2018 Design Event Guide

A look at some of the best design events, festivals and conferences coming up in 2018.

We’ve previously written a yearly list looking at digital marketing and SEO conferences taking place in 2018 – but we thought we’d kick it up a notch and take a look at what is happening in the world of digital design.

Where possible, we’ve included details on the dates, location and ticket prices/how to register for tickets for the events listed, along with links to where you can find more information. Basically, everything you need to start planning your year of events to attend to keep up with all of the latest developments and trends in the design industry – whether you’re just starting out or are a design pro.

Awwwards Berlin and San Francisco

With a focus on ‘designers, developers and digital dreamers’, the Awwwards conference is held in different cities across the globe each year, with 2018’s February event being hosted in Berlin, and the May event in San Francisco. Over 20 talks are set to be held throughout each of the two-day festivals.

Where?: Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Berlin; Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

When?: 7th – 9th February, and 10th – 11th May

What time does it start?: Doors open at 8:30am

Price?: €393.25 – €845.79 for Berlin, $431.05 – $556.05 for San Francisco

D&AD Festival

Hosted in London, the D&AD Festival is a three day event which looks to celebrate the world’s best design and advertising. It’s a chance to see what’s going on in the industry and speak to some of the big names.

Where?: The Old Truman Brewery, London

When?: 24th – 26th April

What time does it start? TBC

Price?: £499


International creativity festival OFFF takes place in Barcelona each year, as well as touring the world for the rest of the year. 2018 marks the 18th year of the event, with the three days including conferences, workshops, activities and performances.

Where?: Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 38, 08018 Barcelona

When?: 24th – 26th May

What time does it start? TBC

Price?: €145

UX Scotland

With a focus on UX, service design and digital communities, UX Scotland 2018 defines itself as a hands-on, practical UX and design conference that allows participants to connect and learn from their peers and leaders in the industry. The three day conference includes over 50 sessions.

Where?: Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

When?: 13th – 15th June

What time does it start?: Doors open at 8:30am

Price?: Early bird tickets are on sale for £550.80

Tech Open Air

Our content director Stephen Noble’s personal favourite event is TOA, the interdisciplinary technology festival. Describing itself as a bridge between tech, music, art and science, last year saw over 200 speakers take part in the festival.

Where?: Funkhaus Berlin - Nalepastraße 18, 12459 Berlin

When?: 19th – 22nd June

What time does it start at?: TBC

Price?: From €279 for a festival ticket, to €499 for a corporate ticket


MobileCHI takes a look at the Human Computer Interaction industry, with a focus on innovations in mobile, portable and personal devices and with the services to which they enable access. The four day conference includes a mix of presentations, demonstrations, tutorials, specialized workshops, industrial case studies, doctoral consortium, and social events.

Where?: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

When?: 3rd - 6th September

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC

Design Matters

Design Matters brings together more than 800 UI and UX designers and design leaders from all over the world, with the aim to chat about what’s new, get inspiration and have fun. Each year the venue, design and format of the event changes, making it a completely different experience each time.

Where?: TBC, Copenhagen

When?: 26th – 27th September

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: €600 early bird until 1st March


A leading Information Architecture (IA) and User Experience (UX) conference for Europe, EuroIA is organised by volunteers each year. 2018 will mark the 14th year that the conference has run, with the event held in a different European city each year. Previously, there has been speakers from the likes of Apple, Google and Ikea.

Where?: TBC, Dublin

When?: TBC, September

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC

Graphic Design Festival Scotland

Graphic Design Festival Scotland (GDFS) is an international organisation promoting creativity, innovation, collaboration and challenging ways of thinking through a programme of workshops, talks, discussions, exhibitions, competitions, music and public artwork. It looks to promote the best of international graphic design and visual communication and aims to inspire and educate through active engagement.

Where?: Glasgow

When?: TBC

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC

Design it; Build it

One of the UK’s leading tech conference’s, Design it; Build it covers the web from design to build. Aimed at UX designers and web developers, the conference is set to take place in Edinburgh in 2018, after taking place in Newcastle this year. The last conference had speakers from Etsy, BBC and RBS, so we’re expecting some cool speakers in 2018.

Where?: Edinburgh

When?: Autumn

What time does it start?: TBC

Price?: TBC