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As at past conferences, the conference will offer special programming for students as well as an opportunity for students to display their portfolios. Just bring either a print portfolio, or a laptop with your projects and the software needed to run them. We'll give you a table and chair, and will direct the multitude of designers attending the conference your way. It's a great opportunity to be seen and to shake the hands of those big names you've always wanted meet. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, September 15

1:00 p.m.

Welcome, Bill Grant, AIGA president

1:15 p.m.

Opening remarks, Petrula Vrontikis, moderator. creative director, Vrontikis Design Office

1:30 p.m.

“Pushy Neurons, Secret Notes and Greed Control®: How to Survive as a Designer/Artist Without Going Broke or Insane”
Stefan Bucher, 344 design

1:50 p.m.

“Investigations, Experiments, Inventions–What’s Important in that Portfolio, Anyway?”
Kathy Fredrickson and Cheryl Towler Weese, partners, Studio Blue

2:10 p.m.

“Beautiful Monsters: Designing through Cross-fertilization”
Rafael Esquer, designer, Alfalfa

2:30 p.m.

20-minute break

2:50 p.m.

“Dreams, Schemes and Screens: Spaces and Places for Cinematic Design”
Karin Fong, creative director, Imaginary Forces

3:10 p.m.

“The Space Invaders of Graphic Design”
Professor Nikolaus Hafermaas, chair, Graphic Design Department, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

3:30 p.m.

“The Courses I Forgot to Take in Design School 25 Years Ago”
Michael Bierut, partner, Pentagram

3:50 p.m.

Closing remarks