Freshen up your bidding skills! The SEGD Auction for Excellence is back!

This year a conference favorite is back, the President’s Reception and Auction for Excellence, SEGD’s traditional conference kick-off.

Freshen up your bidding skills! The SEGD Auction for Excellence is back!

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We are just five weeks away from the 2023 SEGD Conference Experience in Washington, D.C. This year a conference favorite is back, the President’s Reception and Auction for Excellence. The President’s Reception is SEGD’s traditional conference kick-off. Reconnect in-person with old friends, meet new and inspiring peers and lean into our new future together. Get a sneak peek of NEXPO and end the evening with a spirited auction to support SEGD education. Read on to learn more.

SEGD is incredibly excited to host this year’s conference experience in-person in Washington, D.C.! Running August 23-26, this year’s conference will focus looking both ways, from our past to the present and beyond. Sessions and tours will curate unique and compelling opportunities for connection, co-creation, and conversation—to deepen and forge future thinking. Of course, SEGD favorites such as Design Improv, the President’s Reception + Auction, and Emerging Experiential Professional Meetups and Mentor sessions are returning and “not to be missed”!

The President’s Reception is SEGD’s traditional conference kick-of. Mix and mingle with friends old and new while you explore the sneak peak of the NEXPO floor. Then attendees will hear from our SEGD President of the Board, Kathy Fry, as Fry welcomes everyone to the conference. 

Then the real fun begins at the Auction for Excellence. A preview of the auction and raffle items will be open all day at registration but here is where you can finally snag that item you’ve had your eyes on. From experiences to books and posters, the Auction for Excellence has something for everyone and you will be supporting a great cause, SEGD’s educational efforts!

This year’s auction and raffle prizes range from an exclusive vintage poster to an SEGD brand refresh swag basket. Read below for more intriguing items: 

Vintage Keith Haring poster – donated by Chris Calori, FSEGD and David Vanden-Eynden, FSEGD

Add this vintage Keith Haring “Into 84” Exhibition Poster by Tony Shafrazi Gallery, NYC, 1983 to your collection! The poster is 23″” x 35″”, Mint Condition, Limited Edition, Offset Lithography, Unframed
Bespoke Artistic Bar Table and Chairs – created by DE Powder Coated Graphics, LLC

Want to be the go-to setting for cocktail hour? Make your home bar your happy place with this custom crafted SEGD 50th branded set from our own Industry Partner – DE!
Eastern Shore Vacation – donated by Cybelle Jones, CEO, SEGD

Enjoy a weekend getaway to Maryland’s Eastern Shore with a boat tour and a crab feast courtesy of SEGD’s own Cybelle Jones.
SEGD Fellow Collectables – donated by Michael Gericke, FSEGD, Wayne Hunt, FSEGD, Richard Poulin, FSEGD and Bruce Mau, FSEGD

Don’t miss your chance to take home a collectable piece from an experience design legend! From signed editions of books and posters, to original artworks, you can add to your own personal collections of greats from the greats.
Coalesse Carl Hansen + Son Wishbone Chair – donated by DESIGNTEX

Light, strong, simple. The popular Wishbone Chair is supportive with its lyrical wishbone-shaped back. The handwoven papercord seat is comfortable and ultra-durable, bringing together beauty and utility.
2023 Be + Xlab Registration

Looking forward to joining SEGD in New York City again this fall for Branded Environments and Xlab? Buy some raffle tickets during the President’s Reception for your chance to win a free registration to these two events!
“Signs Have Much to Say” Children’s Book and Kiss-Cut Sticker Sheets – donated by Lauren Stern

Add this unique book to your library, “”Signs Have Much to Say”” is a self-published children’s book about the importance of signage and wayfinding and was sponsored by 21 members of the design community throughout the United States and Canada. This book was written by Lauren Stern and illustrated by James Bevelander. This is signed by Lauren Stern and is a paperback edition.
SEGD Merch Bundle

You’ve asked and we’ve answered! At this year’s conference, SEGD Merch will be available, featuring SEGD’s new brand refresh designed by Pentagram. Grab some raffle tickets for your chance to win a Merch Bundle which includes several merchandise items that will stock you up on all the latest SEGD swag.

Thank you to Gable for sponsoring the SEGD Auction for Excellence.

Thank you to our Presenting Partners: Color-ad Signs & Exhibits and Nanolumens; and our Event Partners: Design Communications Ltd., Daktronics, Archetype, CREO Industrial Arts, MAD Systems, Electrosonic, and Omnivex. For more information on supporting this event, contact

The 2023 SEGD 50th Anniversary Experience Washington DC takes place at the Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001. For information about exhibiting at NEXPO or sponsorship, contact Jennette Foreman at

About SEGD
SEGD (the Society for Experiential Graphic Design) is the multidisciplinary, global community of professionals who create experiences that connect people to place.