IDSA’s Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship was originally established with a $25,000 contribution by the late Francesco Gianninoto, FIDSA, a US package designer who was a founder of the Package Design Council and president of Gianninoto Associates from 1932 to 1983. Two of his most famous designs were the Marlboro cigarette package (mid-1950s) and “Elsie Daisy,” the Borden Cow. Gianninoto was an honorary professor at Western Connecticut State University, where he taught communication through design.
The following schools have active IDSA chapters. Some schools may not have a chapter website. If you do not see a school listed here, please check our List of ID Schools page. For more information, contact Jen Sadrak.
IDSA has 58 student chapters, 57 in the US and our first international student chapter in the UK at Lincoln University. See the full list. For information, please contact Jen Sadrak, IDSA's Manager of Member Relations.
Students win big in IDSA's IDEA Awards. The International Design Excellence Awards always have a fantastic number of entries from students who have traditionally done very well in the awards. A few years ago a student entry won the best of the best of the best or "IDEA Best in Show" award, trumping all professional entries for the juries choice!
Design is vital to all aspects of our daily lives. By bringing depth, clarity and transparency to the industrial design process, the Catalyst program reveals the power of design by recording the stories of the most successful design programs. These cases are meant to document the process and value that design offers to business. Cases are chosen by an independent review panel consisting of designers and business people.
Students are the future of the industrial design profession and IDSA is committed to fostering their education and excellence. The Student Mentoring Program is one of the vehicles through which IDSA helps students prepare to enter professional practice.
This invaluable network of over 400 professional industrial designers provide students help and guidance in their career path. As a student you should take advantage of this "golden" network and you can feel confident that when they approach a professional for guidance you will be welcomed.