Save The Date
Fri, Oct 2nd - Sun, Oct 4th
Virtual Event

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Save the Date

The largest design conference in the Upper Midwest

(Updated 7/22/2020)

Mark your calendar to join us for the first-ever virtual Design Camp on October 2–4.

To ensure the health and safety of everyone, and to expand the accessibilty of Design Camp far beyond those who can make it Up North, we’ll be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Design Camp with a virtual camp experience. We’re making some changes to the format and programming, and while we’ll miss the traditional Design Camp we’re excited about the possibilities opened up by going online.

As we plan for October, follow @DesignCamp for updates. We look forward to celebrating four decades of Design Camp with you.


Escape (Virtually) Up North

Find your inspiration in the (virtual) North Woods

At its core, Design Camp is a time of connection and a positive experience we all look forward to. Despite being online, we’ll connect and celebrate four decades of Design Camp with you on October 2–5.

Design Camp 40th Anniversary

Since 1980 design icons have come together in the North

The first Design Camp, organized by the Minnesota Graphic Design Association (MGDA, later AIGA Minnesota), took place in 1980 at Lutsen Resort on the North Shore of Lake Superior. In the decades since, moving from Lutsen to Grand View Lodge outside Brainerd  and to its current home at Madden’s on Gull Lake, Design Camp has presented top keynote speakers including design legends Louise Fili, Milton Glaser, Doyald Young, Gail Anderson, and Paula Scher, as well as next-generation leaders like Zipeng Zhu, Lawrence Azerrad, and Chip Kidd.

Join Your Peers

…and make some new ones

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.

Featuring five keynote speakers ranging across design communication disciplines, from traditional print to leading-edge digital, illustration to typography and more. Lawrence Azerrad onstage at Design Camp 2019
Connect with the most vital providers to the industry, from paper companies and printers to legal and business advisors. Neenah Paper sample table at Design Camp 2019
Take part in the now-legendary Design Camp cocktail Q&A. Design Camp offers unprecedented access to speakers and workshop leaders: solve your career conundrums over a coffee, a cocktail, or a bonfire. Seth Johnson and Brent Stickels toast onstage at Design Camp 2019
Registration table and swag bag at Design Camp 2019 Register for three days of inspiration, motivation, and networking with fellow design professionals from around the nation.
Letterpress printing workshop at Design Camp 2019 Learn new skills in breakout workshops, including things like hands-on letterpress printing, design firm practice management, UX design, and more.
DJ onstage with yellow psychedelic projection behind The Friday Night Social gives Design Campers a venue to let their hair down and cut the rug. From DJs and karaoke to fireside conversations, Design Camp continues long after the sun sets.