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DesignXL Conference

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REX Theatre

18 North Palafox Street

Pensacola, FL 32502

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DesignXL is one design community, driven to XL. It’s our answer to a calling: a means to achieve creative excellence in Pensacola.

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DesignXL is one design community, driven to XL. It's our answer to a calling: a means to achieve creative excellence in Pensacola.

Pre-Registration + Mixer | Friday, November 8 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

DesignXL Conference | Saturday, November 9 | 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

  • Rex Theatre | 18 N Palafox St, Pensacola, FL 32501
  • 4 keynote speakers throughout the day

Size-Up Sessions:

  • 8 workshops aka "Size-Up Sessions" will be announced soon.
  • All registered attendees will have the opportunity to choose their track.
  • Sessions will take place at the Rex, Cowork Annex, and Saenger Theatre.

DesignXL Post Party | Saturday, November 9 | 6:00 p.m.

  • Cowork @nnex | 13 Palafox Place, Pensacola, FL 32502
  • Come wind down with us after the conference, where we will hang out and play some games at the Annex!


What is DesignXL?

DesignXL (“XL” for short) is more than a conference. It’s a movement. To be brighter, bigger, better.

We’re a group of dedicated and passionate creative, marketing, and communication professionals. We're bringing together the industry’s biggest names, brightest minds, and best thinkers to fuel inspiration, ignite creativity and amplify productivity — all within a short drive from home.

XL is a call to action for current and future professionals working in the design, marketing and communication fields to ramp up their creativity, scale up skill sets, and achieve new levels of excellence.

Why DesignXL?

To us, this is what success looks like:

+ ESTABLISH THE GULF COAST REGION as a fertile, viable area where creative professionals thrive.

+ ATTRACT TOP TALENT and retain existing talent because we have elevated our region’s reputation as a place that nurtures and develops the best, quality professionals.

+ STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY engagement and relationships through active conversation, ongoing collaboration, and continuous learning.

+ PROVE THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY can be a major contributor and engine for workforce and economic development for our area.

+ DEVELOP WORLD-CLASS educational programs and with nationally-renowned speakers.

Why Support DesignXL?

XL was born from a very small idea. It began as conversations among creative colleagues—and competitors—in dimly lit bars and fluorescent classrooms, between meetings, at after-work socials, and early morning coffee gatherings. What started as an idea among disconnected people, emerged as a collective hope for our community.

Our group of charter members were instrumental in getting DesignXL launched. We learn from their example of commitment, dedication, passion and contribution to their community.

What is Pensacola Designers?

Pensacola Designers is a not-for-profit organization comprised mostly of professional and student graphic artists and designers working within the local communications, marketing, and advertising industries.

When and how was it founded?

Pensacola Designers was originally organized in 2014 as a closed, invitation-only Facebook group. Since then, the Facebook group has amassed over 400 members. In 2019, the group officially organized as a not-for-profit entity to better provide educational opportunities to its members and surrounding communities.

What is the purpose of the group?

Originally the group served as a community space where local designers could share their work for critique, post portfolios, ask questions of experienced designers as well as post jobs and employment opportunities within the local industry. Now, with the attainment of not-for-profit status, the group seeks to

1. Provide more formal educational opportunities for individuals connected to the communications, marketing and advertising industry;

2. To advance professional and quality development of design professionals, and;

3. To advocate for the growing design and creator community within our region.

Whom do they benefit?

Through education and advocacy, the work of Pensacola Designers will benefit multiple audiences:

1. The Gulf Coast Design Community - By advancing professional development of the design community to elevate the quality work produced by designers, filmmakers, content creators, makers and the creative industry as a whole.

2. The Local Communications, Marketing & Advertising Industry - As a result of our impact on the design community, we will elevate the local communications, marketing and advertising industry’s position and presence as a top-tier area for quality work and talent.

3. The Business Community at Large - Businesses will benefit from both the surge in top creative talent to effectively position their businesses and companies

4. The Community at Large - Because of our impact on attracting and retaining top talent, our community will benefit from the economic and workforce development opportunities created from our efforts.

Why did PD decide to found DesignXL?

In early 2019, a small group of professionals from the Pensacola Design community decided to create a conference to bring the industry’s best and brightest thinkers to the Pensacola area. Our main purpose is to serve our creative community with theoretical and practical best practices to advance their professional development, build new skillsets, and improve overall work.

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