2019 PHXDW Conference: Evolve Design

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

The PHXDW Conference is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. Themed "Evolve Design" for 2019, it’s a two-day industry conference for graphic designers, illustrators, writers, UI/UX designers, content managers, marketing professionals and people who work with them.

The main conference schedule is now live on the website and we are so excited to share the lineup with you this year: 7 inspiring keynote speakers on the main stage plus 22 hands-on breakout sessions you will not want to miss. All the updates are coming at you on social media (follow #phxdw), and directly in email, so be sure you're on the mailing list to get the latest!

The full two-day PHXDW Conference pass includes:

  • Access to all main stage keynote talks and educational breakout sessions presented by national and local design leaders

  • Admission to the PHXDW Kickoff Party on Friday, October 11, 2019

  • Admission to the PHXDW Closing Party on Friday, October 18, 2019

  • Please note that all other standalone Phoenix Design Week events from October 11-18 are NOT included in the conference ticket price.

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

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 http://www.aiga.org/join/, then return to this site and enter your AIGA member number to qualify for Member ticket pricing. Former/current members who need to renew may visit this link instead.

Preorder your PHXDW Evolve Design T-Shirt and save $5.00

PHXDW 2019 commemorative t-shirts will be offered at $20 at the conference, but you can preorder yours for only $15! We'll have your size waiting at the AIGA merch table when you arrive at the conference. See order form for details.

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 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, ANA, 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 of 10% your Early Bird / 15% Advance or Full price ticket purchase.

Become a Sponsor and get FREE tickets

A conference of this caliber at such reasonable ticket prices simply would not be possible without the generous monetary and in-kind contributions of our sponsors. Year after year, we have been honored that dedicated companies and individuals who want to demonstrate their commitment to Arizona's design community come forward to stand behind Phoenix Design Week. Sponsorship levels are available to suit any budget, from $150 to Sponsor a Student, to $15,000+ Title Sponsorship, with free tickets included starting at the $250 tier. If you or your company would be interested in having your name, products or services highlighted to the Phoenix Design Week audience, check out the opportunities here or  send us a note for more information. Thank you!

But wait, there's more!

Market your Merch in a Pop-Up Shop — SOLD OUT

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.

The Details

Location and Travel

The conference and breakout sessions will be held 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 and 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 dedicated Phoenix Convention Center garage, as well as street parking and public garages nearby.

Lodging Information

We have made arrangements for a special rate of $179/night at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix for out-of-town guests and locals who might like a downtown staycation! The Hyatt is directly across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center. Reserve online here with code G-AZAI. The discount is only available via this link; do not call the hotel.

Registration Information

Your two-day PHXDW conference ticket also includes one ticket each to the Kickoff party and the Closing party. However, party admission is not guaranteed without separate registration. You will be notified via email as the dates approach when it is time to RSVP for the parties. Party tickets may be limited or restricted to ages 21+ depending on location. Additional standalone party tickets will also be available to purchase for companions who are not attending the conference. One-day PHXDW Conference passes for either Saturday or Sunday and admission to the Kickoff and Closing parties will be available individually after the Early Bird and Advance promotion periods end. 

Registration to the PHXDW Conference does not include admittance to all Phoenix Design Week events. Other standalone offsite Phoenix Design Week events scheduled from October 11–October 18, 2019 may have individual ticket pricing; many are complimentary. Keep an eye on your email and the website at phxdw.com for details.

Refunds 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 4, 2019. Your request must include your name and email 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 11, 2019.

Speakers and Schedule

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 AIGA Arizona in perpetuity, and places you on the master Phoenix Design Week mailing list. At any time, you may opt out of the mailing list, or withdraw your consent in writing to AIGA Arizona. Attendee list may be provided to Title Sponsor for promotion.

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 12, 2019 - Sun, Oct 13, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM MST
Phoenix Convention Center North
100 North 3rd Street
Room 120D
Phoenix, AZ 85004