Earlier this year –– January 23rd, to be exact –– we published a blog post on The 17 Best Design & Creativity Conferences to Attend in 2020. Wide eyed and full of hope, we wrote the post while looking forward to a slate of incredible conferences to attend this year.
To say that post didn't age well would be an understatement. We don't need tell you what happened two months later. Suffice to say, none of the conferences on the list will be meeting this year.
But, there is something to get excited about for the rest of the year, and the beginning of next year, and that's virtual design conferences! While not every design conference has decided to go virtual for this year, a lot of them have, and new conferences have even popped up that didn't even exist prior to this year, so we figured we'd offer up an updated version of that post, and give you the 10 best online design and creativity conferences for the rest of 2020.
When: September 25th, 2020
What to expect: FemTechConf is a community conference meant to empower women in the world of tech. Hosted on a custom-built streaming and interaction platform, this conference is for women in all stages of tech. Expect not only inspirational and engaging keynotes, but opportunities to network and meet other women in the field.
This one's meant for developers as well as designers, but anyone with an interest in UI/UX design will find FemTechConf worth their while.
Pariss Athena, Founder at Black Tech Pipeline
Grace Jansen, Developer Advocate at IBM
Elizabet Oliveira, Product Designer
Cost: $59 - $129
When: September 18-19, 2020
What to expect: The lineup at Pictoplasma is all over the map, and we mean that in the best way possible. Truly a conference for all types of creatives, Pictoplasma will be broadcasting more than 40 inspiring artist talks, 77 hand-picked animation shorts, 36+ hours of home entertainment spread over 2 days. You'll be able to find design-focused talks and workshops, or listen to creatives from other disciplines for something fresh that may spark your creativity.
Genie Espinosa, Illustrator
Haein Kim, Illustrator and Animator
David O'Reilly, Multidisciplinary Artist
When: October 12-17, 2020
What to expect: JAM is a product design conference that started in 2015, and is now –– like many others –– hosting their first online event. JAM is going to be packed with workshops, keynotes, and candid conversations that will help you design great products. You can look forward to chats on UI/UX design, accessibility design, and remote work from some of the industry's best.
Laura Mendonça, Head of Product Design at Bumble
Jess Holbrook, Co-lead of People + AI Research at Google
Anne-Laure Le Cunff, Founder at Ness Labs
Cost: $258 - $778
When: October 13-14, 2020
What to expect: Smashing Magazine is one of the most widely read technology and web designer publications in the world, and their conferences are wildly engaging and informative. SmashingConf lends itself to a more technical design audience of UI/UX designers, but expect great talks on designing for accessibility, design systems, web fonts, and more.
Brad Frost, Web Designer
Zach Leatherman, Sr. Web Developer at Netlify
When: October 20-22, 2020
What to expect:
Adobe MAX might be the most premier design and creativity conference out there. You can expect massive names at this conference, and three full days of speakers, musical performances, collaborative art projects, and immersive digital experiences. You'll be able to choose from 10 tracks across design and creative disciplines, with the ability to mix and match for a more tailored conference experience.
Stefan Sagmeister, Founder at Sagmeister Inc.
Tim Allen, VP of Design at Airbnb
Tyler, the Creator, Recording Artist (we told you it'd be cross-discipline 😉)
Cost: Free! (with an Adobe ID account)
Did we miss any conferences? Let us know on Twitter (@realthread) if you're attending any of these conferences, or know of any other ones we should be on the lookout for this year, or early in 2021.
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