UCDA Design Conference

 
UCDA Design Conference


The 48th Annual UCDA Design Conference provides you an opportunity to get an in-depth look at the issues facing the design and communication communities, both in and out of educational institutions, and gain inspiration for better collaboration.

Handcrafted—Whether you create in pixels or pastels, bytes or batches, the art of creation fuels your fire. You consider yourself a maker: you design, craft, write, cajole, and urge your vision into reality. For designers and design educators, thoughtful design is in the details, and it’s crafted by hand. It’s Art with a capital A, no matter how it’s created.

The UCDA Design Conference is your connection to inspiration: hand-picked speakers that engage, hand-crafted experiences to delight, hand-curated sessions that educate.

Connect with your fellow creatives and surround yourself with art and design this fall. Grand Rapids, Michigan, home to the world’s largest public art competition, is the home for the 48th Annual UCDA Design Conference. The often surprising, never mundane city hosts Art Prize, an event, once experienced, will not soon be forgotten. It’s a perfect match for the creative spirit of the UCDA community.

Inspiration abounds in Grand Rapids, and UCDA will be at its heart. Join us.

5 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE UCDA DESIGN CONFERENCE
1.
Learn from others in your industry so you can face challenges with the right knowledge and support.
2. Hear creative inspiration and hard-hitting instruction from our stellar lineup of speakers.
3. Connect with the design community to build a successful career.
4. Gain inspiration from the award-winning work in the UCDA Design Show.
5. Attend some of the 30 sessions that cover the gamut of work you do—from print to web to interactive and integrated marketing.

REGISTRATION FEES

Full Conference Registration
(all prices in USD)
Regular Early Bird
(by Aug. 1)
Pre-register
(by May 1)
Non-member/Subscriber $1,200 $1,075 $950
Reduced Conference Rates      
UCDA Partner Member Rate
(e.g. GDC members)
$1,075 $950 $825
UCDA Professional, Associate or Faculty Member Rate $950 $825 $700
Student Rate $500 $450 $400
UCDA Emeritus Member Rate $300 $300 $300

 

Single Day Registration
(all prices in USD)
Regular Early Bird
(by Aug. 1)
Sunday, September 30 $450 $400
Monday, October 1 $450 $400
Tuesday, October 2 $450 $400

 

See UCDA's cancellation policy.

THREE WAYS TO REGISTER
Registration Opens January 1

1. Online
Click the "REGISTER NOW" button at right to register online. You will be able to register for the conference as well as any optional activites (add-ons) including pre-conference workshops, publication swap shop, guest meals and more. Once registered, a link will be provided for you to select your sessions.

2. Printed Registration Form
Download a PDF of the registration form, complete and mail, fax, or email to UCDA. Once registered, a link will be provided for you to select your sessions.

University & College Designers Association
199 Enon Springs Road West, Suite 400
Smyrna, TN 37167
615-459-5229 fax

info@ucda.com

3. Call Us
Call us at 615-459-4559 and we can register you by phone. Please have your payment information available. Once registered, a link will be provided for you to select your sessions, or you may tell us those over the phone.

VOLUNTEER
For more information or to volunteer, contact the UCDA Home Office at 615-459-4559, info@ucda.com or contact Brian Yohn, 2018 conference chair at byohn@vt.edu.

SPONSORS AND EXHIBITORS
See full list of the 2017 conference sponsors and exhibitors.

For more information on sponsorship or participating in the UCDA Resource Center, contact the UCDA Home Office at 615-459-4559, info@ucda.com or contact Amy Drill, 2018 conference co-chair at drill@lclark.edu.

 

 

When?

September 29 - October 2, 2018

How Much?

  • Non-Member/Subscriber (pre-register) -  $950.00
    (ends 05/01/2018)
  • Partner Member (pre-register) -  $825.00
    (ends 05/01/2018)
  • UCDA Member (Professional, Affiliate, or Faculty) (pre-register) -  $700.00
    (ends 05/01/2018)
  • Student (pre-register) -  $400.00
    (ends 05/01/2018)
  • Single Day (early rate) -  $400.00
    (ends 08/01/2018)
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Where?

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

The Amway Grand is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America.