12 Design Events To Keep Your Ideas Fresh And Creative

Must Visit Design events

Sometimes boosting creativity requires us to get out of our comfort zone and visit something new and exciting.

A conference, for example, that’s outside of our area of expertise but has different points of contact can be an excellent way to get some inspiration and keep our ideas fresh and creative.

Here are some conferences and festivals around the world that you should definitely consider if this is what you’re doing for.

Generate New York

Location: New York, USA
Time: Third week of April
Theme: Web design and networking

The Generate conference is relatively new, but it’s already gathered a lot of attraction. The event in New York last year revelled in success and many visitors enjoyed it immensely due to the innovative presentations, new ideas, and creative problem-solving involved in the conference. If you’re interested in the modern problems related to the Web, this is the place for you.

London Design Festival

Location: London, UK
Time: Third week of September
Theme: Art and design

The London Design Festival is held in London (as the name suggests) every year in order to celebrate the city as the design capital of the world. It brings together lots of creative minds and has a lot to offer those who seek some inspiration or a way to improve themselves.

Kochi-Muziris Biennale

Location: Kochi, Kerala, India
Time: December – March Biennale
Theme: Contemporary art

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is a contemporary art conference that brings together artists and viewers from all over the world. The experience that is shared and exchanged covers a wide variety of mediums, including paintings, sculpture, film, and different performances. The biennale is truly exciting and could interest almost anyone who has an interest in the results from creativity.

Dubai Design District

Location: Dubai, UAE
Time: Second week of September
Theme: Design
Details: The Dubai Design District is one of the most fascinating design conferences in the world. It’s hosted in Dubai, a city that is a marvel from a design standpoint, itself, and brings together some of the brightest minds in the world to share their insight into the future of design in different areas.

OFFF Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Time: Last week of May
Theme: Design

OFFF Barcelona aims to attract anyone who is interesting in design (either online or offline). It strives to bring together creative people from a wide variety of areas in order to help them move forward in their fields and push the envelope of design as a whole.


Location: Sydney, Australia
Theme: Design

Semi-permanent is a festival that aims at celebrating anything that has to do with design. It’s one of the most large-scale events of its type. It was first established in 2003, but it has grown a lot since then. All types of design can be seen in at the festival, including photography, film, graffiti, motion graphics, and more.

TYPO Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany
Time: Second week of May
Theme: Design

TYPO Berlin is an annual conference that deals mainly with improvement and design. It’s one of the largest conferences you can visit and you should definitely visit if you’re looking for inspiration or are interested in cutting edge design options and improvements.

Cannes Lions

Location: Cannes, France
Time: Third week of June
Theme: Design, innovation, technology

Creativity is the basis of Cannes Lions conference, so if you’re interested in boosting yours, this is definitely the way to go. The idea of the conference is to boost creative freedom and allow artists to explore new frontiers without fear.

Design Indaba

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Time: Second week of February, 2016
Theme: Design, problem solving

The focus of the Design Indaba has always been on creative problem solving and allowing design to naturally evolve into something better. The conference brings some of the greatest minds in the world together for a few days and allows them to exchange ideas and advance.

Trojan horse was a Unicorn

Location: Portugal
Time: Second week of September
Theme: Digital art

Trojan horse was a Unicorn is one of the most amazing artistic conferences in the world. It’s definitely as interesting as its name and brings together the world’s best graphic designers and digital artists. If you’re looking for inspiration, you will definitely get it here.


Location: Los Angeles, USA
Time: Second week of June
Theme: Video games, computer graphics, animation

E3 is the largest video games convention in the world. Every year companies gather to show off their new flashy graphics, demonstrate new technologies and entice gamers into plunging their hard-earned cash into different triple A titles and indie projects, alike. It’s truly a magical experience and a beacon of creativity, so it’s definitely worth the visit, even if you’re not a fan of video games as an art form.

MIA Animation

Location: Miami, USA
Time: Second week of October
Theme: Animation, visual arts

When it comes to animation, film, and visual arts, MIA Animation is definitely one of the best places to witness immense levels of creativity and original content. Digital artists from all over the world visit the conference in order to show off their new work and impress viewers with the advancements they’ve managed to achieve.

These are some of the must-see examples of conferences that will boost your creativity and allow you to gain inspiration.

Each and every one of these places is worth the visit and has something to offer.

The only question is: are you ready to try one?

If you are, then what are you waiting for?


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