Method + Madness Conference | PHXDW 2016

Phoenix Design Week is a week-long celebration of design that unites the local design community and provides a forum for sharing best practices, showcasing outstanding work, and gaining inspiration. 

Method + Madness is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. It’s a two-day grassroots conference organized by community volunteers for fellow designers, illustrators, writers, and UX professionals. Method + Madness brings together world-class speakers and local experts for two full days of actionable insights, hands-on education, and fire-fueling inspiration.

For 2016, our speakers and presentations will explore the concept of Flux. As designers and creators in today's digital world, we're often called upon to bring structure to chaos and facilitate understanding. Flux is about adapting to our ever-changing roles and helping our audiences make sense of the endless flood of information, while simultaneously balancing our time, getting down to what’s important, and keeping up with a quickly evolving industry.

Read about all the speakers and sessions at Check back often to see the most up-to-date information and stay tuned to Phoenix Design Week on social media with #phxdw2016 and #aigaaz.

Become an AIGA member and save!

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 $80 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.

Attending the national AIGA Design Conference in Las Vegas? Now you don't have to choose!

With the national AIGA Design Conference in our Southwest neighborhood during the week prior to PHXDW, we know some of you may be in a quandary. How about we help you do both? Use promo code AIGA2WIN and receive 15% off any 2-day Method + Madness ticket. You'll need to enter your AIGA Design Conference Confirmation Number on the order form to qualify (subject to verification).

Can't commit to a full weekend of Method + Madness? We have some options for you.

We offer Saturday-only and Sunday-only tickets if you can only spare one day, or just want to take in the Sunday breakout sessions. You can also get in on the PHXDW action all week at a series of individual events starting with Creative Mornings on Friday, October 21, the PHXDW Kickoff and Closing Parties, the Method + Madness Saturday Evening Reception and more workshops, tours, movies, meetups and more all week long. Watch for individual event registration announcements coming soon.

Refer a Friend, you both get a Gift!

From now until the conference, any existing ticketholder may refer a friend and each will receive a voucher for a free M+M commemorative poster when Friend #2 gets a ticket! Be ready to enter Friend #1's ticket number on the registration form. Valid only on new ticket purchases from September 29 through October 22.


Your two-day Method + Madness conference pass also includes admission to the PHXDW kickoff party on Friday, October 21, 2016, the evening reception on Saturday, October 22, 2016, and the PHXDW closing party on Friday, October 28, 2016. Separate registration for these events is required, and links will be provided as the dates approach. One-day Method + Madness conference passes for either Saturday or Sunday, a la carte tickets to the Method + Madness workshops on Sunday afternoon, and admission to the opening and closing parties will be available individually after the Early Bird and Advance promotion periods end.

Other standalone Phoenix Design Week events scheduled from October 24-28, 2016 may have individual ticket pricing; many are complimentary. Watch the website at for details.

Location and Travel

For 2016 we’re returning to the beautiful 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.

For those traveling from out of town – or even for an in-town staycation – we have arranged for a very limited number of discounted rooms available at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Phoenix, conveniently located directly across the street from the entrance to the Phoenix Convention Center. To reserve a room at the discounted rate of $142 per night, you must use this link only. Do not call the hotel, the offer is only available via the online portal.

Educator Discounts

To show our support for education, faculty members may purchase tickets at Student rates. Please look for the special Faculty ticket category, enter your school and .edu email address to qualify.

Group Discounts

Four or more attendees from the same organization are eligible to receive a 10% discount off Advance AIGA Member and Non-Member General Admission tickets through August 31, 2016, and a 15% discount off Full Price AIGA Member and Non-Member General Admission tickets from September 1, 2016 to October 21, 2016. Group discount does not apply to early bird or student tickets. Group tickets must be purchased in the same transaction, and all attendees must belong to the same organization. Individuals from separate companies or organizations may not group together in the same transaction to receive the discount. Groups may mix AIGA Member and Non-Member tickets in the same transaction. AIGA Member number required to qualify for member ticket pricing. Please contact AIGA AZ for group discount promo codes.

Substitutions and Cancellations

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

> Transfer your registration to another person by notifying us no later than Friday, October 14, 2016. Your request must include your name and e-mail address as well as that of the person who will now 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 21, 2016.

Speakers and Schedule

While we make every effort to confirm our speakers' participation prior to the event, we cannot guarantee that the 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 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.


Registration to the Method + Madness Conference does not guarantee admittance to all Phoenix Design Week events. 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 / The Method + Madness conference is a non-profit event founded by Lost Creature in 2009 and 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 22, 2016 - Sun, Oct 23, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM MST
Phoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004