Party like a President
Thursday, March 21

Opening night

Presented by AIGA with support from Fox River Papers and Sappi
5:00 p.m.
Opening night of the conference is a social affair. It's a chance for you to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Outgoing AIGA president Michael Bierut will host an evening of entertainment and feasting, during which AIGA's most prestigious honor–the AIGA medal–will be presented to 2001 recipients, Samuel Antupit and Paula Scher. Sam Shelton will welcome you to D.C. and Sean Adams will pay tribute to the 2000 AIGA medalists–Laurie Haycock Makela and P. Scott Makela, Fred Seibert and Michael Vanderbyl–who were presented with their medals at AIGA conferences in 2000.

Then, the moment you've all been waiting for—it's time to resurrect the infamous AIGA tradition of the 20:20. Brace yourself for laughter, tears and a heart-stopping ride through 20 one-minute interpretations of Voice by 20 designers from all around the country. Chris Pullman moderates: when the timer gets to 60, the presenter gets the hook; no restarts, no mercy!

Finally you can kick back and enjoy musical entertainment courtesy of the super-classy cabaret act The Loser's Lounge, who'll play the kitsch tunes that still make you swoon. Hear a new take on your old favorites—from Bacharach to the Beach Boys—and indulge in plenty of food and cocktails served family-style at conversation-sized round tables.

Design Fair party
Exhibit Hall C and B South
8:00 p.m.-late
A chance to meet the conference sponsors and sample their products and services along with plenty of refreshments and musical entertainment in the Design Fair. Representatives from the generous companies who are sponsoring AIGA National Design Conference 2002 will be on hand with demonstrations, product samples and more.

Friday, March 22
Typographic Quiz
Wilson ABC Friday, March 22
7:00 p.m.
Calling all type buffs for a serific show down on Friday evening at čVoice.î Libations will be served along with questions guaranteed to sort the ascenders from the boys. Bring your friends and work as a team to compete for a beautiful, autographed book on typography (everybody on the winning team gets their own). Or, if you think you really know your Schneidler Fraktur, you can go it Solus for the grand prize of a library of over 800 Monotype Classic fonts, not to mention the coveted title of čAIGA Typographic Nerd of the Year.î

"Emerge" Party
Cotillion Ballroom Friday, March 22
8:00§11:00 p.m.
Presented by MeadWestvaco
Come to the čEmergeî party for drinks, dessert, a fabulous fusion of dub, ambient, bossa nova, hip-hop and acid-jazz from Rob Garza and Eric Hilton of 18th Street Lounges Thievery Corporation and great visuals by Creative Circus.

Saturday, March 23

Closing night party

Library of Congress
8:00-11:00 p.m.
The "Voice" closing-night party will be held in the magnificent Great Hall of the Library of Congress. This Italian Renaissance–style national monument holds some 100 million books and pieces of designed ephemera–including such treasures as the Gutenberg bible–and tonight it will host 2,000 of the nation's best designers! Feast on decadent canapes and cocktails as ethereal music by DC's own Thunderball, resounds in vaulted ceilings towering 75 feet above marble floors. Forget the economy for one night at least and party like a president! Attire: Ravishing

Additional tickets for significant others are $75. Purchase now.

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