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October 17–19, San Francisco, CA

SQ1 CON 2019—


Advanced Design is a nonprofit design organization founded in 2016. This group began as a small design sketching workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a handful of students who wanted to further develop their foundational skill set. These students, eager to bring the contagious energy of their workshops to the larger design community, wanted more. This led to the founding of their first ever design conference, SQ1 CON. In addition to its annual conference, Advanced Design works on several key initiatives and developing free resources for the larger design community: 

 Our video library, which houses a number of design sketching tutorials created in collaboration with working design professionals across the country, 

Context, a creative podcast space that has hosted some of the most forward-thinking designers to share industry insights.

Archive, a bi-weekly feature on design book finds and recommendations from us and hosting members from the design community. 

 Advanced Design also plans to tackle issues of mental health, education, politics, as well as  the different avenues of design through discourse utilizing its large social platform. Advanced Design now operates between Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and San Francisco and collaborates with over 50 studios, educators, schools, and design professionals.


A podcast space where laid back conversations on design, life, and everything in-between happen. Join us while we hold inclusive discussions regarding career backgrounds, special projects, and experiences of contemporary designers actively working in different industries— from newcomers on the google design scene to sex toy design CEOs. Sometimes additional context serves as food for thought.



Advanced Design is a non-for-profit 5013(c) organization. All of our events are free to the design community. Our goal is to bring awareness to a plethora of topics within design sketching. Our leaders work tirelessly to bring you the best designers the industry can offer. Your donation will allow us to plan for future events and conferences. Your support is much appreciated.