Design Camp® 2012



AIGA Minnesota Welcomes
New Board Members

Minnesota is pleased to announce that a number of new members have been elected to serve on the organization’s board of directors, effective immediately.

October 5th
until October 7th,

Nisswa, MN

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The annual pilgrimage to northern Minnesota since 1980, Design Camp® is our premiere event and the largest regional design conference in the country.

2012 speakers will include Pentagram’s Paula Scher, AIGA Fellow Eric Madsen, Heads of State, Simon Collison, and Chip Kidd. Follow Design Camp on Facebook and give it a big thumbs-up “like” to learn about the latest developments as they roll out.

On Twitter, Kamper Ken and Flannel Fannie, when they’re not debating the nuances of sap collection techniques or moose calls, have the lowdown on everything that’s being readied up in Nisswa. Give them a follow.

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About Design Camp

Held annually since 1980 in late September/early October at a lodge in northern Minnesota, Design Camp sets the standard for regional design conferences. Its atypical three-day structure mixes indoor and outdoor activities with both educational and social events.

Featured keynote speakers set the tone for Design Camp, and small-group workshops and creative sessions follow these presentations. Attendees (referred to as “campers”) stay in lakefront cabins and condos then meet in the main lodge for events and meals.

In past years, Design Camp has included speakers such as Erik Spiekermann, Ellen Lupton, Robert Valentine, Milton Glaser, Doyald Young, Lyn Severance, Paul Sahre, Jim Sherraden, Roshi Givechi, Hatch Show Print, DJ Stout, and Dana Arnett.

Feel free to check out photos from past Design Camp to get a feel for what it’s all about.

AIGA Minnesota sincerely appreciates the support of our generous sponsors and the dedicated volunteers who have contributed to this year’s Design Camp.

Adobe Systems Ideas That Kick

Pixel Farm Studio Pink Reflections

Shapco Neenah Paper Anchor Paper Co.

Rat Race Studios Fredrickson & Byron Sappi

Tee Squared Studio On Fire

Matreks Central Coast Solutions Utopia Appleton Coated

McIntosh Embossing, Inc. Larkin Industries French Paper Co.

Spicers Paper Mohawk Shutterstock

FirstTech Walker Art Center Cast Iron Design Company

Franklin Press The Nerdery Silgan Containers

Responses to Design Camp® 2012

  1. Hello,
    When will we be able to register for Design Camp 2012? I am interested in registering 2 people and also wondering what the cost is.

    Thanks you,
    Kevin Stramer

  2. Hi Kevin,

    We haven’t posted registration information quite yet, but keep an eye out on our Design Camp Facebook page, for all of the upcoming announcements.

    As far as pricing goes:

    Student Members of AIGA | $185, or $135 until the early bird rate ends. (Date TBA when registration opens or earlier.)
    Members of AIGA | $275, or $250 until the early bird rate ends. (Date TBA when registration opens or earlier.)
    All Nonmembers | $465 | For the best value, join AIGA online and then register for Design Camp as a member. Joining online is easy and immediate.

    Please also note that only 100 student tickets will be available in 2012.

  3. I called the Grand View Lodge about lodging a few weeks ago and they told me is was done when registering for design camp. The woman I spoke to said that AIGA has a bunch of rooms blocked off for Design Camp that you can only get through registration… so now I’m a little confused that you say we must handle lodging seperately through Grand View Lodge. Help please and thank you!

  4. Hi Kayla,

    I’m sorry for the confusion. Grand View does handle the lodging reservations, but because we are a conference we get special rates and you do need to fill out a separate form to receive those. The form will be available when registering for Design Camp itself. Registration will be ready to open in early August. When we have a specific date we will announce it as soon as possible on the AIGA Minnesota Design Camp Facebook page:

    As far as the specific pricing goes for Design Camp® I can tell you that. Claire, I hope this clarifies your question above as well:

    □ $286.25 Single Occupancy, per person, per night
    □ $207.77 Double Occupancy, per person, per night
    □ $168.52 Triple and Quad Occupancy, per person, per night

    The above rates include all meetings, breaks with refreshments, and Lunch and dinner on Friday, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, Breakfast on Sunday.

    I hope this helps!

  5. Hi AIGA!

    I am wondering if I register as an AIGA member under the Wisconsin chapter if I am able to receive the same discount in attending events in Minnesota (such as Design Camp) as if I sign up as a member in the Minnesota chapter.

    Thank you!

  6. Hi Rachel!

    Prices are the same no matter what chapter you hail from.

    2012 Pricing for Design Camp:

    Student Members of AIGA | $185, or $135 Early Bird Rate (Last day to register for the Early Bird rate September 9th)

    Members of AIGA | $275, or $250 Early Bird Rate (Last day to register for the Early Bird rate September 9th)

    All Nonmembers | $465 | For the best value, join AIGA online and then register for Design Camp as a member. Joining online is easy and immediate.

    Hope to see you there!



    The early bird catches the worm, and their first choice at workshop selections, collaboration lunches, and more.

    See you there!

  8. When I click to register, I come up in the category Contributor for $250. Just wondering if this means that student pricing is already sold out? My AIGA account should still be a student member until January.

    Lauren Krueger

  9. Hey, Jon here
    So I registered this morning but it would only give me the 250 price and I’m a student. I know it was before all the early bird specials were gone so I’m wondering what I should do? I would like to get the early bird price if that is possible!
    If anyone could help I would appreciate it.

  10. Will there be spaces still available come Thursday? I am waiting on my boss to return to put this on a corporate card. I really don’t want to miss out.

  11. Hi Christina,

    I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. As we can never guarantee there will be spots for registration, since it is on a first come first served basis, I believe we still have space for you to register.


  12. If there is anyone out there looking for an extra
    lodging partner at Grandview I would love a double,
    triple, or quadruple roommate opportunity.
    I’m not on Facebook so I was told this was a way
    to reach other attendees. If anyone is looking
    for others to house with I can be reached through
    my email address.

    Thank you


  13. Hi Laurie,

    Just wanted to note to you that I don’t believe others can access your email from this website. If you’re looking for a lodging partner and feel comfortable, I would recommend just posting it on here.


  14. I am also look for someone to lodge with in a double or triple. I’m new-ish to AIGA so I haven’t really talk to anyone else that is going. Please email me at if you would like to share accommodations! Thanks!

  15. Hi,

    I am inquiring and confirming that I would like to be on the meal plan for Design Camp, was that included in my fee? I don’t recall seeing that when I registered.


    Thuy Pieper

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