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Design Camp® 2012

The annual pilgrimage to northern Minnesota, Design Camp® is our premiere event and the largest regional conference in the country.

5 7 October 2012

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Design Camp is your opportunity to sharpen your design skills and to see what secret ingredients you can add to your recipe for success as a designer.

Since 1980, Design Camp® has been AIGA Minnesota’s premiere event and the largest regional design conference in the country. Held annually in late September/early October at a lodge in northern Minnesota, this event sets the standard for design conferences across the country.

Design Camp provides an atypical conference structure, mixing indoor and outdoor activities with both educational and social events.

Design Camp lasts for three days. Campers arrive Friday morning for registration and depart Sunday afternoon. Five keynote speakers set the tone for camp, while small-group workshops and creative sessions follow each presentation. Attendees (referred to as “campers”) stay in lakefront cabins or golf-friendly condos and meet in the main lodge for events and meals. Friday and Saturday nights offer much socializing and tend to run late into the night.

The conference averages 320 total attendees, including campers, speakers, presenters, sponsors, and vendors. Campers come primarily from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, and Canada. Most campers are graphic designers and art directors or involved in the graphic arts (photographers, illustrators, educators, copywriters, etc.)—but all are welcome.

In past years, Design Camp has included speakers such as Erik Spiekermann, Ellen Lupton, Robert Valentine, Milton Glaser, Doyald Young, Lyn Severance, Paul Sahre, Jim Sherraden, Roshi Givechi, Hatch Show Print, DJ Stout, and Dana Arnett.

With speakers and events like these, it’s easy to understand why many in the design community consider Design Camp to be the event of the year. This is truly an ideal setting in which to meet the leaders of the design community.

22 speakers

  • Grant Eull @geull Creative Director at Pixel Farm
  • Chip Kidd @chipkidd
  • Paula Scher @paula_scher
  • Jeff Johnson Creative Director/Owner at Spunk Design Machine
  • John Pickerill Attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
  • Eric Madsen President at The Office of Eric Madsen
  • Cindy Gilbert Program Coordinator + Faculty, Sustainable Design Online Program at Minneapolis College of Art + Design

21 sessions

Day 1 Friday 5th October 2012

Day 2 Saturday 6th October 2012

Day 3 Sunday 7th October 2012

19 known attendees

  • Fred Beecher
  • Simon Collison
  • Renee Ebert
  • Jennifer Kane
  • The Heads of State
  • Neenah Paper
  • Will Gay
  • Kyle John Anderson
  • Matthew J Doty
  • EINE
  • Chank Diesel
  • Emma Robertson
  • breanna rose
  • Kary Delaria
  • Keith Gilbert
  • jakeylake
  • geull
  • Chip Kidd
  • Paula Scher

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