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18 unmissable design events in 2015

10. OFFF Barcelona

  • 28-30 May 2015
  • Barcelona, Spain

OFFF is this year celebrating its 15th birthday. The theme: "let's feed the future." The venue: the Design Museum of Barcelona. Past events – conferences, workshops, activities, performances – have hosted some of the biggest names in the creative industries. Expect more of the same this year.

The three-dayer is for anyone interested in everything from graphic design and web development, to motion and sound design – and almost everything in between. "OFFF," its organisers say, "is made for the curious."

11. Reasons to be Creative

  • 7-9 September 2015
  • Brighton, UK

A festival for artists, designers, coders and creative minds, Reasons to be Creative returns to the sunny British seaside town of Brighton on the 7 September 2015. Every year a stellar line up of passionate, international speakers and attendees flock to the south coast city to share mindblowing stories of creativity - if you're looking to remember why you got into design in the first place, this is the event for you.

Aside from the fantastic speakers and workshops on offer, Reason's signature 'elevator pitch' - where a selection of creatives looking to break onto the speaker circuit attempt to wow the audience with a three-minute pitch - is worth a watch.

In addition, the whole thing is run like clockwork and the £1 drinks each evening at the venue bar ensure you'll leave with more friends than you arrived with.

12. Brand Impact Awards

  • 16 September 2015
  • London, UK

Following a highly successful inaugural year in 2014, we're delighted to announce that Computer Arts' very own Brand Impact Awards will be returning in 2015. Dedicated to the craft of branding in all its forms, the BIAs judge work according to its market sector, across both branding programmes and branded campaigns – with a discerning judging panel of commissioners and creative directors from both client-side and agency-side.

2014's big winners included johnson banks, R/GA, Hat-trick and Rose. The Awards will open for entries in spring 2015, with the ceremony taking place in September. Keep an eye on forthcoming issues of the mag for details.

13. Generate London

  • 17–18 September 2015
  • London, UK

Generate – the successful web design conference from our sister title, net – is growing for 2015. Experience the new two-day format and more side-events than ever before, including the net Awards 2015. Based on community feedback gathered from previous events, the team have decided to give Generate London 2015 a make-over, transforming the conference from a one-day, two-track format to two days, one track.

This means you won't miss any speakers! But that's not all. For the first time, Generate will be linked with the much-loved net Awards – which will take place straight after the conference, providing a unique opportunity to take part in two of the hottest events in the web design calendar, all under the same roof.

14. London Design Festival

  • 19-27 September 2015
  • London, UK

Staged each year in September since 2003, London Design Festival "aims to celebrate and promote a broad spectrum of design disciplines across cultural and commercial platforms in London." It does so at hundreds of events throughout London. Guests and attendees from all over the world are attracted to the city the New York Times recently called "the design capital of the world".

Once there, they enjoy more than 300 events and installations throughout the capital – museums, galleries, shops, studios, showrooms, museums, markets, warehouses and more.

15. Brand New Conference

  • 24-25 September 2015
  • New York, USA

Hosted by UnderConsideration, this two-day event focuses on the development of corporate and brand identity projects by some of today's most active and influential practitioners from around the world.

16. Kyoorius DesignYatra

  • TBC
  • Goa, India

At past events, India's premier design conference explored expansive topics such as 'create change' and 'what if'. The get-together attracts some of the biggest names in the creative and communications industry from not just from India and Asia, but around the world.

Past speakers include such luminaries as Ivan Chermayeff, Michael Wolff, Pearlfisher's Jonathan Ford and Pentagram partner Natasha Jen. And all with Goa's glorious beaches within walking distance.

17. AIGA Design Conference

  • 8-10 October 2015
  • New Orleans, USA

The AIGA Design Conference brings the design community together to experience provocative speakers, local culture, nightly networking receptions, competitions, exhibitions, professional development sessions and face-to-face roundtables with your design heroes.

To register, you'll first need to join AIGA - but the benefits run further than just getting a great rate for the AIGA Design Conference. You're also receive access to exclusive member benefits from amazing partners like Adobe, Shutterstock, and Skillshare, plus invitations to must-see AIGA programming and webcasts, and a personal connection to the local design community through your AIGA chapter.

18. Pixel Show

  • 17-18 October 2015
  • TBC

Brazil's largest international art conference, Pixel Show, is an annual festival of contemporary design, art and animation, organised by Zupi Design. Details have yet to be released for this year's event - so keep an eye on the site.

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