ABQ Design Summit 2019

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The ABQ Design Summit is an annual two-day design conference hosted by AIGA | the professional association for design. This year’s speakers and workshops will be centered around the theme of “Focus,” zooming in on what makes New Mexico and our creative community unique. Together, we’ll explore what it means to bring definition to our careers, see design issues clearly, and elevate the southwest as a focal point of design.

You spoke, we listened. Based on feedback from last year’s Design Summit, Friday will be a full day spent together listening to speakers and partaking in workshops spearheaded by design leaders across the country. We will return on Saturday with both lecture and workshop tracks to give you the flexibility to choose what you want to learn more about. Stay tuned for the full schedule of events.


Friday, August 16:
8:15 – 8:45 AM Check-In & Coffee
8:45 – 9:00 AM AIGA Board Introduction
9:00 – 10:50 AM Networking Roundtable
10:00 – 11:50 AM Shandiin Woodward & Ryan Leonski, Creators of Subliminal, indie game studio
12:00 – 1:30PM Lunch (On your own, or join us for a Topic Lunch)
1:30 – 2:20 PM Lauren Tresp, Editor and Publisher of Southwest Contemporary
2:30 – 3:20 PM Carlos Contreras, One Albuquerque
3:30 – 4:20 PM Zak Rutledge, 3 Advertising, New Mexico United Brand Design
4:30 – 5:00 PM Wrap-Up Comments
6:30 PM After Party at The Salt Yard

Saturday, August 17:
8:15 – 8:45 AM Check-In & Coffee
8:45 – 9:00 AM AIGA Board Introduction
9:00 – 9:50 AM Opening Keynote, Acacia Carr, Author of Uncommon Creative
10:00 – 10:50 AM Cory Campbell, Art Director at La Cumbre Brewing Co. / UX/UI Workshop with Lyn Bain & Ben Nargi, Albuquerque UX Group, Chili Interactive & Aptima, Inc.
11:00 – 11:50AM Joel Martinez & Iris Morales, Eme Design Studio / UX/UI Workshop with Lyn & Ben (cont’d)
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch (On your own, or join us for a Topic Lunch)
1:30 – 2:20 PM Ruth Cisneros, Copryrigher & Co-Founder of Coffee + Creatives / Albuquerque / Color Theory Workshop with Brandi Sea Heft-Kniffin, Creator of Design Speaks Podcast and BrandiSea
2:30 – 3:20 PM UX Projects with Liz Brown & Darold Ross, Ideum / Color Theory Workshop (cont’d)
3:20 – 4:20 PM Luke Dorman & Caitlin LeMoine, Lead Graphic Designers at Meow Wolf
4:20 – 4:30 PM Wrap-Up Comments

(For each Talk/Workshop block on Saturday, attendees will be able to choose from either a talk or workshop given by local creatives.)



Acacia Carr – Keynote Speaker
Luke Dorman & Caitlin LeMoine, Meow Wolf
Brandi Sea Heft-Kniffin, BrandiSea
Iris Morales & Joel Martinez, Eme Design Studio
Carlos Contreras, City of Albuquerque
Zak Rutledge, 3 Advertising
Ben Nargi & Lyn Bain, Aptima, Inc. & Chili Interactive
Ruth Cisneros, Copywriter
Cory Campbell, La Cumbre Brewing Co.
Liz Brown & Darold Ross, Ideum
+ and more!



As always, it pays to be a member! Registered members of AIGA New Mexico get $25 off their 2-day registration to ABQ Design Summit, and student members get $50 off the non-member 2-day price.

One Day Tickets:
Member – $50
Student Member – $25
Non Member – $60
Student Non-Member – $30

Two Day Tickets:
Member – $60
Student Member – $35
Non-Member – $85
Student Non-Member – $45



A notebook, business cards, a lot of questions, and a smile! The workshops and speakers will be a lecture-style presentation with live demos of all the great things you’ll learn. Computers are not necessary to follow along, but you are welcome to bring them along.



CNM Montoya Campus, Albuquerque, NM

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