International Design Excellence Awards


The Industrial Designers Society of America is excited to reveal the 145 winners of one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competitions—the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2018. The gallery proudly displays all of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze level winning designs across all categories in the awards program. The actual placement of each winner will be unveiled live at the IDEA Ceremony on Sept. 19 at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA. The black tie encouraged ceremony is followed by a Gala Celebration generously presented by Samsung Electronics. Tickets for this exclusive event can be purchased at is external)

The public is invited to vote now(link is external) through Sept. 4 for the People’s Choice Award(link is external), which will also be presented at the IDEA Ceremony event in The Big Easy.

IDEA is a benchmark of design and is unweathered by shifting fads or transitory styling. Gold winners are housed in the permanent collection at the Henry Ford Museum, remaining an ever-present symbol of ingenuity and mastery of craft. Excellence is exemplified.


Michael Kahwaji, IDSA, senior design manager at Whirlpool Corp., is leading the 2018 jury that includes nearly three dozen experts in a wide variety of design disciplines from some of the world’s largest corporations, major design studios and leading universities. 


"One of the world's most prestigious and rigorous design competitions is moving into its 38th year—revitalized and energized."

—IDEA 2018 Jury Chair Michael Kahwaji, IDSA



Many of the world's most recognized brands and celebrated design firms are IDEA winners. 



Follow the journey at #IDSAIDEA.