SEGD’s Epic Celebration of 50 years

2023 SEGD President’s Reception and Auction for Excellence

The 2023 SEGD Conference Experience Washington DC and 50th celebration that took place from August 22 – 26, 2023, was one of the world’s premier gatherings of multidisciplinary design professionals. This four-day event showcased the evolution and future of experience design—a discipline shaping how we interact with the world around us, driven by the belief that good design has a positive impact on people, spaces, and culture. Together, we form a progressive and passionate voice for the potential that experience design has to change our world.

This year’s event was the most significant historical gathering of SEGD members, Fellows, creators, and students. We welcomed over 700 attendees, by far the largest gathering in a decade, and raised a record-breaking $50,000 in auction funds to support our education initiatives, programs and member students. Our 50th celebration can only be described as the most epic event in recent history for SEGD and our community.

“You should feel really proud about the rebrand, the repositioning, the renewed spirit of SEGD at large, and pulling off an awesome 50th anniversary conference. I met a bunch of great people and was surprised at how many connections were intersecting there. I hope to be much more involved in the future as an attendee and thought leader.” – SEGD 2023 Conference Speaker

“Thank you for making the SEGD Conference fantastic! This was my first ever professional conference, and I had a blast and felt very welcome. I look forward to being a part of the SEGD community.” – First Time SEGD Attendee and Emerging Experience Design Professional

“The 2023 SEGD Conference was a fantastic success! I know how hard you all worked to put it together and that hard work paid off. I could go on and on but I have too many follow up emails and LinkedIn connections to make. I’m looking forward to SEGD51 in Dallas.” – SEGD 2023 Industry Partner, Event Sponsor and Exhibitor

“We wanted to express our heartfelt gratitude for the incredible conference that you have organized in Washington last week. Your generosity in providing the opportunity to connect with fellow peers made the event truly memorable. From engaging with kindred spirits in the field of experiential design, to the lovely talks such as the ones given by Llisa Demetrios and David Schwarz, it was indeed a lovely experience. … Looking ahead, we’re genuinely excited about the prospect of further contributing to this vibrant community.” – SEGD 2023 Global Design Awards Winner

This was a spectacular conference. You did an amazing job with every single detail. It just couldn’t have been any better.
– SEGD Fellow

“We want to thank you for such a wonderful, engaging, and inspiring conference! We enjoyed every single aspect of it and admired that each session had its unique and interesting angle. What a great collection of speakers, and I found myself wanting to retire and go work for Bruce Mau.” – SEGD Attendee and Cultural Institution Member

“Thank you for all you do to keep this precious community thriving and together growing to a new level for the next generation. (and the previous ones)” – Longstanding SEGD Volunteer and Fellow

2023 SEGD Chapter Chair Dinner

“Still buzzing from the SEGD 50th anniversary conference. WOW! What an incredible group of like-minded experience designers, fabricators, strategists, and problem solvers. I loved reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones.” – SEGD Chapter Chair

“We can’t wait to work with more incredible designers and partners to maximize the experiential potential of their projects. #segd50 #segdconf23” – SEGD 2023 Global Design Award Sponsor

“The programming was stellar and the experience continues to be elevated with the logo and website launch, photo op, merch, book store, timeline, president’s run, and the chapter chair, fellow and EXP gatherings. I’m thrilled so many Fellows and longtime members came to celebrate the organization. I am equally thrilled to see many new people involved—adding depth and breadth to our knowledge-share community. I heard over and over that attendees were impressed with where the organization is and excited about the possibilities for the future. Reignite was a success!” – SEGD Board Member

“Quick note to say you, your staff and the many forces involved in the conference did a magnificent job. The whole experience was outstanding…It was a very special occasion that will be remembered forever.” – SEGD Founder and Fellow

Thank you to our Presenting Partners: Color-ad Signs & Exhibits, Nanolumens and Peregrine OKB; and our Event Partners: Design Communications Ltd., Daktronics, Archetype, ANC, CREO Industrial Arts, Designtex, DE Powder Coated Graphics, Gable, SignAgent, MAD Systems, MOSS, PAM, TFN Architectural Signage, Kolar Design, Pentagram, RSM Design, Tangram Design, Art Processors, Bluecadet, Solomon Group, Blooloop, Cortina Productions, Design & Production (D&P), Electrosonic, Exactly Agency, Explus, Flex America, Gelberg Signs, Harbinger, Image Options, International Sign Association (ISA), Lorem Ipsum, MGAC, MillerKnoll, Next/Now, Omnivex, Photo Lab Inc., SNA, and Thought Process.

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About SEGD
We are designers of experiences connecting people to place. SEGD is a multidisciplinary community collectively shaping the future of experience design. We are a thought leader and an amplifier in the practice of experience design.

SEGD is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit education organization.