Design Educators Community

Deadline Extended for the 2019 Design Educators Conference Call for Proposals

June 20, 2018 / By aigaeducators

The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) announces a Call for Proposals to members (individuals or groups) interested in producing the 2019 Design Educators Conference. This conference will take place in the Fall 2019. The deadline for proposal submission has been extended to September 1st, 2018.

The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) is now midway through its current conference series, having successfully produced Converge at University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Summer 2017) and Make at Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (Summer 2018). We are looking forward to Decipher, our Fall 2018 Design Research Conference, hosted at Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.

These conferences provide an opportunity for design educators to:
— Present research and teaching methodologies to new and experienced educators and practitioners as well as to rising designers and students;
— Learn about pedagogy, history, theory, studio practices, methodology and technology;
— Gather as a community to share ideas and insights about advancing and improving design education.

These conferences respond to design education issues such as criticism, research and pedagogical models. We welcome insights about new areas of interest, connections or concerns that design educators must address in the future.

Please submit your proposal by September 1st, 2018 to the Design Educators Community Steering Committee at, with the subject “2019 Conference Hosting Proposal.” Proposals should be submitted in PDF format. Proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Review Process
Submit a two-page proposal outlining your interest in producing a conference. The submitted proposals will be reviewed by the DEC Steering Committee. The 2019 selection will be based on the quality and relevance of the conference content and the organization and leadership abilities of the proposed conference committee. The selection will be announced at a later date in Fall 2018.

What Your Proposal Should Address
01_Conceptual Statement
Outline your interest in producing an AIGA Design Educators Community conference. Your conference may be modeled after those previously produced (including Converge, Nuts + Bolts, Frontier, Future History, Schools of Thoughts, Intent/Content, Blunt, response_ability and New Contexts / New Practices), or it may devise a new format. Please include specific concepts for the conference, their relevance to today’s educational environment and how these concepts might differ from other conferences.

02_Programming Structure
Conference organizers are given liberty to produce unique programming. In light of this, please articulate your ideas for conference programming. We actively seek innovative programming and formatting that allow conferences to be more inclusive and interactive.

Describe the support (financial and in-kind) for a conference within the design educator community in your region. When possible, we encourage you to partner with your local AIGA chapter. Please describe any partnering opportunities, listing what other regional groups or members would be involved and in what capacities. Outline any experience your team may have with producing conferences or other large-scale events. Please include potential venue opportunities including ease of travel and reasonable accommodations for conference attendees.

04_Planning Team
Provide the names, contact information, and short bios for the individuals who will take leadership roles in the conference production. While a full committee may not be formed yet, it is essential to identify the point person(s) responsible for the production of the proposed conference. Your conference planning committees must contain a minimum of four members.

05_Potential Dates
This conference will take place in the Fall of 2019. You may specify a particular month or a specific date. The Steering Committee will make every effort to accommodate the proposed event date(s). Please note that conferences held later in the week or over a weekend tend to garner higher attendance.

Operation and Budget
This conference committee will be responsible for establishing and managing the conference budget. AIGA and the DEC will generously provide $10,000 to support this event. Please be aware that this seed money does not typically cover all the expenses of a conference.

The conference must be branded as the “2019 AIGA Design Educators Conference.” This title must appear prominently on all event promotions. The DEC will offer advice and support. The DEC Steering Committee will provide a conference hand book to the selected conference organizers. The handbook is not entirely prescriptive but it does offer recommendations based on best practices. If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to follow the guidelines outlined in the handbook and communicate regularly with the DEC to ensure a high quality experience.

Download a PDF of the Call for Proposals here.

We look forward to reviewing your proposals!

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