From industry gatherings to major international events, we round up some of the highlights to expect this year.

A new year means a new calendar of events to look forward to. There are dates every designer needs to keep in mind, from major national and international events that can inspire commissions to industry events where designers can network, meet colleagues and catch up on the latest trends. Here we round up ten dates for the diary that will be setting the agenda for 2020, in date order.

01. Vertex 2020

Vertex is THE event for 2D and 3D artists in 2020 (Image credit: Future)

Supported by Creative Bloq, ImagineFX and 3D World,  Vertex  is the ultimate conference for 2D and 3D artists, even if we do say so ourselves. Taking place at London’s Olympia Conference Centre in February, it’s the place to brush up your skills and learn from leading industry artists and the world’s best creative studios, whatever area you specialize in. Themes cover video games, VFX, VR, concept art, real-time creation and much more besides.

02. The UX Conference

The theme for this two-day London conference for UX and UI designers this year is collaboration. It’s a good place for it, since a limit of 300 guests make it intimate enough to allow quality networking. There are 16 speakers invited to give talks on day one and hands-on workshops on day two.