Beyond Design: PHXDW 2018 Conference

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

The Beyond Design Conference is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. It’s a two-day industry conference for designers, illustrators, writers, UI/UX designers, content managers, marketing professionals and people who work with them. Join us for two days of inspiring talks, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities to push your career beyond.

Your full two-day conference pass includes:

  • Access to educational breakout sessions and inspiring keynote talks from national and local design leaders

  • Admission to the PHXDW Kickoff party on Friday, October 5, 2018

  • Admission to the PHXDW Closing party on Friday, October 12, 2018

For information on one-day passes, discounts, including group discounts for four or more attendees from the same organization, scroll down below or please visit


Pre-Order your T-Shirt and Save $5.00!

Jump ahead of the t-shirt line and pre-order your PHXDW tee for only $15.00 (will be $20.00 at the conference). Available in men's and women’s sizes. This offer is only available if you add on a shirt at the same time you purchase your conference ticket. See Order Form for details. We’ll have a limited quantity of these collectible tees, so get yours now!

Ways to Save

Become an AIGA member

AIGA members receive special discounted pricing on all PHXDW tickets. For as little as $50 per year at the Contributor level, you could immediately save as much as $100 on a ticket. Your membership totally pays for itself and you get to enjoy AIGA benefits all year long! Learn more about membership and join at, then return to this site and enter your AIGA member number to qualify for Member ticket pricing.

Refer a Friend, you both get a Gift!

From now until the conference, any existing ticket holder may refer a friend and each will receive a voucher for a free Beyond Design commemorative gift when Friend #2 purchases a ticket! Be ready to enter Friend #1's ticket number on the registration form.

Other Discount Opportunities

  • Affiliate discounts offered to members of our sister PMACC organizations (AAF PHX, AZIMA, AMA, BMA, and PRSA), click Tickets button for details.

  • Students and teachers receive up to half off, choose Student/Faculty ticket level

  • Four or more qualified attendees from the same organization, click the group box on the order form and receive a rebate after your purchase of 15% off.

For full details on all available discounts, visit

Got your tickets? Now plan the rest of your week!

Plan your Design Week experience — we're working on a jam-packed schedule of events in the Phoenix metro area and beyond. Keep your eyes on the progress of design week events here.

But wait, there's more:

Market your Merch in a Pop-Up Shop

Are you a Maker-Designer who has created merchandise that our attendees might like to purchase? We offer a limited number of Pop-Up Shop spaces for you to market your merch in the conference hall. Reserve a space for free if you're a ticket holder or for a small fee if you're not. Details here.

New for 2018: Attend a Lunch Workshop on Virtual and Augmented Reality

Feel your brain and your belly as you learn how to take your career beyond with Virtual Reality from Rami Kalla of Point in Time Studios. Separate ticket required $35 includes boxed lunch, workshop, interactive VR experience and a chance to win a free VR headset. Register ASAP once you have your conference tickets, space is very limited. Details here.

Topic Lunch Meetup Groups

Registration is now open for no-host lunch meetup groups that will be held on Saturday, October 6. Sign up to join one of the five groups each led by AIGA board members Christina Carrasquilla, Matt Adams, Jessica Scott and Nicole Norgren, and Nicole Matt from our title print sponsor, Prisma. Click the link above to learn more.

Kickoff and Closing Parties are Included and now open for registration!

Your two-day conference ticket also includes admission to the PHXDW Kickoff Party sponsored and hosted by Prisma on Friday, October 5 and the PHXDW Closing Party on Friday, October 12. Get your PHXDW tickets then RSVP now to attend. Separate guest tickets are available for your +1. Hurry, the Kickoff party is nearing sellout so get your tickets NOW.

The Details


For 2018 we’ll be in the NORTH building of the Phoenix Convention Center in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The center is within walking distance of major hotels, shopping, entertainment, restaurants, has its own dedicated stop on the METRO Light Rail line, and is about fifteen minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Paid parking is available at the Phoenix Convention Center garage, as well as street parking and public garages nearby.


Hyatt Regency Phoenix
A Phoenix Design Week discount rate of $179/night for October 5-7 is available at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix right across the street from the convention center. The rate is only available if booked online USING THIS LINK: Click here to book the Hyatt

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel
$169 per night for the entirety of Phoenix Design Week October 4-14 via this link online, or call the hotel (602) 875-8000 and mention rate Access Code PDW2018. FOUND:RE is located about one mile north of the convention center and has a light rail stop right outside.


One-day Beyond Design Conference passes for either Saturday or Sunday and admission to the Kickoff and Closing parties are available individually now that the Early Bird and Advance promotion periods have ended. Separate registration for the Kickoff and Closing Parties will be required, tickets may be limited or restricted to ages 21+ only depending on location, visit the links provided above to RSVP.

Registration to the Beyond Design Conference does not guarantee admittance to all Phoenix Design Week events. Other standalone Phoenix Design Week events scheduled from October 5–October 12, 2018 may have individual ticket pricing; many are complimentary. Keep an eye on your email and the website at for details.


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

  • Transfer your registration to another person by notifying us no later than Friday, September 28, 2018. Your request must include your name and e-mail address as well as that of the person who will be attending in your place. If you have purchased an AIGA member ticket, your substitute attendee must also be an AIGA member, additional higher ticket price may apply for non-members.

  • Request a credit for a ticket to next year’s conference by notifying us no later than Friday, October 5, 2018.


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.


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 places you on the master Phoenix Design Week mailing list. You may opt-out at any time.

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 founded by Lost Creature in 2009, now wholly owned and presented by AIGA Arizona, a 501(c)(3) organization. This event would not be possible without our sponsors and volunteers who lend their time and effort.

Interested in being an AIGA | Phoenix Design Week sponsor? Contact us for more information.

When & Where
Sat, Oct 6, 2018 - Sun, Oct 7, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MST
Phoenix Convention Center North
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004