, designs and launches communities for courageous people and the organizations they love. Our shared work includes a passionate community for cheese lovers, a movement to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, a media platform sharing untold stories of creativity and a celebration of the original center of one of the great American cities. Our media subsidiary, The Great Discontent, furthers a commitment to design spaces and opportunities for connection through storytelling and personal narrative.
As Creative Counsel, Hugh provides executive level advice to Chief Executive, Marketing, and Design Officers, as well as other emerging Creative Professionals as they work to design thriving creative careers while navigating client challenges, collaborative complexities and uncertain futures.
Between 2009 and 2017, Hugh founded and led OTA, a for-purpose organization focused on sparking transformation through creative connections and collisions in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. OTA convened 11 large-scale events, hosted over 150 national thought leaders, commissioned 35 micro-documentaries and a full-length feature, and invested approximately $2 million in the creatives who call the region home.
Hugh previously served on the National Board and Executive Committee of AIGA, the professional organization for design, and the advisory board for Design for America, a network of campus studios that harnesses design to create local and social impact. He was also named one of GDUSA’s “People To Watch who embody the spirit of the creative community.”
Hugh lives in the OTA states with his partner, Amy; his daughter, Emerson; and his son, Finn.
Lindsey Hammond Charlet
Founder, Creative Director, CEO
As the executive leader of HUB Collective, a design and strategy agency in Portland, Oregon, Lindsey Charlet charts the course for both creative and client services. Genuine curiosity about people fuels her striking leadership philosophy. Lindsey believes vulnerability is a crucial aspect of leadership that spurs creative growth by cultivating a more connected, engaged, and productive workplace.
Founder & CEO
Charles is the Founder & CEO at Ideation , an ideaexecution company that specializes in helping executives and brands scale their business by effectively
achieving clarity and integrating their strategic plans into day-to-day implementation. Ideation fills this gap between strategy and implementation with innovative approaches to idea refinement, strategic process & infrastructure development, leadership & team building, brand (re)development & positioning, and creative services that bridge concepts into the real world. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation.
Charles is regularly invited to advise and speak to leading brands on topics such as clarity, creativity, leading innovation, idea-making, brand strategy, and ideation.
Executive leaders from brands including Toyota, Wells Fargo, Google, TOMS, NBCUniversal, WME, Caterpillar, Sequoia Capital, Vanguard Financial, ONE Campaign, (RED), and many others have benefited from engaging Charles on various projects and endeavors. In addition to advising and speaking, Charles has served as host and/or facilitator for numerous events with NY Times best-selling
authors and executives from brands including Google, Twitter, MLB, Starwood, Disney, CAA, Toyota, TOMS, charity: water, United Way, World Vision, and many others.
Designer, Letterpress Printer, Co-Founder, MATTER
Rick Griffith is a graphic designer, activist, educator, letterpress printer, collagist, and columnist for Printmag.com. His work is an exploration of language, history, politics, science, music, and ethics—typographically-focused and relevant. He is known as a passionate advocate for design.
Rick was born and raised in Southeast London and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1980s. It was the album covers of the punk and post-punk music scene in his first jobs at Washington D.C. record stores that turned him on to graphic design. And it was the atmosphere of 90’s New York that made a career in design possible. He currently (with his partner Debra Johnson) sustains the design practice MATTER, which, over the 23 years, has grown into an ambidextrous design consultancy, letterpress workshop, and retail bookstore.
From his home in Denver or his creative atelier in Brooklyn, NY, Rick travels the world as a visiting artist, lecturer, and educator— sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with the next generation of designers—and contributing critical dialogue regarding graphic design as a broad discipline in the service of community, industry, and the future.
He is Printmag.com’s (Print Magazine’s) first artist/designer in residence. He curates exhibitions and meetings and has served as the program chair for AIGA’s National Design Conference in 2021, and 2022.
Rick’s true orientation is toward self-reliance, disruption, creative compassion, and independent thought. For most of us, life is long—for a lot of reasons, we might begin to act like it.
If we are going to love design, make design useful, give design power, authority and focus on its service to others—well, we are also going to have to know more. Firstly, know ourselves more. Know our planet more. Know our price more. Know more geography, know more physics, know more about loss and grief, know more about love and joy. Not just care about—but know more about—the impact of our actions on others…Good design should have no victims.
Excerpted from Processing Episode 1– from “A Love Letter to Design, a List of Demands, and a Stern Look”
Yvonne Perez Emerson
Yvonne Perez Emerson is a wild-spirited, Latinx woman with over 30 years in design and strategy, and the pioneering founder of Make & Mary—a luxury CBD beauty and experiential brand that explores the world of cannabis through art, design and self-care. Perez is an award-winning creative director, storyteller, dreamer and maker. In 2016, as a creative powerhouse in Portland, Oregon, Perez used her background in design and community building to launch Make & Mary as a cannabis-friendly workshop series where attendees gain hands-on experiences in heritage craft practices. Perez began formulating herbal folk remedies over 20 years ago and brought these arts to the forefront of the modern cannabis space. In 2018, Perez expanded Make & Mary into a luxury CBD beauty brand. Her robust product line features clean organic skincare solutions and lifestyle products made with full spectrum CBD, cannabis aromatherapy, and herbal adaptogens.
Prior to Make & Mary, Perez founded two arts nonprofits, La Mesa Arts Alliance and WeMake. The La Mesa Arts Alliance was founded in 2004 with the city of La Mesa, California, Parks & Recreation department to provide a variety of arts experiences to the local community. WeMake, a 501C non-profit, was founded in 2012. It was developed to foster art and design in Portland’s creative community through hands-on experiences, dialogue, and design in action initiatives. WeMake helped raise over $165,000 for arts and education in Portland, and through its various exhibits, art shows, talks, and 4 conferences, featured 4000+ makers over 10 years. WeMake conferences were held at the Portland Art Museum and The Armory, and in 2018 it was recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Eye on Design as the most gender-equitable conference in the UK and US.
In 2019, Perez transitioned her work with WeMake into Make & Mary to fully focus on growing the company. Perez is also the owner and founder of Portland’s Tillamook Station, a reclaimed warehouse nestled within the old Triangle Milling building that housed many of WeMake’s workshops. Currently, Tillamook Station plays home to creative professionals, Make & Mary’s workshops, and Perez’s award-winning design studio The Study, which she founded in 2006 and runs to this day. The Study has been awarded the Rosey Award of Excellence by the Portland Advertising Federation for its work on the “WeMake Celebrates” campaign, along with Print Magazine’s Regional Design Award “Best of Region,” and HOW Magazine Design Award for best self-promotion. Perez also served as an adjunct design professor at Portland State University for 6 years (2010-2016).
Partner, Solve/Next and Founder, Project M, Co-Author, Think Wrong
John Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur, and imaginative advocate for a better world. He is the founder of Project M, CCA Secret Project, The Think Wrong Institute and co-founder of Future, Pando Populus, the Pando Institute and Common. In 2003, John Bielenberg created Project M, an immersive program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers, and filmmakers by proving that their work—especially their “wrongest” thinking—can have significant impact on communities. Project M has developed projects in Alabama, Baltimore, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Detroit, Germany, Ghana, Iceland, Maine, Minneapolis, and New Orleans. John has won more than 250 design awards in his career, including the 2013 AIGA Gold Medal for leadership in the design for good movement. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art staged a solo exhibition of his work in 2000. Clients have spanned the private and public sectors and included Fortune 500 corporations, technology leaders, venture capital firms and universities. John is the father of two great kids, an avid cyclist and van-life advocate and is currently the Director of the Think Wrong Institute at the University of Kansas and Creative Director of the Pando Institute.
In 2016, John co-wrote a book called Think Wrong that inspires people to conquer the status quo and do work that matters.
Director of Marketing
Chris Cloud is the Director of Marketing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and has a passion for connecting people and ideas. Previously, he was the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Marketing Content Director at the immersive art experience Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Social Media and Community Manager at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Outside of being the hype person for dope art institutions, Cloud is an artist and culture maker himself.
Photo by Hannah Bernabe of HB Photos
Founder, Creative Director
Schessa Garbutt (they/them) is the founder and creative director at Firebrand in Inglewood, CA. They specialize in visual identity and UI/UX for mission-driven organizations. Garbutt is also an essayist and lecturer, speaking on topics of diversity in design education and co-design practices. They are currently working on a forthcoming anthology of QT-BIPOC near-futurism art and writing called Time and Its Travelers.
Executive Creative Director
As an Executive Creative Director for Walt Disney Imagineering, Scott is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and conceptual design of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Throughout his 30-year career working on theme parks, museum exhibitions, visitor centers, resorts and Olympic Games, he has focused on the creation of physical spaces and emotional connections – dimensional, immersive and experiential storytelling – to realize compelling guest experiences. His Disney portfolio includes the Magic Kingdom New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World Resort, Buena Vista Street at Disney’s California Adventure, Princess Fantasy Faire at Disneyland and other transformative projects.
Scott has served on the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association, the Board of Directors for the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, and was founding president of the Museum Committee for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.
Walt Disney Imagineering is the unique innovative organization that creates – from concept through construction – all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments, and regional entertainment venues worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from the teamwork and syntheses of creative and technical professionals representing more than 100 diverse disciplines.
MODERATOR, Chief Innovation Officer
Bennett Peji is past President of AIGA San Diego, co-founder of the AIGA Center for Cross-cultural Design, and served on the national board of AIGA (2006-2009). He has received lifetime achievement awards from AIGA San Diego and SDX/The One Club.
Now, Bennett is an entrepreneur and social impact executive with a passion for sustainable community development, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, and public/private partnerships. He is Chief Innovation Officer of ODM/Tzilla, Designer-in-Residence at the UCSD Design Lab, and immediate past Chairman of California Humanities. Prior to that, Bennett served as Vice President of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, directing the community affairs work as well as the business accelerator, branding, marketing, and public relations. He is an international brand consultant, designer, and frequent speaker on inclusive, community-centered design. He served as a Commissioner of Arts & Culture for the City of San Diego from 2003 to 2012. He has also served as President of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Asian Business Association.
Movement and Education Coach
Missy is a multi-certified movement therapist who has been educating and coaching for over 12 years.
As a young professional dancer, she battled many injuries over her career, and one day she found someone who studied neurology (the study of the brain and nervous system). After one session with this person, her 4-year knee pain was completely gone. She knew she wanted to teach this approach to the world.
The importance of brain function and using the nervous system to rapidly “debug” movement patterns, decrease pain and increase performance, has led her to teach and create lightning-fast improvements with people from all walks of life. Her specialties include injury prevention, injury rehabilitation, joint mobility, and decreasing pain, holistically.
Insights into building a Creative Business in Our New World
Charles Lee and Greg Gibson
Experiential Graphic Design: Building the Museum of Childhood Memories
VR Design Workshop
Website Accessibility: Tips & Tools to Create a More Inclusive Internet
Angela & Cris Noble
Leading InHouse Creative Teams
John Alexander, Sara Jacobsen, Chase Wood
World Design Capital & Contact/o Panel
Join us for a practical conversation with fellow entrepreneurs about building, growing and scaling creative companies in an ever-changing marketplace. Come and hear insights, trends, and tips for overcoming challenges and embracing emergent opportunities in the creative space. Let’s learn from each other and help each other succeed.
Charles is the Founder & CEO at Ideation, an idea execution company that specializes in helping executives and brands scale their business with strategic clarity and smart brand execution. Ideation fills this gap between strategy and implementation with innovative frameworks, strategic process & infrastructure development, leadership & team building, brand (re)development & positioning, and creative services that bridge concepts into the real world. He is also the author of Good Idea. Now What?: How to Move Ideas to Execution, a practical book designed to help people move ideas to implementation.
Charles is regularly invited to advise and speak on topics including strategic clarity, creative execution, leading innovation, idea-making, brand strategy, and leadership development. Executive leaders from brands including Toyota, Wells Fargo, Google, TOMS, NBCUniversal, WME, Caterpillar, Sequoia Capital, Vanguard Financial, ONE Campaign, (RED), Reform Alliance, and many others have benefited from engaging Charles on various projects and endeavors. In addition to advising and speaking, Charles has served as host and/or facilitator for numerous events with NY Times best-selling authors and executives from brands including Google, Twitter, MLB, Starwood, Disney, CAA, Toyota, TOMS, charity: water, United Way, World Vision, and many others.
Greg Gibson is a creative director and designer living and working in San Diego, CA. He is a Partner & CCO at Grizzly, a hybrid creative company with offices in San Diego and Austin, TX. Over the last eight years, Greg has led the agency’s work for clients including Microsoft, Marriott, Google, Servicenow, and Slalom. Working across strategy, design, and storytelling, he’s led brand and communication efforts for some of the world’s most Adventurous Brands. Greg has spoken at several conferences on branding and creativity and his work has been recognized by the Addys and One Club.
Greg is also a leader in the creative community as a board member of the local One Club chapter, founding team member of CreativeMornings San Diego chapter, and co-founder of the San Diego Creative Foundation. He believes that by making San Diego a better city, with a supportive, diverse creative economy, it can be a better place to live and work. This desire to build community has impacted Grizzly as well, with the agency leading brand efforts for Downtown San Diego and the San Diego Regional EDC, as well as several other civic and nonprofit initiatives.
Most importantly, he loves spending time with his wife and two kids. He has a degree in music from San Diego State University and still enjoys performing (mostly off-stage these days). When not doing work + family, he loves cycling, hiking, travel, and Warriors basketball.
Experiential Graphic Design is communication design in the built environment that aims to guide, educate, and connect a user to physical place. This often takes the form of a museum exhibit, a shopping mall directory, airport signage, or branding in your favorite store.
In this thinkshop we will explore what it means to create engaging public experiences, and how collaborative design is used to connect people to place. Then, using our own personal experiences as inspiration, we will create a collective experience through participatory artifact-building and a little imagination.
As a creative leader and collaborative designer, Chris McCampbell has over 15 years experience in Graphic Design. Chris is Senior Designer at CannonDesign, applying a multidisciplinary and holistic approach initiating and implementing creative solutions for signage, environmental graphics, and interiors in the built-environment for educational, civic, and healthcare projects. He has also produced branding materials, books, and web sites for small businesses and non-profits. Chris has contributed as author on topics of design thinking and research, and has won several awards and exhibited work in public exhibitions. His love of architecture, urban design, exhibition design, and public art continues to fuel his passion, merging graphic and environmental design to create engaging public experiences. Chris received his BA in Graphic Design from San Diego State University and his MFA in Graphic Design at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
If you are new to it, the process of designing for virtual reality (VR) can be intimidating and complex. However, the core principles of design always hold true. This Thinkshop will help provide the basics for both augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) and give a few key points to consider before diving into some hands-on exercises. By the end, you’ll be ready to create engaging AR/VR experiences of your own.
Nick Cottrell is a practicing interaction designer with over 15 years of experience. His work involves collaborative internet services and productivity solutions for modern businesses. He has experience with a range of emerging technologies and developed an influential mix of cross-platform AR and VR projects. He helped create and launch a popular social VR application, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2017. He also worked on an R&D team to develop a spatial interface system for an augmented reality headset company. In addition to receiving a BA at San Diego State University, he has received additional certifications in VR development, systems engineering, and agile project management.
By building accessible websites, we ensure websites are usable by the broadest number of people. More than the ethical benefits, having an accessible website also drives business success—protecting you from lawsuits around ADA compliance, improving user experience, and boosting SEO.
During this interactive workshop, you’ll learn:
- Why website accessibility matters and the impact it has on business bottom lines
- How to design and build inclusive websites to provide a better user experience
- How to implement simple changes to create websites that can be accessed by people of all abilities—ensuring usability for assistive technologies, ADA compliance, and SEO best practices
Bring your own computer for a hands-on audit of your own website and on-the-spot accessibility fixes.
When a website’s content is available to everyone and can be used by anyone—regardless of their ability—website accessibility is achieved.
Join us in helping to create a more inclusive internet one website at a time.
Angela & Cris Noble:
Angela and Cris Noble have been creating websites together since 2011 and co-founded Noble Intent Studio in 2017. They’ve worked with clients such as CUCINA Restaurants, Planned Parenthood, AAA, and Intuit and have partnered with other design firms such as lime&co (Petra Ives), StudioM (Kate McCarthy), Marc Hedges Creative, Design Perspective (Cheryl Dine), Matter Consulting (Steven Morris), and many more. Noble Intent Studio connects client objectives to end-user experience with strategic and inclusive design and innovation.
Angela has served on the AIGA San Diego board in the past as the Website Director and currently serves on the Communications Team. She also hosts a twice-monthly Design Critique Group meetup where local design professionals can give and receive critiques on their in-process work. You may remember Angela from her “Local Leader Lunch” at Y24. Angela is passionate about gardening and animal rescue—you’ll almost always find her with a dog in her lap.
Cris has volunteered with AIGA San Diego for the past 5 years providing web development for special programs, including the Y25 website (designed by lime&co) and the Designer Launch Series website (designed by Intuit). Cris now serves on the AIGA San Diego board as the Website Director. Cris made a career switch from process engineering to web development after falling in love with design (and Angela). He worked at Intuit on the TurboTax team and at downtown startup Classy.org before joining Noble Intent Studio full-time in 2019. Cris is an avid biker on both roads and dirt trails. His goal is to ride on every road in the City of San Diego—wave if you see him riding!
Join us as we talk to in-house designers from Taco Bell, ServiceNow, and Yogananda Seva/Voluntary League (NGO), about the design process & the operation of their internal design departments. We will learn about their responsibilities, their design scope and how they interact with other in-house teams and outside agencies. Since COVID has changed many office structures, we will also discuss how ‘remote working’ has effected in-house creative teams.
Senior Product Designer, ServiceNow
John is an award winning Senior Product Designer at ServiceNow focused on user experience. He received his BA in Art from SDSU. John is a Certified Microsoft Professional and Scrum Master. He has a passion for accessibility in design and is a life long learner.
Assistant Manager of Communications, Yogananda Seva/Voluntary League
Sara has worked as a graphic designer for full-service studios and in-house design departments in California and Finland since graduating from California College of the Arts. Cross-cultural communication has been an ongoing professional focus and personal interest. The unique buildings she has worked in have also been great sources of inspiration. These spaces have included a renovated bus repair station, Pier 80 in San Francisco, a historical ceramic factory in Helsinki, and the iconic modernist campus of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Sara is currently Assistant Manager of Communications for Yogananda Seva/Voluntary League, a global humanitarian non-governmental organization.
Senior Art Director, Taco Bell Creative
Chase was raised in Hollister, CA, and lives and works in Southern California. After attending Long Beach State University, he received a BFA in Illustration and continued his career working as a graphic artist in the fashion industry. Here, he worked with a multitude of clients and brands, requiring him to constantly adapt to new brand aesthetics and trends. During that time, Chase ran a small creative agency with his colleagues, allowing him to expand his brand identity and illustration skill set.
Chase now serves as a Senior Art Director at Taco Bell Creative (TBC), the brand’s in-house agency, where he began to channel his leadership within the cult brand that is Taco Bell. Chase’s ultimate goal in his work is to communicate a clear message, which initially drew him to the illustrative side of art. He enjoys taking one small element of a subject matter and letting his pen do the rest, getting lost in detail.
Panel Presented by BORDER FUSION
Máximo Escobedo— Vice President / Cross-Border AIGA San Diego, Principal Maximo Creative Communications, Instructor & Advisor UC San Diego Extended Studies, Contact/o lead
- Johanna Mora – Founder & Director, Esquina Norte, Contact/o contributor
- Arturo Elenes – AIGA San Diego board member, Partner, Enigma Creative (Tijuana)
- Isabel Salinas Gutierrez, PhD – Graphic Design Director, Researcher, Author, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
SAN DIEGO PANELISTS
- MaeLin Levine – President, AIGA San Diego, World Design Capital Bid Chair, Partner Visual Asylum, Contact/o contributor
- Rafael López – Illustrator, Muralist, Contact/o contributor
- Susan Merritt – Educator, Design Researcher/Writer, Board of Advisors for SD Design Week, AIGA SD Advisory Board, Contact/o contributor
Contact/o was established in 1997 as a key initiative of AIGA San Diego in partnership with creative professionals from Tijuana and Baja, California. Over nearly three decades, Contact/o has encompassed exhibitions, design showcases, panel discussions and social events, fostering countless rich, collaborative relationships between design professionals on both sides of the Southern California / Mexico border.
On Wednesday, sign up for a hosted “Lunch with Speakers,” $25. Choose your Lunch Topic
Lindsey Hammond :: What’s Holding You Back
Yvonne Perez Emerson :: Designing Cannabis Culture with Make & Mary
Charles Lee :: An Open Conversation about Top Innovation Metatrends
Hugh Weber :: Designing For Connection
Rick Griffith :: Ethics
Chris Cloud :: Power Of Collaboration
Schessa Garbutt :: Designer As Culture/Worker
Scott Mallwitz :: Embracing The Challenge of No
John Bielenberg :: When Wrong Is Right
Tuesday September 20, 2022
Wednesday September 21, 2022
through July 15, 2022
through September 20, 2022
Your conference registration includes admission to all Main Stage Speakers, the Resource Room, and one Thinkshop on Wednesday.
Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations and travel arrangements.
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recordings taken of you during the event for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA events and activities, in corresponding publications, in AIGA’s archives and on AIGA’s website.
Cancellations made on or before August 20, 2022, are eligible for a full refund, minus the processing fee. No refunds are available for online zoom access, as the sessions are recorded and available post-event.
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive related emails periodically from AIGA San Diego and can opt-out at any time. We will never share or sell your email address or information.
While all speakers have confirmed their participation, we cannot guarantee that the speaker list or schedule is fully final. Speakers and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Group Rate $500 (Early Bird) and $600 (Full Rate) is for groups of 5 and more. Please email us to purchase the Group Rate
While all speakers have confirmed their participation, we cannot guarantee that the speaker list or schedule is fully final. Speakers and schedules are subject to change without notice.
Along with people from different industries and backgrounds, we encourage conversations and differing perspectives as part of the Y Design Conference experience. We will ensure a safe environment for everyone, and your cooperation is expected.
To that end, we will provide an environment free of harassment for every person. To be clear “harassment” includes:
- Offensive speech related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion
- Offensive vulgar or sexual imagery in public spaces and presentations
- Intimidation, stalking, following, unauthorized photography or recording of a person or people
- Sustained disruption of talks or other events
- Inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention.
These are examples that will have no place at the Y Design Conference. We expect attendees to act in a way that’s a positive representation of the community at large. Anyone asked to stop harassing behavior will be expected to stop immediately. If not, appropriate action will be taken by conference staff, security, and/or law enforcement.
Conference staff and volunteers will provide any of the following should the need arise:
- Expulsion from the conference, including the hotel (where appropriate)
- Escorts to and from venues
- Mediation of conflicts relevant to Y Design Conference event and/or policy
- Contacting security or law enforcement
- Assistance to any Y Design attendees with special needs
Whether you are a volunteer, speaker, sponsor, or attendee, you must agree to behave appropriately or we’ll ask you to leave. You can help by noticing inappropriate behavior and letting us know.
Covid-19 Vaccination Required for attendees.
Attendees must have received a full dose of a COVID–19 vaccine no later than September 2, 2022.
Proof of Vaccination Required
We will ask you to bring proof of vaccination with you to check-in at event registration each morning. At the time of check-in, we will ask you to share your vaccination date(s). Medical and religious exemptions will be honored and reasonable accommodations will be provided.
Accommodations for Medical and Religious Exemptions
If you are requesting a medical or religious exemption, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, September 2, 2022.
Negative Covid-19 test Required
In addition to requiring proof of vaccination, AIGA will require proof of a negative test (PCR or rapid) taken prior to arrival on-site. We ask that the negative test be taken within 72 hours of the start of the conference.
As part of our commitment to safety, attendees must provide proof of a negative test. AIGA is requiring a negative COVID-19 test to prevent transmission rates when there may be difficulty maintaining recommended social distancing at the on-site venue.
At-home PCR testing that you mail in to get results from a lab is accepted if the test can be taken within 72 hours of the start of the conference.
We will follow the State of California mandates and guidelines at the time of the conference. If necessary, we will ask all attendees to wear masks at check-in, during presentations, and when social distancing isn’t possible in-between presentations.
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GET TICKETS NOW: The Y-25 Closing Party is Unlike Any Other Event!
Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 6PM
At The Mingei Museum
AIGA invites you to join us in celebrating the conclusion of Y-25 and the kick-off of San Diego 2022 Design Week. A limited number of tickets remain for the event, which is an imaginative gathering place for designers of all disciplines.
The event is hosted at the recently reimagined Mingei International Museum, a cultural anchor of historic Balboa Park. Attendees are invited to explore the Museum environments and exhibits, while enjoying appetizers and a hosted bar. A whimsical procession led by Animal Cracker Conspiracy will guide guests from the Mingei to the Spreckles Organ Pavillion. The brief journey will be led by stilt-dancing performers and puppetry, a memorable hallmark of this unique, San Diego-based multi-disciplinary performance company, which is known for creative visual theater experiences.
Upon arrival at the Spreckles Organ Pavillion, guests will enjoy the premiere of AIGA’s third Annual Projecting Futures exhibit. The immersive motion graphic experience showcases the work of designers of all levels from across the San Diego – Tijuana region. Produced in partnership with the San Diego Youth Symphony, Youth Ballet and Junior Theater, the effort is an inspiring and thought-provoking feast of high-impact design, music and dance.
Y-25 Closing Party tickets are available at $35 per person. All tickets are subject to availability and sold on a first-come, first serve basis.
As a past speaker, Thinkshop presenter and best of all a repeat attendee, I can enthusiastically state the thoughtful interaction and mind-expanding experience is always a professional kick in the pants. (Kick me!)
Don Hollis :: AIGA :: Hollis Brand Culture
It's so wonderful to be with peers of all ages--learning, discussing, and most importantly, thinking.
Esther Andriopulos Coit :: AIGA :: Patera Design
Our “Y” Story
For a quarter century, there has been a place for like-minded designers who notice it all to gather in San Diego, Calif. More than just a sunny-side-up town, San Diego has become a design-centered, highly respected creative forefront in the industry. The people who have made it such are still here and thriving.
So what is this gathering place? It’s called the Y. The two-day event, produced entirely by volunteers, puts design at the center of everything. The Y is a place to reconnect with yourself, your passion, your why. It takes us out of the day-to-day how we design and opens up our imagination to remind us why we design. At the Y, designers find the inspiration they need to reach the next level. It’s a space for creatives to flock to each year, a forum where they can bask in the company of designers who radiate inspiration and embrace big ideas.
SOME OF OUR PAST SPEAKERS
The Y Conference brings to the main stage the most sought-after names in design and some of the most intriguing unknowns. We never cut corners when it comes to curating our speaker list. Just take a look at past Y Conference speakers: Paula Scher, David Carson, Chip Kidd, Karim Rashid, Wayne White, Frank Chimero, Aaron Draplin, Patrick Coyne, Michael Bierut, and Louise Fili. And as Y Design Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, attendees can expect more top-tier talent.