We'll start the day with an hour for registration from 8am-9am. Settle in with a coffee and we'll start with our featured presentations in the Florence Simmons Performance Hall. We will close the morning with a panel discussion about our design community.


Lunch will be catered on site and is included in the cost of the ticket. This will give you a chance to catch up with old friends and introduce yourself to some new ones. 


We will break up into smaller groups in the afternoon for workshops. Sign up for UI & UX Design, Client Communications, Print Making, Motion Graphics, Illustration or Self-Promotion. The number of workshops will depend on the number of people in attendance. You will get to select the workshop you want to participate in on the day of the conference. First come first serve.


After a day packed with information and conversation, we’ll all be ready to relax with a chilled beverage at the Hop Yard

Our Presenters

We have some of the top names in the business joining us for the day. They’ll share their insights and tell some stories about their industry experiences.

Frank Viva

Designer & Illustrator

Photo: Jorge Colombo

Frank Viva came to illustration through fine art, design through illustration and writing through design. He is a frequent cover artist for The New Yorker magazine and his first book, published by Little, Brown (New York), was a New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Book selection. His fourth book, Young Frank, Architect, was the first picture book ever created for The Museum of Modern Art’s publications department. Translated from the original English into ten languages, it has gone on to win recognition from American Illustration, AIGA, Communication Arts and has been cited on many ‘Best of 2014’ lists. His first full-length novel, Sea Change, came out in 2016. The Globe and Mail and Toronto Life magazine included it on their most anticipated spring books lists and Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review. Recent lectures and presentations include The Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Apple Store (Grand Central Station) and Oakland University.

Shawn King

Chief Creative Officer

Highly respected by clients, creatives, strategists, developers, and client services alike – Shawn King is an agency Partner and Chief Creative Officer with 25 years of experience to back it up. He’s an Amazing Race Canada competitor who’s one part Jagger, one part Sam Crow, but all business. Considering where he’s been, it’s no surprise Shawn’s stewardship has evolved into a unique, finely-tuned style that encompasses the best our industry has to offer.

Shawn loves to debate, he loves ideas, and he loves to keep things simple. He gets goosebumps when he sees great work - and optimistic when there’s more work to be done. And with a genuine and personable approach to the business, the work and people – working with Shawn is truly something special.

Widely recognized and highly regarded both nationally and internationally, Shawn’s passion for creativity, common sense and drive continue to push his agency forward toward new and exciting horizons. Someone once said, “common sense ain’t so common.” That’s because Shawn took it all. He’s a helluva guy to have in your corner.

Our Sponsors

We have a great community that supports graphic designers and wants to help them succeed. Our sponsors are supporting this professional development event because they recognize the value you bring to our communities.

Purchase your ticket with cash by contacting

April Condon

Holland College Graphic Design Program Instructor

Holland College

140 Weymouth St

Charlottetown, PE

C1A 4Z1

Dotgain Committee Members

Dawn Wickstrom

Sara Underwood

Mike Thomas

April Condon