IDSA District Design Conferences

2017 Central Conference

Innovation Is A Team Sport

IDSA's Central District Design Conference 2017 is set for March 31 to April 1 at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (UC DAAP)—ranked by DesignIntelligence as having the number two undergraduate and number four graduate ID programs in the United States and the best ID programs in the Midwest.

You’ll gain insights on how to: source a team to achieve your goals; understand how to communicate in the languages of your team; and keep the project going if faced with barriers.

2017 Northeast Conference

The Unexpected Conference

Expect the unexpected! IDSA’s Northeast District Design Conference 2017 will be The Unexpected Conference—with wonderful collaborations, fortuitous conversations and surprising new solutions! If you want to be inspired and rub elbows with design’s most talented students; co-create with top design organizations; and learn about the latest design tools—join us! Design attire optional—but networking required! 

2017 South Conference

Elevate

As the saying goes, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Though originally attributed to economic well-being, the phrase can be applied to many things—including design. Our profession is fundamentally collaborative and we frequently work in teams—where pooling our knowledge yields the best results. The end goal, of course, is to mold ideas into tangible products and services that enable better lives and ignite imaginations. But in order to accomplish great things, we must continuously refine our craft. 

The IDSA South Design District Conference 2017 from April 7-8, 2017 at the University of Houston is your opportunity to do just that. It’s a celebration of creativity and ingenuity; a gathering of community; and a convergence of ideas. It’s a moment of introspection and reflection.

2017 West Conference

DESIGN:HYBRID

IDSA’s West District Design Conference 2017 DESIGN:HYBRID lands April 23 to 24 at the University of Oregon in Portland.

HOW DO WE REACT IN TIME? In our current culture, we are required to bedo and know—more than ever before. We’re bombarded with information from one extreme to the other; from one media source to another. It’s CONFUSING! Yet, this is a time when we can create our own destiny and collaborate remotely with people from all around the globe.

What we need are cool nerves, quick reflexes and a clear understanding of the enormity of the task at hand. It’s a demanding, fast-paced enterprise—not for the faint of heart. However, the rewards of success can be great indeed!

2017 Midwest Conference

Radical Concepts

Whether you’re looking to elevate your thinking or your business model, a radical new concept or two may be needed to revitalize! While designers are change agents, we often resist change ourselves—yet radical thinking is vital to our profession. The IDSA Midwest District Design Conference 2017 at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD)—ranked among the top 10 US industrial design programs in the country—will explore the how, why and what of radical concepts, radical thinking and how they may change your life—as well as the lives of others around you.