PHXDW 2019 Press Release

Phoenix Design Week 2019 Draws Industry Icons to the Valley

Week-long celebration unites local and national designers with Arizona’s vibrant creative community

PHOENIX (June 4, 2019) –– The 11th Annual Phoenix Design Week (PHXDW), which celebrates Arizona’s strong creative community, will return this October with a new lineup of educational workshops, lively presentations, networking opportunities, and inspirational open houses held throughout the Valley. The week-long community event will kick off Friday, October 11 and culminate with a closing party Friday, October 18, 2019.

PHXDW brings together creatives from Arizona and around the country to celebrate their craft, learn from one another, enhance connections and make new friends. The pinnacle event of PHXDW, the PHXDW Conference, takes place on October 12 and 13, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center and will deliver provocative speakers from around the globe, interactive panels and hands-on workshops. This year’s conference will pull in notable keynote speakers from across the country and our own backyard, including:

  • Tommy Perez, multidisciplinary designer and creative director
  • Alison King, founder and editor of Modern Phoenix
  • Bob Case, chief creative officer at LAVIDGE
  • Liz Jackson, design strategist and founder of The Disabled List
  • Jack Morgan, project design lead at Duolingo

Tracks and sessions will cover a cross-section of topics ranging from design principles to branding to business growth, user experience, design education and diversity in design.

“Phoenix Design Week has become a keystone event for countless local and regional designers and even those interested in creativity and the process behind it,” said Mike Marinello, director of Phoenix Design Week 2019. “Designers have long played an integral role in producing the products, services, and experiences that deeply impact our daily lives in profound ways. This is truer today than ever before as nearly every moment of our day is touched by some form of design, whether online or off. Phoenix Design Week brings together designers and design enthusiasts to celebrate the spirit of creativity and innovation of this community as well as learn from one another to identify ways of using design to make a difference.”

PHXDW is a non-profit event founded by Lost Creature in 2009 and now wholly owned and presented by AIGA Arizona, a 501(c)(3) organization – one of 74 chapters of AIGA, the professional association for design. What began as a grassroots effort by local designer Mark Dudlik quickly gained steam and, a decade later, has evolved into one of the most anticipated community events of the year.  

In addition to bringing experts from around the globe to share their knowledge, PHXDW seeks to celebrate and honor local talent as well. Creatives throughout Arizona are invited to submit work they’ve done over the past year to the “BEST OF 2019” exhibition, which will be showcased at the PHXDW Conference. The call for submissions will kick off later this summer.

Tickets for the PXHDW Conference are currently available at Many of the events and workshops throughout the week are free or low-cost to make them accessible to all local creatives. For more information about PHXDW and to keep up to date on events and programming, visit or follow #PHXDW on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. Volunteer, breakout speaker and sponsorship opportunities are also available at

Origins of Phoenix Design Week

Early 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 74 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 design and create 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 on the local level, with a primary presence in 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.

Breanne Krager, Wired PR Group