We’ve brought together the best conferences and events for designers across digital, UX, branding, graphics, advertising and more from around the UK – and a few major festivals from overseas you might want to consider booking a trip to.
Events featured here will inspire you, conferences which help build your skills and facilitate meeting like-minded people to build a support network around yourself.
These are events that are mighty in size and local to the UK or worth travelling far and beyond to, plus we’ve also included some regular events you can attend without having to break the bank.
Look out soon for more tips on next year’s must-do design and creativity conferences and festivals; we start below with the last essential of 2019, the The House of Illustration Winter Fair 2019, starting this weekend.
The House of Illustration Fair: Winter 2019
December 14 2019
The House of Illustration Fair returns for the last of its popular, seasonal fairs this year. Expect to find unique seasonal gifts, cards and stocking fillers while supporting talented illustrators who travel from far and wide to set up shop at what’s London’s largest free illustration fair.
This year we’re excited to pick up treats from Stereohype, Abi Stevens, Natsko Seki, Harry Woodgate, Jack Oliver Coles, Momoko Abe, Alternative Aesthetics and so many more.
Did we mention it’s free entry?
Awwwards Digital Thinkers Conference
January 23 -24 2020
Flights to Tokyo are getting cheaper all the time, and with the 2020 Olympiad on the horizon, next year would be a timely one to visit not just the city but the entire creative stronghold of Japan itself.
Awwwards hosts regular events at events around the globe, with this Japanese staging of its Digital Thinkers Conference being the first of 2020.
Design titans Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree head the lineup, along with playful illustrator Yeka Haski and Dribbble CEO Zack Onisko.
Cape Town, South Africa
Often lauded as the Best Conference in the world, Design Indaba has become a respected institution on the global creative landscape.
The 2020 iteration of the conference will bring to the stage the creative optimism and activism people have come to expect from the flagship platform, such as its ensemble cast of acclaimed speakers, spanning the disciplines of design and innovation.
VFX Festival 2020
The VFX Festival, hosted by Escape Studios, is an annual celebration of visual effects, animation, games and motion graphics.
Two parts of The VFX Festival 2020 – EDU and Emerging Talent will take place on 16 – 18 March 2020 at the Southbank Centre. The VFX Festival After Hours event meanwhile will take place at Escape Studios in central London.
Dublin, Republic of Ireland
With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has attracted such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, George Lois and Louise Fili.
OFFFSET 2020 takes place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theater, with no names yet announced.
OFFF takes place in the heart of Barcelona annually while it tours the world as OFFF on Tour for the rest of the year.
The 2020 edition will feature a talk from none other than Canadian eye-popper Beeple (pictured).
Pictoplasma Berlin Festival
Last year at Pictoplasma we ended up in a taxi cab with Julian Glander and Jeron Braxton talking about prosthetics, probed puppets with Felicie Haymoz, and hung out in a morgue with digital ghosts.
We can’t tell you what will happen this time around, but announced speakers already include queen of our hearts Genie Espinosa (pictured) and Joseph Melhuish, who recently made a cracking Adult Swim short featuring the voice of PC Music lassie GTOFY.