Every year Louisvillians in the design community take a week to learn new skills, hear new ideas and remind themselves that designers in Louisville work best when they work together. The home page for the AIGA Design Week says it all: “Louisville is a city of cohorts, not competitors. We are mentors. We are colleagues. We are a large group of friends. We are weird.”

The event runs from Monday through Friday.

AIGA President Don Hansen told Insider the event has grown each year. “We had nine events in year one. We have 18 events this year,” he said.

And it’s a bargain. For only $10, participants get access to almost all of the events — for the few paid events, it offers a $5 discount.

One of those paid events is the keynote speech by the author, curator and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art, Ellen Lupton. Her speech is called “Design for the Senses” and will address the new challenges of multimedia design. Tickets for that event are $40 for non-members of AIGA, $30 for members and $20 for students and include appetizers and a cash bar at the Speed Museum.

Lupton will also be hosting a “Lunch and Learn” on the topic “Design and Civil Rights.”

Hansen said one of the most significant things about this year’s Design Week is the diversity of the presenters and the subject matters. He said AIGA’s board is “the most diverse it’s ever been” and that the presenters at Design Week are mostly women and people of color.

Both Hound Dog Press and Flame Run Glass Studio will offer hands-on workshops for an additional fee.

Events take place all over the city, mostly at design agencies. The full schedule and descriptions of workshops and panels are available on the website.