This year, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, or AIGA, is holding their annual Eye on Design conference on October 11th in Minneapolis.
The event, which costs $175 for AIGA students, $350 for members and $400 for regular attendees, includes workshops from some of the top graphic artists working today, incredible networking opportunities, free food and beverages and a fun after party.
Started in 1985 in Boston, Eye on Design is held in a different U.S. city every year. Artists doing graphic design, typography, branding, identity and interaction design gather to discuss their trades, learn additional skills, listen to revered speakers and look at exhibits.
The host, AIGA, has over 25,000 members in 70 chapters around America. It is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for the design industry.
This year’s lineup features events like:
The exhibits at AIGA Eye on Design include “In the Beginning: Early works by graphic designers,” which was co-curated by Steven Heller and Eye on Design staff writer Madeleine Morley, a virtual reality viewing station from Scenic and more.
The event promises to feature “one big secret announcement you’ll have to be there to experience” as well.
Along with connecting with other professionals in your industry, seeing great exhibits, hearing about how to push your career forward and learning from those at the top of their game, while you’re there, you can tour the excellent arts scene in Minneapolis as well.
You can stop by MCAD to see some student art, check out the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which is currently displaying art from the 1700s by artists like Bellotto and Guardi or swing over to the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design. There, you can view graphic design pieces, costumes, textiles and handcrafted furniture.
For more contemporary art, go to Walker Art Center and see the work of Andy Warhol, Chuck Close, Kiki Smith and Edward Hopper. The Weisman Art Museum, also located at the University of Minnesota, is currently showing a Prince exhibit and art from Jizi.
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