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Quick Facts


All sessions will take place at Aria and Target Headquarters.


Aria:  105 N 1st St., Minneapolis
Target Headquarters: 1000 Nicollet Mall (Nicollet & 10th)


Dress Code: Business casual for the conference. Don’t forget: events space can be chilly. Please remember to bring a jacket or sweater.

The Design Value Awards reception and ceremony dress code is: Elegant evening attire, Women: dresses or pantsuits, Men: dark jackets or suits.


What meals are included? Depending on your registration ticket, morning snacks, mid morning & mid-afternoon snacks and coffee and lunches are included. Dinner is included for full-pass and Monday only registrations. Target closing drinks is included for full-pass and Tuesday-only registrations. If you have food allergies, please contact Patricia before September 21

Conference name badge: is your ticket to your registered conference days. You may pick this up at registration on Monday morning. Please wear it so we’ll know you are a part of the conference — and everyone can learn your name!

WiFi: Network: Aria_Guest   Password: 12345678


Twitter: Follow @DMIfeed and post to #DLC17 on Twitter.  Conference speaker handles are included in their session pages. If you’re not a Twitter user, you can still keep up with trending topics at  

Flickr: Photos of this conference will be posted at:

Bookstore: We have limited author books for sale, available for personal autograph. Please bring cash and see the DMI registration desk for availability.

DMI Member-Only Check-In & Check-Out: (This is not conference registration.) Join new and long-time DMI members in these gatherings to build community. Share personal and professional insights in a supportive and safe environment. This is a great opportunity to get to know your member community! You can become a DMI member now!

Sunday Check-In: 4:00pm – 4:45 in SooLine room, Depot Hotel (DMI members only)
Tuesday Check-Out: 5:10pm – 5:45pm in tbc room, Target HQ (DMI members only)


Monday Reception: The pre-DVA reception will take place in the Aria Foyer from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. This reception is open to those that registered for the DV Awards ceremony.

Monday Awards Ceremony & Dinner: The Design Value Awards and Dinner will take place in the Aria Main Room from 7:00-9:00pm Your full conference pass or Monday-only registration includes a ticket to this event.


If you have NOT yet registered, or would like to bring a guest, please contact Patricia to register


Monday Rev After-Party with DJ Benny Benassi, sponsored by PepsiCo: Immediately after the Design Value Awards, get ready to dance and party the night away with world-famous DJ Benny Benassi at Rev Nightclub. Limited tickets are available (+$35, Age 21+


Tuesday Target Field Trip: We’ll take a field trip to Target Headquarters- just a few minutes from Aria, for breakout discussions. On the way, take a self-guided Tour of Target’s newly remodeled Nicollet Mall Store. Then, Each group will spend 20-30 minutes with Target executives who will cover overviews for product design and development in our apparel and home categories as well as marketing and store design. 

Tuesday Closing Drinks, sponsored by Target: Immediately after the conference closing and Member Check-Out, at Target, enjoy last drinks at Brit’s Pub to connect with your peers one last time! Age 21+


Dining: With dozens of international culinary traditions, locally sourced "farm to table" restaurants and chefs with James Beard Award wins and nominations, it's no surprise why foodies are taking note. There’s something for everyone from New Nordic Cuisine to regional lefse to Vietnamese to Brazilian.


Suggestions can be found:


Free Time: Here are some suggestions if you have free time to explore.

Evaluations: Please provide us important feedback so that we can continue to build great conferences. You’ll find a form at the back of this book. Please share your honest opinions and give us the form before you leave, or email the form to


After the conference: Video will be available at a few weeks after the conference. We’ll send you an email when it’s ready.

If you’re not yet a DMI member: Join us! DMI members come from over 48 countries and represent over 3,000 companies, 29 governments, and more than 150 academic institutions. 


DMI members have exclusive access to past conference video dating back to 2006, our complete online library, a subscription to the DMI Review – and many more benefits!


How to Join: Conference attendees can receive the special rate of $300 (new Individual Memberships only). Contact DMI at the conference, or email


Other questions? Please contact


Enjoy the conference, connect with some new friends, and have fun!



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