Imagination

Here, we don’t ask Y. We ask Y not. Dare to dream. Embrace the absurd. Delve into the world of IMAGINATION.

Imagination

September 2022

Imagination

The 25th AIGA Y Design Conference brings together innovators, designers and doers to inspire ideas and fuel the imagination. What if your budget had no bounds? What if the wildest ideas were on the table? At the 25th AIGA Y Design Conference, everything is fair game.

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25 years

Our “Y” Story

For a quarter century, there has been a place for like-minded designers who notice it all to gather in San Diego, Calif. More than just a sunny-side-up town, San Diego has become a design-centered, highly respected creative forefront in the industry. The people who have made it such are still here and thriving.

So what is this gathering place? It’s called the Y. The two-day event, produced entirely by volunteers, puts design at the center of everything. The Y is a place to reconnect with yourself, your passion, your why. It takes us out of the day-to-day how we design and opens up our imagination to remind us why we design. At the Y, designers find the inspiration they need to reach the next level. It’s a space for creatives to flock to each year, a forum where they can bask in the company of designers who radiate inspiration and embrace big ideas.

SOME OF OUR PAST SPEAKERS

The Y Conference brings to the main stage the most sought-after names in design and some of the most intriguing unknowns. We never cut corners when it comes to curating our speaker list. Just take a look at past Y Conference speakers: Paula Scher, David Carson, Chip Kidd, Karim Rashid, Wayne White, Frank Chimero, Aaron Draplin, Patrick Coyne, Michael Bierut, and Louise Fili. And as Y Design Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020, attendees can expect more top-tier talent.

Erik Spiekermann

Erik Spiekermann

Michael Bierut

Michael Bierut

Louise Fili

Louise Fili

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid

Gail Anderson

Gail Anderson

Kristine Arth

Kristine Arth

Jorge Gutierrez

Jorge Gutierrez

Paula Sher

Paula Sher

Yichi Zhang

Yichi Zhang

Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

Kareem Collie

Kareem Collie

Aaron Draplin

Aaron Draplin

Ashleigh Axios

Ashleigh Axios

David Carson

David Carson

Natasha Jen

Natasha Jen

Vanessa Dewey

Vanessa Dewey

Ebon Heath

Ebon Heath

Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd

Past Y Conferences