Design Camp®


You can’t design in a vacuum and expect to evolve. But you can breathe new life into your work by feeding off the energy, ideas and inspiration that flows freely at Design Camp. It’s the one time of year we can all count on to recharge, rethink and reawaken our creative spirit—and partake in some serious recreation.

Register now »

Follow Design Camp on Facebook, @designcamp on Twitter, and @designcamp on Instagram to get the inside scoop on the latest developments as they roll out. 

Since 1980, Design Camp® has been AIGA Minnesota’s premier event and the largest regional design conference in the country. Held annually in 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 350 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, web developers, educators, copywriters, etc.)—but all are welcome.