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.



Bozeman, Montana


Friday, October 7, 2016

  • 7am - 6pm
  • Yellowstone Tour (Optional $75)
  • 7am (6:45 am board time for bus, near Element Hotel) to 6pm (must sign up on Frontier website before Sept 15, space is limited)
  • 6pm - 9pm
  • Registration
  • Emerson Cultural Center
  • 7pm - 9pm
  • Welcome Kickoff Event
  • April Greiman, Marc English and Saki Mafundikwa, Instigators

Saturday, October 8, 2016

  • 8am - 9am
  • Group Meeting/Instigator Q+A
  • April Greiman + Marc English, Instigators
  • Reynolds Recital Hall
  • 9am - 11am
  • Morning Workshops
  • Helen Armstrong and Dr. Derek Ham
  • Meaghan A. Dee
  • Erin Freeman
  • Louise Sandhaus
  • Chad Anderson and Patrice Anderson
  • Rachele Riley, Dan McCafferty and Joshua Singer
  • Anitra Nottingham and Jeremy Stout
  • 11:15am - 12:30am
  • Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Jack Fisher
  • Health, Peace, Feast and Birth
  • Jessica Jacobs
  • Katherine Hepworth
  • Dae In Chung
  • Marty Maxwell Lane and Rebecca Tegtmeyer
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Lunch
  • Miller Dining Hall
  • Use Ticket for Entry
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • LeAnne Wagner and Jay Margalus
  • Phillip Niemeyer
  • Mervi Pakaste
  • Sukha Worob
  • Ben Van Dyke and Denise Gonzales Crisp
  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Virginia Green
  • Matt Greenwell and Aggie Toppins
  • Kimberly Mitchell, William Culpepper, Lisa Hammershaimb, Min Sun Lee and Gary Rozanc
  • Nancy Snow and Richard Hunt
  • Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Ben Van Dyke, Joshua Unikel and Zachary Kaiser
  • Sherry Freyermuth
  • Emilie Fetscher
  • 6:30pm - 9pm
  • Cocktails + Hors d’oeuvres Event and Oplontis Exhibit at the Museum of the Rockies
  • Juliette Cezzar, Instigator
  • Outside the schedule — freeform
  • Lisa Hammershaimb (pop-up exhibition)
  • Zach Kaiser (short film screening)
  • Jimmy Van Luu (podcast sessions)
  • Teresa Trevino (project timeline presentation)
  • Rebecca Tegtmeyer (pop-up exhibition)

Sunday, October 9, 2016

  • 8am - 9am
  • Group Meeting/Instigator Presentation
  • Rick Griffith, Instigator
  • Reynolds Recital Hall
  • 9am - 11am
  • Morning Workshops
  • Rachel Bush
  • Mitch Goldstein
  • Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Parris Westbrook
  • Sarah Rutherford
  • Anitra Nottingham and Jeremy Stout
  • Daniel McCafferty
  • 11:15am - 12:30am
  • Morning Breakout Sessions
  • Victoria Pickett, Laura Camden and Claudia Roeschmann
  • Alison Popp and Nic Mata
  • Dimitry Tetin
  • Jonathan Hanahan
  • Keith Owens
  • Jiwon Park, Marilyn Jones, Dylan Cole, Jeff Joiner, Michael Kelly and David Frisco
  • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
  • Lunch
  • Miller Dining Hall
  • Use Ticket for Entry
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Afternoon Workshops
  • Randy Gregory and Rose Newton
  • Suzanne Powney
  • John Bielenberg, Marc O'Brien and Ryan Clifford
  • Evelin Brosi and Oliver Ibsen
  • 2:00pm - 5:15pm
  • Afternoon Workshops, extra long*
  • Meaghan Barry and Lilian Crum
  • Kendall Jackson
  • Brit Rowe
  • *presenters and attendees will not be able to attend breakout sessions listed below
  • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
  • Afternoon Breakout Sessions
  • Mike Joose
  • Lisa Maione
  • Amber Walsh
  • Evening is Free
  • Take a Hike
  • sun sets at 6:48pm
  • Grab a Drink with new friends
  • see survival guide



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.

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


Bozeman 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 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.

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.


Bozeman Inn

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

1235 N 7th Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-3176

Element Hotel

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

25 East Mendenhall Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
(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.

122 W Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
(866) 464-1000


Bozeman, Montana is located 11 miles South West of the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Two interstate exits will bring you to the MSU campus in Bozeman.

From the west:

Take exit 305 onto North 19th Ave. and follow it south approximately 3.5 miles to Kagy Blvd.
Turn left onto Kagy Blvd. and continue to South 7th Ave.

From the east:

Take exit 309 onto Main Street and proceed west to Willson Ave.
Turn left on Willson Ave. and travel 18 blocks to Kagy Blvd.
Turn right on Kagy Blvd. and continue to South 7th Ave.


Taxi Services

Taxi services and some hotels provide transportation to town.

Greater Valley Taxi

Phone:(406) 587-6303

Public Transportation

Streamline Bus
The public bus system 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. Visit the Streamline Website for Schedules. http://www.streamlinebus.com


Meta Newhouse

Conference Co-Chair

Colin Frazer

Conference Co-Chair

William Culpepper

Conference Co-Chair

Chris Schultz

Social Media Chair

Jonathan Hanahan

Web Chair

Bryn Smith

Reader Chair

This conference would not be possible without the support of many individuals in Bozeman and beyond including Michael Newhouse, Chris Hamamoto, and others.

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