Benefits of IDSA

 

The benefits of IDSA membership are vast and greatly depend on the individual. Our members find that they receive more value when they contribute more through volunteer and leadership positions. This return on investment through active community participation yields tangible and intangible benefits for you as an IDSA member. Beyond this, membership dollars help support IDSA's ongoing efforts to advocate for the profession of industrial design through STEM programs, US Patent litigations, community outreach, design competitions and more.


We work for you
 

Education

Information

Community

Advocacy

IDSA offers programs and services that enable personal and professional growth throughout all phases of your career journey. With up-to-date stories and editorials on emerging design trends, member profiles and more, IDSA is an unparalleled resource. Access to other designers in your area and across the globe is a major reason to belong in IDSA. IDSA is the only professional society for industrial designers that protects your most important asset—your talent.

Education Papers – Design educators share their academic research and support their tenure track.

Webinars – From Take the Creative Lead to Ecodesign to Good Design= Good Business, IDSA hosts live, interactive webinars on trending topics.

Grow – Take advantage of special discounts on intensive design management and design leadership courses offered by Grow through PARK.

INNOVATION – This award-winning magazine is the voice of the profession, providing points of view on ID and more. You'll receive four annual issues, including the coveted Yearbook of Design Excellence featuring IDEA winners, as a benefit of membership.

designBytes & designUpdate – Get the latest design news and trends in your inbox.

Design Resources – See the Design Census; industry data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Endowment for the Arts; Bookshelf publications; Video Gallery; and more! 

INsights – IDSA Ambassadors deliver special content on a wide range of relevant topics.

Professional Chapters – IDSA has 27 chapters in five districts throughout the country that offer professional development and networking opportunities.

Student Chapters – College/ university-based student groups that foster leadership development and community involvement. There are rising stars within nearly 75 student chapters paving the way for the profession.

Special Interest Sections – More than a dozen communities represent ID specialties that range from Design History and Design (IP) Protection to Women in Design. Learn about a topic, or share your expertise! 

Conferences – IDSA makes connections happen - from the International Design Conference, to District Design Conferences, to niche events. These are the perfect place to network, gain inspiration, hone skills, learn about the latest advances and meet the next generation of designers.

PARTS Bill – IDSA joined a coalition that petitioned Congress to oppose legislation that promoted unfair competition and adequate protection of intellectual property.

Samsung v Apple – IDSA filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court to advocate for meaningful protection of designers’ work.

Converse v International Trade Commission (ITC) – IDSA filed an amicus brief to the Federal Court to advocate for the protection of trade dress in iconic designs.

Maryland Design Excellence Commission – IDSA supported legislation that called for the establishment of this body aimed at developing design-driven innovation programs in the state of Maryland.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network – IDSA submitted a recommendation on behalf of Detroit, which became the first US city named in the field of design in this network.

A platform for your success
 

Your Brand

Your Company's Brand

Leadership

Discounts

There’s nothing more important than your personal brand, and IDSA has the tools to help you build that brand. Boost your company or institution’s profile and get noticed by IDSA's extensive network and influencer reach. Learn, grow, give back and influence. These are the benefits of serving in a volunteer leadership position within IDSA. It doesn't get any better than saving money and IDSA membership offers you exclusive discounts.

Your Name, IDSA, shows you’ve been vetted by the authority in industrial design.

YourName.design – Create your free .design domain name. Redirect it to a professional profile or create your own website with free, easy-to-use tools.

IDSA Job Board – Once your personal brand is established, land your dream job, or attract top talent for openings at your firm, company or university.

O-1B Visa Letters –  Because IDSA members adhere to the high standards of our Code of Ethics, this service is provided upon request.

IDSA Ambassadors Program –Support IDSA and the profession while increasing your firm or company's exposure. IDSA Ambassadorship focuses on research, thought leadership and advocacy. Benefits can include media opportunities and submissions on relevant ID and related topics to INsights.

Find a Firm or ID School Listing – Feature your organization or institution with a premium profile that includes robust information you want others to know.

Advertising Opportunities – Reach top influencers, decision makers and professionals on the move with these advertising opportunities.

Chapter Officer – Serve as Chair, Vice Chair or in another chapter role. You'll have access to great resources to help your chapter be successful.

Special Interest Section Officer – As a a section leader, help your specialty become a knowledge bank of content and information, not just for the design community, but the public at large! 

Committee/Council Member – These bodies serve as extensions of IDSA's Board of Directors and work on a subset of projects in specific areas throughout the year.

Board of Directors – Serve at the highest level: set the association's strategic priorities and work alongside great colleagues and talented staff.

Conferences – Annually from coast-to-coast, IDSA offers District Design Conferences, an International Design and a niche event. Strengthen your ties, learn new skills, take part in workshops and sessions, meet the next generation of designers, go behind-the-scenes on design tours and more. 

Chapter Events – Regional meetings bring you the power of local design communities.

IDEA – Enter the premier international design competition, consisting of approximately 20 categories and a searchable gallery showcasing Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and Featured Finalists.