The landscape of design is changing quickly and it’s time to rethink design education, together. As the field embraces an increasingly amorphous definition of practice and an ever-expanding toolset, educators have a unique opportunity to imagine the many possible futures of graphic design, and to speculate, dream, and ideate on the role of future graphic designers.

Frontier is a conference concerned with alternative models for learning, radical pedagogy, utopianism, emerging technology and tools, global economics and design, virtual classrooms, invisible worlds, the growing relationship between design and tech, homogeneity in design, imagined scenarios, the role of critique in a post-internet culture, and the speculative future of graphic design education.


Register for the conference and optional Yellowstone tour HERE.

AIGA Members*




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*To join the AIGA and receive the reduced rate prior to registration, become a member HERE.

Although we urge attendees to register online, registrations will be accepted onsite at the conference on a space available basis. A processing fee of $25 will be added to all registrations that are not completed online.

Cancellation Policy: There will be a $20 cancellation fee for cancellations made prior to August 1, 2016. AIGA will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between August 1 and September 2, 2016. No refunds will be available after September 2, 2016. To cancel your registration please contact AIGA's registrar.

List of attendees


Bozeman Inn

This basic 2-story inn with exterior entrances is off I-90. 3 miles from the Montana State University campus.

Address: 1235 N 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone:(406) 587-3176

Element Hotel

Stylish, contemporary extended-stay hotel with a fitness room, plus free breakfast & Wi-Fi. 2 miles from the Montana State University campus.

Address: 25 East Mendenhall Street, Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone:(406) 582-4972

Lark Hotel

Modern hotel with a quirky vibe & minimalist decor featuring original art & a taco truck. 2 miles from the Montana State University campus.

Address: 122 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715

Phone:(866) 464-1000


Taxi services and some hotels provide transportation to town from the airport.

Greater Valley Taxi

Online reservations:

Phone: (406) 587-6303

Streamline Bus

The provides service throughout the Bozeman area to fulfill everyone’s transportation needs. Due to support from several sources, the public bus system is provided free of charge.

Streamline Bus

About The Area

Bozeman, Montana is a small town situated in the beautiful and remote Northern Rocky Mountains adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, and October is an ideal time for outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing. Concurrent to the conference, The Museum of the Rockies will be hosting an international exhibit: Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii. We recommend extending your stay a day or two to enjoy the amenities, outdoor opportunities, and culture of this special place.

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is a nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.

Montana State University
Established in 1893, the 1,781 acre campus of Montana State University is located in Bozeman, Montana and has an enrollment of over 15,500 students.


Juliette Cezzar

Marc English

April Greiman

Rick Griffith

Yarrow Kraner

Saki Mafundikwa


Friday, October 7, 2016

Yellowstone Park Coach Tour, 7am - 6pm
Studio Tours, 4pm - 6pm
Registration and welcome event, 7:30pm - 9pm

Saturday, October 8, 2016
Registration and kickoff, 8am
Conference activities, 9am - 5pm
Museum of the Rockies, 6:30pm - 9pm

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Conference activities, 9am - 5pm
Closing activities, 7pm - 9pm

Conference Committee

Meta Newhouse

Conference co-chair

Associate Professor, Montana State University

Colin Frazer

Conference co-chair

Assistant Professor, Montana State University

William Culpepper

Conference co-chair

Associate Director, Academy of Art University

Chris Schultz

Social Media Chair

Adjuct Professor, Montana State University

Bryn Smith

Reader chair

Critic, Rhode Island School Of Design

Jonathan Hanahan

Web Development Chair

Assistant Professor, Washington University St. Louis

Chris Hamamoto

Web Developer

Senior Designer, Landscape - San Francisco

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