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12 hot design dates you can't afford to miss

April is a gloriously hectic month in the global design calendar, building up to a crescendo of world-class events in May.

Here's our pick of the key creative dates you need to know about over the coming weeks. Are you going to any? Let us know in the Comments below – we'll see you there…

01. Generate New York (opens in new tab)

  • 17 April 2015
  • New York, USA

At time of writing there were still a few tickets remaining for the design event of the year: Generate New York, which takes place this Friday.

net magazine (opens in new tab) and Creative Bloq's leading conference for web designers and developers features some of the biggest names in web design, including Mike Monteiro, Val Head and JoonYong Park as well as some fantastic new speakers, the two-track one-dayer promises inspiration, education and unparalleled networking opportunities. Here are 13 reasons (opens in new tab) why you need to attend...

02. Design Ranch (opens in new tab)

  • 16-19 April
  • Waldemar Guest Ranch 1005 FM 1340, Hunt, Texas, USA

An intimate, three-day, hands-on, workshop-driven design retreat on the rustic banks of the Guadalupe River, AIGA (opens in new tab)'s Design Ranch is about reviving your creative spirit, putting away your mouse and getting your hands dirty. The ranch is open to people of all creative disciplines "seeking a recharge".

03. Deadline to enter:Kyoorius Advertising and Digital Awards (opens in new tab)

  • 17 April
  • Work must have been published for a client in India or created by a studio in India for a client abroad

The final deadline for submitting entries to the 2015 Kyoorius (opens in new tab) Advertising and Digital Awards has been extended to Friday 17th April. This year Kyoorius has added a host of new categories (opens in new tab) to incorporate emerging areas in advertising, communication and digital design.

The nine-member advertising jury comprises of international and Indian agency representatives, and will be led by Nils Leonard, chairman and chief creative officer, Grey London, while the Kyoorius Digital Awards will be helmed by Andy Sandoz, creative partner, Havas Work Club and Deputy President of D&AD.

04. D&AD judging begins (opens in new tab)

  • 19 April
  • London, UK

Judging for the prestigious D&AD Awards (opens in new tab) starts on 19 April 2015. The organisation will announce results as they are confirmed on the D&AD website. Winning work will be featured in the 2015 D&AD Annual and on the D&AD site. It'll also be showcased at D&AD's Awards Night, and at D&AD exhibitions and events internationally.

05. Behance 99u conference (opens in new tab)

  • 30 April - 1 May
  • Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Centre, 1941 Broadway, New York, USA


"Get fired up to make sh*t happen" at Behance's annual conference, 99U, which is designed to shift the focus from idea generation to idea execution – in short, bringing ideas to life.

Talks inspire action, with everyone from comic artists to CEOs and directors sharing the secrets of their success. This year's line-up includes Christoph Niemann, MoMA's Paola Antonelli and Adobe's Scott Belsky.

06. Pictoplasma (opens in new tab)

  • 29 April - 3 May
  • Babylon, Platoon Kunsthalle, Urban Spree and numerous art spaces in Berlin, Germany

The world's largest conference and festival for contemporary character culture design and art, Pictoplasma unites artists from all realms of media and discipline with some of the world's leading graphic and games designers, animators and illustrators.

Full of lectures, presentations, screenings, workshops, performances and more, with confirmed speakers including Adventure Time's Andy Ristaino, Yves Geleyn, Hikari Shimoda and TADO.

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