The Evolution of PHXDW

The PHXDW Conference

The PHXDW Conference is the main event during Phoenix Design Week. It’s a two-day conference organized by community volunteers for fellow designers, illustrators, writers and UX professionals. It brings together world-class speakers and local experts for two full days of actionable insights, hands-on education and fire-fueling inspiration.

This Year’s Theme

We do not stand still. We change. We grow. We adapt. And we embrace the ever-morphing craft of design. We learn. We experience. We experiment. And we never stop moving forward. We participate. We support. We engage. And we contribute to our bold and diverse design community. We evolve. We evolve together. Join the evolution at PHXDW.


How It Began

Phoenix Design Week was a grassroots effort created in 2009 by designer Mark Dudlik. His passionate open letter to the community gained immediate interest and support, which led to the first large-scale effort showcasing all the visual design disciplines in one local event. For five years, Phoenix Design Week was run by Lost Creature with assistance from AIGA Arizona. In 2014, AIGA AZ assumed responsibility for organizing the event, with AIGA AZ and Lost Creature board members providing support and advice.

Previous Speakers

Aaron Draplin, Draplin Design Co.
Alex Center, Coca-Cola
Altay Sendil, Pinterest
Alicia Eggert, Bowdoin College
Ann Yoachim, Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design
Antoinette Carol
Armin Vit, UnderConsideration
Bianca Giaever
Bloguettes: Lorena Garcia + Sakura Considine
Bobby Martin, Original Champions of Design
Brian Singer, Facebook
Brian Wood, Adobe
Cat Swetel, Lost Embossing
Cheryl Heller
Danny Yount
Debbie Millman, Sterling Brands
Eddie Opara, Pentagram
Eric Torres
Eunique Yazzie, euniQue LLC
Hillman Curtis
Jacinda Walker
James Archer, Infusionsoft
James I. Bowie, NAU
James Victore
James White
Jared Spool, UIE
Jennifer Hom, Google
Jennifer Kinon, Original Champions of Design
Jenny Lam, Amazon
Jessica Walsh, SagmeisterWalsh
Jon Arvizu
Josh Higgins, Facebook
Justin Ahrens
Kate Bingaman-Burt
Kelly Stevens, Whole Foods
Kenneth Fitzgerald
Lisa Peña, The Design School @ ASU
Lotta Niemenan
Lynn Fisher, &yet
Matt Adams, Factor1
Melissa McMullen, Trinity University
Michelle Fehler, ASU
Mikey Burton
Nakita M. Pope, Branding Chicks
Patricia Murphey, NAU
Paul Sahre
PJ McCormick, Amazon
Rich Roat, House Industries
Rudy Berk, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Sam Harrison
Shari Benko, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Sherra Bell, Sherra Bell Consulting
Steve Thompson, The Walt Disney Company
Von Glitschka
Yomar Agusto