The AIGA community helps to curate the AIGA Design Conference program. AIGA invited members, nonmembers, chapter leaders and other concerned parties to contribute suggestions to the 2009 program through an open call for topics and speakers. An advisory committee of design leaders and AIGA community of interest leaders helps to shape the conference experience:
- Michael Bierut, Pentagram Design
- Armin Vit, UnderConsideration
- Laurie Churchman, AIGA Design Educators
- Andy Epstein, AIGA In-house Design
- Zelda Harrison, AIGA Center for Cross-cultural Design
- Shel Perkins, AIGA Center for Practice Management
- Laura Shore, AIGA Center for Sustainable Design
- Traci Moore Clay, Traci Moore Graphics
- Terry Lee Stone, The Office of Terry Lee Stone
- Alice Twemlow, School of Visual Arts
- Alissa Walker, Gelatobaby
Main stage presentations are selected by advisory committee co-chairs Michael Bierut and Armin Vit, and affinity session presentations are overseen by Bierut and Vit as well as the larger advisory committee. Richard Grefé, AIGA executive director, and Michelle Stanek, AIGA program curator, manage the committee and speaker selection process.
Speakers selected by the advisory committee are offered a modest travel honorarium. Except in highly unusual cases, AIGA has not paid speaking fees. We also try to avoid any presentations that will be self-promotional or promote a specific product. Unlike some professional conferences, AIGA does not offer opportunities for presentations that do not fit into the main theme of the conference as determined by the conference committee. This policy makes it possible for AIGA to manage the experience and offer value to all participants.