What you need to know

First time attending the PHXDW Conference? Been a while since we’ve seen you? Just a super busy person who hasn’t reviewed your ticket confirmation? NO WORRIES! We’ve got you covered with some important information below to help you make the most of Phoenix Design Week.

I’ve got my ticket … now what?

Register for PARTIES

Don’t forget that the Kickoff and Closing Parties are included with your conference pass. However, you MUST register for each of these separately. The parties are selling out fast, so if you haven’t done so already, snag your spot today!

Community EVENTS throughout the week

Just like the parties, community events and any add-on workshops you choose to attend require separate registration (some of these events include food or supplies, so we need an accurate headcount!). A lot of the events are free though some are paid. There is a diverse mix of programming throughout the week with many different locations and times so you can pick and choose what works best for you. You can find details for all events and workshop here.

Information for the Conference


This year, the conference will be in the NORTH BUILDING of the Phoenix Convention Center located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The conference will be held in room 120D with the breakout session and workshop meeting rooms on the same level, just across the lobby. Follow the signs to ballroom 120D for registration.


Check-in will start at 8am at the registration table outside of room 120D. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30am to avoid waiting in a long line.

If you have preordered a t-shirt or received a bonus shirt or commemorative gift with your Early Bird, Advance or Refer-a-Friend ticket, we recommend picking them up at the AIGA/PHXDW merch table, located inside the main ballroom, as soon as you arrive.

The convention center is conveniently located just off the Lightrail, however, if you choose to drive, there is limited parking in the convention center garage as well as other public garages and street parking around the PCC available for a fee. (See map above).

The air conditioning in the convention center is frequently very VERY cold. You may want to bring a sweater or light wrap.

Public wifi service is only available in the lobby areas of the convention center. There is no wifi service available in the conference room itself. Please be prepared to use your own server, or go to a nearby wifi-enabled location if you need to get online during the conference.

There are many restaurants available in the area for lunch. Check your swag bag for a list of nearby restaurants offering discounts to Beyond Design Conference attendees. Prefer to stay close? The Metro Marche cafeteria area in the North Building includes 6 restaurants to choose from, steps from all the action. You have options to stay in the building or venture out.

Please note: Bringing in larger, take-out type meals into the convention center is not permitted by the convention center rules – security will ask you to dispose of them. Likewise, the convention center has not permitted us to include outside snacks, but you may bring your own personal small snacks if you like.

Water coolers will be available in the conference area.


If you registered for a Lunchtime Workshop please head over to the appropriate room number in the breakouts area when it is set to start. Attendees that have pre-registered will have a box lunch ready for them.

If you registered for a Topic Lunch, meet in the North Building Metro Marche and find the table associated with your topic. Remember that you pay your own way for lunch! Meet up with your topic speaker for an intimate conversation on the topic at hand.