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The Best Creative Conferences to Attend in 2024 (and Beyond)

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Jeffrey Bates

Creative Director

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The Best Creative Conferences to Attend in 2024 (and Beyond)

The digital universe is evolving with astonishing speed. More and more creative teams are becoming accountable for managing the brand, resources and supporting a multitude of digital channels with visual content. One of the best ways of keeping up with the latest trends, best practices, and solutions is selecting a few conferences to attend, and dedicating a few days to intense learning and networking with peers.

Here, we’ve put together a list of some of the top creative conferences to attend. Let’s get to the list!

North American Creative Conferences

South by Southwest (SXSW)

March 8 - 12 2024 // Austin, TX

The Austin-based South by Southwest made the list, as it’s not just a conference - it’s an extravaganza! Incorporating media, design, technology, and music, this event draws attendees from all over North America and is known for being one of the most influential events of the year. SXSW allows you to learn, explore, and connect in new ways with design. Between the dynamic talk sessions, screenings, showcases and design exhibitions, be prepared to leave inspired.

Summit at Sea

April 4 - 7 2024 // Port Everglades, FL

Summit at Sea will bring 2,000 creative leaders to the open seas for three days of experiences! This three-day event is organized by six pillars: talks, performances, culinary, art, wellness, and impact - offering over 40 talks and 30 performances, as well as wellness sessions, gourmet food, and more! This conference is designed to provide unique opportunities and experiences, which in turn can inspire new perspectives.

Creative Pro Week

July 8 - 12 2024 // Washington DC, and Online

Taking place in Washington DC, CreativePro Week is known as one of the world’s most effective “How-to” conferences, providing sessions about layout, editing, illustration, design, production, and more! No matter if you’re just starting out or are an expert in your craft, this conference will provide the opportunity to improve or learn about design programs, see what trends are coming down the pipe, and build industry connections. Bonus! Creative Pro Week offers virtual conference passes, where you can receive access to all sessions, handouts of speaker presentations, attendee-only chat forums, and more.

Creative Pro Week

International Design Conference (IDC)

September 11 - 23 2024 // Austin, TX

Organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America, IDC – International Design Conference is a “landmark” event that has been three years in the making. Though dates haven't yet been announced, it will be taking place in Austin, Texas. At IDC, no matter your design background, you will have the ability to connect with fellow designers and spark discussions around common design challenges and themes.

Mindcamp

August 5 - 9 2024 // Port Elgin, Canada

Mindcamp is a top choice for creatives who want to learn! This conference is like a university boot camp as it offers 5 days of courses focused on personal, professional, and organizational creativity. In addition to learning, Mindcamp offers music, dialogue sessions, and fun evening events.

Seattle Interactive Conference (SIC)

July 31 - August 1st, 2024 // Seattle, Washington

The Seattle Interactive Conference is great for creatives that can’t help but be fascinated by data and technology. SIC explores and celebrates the intersection of technology, creativity, and industry. It puts a spotlight on how data and technology can help creative teams make better, more intentional choices while celebrating the beauty of creative thinking. Each year, about 5000 creatives and 30 keynote speakers join this Seattle-based conference.

Circles Conference

October 9 - 11 2024 // Grapevine, TX

This three-day Circles Conference is tailored for designers, techies, and creators as it focuses on design, illustration, creative direction, and UX design. With numerous guest speakers and workshops on art/creative direction, web and digital design, user experience, illustration, and more you'll leave with a fresh spark of passion for your craft. Covering a variety of topics such as finding your creative identity, logo creation, and choosing change-making clients, there are endless learning opportunities. Not only that, this event is based in Grapevine, (just right outside Dallas), and is a breeze to get to!

Circles Creative Conference

Brand New Conference

October 10 - 11, 2024 // Austin, TX

A deviation from the famous UnderConsideration blog, Brand New Conference focuses on corporate and brand identity. This conference made our list, as you can expect it to be like its blog, which focuses on redesigns and new designs of some of the most influential brands in the world. With guest speakers attending from across the globe, this event will include a variety of sessions offering different perspectives, and experiences from different design environments. Tickets are on sale here.

Creative Works

April 25 - 27, 2024 // Seattle, Washington

Creative Works is perfect for creatives who have the desire to make things better. This conference aims to help you break through barriers, and help you become the designer you have always wanted to be. With a handful of guest speakers who are offering their knowledge, stories of success and failure, and practical tips, you’ll leave inspired and ready to improve your craft.

UK and Australia Creative Conferences

Future of Branding Week

May 14 - 17, 2024 // London, England

Future of Branding Week is the perfect choice for creatives, strategists, or anyone who is passionate about branding. Attend and learn about how leading brands in London are disrupting the industry by using new channels and evolving technologies. With mini-workshops, round-table discussions, studio visits, and more, you’ll be sure to get a taste of some of the most influential agencies in the world.

Melbourne Design Week

May 23 - June 2, 2024 // Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Design Week's website is Australia's largest annual international design event and entails innovative and engaging projects are presented over an 11-day program. It covers a range of design mediums including graphic design and offers various workshops, tours, talks, exhibitions, and screenings.

Melbourne Design Week

Unannounced Creative Conferences

While these conferences have yet to announce dates for 2024, we still think they’re worth taking a peek at (while we eagerly wait for them to provide more details).

Adobe Max

Being one of the largest creative conferences in North America, Adobe Max hosts 12,000 attendees and offers over 300 sessions, labs, workshops, and more. Whether you attend to perfect your skills, meet your favorite designers, or explore trends in future design, Adobe Max has something for everyone! Join your fellow graphic designers, illustrators, videographers, web and UX designers, photographers, and creative directors by registering to attend the conference!

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