Press Release

Phoenix Design Week 2020 promises creative inspiration and community support

Week-long celebration of design unites local creative community and gives back amidst COVID-19 economic recovery.

PHOENIX (July 23, 2020) –– The 12th Annual Phoenix Design Week (PHXDW), which celebrates Arizona’s vibrant creative community, will return this October, albeit, looking a little different this year. While notably missing its 2-day professional design conference and week of in-person events, attendees can still expect a large lineup of educational workshops, lively presentations, online networking opportunities, and inspirational virtual studio tours held throughout the state of Arizona. The week-long community event will kick off Friday, October 2, and run through Friday, October 9, 2020.

PHXDW brings together creatives from Arizona and around the country to celebrate their craft, learn from one another, enhance connections, and make new friends. As the world settles into a “new norm”, it’s especially important to unite our state’s creative community — to not only provide education and development but also encourage and support each other.

PHXDW is a non-profit event presented by AIGA Arizona, a 501(c)(3) organization – one of 75 chapters of AIGA, the professional association for design. What began as a grassroots effort by local designer Mark Dudlik quickly gained steam and, over a decade later, has evolved into one of the most anticipated community events of the year.

Every year, a great number of contributions of sponsored funds, goods & services, and volunteered time go into making Phoenix Design Week happen. This year, as PHXDW pivots to be solely focused on virtual community events throughout the week, the AIGA Arizona board and dedicated team of volunteers are on a mission to give back to the entire community. This means custom and digital swag provided by local establishments and portions of proceeds benefiting Arizona nonprofits. All donated services and products will be met with partnership recognition above and beyond their value.

“Phoenix Design Week is one of the most anticipated events for the Arizona creative community every year,” said Hanna Norris, Co-director of Phoenix Design Week 2020 and AIGA Arizona Vice President. “While we’ve had to pivot considerably, we’re really excited about how much added effort we’ve been able to put into a variety of events. We know it will still be the great boost of inspiration this community looks forward to year after year. ”

As a founding goal, PHXDW has always been a platform to celebrate and honor local talent, and this year plans to spotlight the stories of success and struggle as the creative community, and Arizona community as a whole, emerge stronger, post-COVID-19. Creatives throughout Arizona are also still invited to submit work they’ve designed over the past year to the “BEST OF 2020” exhibition, which will be showcased virtually. The call for submissions will kick off later this summer.

Tickets for PHXDW events are now available at This year, an affordable all-access pass is being offered to make every event accessible to all local creatives. For more information about PHXDW and to see the lineup of events, visit Follow @phxdw and #phxdw on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to stay up to date on events being added until Design Week kicks off. Volunteer, event hosting, and sponsorship opportunities are also available at

Origins of Phoenix Design Week

In 2009, designer Mark Dudlik penned a passionate open letter to the creative community, urging designers to stand up and be recognized, thereby helping to elevate the profile of Phoenix as a vibrant and viable city. A number of community design leaders, including the board of AIGA Arizona, recognized the potential for these ideas to “bring together the best creative and industrious parts of this city and showcase them.” Their combined efforts led to the first large­-scale effort to unite the visual design disciplines in one local event: Phoenix Design Week.

About AIGA Arizona

AIGA Arizona is one of 75 local chapters of AIGA, the oldest and largest professional association for design. Representing over 25,000 members worldwide, AIGA unites practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of creative professionals and build the vision for a collective future. The national association defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, and offers tools and resources for professional development. AIGA Arizona connects with designers of all disciplines at the local level, with a primary presence in the Phoenix metro area, and satellites in Tucson and Flagstaff. The chapter’s four-tiered mission is to improve design ability, connect complementary disciplines, encourage social impact, and promote community excellence.

Jenn Monroy, AIGA Arizona