In The Know: A list of 2013 Design Industry Conferences

As we develop in our areas of professional expertise, conferences become increasingly critical to experience. The connections, inspiration and education you take away from these gatherings are unparalleled to most other events.

Why attend them? I lay down the bottom-line advantage in a previous posting:

“the general idea behind attending an industry conference is two-fold: to stay plugged in and to recharge. Industry conferences offer an element of newness and insight into what’s current in the industry and where the industry is going in the future. Besides, you’ve got to get out of the office and see what is going on outside of your cubicle walls.”                        

Although conferences can be highly beneficial for you, your team, and your brand, it can be difficult to choose the best one to attend. For that matter, it can be a pain to find a comprehensive list of your options.

Our consultancy, The Fulcrum Agency, went ahead and put together one such list for each of the three industries we operate within. Below is a catalog of  conferences for anyone interested in design. Look out for our other lists covering the Marketing and Corporate Responsibility industry conferences.
We hope to see you at one soon!

Design Conferences

What:  HOW Design Live 2013 – Rediscover Inspiration!

When: June 22-26, 2013

Where: San Francisco, California

What: Head, Heart, Hand: AIGA Design Conference 2013

When: October 10-12, 2013

Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota

What: AIGA | Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders

When: July 21–26, 2013

Where: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

FUSE 2013

What: FUSE 2013

When: April 15-17, 2013

Where: Chicago, Illinois

DMI International Research Conference 2012 Call for Papers

What: DMI Conferences – DMI Conference Overview

When: Their three conferences range in dates. Check the link above.

Where: Europe, East Coast USA, and West Coast USA

What: RGD DesignThinkers 2013   (note: website not yet updated at the time of this posting)

When: November 6-7, 2013

Where: Toronto, Canada

What: INTERACT2013

When: September 2-6, 2013

Where: Capetown, South Africa

What: London Design Festival

When: September 14-22, 2013

Where: London, UK

What: A Better World by Design

When:  September 27-29, 2013

Where: Brown University + Rhode Island School of Design

What:  UCDA Design Conference

When: October 12-15, 2013

Where: Louisville, Kentucky

What: Redesign UXD

When: April 29-30, 2013

Where: Silicon Valley, California

RE:DESIGN/Creative Directors New York 2013

What: Redesign Creative Directors

When: November 4-5, 2013

Where: New York City, New York

What:  Sustainable Brands

When: June 3-6, 2013

Where: San Diego, California

What:   Weapons of Mass Creation (WMC)

When: August 16-18, 2013

Where: Cleveland, Ohio

Our team of in-house creative consultants put this list together. Feel free to send us a message at .

Did we forget to include a conference? Comment below and it will be added to the list above.

Jeni Herberger, co-founder of The Fulcrum Agency, presents a list of the major Design conferences for 2013

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6 Responses to “In The Know: A list of 2013 Design Industry Conferences”

  1. Andy Cutler says:

    Jen: Thanks so much for mentioning A Better World by Design on your list! As the professional advisor to this student-led socially conscious design conference, it’s amazing to see how this event has grown since 2008…..over 3,500 participants in five years and students from 32 colleges/universities participating just last year (alongside professionals and academics). Thanks again for the mention!

  2. Joann says:

    I would love to see you include the Sustainable Brands conference on your list. This year’s 7th International gathering over 1500 bisiness and brand strategists, designers and sustainability experts from two dozen countries around the world once again carries the conversation about environmental and social innovation as a driver of business and brand value to the next level as the conversation shifts from Revolution to Renaissance. You can learn more here:

  3. Simon H. says:

    Let’s not forget WMC Fest –

  4. jeni says:

    Definitely, Joann!

    After experiencing last year, I couldn’t agree more. There is so much in sustainability that stems from design and creative thinking.

    SB has been added to the list!

  5. jeni says:

    Added! Thank you, Simon!

  6. Liz says:

    Thanks for this list! Montreal Meets is another conference (much like WMC Fest) that is worth mentioning! This year’s conference wrapped up on Tuesday…I found it to be inspiring and relevant.

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