Method + Madness Conference | PHXDW 2017

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 design conference organized by AIGA Arizona for fellow designers in all fields, 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.


Your full two-day Method + Madness conference pass includes all conference speakers and breakouts, and also includes admission to the PHXDW Kickoff party on Friday, October 27, 2017, the evening reception on Saturday, October 28, 2017, and the PHXDW closing party on Friday, November 3, 2017. Other ticket options are available, see registration information below.

P.S. Phoenix Design Week continues after the M+M Conference with a jam-packed schedule of events happening in the Phoenix metro and Tucson areas. See more about design week events here. Several of the workshops have already sold out, so get in on the action now! Plus, you'll want to stay tuned to Phoenix Design Week on social media with #phxdw2017 and #aigaaz.


This year, we're giving you the opportunity to preorder a PHXDW/M+M t-shirt for only $12.50. We will only have a limited number of shirts available for sale at the conference – get yours now and we'll be sure to have your size ready and waiting at the Method + Madness pop-up shop and better yet, you'll save $7.50 over day-of pricing of 20.00! 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.

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.

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

We are now offering Saturday-only and Sunday-only Method + Madness 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 on Friday, October 27 with talks and tours, plus the PHXDW Kickoff and Closing Parties, the Method + Madness Saturday Evening Reception and more workshops, tours, movies, meetups and more all week long. Check out for links to all the parties.

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.

Phoenix Ad Club Affiliate AAF Discount

We now have a VERY limited number of discount codes available for AAF members to join our community! Use promo code AFF-PHXAD17 on any full price non-AIGA member ticket ($379) and receive a 15% discount. Current AAF membership will be verified, non-compliant tickets will be cancelled.

Pop-Up Shops Now Available!

Do you have design-related merch you'd like to market at the Method + Madness conference? We have a limited number of spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. See the separate registration form here for details. Pop-Up Shops are reserved for merchandise sales only, not for promotional booths. Please refer to sponsor opportunities at for booth or table opportunities.


Your two-day Method + Madness conference pass includes all the breakout sessions, and admission to the PHXDW kickoff party on Friday, October 27, 2017, the evening reception on Saturday, October 28, 2017, and the PHXDW closing party on Friday, November 3, 2017. Separate registration for the parties is required, tickets may be limited or restricted to ages 21+ only depending on location, 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 27-November 3, 2017 may have individual ticket pricing; many are complimentary. Watch the website at for details.

Location and Travel

For 2017 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 Hyatt Regency Phoenix, conveniently located directly across the street from the entrance to the Phoenix Convention Center. Visit to reserve at the special conference rate of $170/night, only available online at this link.

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 15% discount off Full Price AIGA Member and Non-Member General Admission tickets from September 7 to October 27, 2017 with promo code GROUPFUL17. 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.

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 20, 2017. 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 27, 2017.

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 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.


Registration to the Method + Madness Conference does not guarantee admittance to all Phoenix Design Week events. Some venues may have 21+ age restrictions. 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 28, 2017 - Sun, Oct 29, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM MST
Phoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004