Fri, Oct 6th, 8:00am - Sun, Oct 8th 11:30am
Madden’s on Gull Lake
11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, Brainerd MN 56401

Design Camp® 2017

Since 1980, Design Camp has been annually held in northern Minnesota, and has set the standard for design conferences nationwide. Opening on a Friday and closing on a Sunday, campers experience talks with five outstanding keynote speakers, hands-on workshops held by the industry’s best, and a weekend full of opportunities to socialize and truly let go, amongst peers and icons alike. Limited to 350 attendees, Design Camp is made up of illustrators, photographers, educators, graphic designers, art directors, students, web developers, executives, copywriters, visual artists, sculptors, project managers, design entrepreneurs, and rollerbladers. Check out photos from past Design Camps to get a feel for what it’s all about. Follow us on Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter for upcoming updates on registration, keynotes, workshops, and more.

Why I Should Attend Design Camp®

Design Camp is one of the last truly unique creative conferences, and the original conference for design. It was designed in 1980 to be a getaway for graphic designers to experience life away from the studio, and to more intimately understand the successes, goals, and struggles of their peers in the field.

The opportunity to be actively idle with others in the design trade is what makes camp worth joining.

Fellow attendees include internationally renowned keynote speakers, folks from Minnesota’s most in-demand firms and studios, and the most important, potential connections: the colleagues you did not previously know you had.

The investment required to attend Design Camp is always kept as low as possible. AIGA is a 100% volunteer-run organization, so the folks running the operation have donated countless hours to coordinate the event, and the goal is to create a design-based engagement that is open and available to everyone who can make it up to the woods. When other conference ticket prices can be in the thousands, access to Design Camp has remained a fraction of that.

Design Camp is an opportunity to develop, expand, and sharpen your set of skills in a variety of design practices. It has been created for you to be able to learn approaches to design challenges from new perspectives.

Historically, Design Camp sells out. Please register as soon as possible.

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Registration rates for 2017 will be released soon!

Registration Includes

  • Access to all five renowned keynote speaker presentations
  • Access to three curated workshops
  • Access to the Business Expo and Friday Cocktail Hour
  • Specially curated recreation experiences throughout the weekend
  • Welcome bag with iconic Design Camp sweatshirt
  • Refreshments during breaks throughout weekend (meal plans available separately)

Lodging is not included in the registration fee, so attendees are responsible for making their own lodging reservations. We highly encourage attendees to stay onsite, as this provides convenient access to the entirety of the event. For lodging, check rates and availability at Madden’s on Gull Lake.Cancellation

If you register and are unable to attend, firstly, we would be sorry to hear that. Secondly, please email [email protected] by September 4, 2017 for a 50% refund of conference fees. Cancellations after September 4, 2017 will not be refunded. Additional fees may apply where applicable.

Lodging cancellations must be handled by contacting Madden’s directly. Conference is subject to cancellation or change. Liability is limited to funds remitted for conference registration. Speakers and presenters are subject to change without prior notice.

Privacy Policy

Your registration constitutes permission to use photos and audio/video recordings taken of you at the event or program for promotional and educational purposes in connection with AIGA Minnesota programs and activities, in corresponding publications, in AIGA Minnesota’s archives, and on AIGA Minnesota’s websites and social media presences. We will only get your good side.


Please contact Loop Haro, Design Camp Chair, at [email protected].

*AIGA Student Member registration: AIGA Minnesota offers 100 student tickets at a discounted rate. These tickets usually sell out, are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis, and cannot be reserved in advance. Student members who wish to attend Design Camp after student member tickets are sold out are encouraged to purchase tickets at the Supporting Member rate, which is also discounted. AIGA Minnesota cannot accept registration of blocks of students or processing group payments. Student members may register a group of students, contingent upon availability, using our online registration system, with an institutional credit card.

Students without active AIGA memberships will be charged the nonmember rate.

Eligibility for student member tickets is contingent upon attendee being a full-time student as of October 6, 2017.

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Contact Leadership

Loop is a freelance small business consultant and Business Manager at Replace Design in Minneapolis. After selling his companies in Los Angeles and San Francisco, he headed to the great north in 2014 to make a tiny family and explore the industry of design. Loop regularly produces social projects based on fostering entrepreneurship within design.