SQ1CON 2018

After the success of the inaugural SQ1CON 2017 - the expectations for this conference are higher and bolder. Our focus for SQ1CON 2018 is PROCESS. How sketching can be a catalyst in other parts of the design process, and how it should be incorporated, always evolving through your work - during the research, ideation, CAD and prototyping phase, and how it’s communicated through mediums and platforms like an iPad, a Wacom Cintiq, analog sketching, or through virtual reality. 

SQ1CON 2018 will be headlined by two brothers, both Industrial designers by trade - obsessed with graphics, animation and branding: Creative Session. The rest of the all-star lineup includes Reid Schlegel, Spencer Nugent, James Connors, Nick Baker, Jeff Smith, Paul Sohi, Anne Goodman, Kelly Lin, Teddy Lu, Graham Allan, Jacob Ballard, Joey Zeledon, Alexandre Nys, Zeeshan Hakkim, Dominic Montante, Carly Hagins, and Derek Cascio. We're making 500 passes available, split down the middle - for students and professionals. Purchase your passes before they're sold out, and before June 30th, that's the end of the early bird discounted price, after that date, the price will increase $25–so purchase your passes now!


We know the drill – you find an amazing conference online, tap on the “Purchase” link, and then your mouth drops a little at the price of the ticket. It is no lie that conference ticket prices can be a little breathtaking, and not in a beautiful sunset sort of way. However, after biting the bullet and buying tickets to several conferences, we can confirm that the return on investment of the price of a conference ticket is almost to well to calculate. A little research can show the same holds true for the price of a ticket to SQ1CON, this year so we wanted to show you guys exactly what the ticket includes as well as the monetary value above and beyond the price of the ticket itself! 

The $75 student and $100 professional price will include full hot meals, which include dinner, small appetizer breakfast, and a full lunch. Aside from food, the price for the passes are well worth the investment for the following reasons, at SQ1CON, you'll get:

Incredible Content from 20 of the best Industrial Designers of our time. Advanced Design Sketching is striving to bring on only the best and most qualified professionals in design as speakers this year because their knowledge is extremely valuable! They'll be sharing information that they normally charge hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars for because they are absolutely passionate about helping students and professionals succeed. That benefit alone is worth well more than the price of a conference pass! Our speakers this year are exploding with amazing information to share with our attendees!

Sponsor Connections. Nowhere outside of SQ1CON will you get to make the same face-to-face connections with brands who are excited to be working with students and professionals. We've been combing through some amazing companies and have been diligent about selecting sponsors that want to come to the conference to connect with YOU and there is no amount of money worth giving up an opportunity to make those connections.

Networking Opportunities. In addition to getting to meet with sponsors, you’ll also be hanging with other designers, educators, and entrepreneurs who frankly, just get it. They understand the ins and outs of running a studio on your own, learning a new skill set, the frustration of freelancing, and sometimes the loneliness of being an entrepreneur and striking out on your own! It is the perfect place to make new friends, see old friends, and collaborate on new ideas together.

New Technologies, Tools, and Ideas. Without a doubt, the creative space is constantly changing, evolving, and throwing us all for loops. As soon as we think we have something figured out, technology changes the game and we feel like we have to start back at square one. SQ1CON is the place to stay on the cusp of all of the amazing new technology and techniques that are becoming available in Industrial Design. This is a return on your investment that really can’t be quantified but imagine being able to save time and money by confidently placing your efforts on the most up-to-date offerings in the tech space that will help you the most.

Training & Workshops. Many conferences offer hands-on workshop experiences to their attendees. Some are included in the regular admission price, and some are a little extra. In either case, training and workshops at conferences are the best places to get experience on platforms and programs that are being used daily by designers. You’re also getting one-on-one access to a designer who knows their stuff, something that from home you may have to hand over big bucks to have access to. We’ve scoured the internet, looking for the best of the best, to teach all of our attendees at SQ1CON. 

What are you waiting for? To put it lightly – if a conference charged what it was actually worth for someone to attend, nobody would be able to actually afford it. A conference ticket is worth a fraction of the benefits you get from engaging in and attending a conference! If something is holding you back from grabbing your pass today – we would love to know what it is! If you have any questions or hesitations – shoot us an email and let’s talk it out!



Friday, July 13th - Saturday, July 14th

Friday, 12PM - 8PM; Saturday, 10AM - 6PM



IIT Institute of Design

565 W. Adams St. 

Chicago, IL 60661