Human Con: Portfolio Conference

Welcome to Human Con a three-day conference connecting students to professionals.

  • Human Con kicks off with AIGA KC Keynote Speaker Ashleigh Axios on Thursday, March 5.
  • Friday, March 6 is the AIGA KC Portfolio Workshop. Students will sit one-on-one with professionals and get feedback on their in-progress portfolios and participate in different breakouts or roundtable discussions.
  • Saturday, March 7 is the One Day Conference Celebrating Human Connection through Design.

Join us for all three events or pick and choose which ones you want to attend!


Ashleigh Axios: With the World on Fire

Where: El Torreon KC, 3101 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, MO, 64109

When: Thursday, March 5th at 5:30pm

This funny and insightful talk is on the big and small lessons of a designer who works to make positive social change during times when the world seems to be perpetually set on fire. Learn about the importance of resilience and a sense of humor in taking on the meaningful challenges facing all of us. Tickets can be found here.


AIGA KC Portfolio Review Workshop: Connecting Students and Professionals

Where: Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111

When: Friday, March 6th from 9:30am - 4:30pm

Cost: $20 for student members or non-members. Register today to save your spot. Spaces are limited.

Join us this year, connect with design professionals and learn from the best! Human Con is a great way to get valuable feedback from local professionals. Meet with professionals one‐on‐one and get feedback on your portfolio. The all-day Portfolio Workshop will be split into reviews and small group breakout sessions. During the portfolio review, you will sit one‐on‐one with at least 3 professionals for 30 minutes each. The breakout sessions will be on topics around How to Stand Out in a Crowd, Self-Promotion, etc.

The portfolio review is a time for you to practice your interviewing skills and get valuable feedback from local professionals about your design work, how you present it, how you talk about it, what are its strengths and what could be refined. It is a no-risk, non-competitive environment. Please bring your in‐progress or completed portfolio presentation, websites, apps, or up to four in‐progress projects for sharing and review. They will assess your work and provide feedback on the spot. Physical or digital presentations are welcome.

*Please bring your own fully charged laptops or digital devices to show digital presentations. This will be the beta test for your portfolio and your interview skills.


One Day Conference Celebrating Human Connection through Design

Where: Kansas City Art Institute: Irving Building and Epperson in Vanderslice, 4415 Warwick Blvd Kansas City MO 64111

When: Saturday, March 7th from 9:00 am - 5:00pm

Cost: One Day Conference is FREE but please register your space on Eventbrite.

AIGA KC & KCAI are hosting a mini design-conference! Our goal is to connect and inspire the young designers of Kansas City. The theme of the conference will be human-centered design with a focus on brand experience, user-experience design, and technology. The conference will feature three guest speakers, two workshops and a lean-coffee session. We can't wait to see you!

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If you are registering for the Portfolio Workshop please select which breakout sessions sound the most interesting to you in the add-ons during ticket selection.

Using Self-Promotion to Stand-Out: Breakout session with area designers who use various forms of self-promotion to get their work out. From using printed swag to Instagram. join this discussion on how to stand and get the attention designer, creative, firm, or agency you want to work with.

What Stands Out in the Crowd: Breakout session with an area recruiter and a design director on what has gotten attention in the sea of emails they receive daily from design students looking for an internship or their first job.

What I Learned in My First Year Out of School: Join this roundtable discussion with recent grads to hear what they expected and didn’t expect when they started working. What they learned the hard way. What was easy. What they didn’t know. Come with questions and join the discussion!

The Only One in the Room: Join this roundtable discussion around the struggles, awkwardness, challenges and opportunities of being “the only one in the room”.

When & Where
Fri, Mar 6, 2020 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM CST
Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64111