What We Offer

IDSA offers numerous programs and services that reach beyond our four main strategic pillars—advocacy, community, information and education. While some of our work supports the entire design community, nothing compares to the exclusive offerings IDSA members receive. For questions, contact the membership department at 703.707.6000 or membership@idsa.org.

            
 

ADVOCACY

Communicating the value of ID, connecting business to society as a whole.
 
 
"We will champion industrial design"

COMMUNITY

Creating environments that foster engagement, networking &
knowledge exchange.
 
"We will create successful in person events and virtual communities"

INFORMATION

Providing valuable content and data-rich information to members/public.
 
 
"We will be the go-to source for information"

EDUCATION

Promoting continuous learning & development of members/
potential members.
 
"We will advance our members' careers"
IDSA is the only professional society for industrial designers that protects your most important asset—your talent.
 
 
  • 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.
Community Matters! 45 percent of IDSA members say networking opportunities and participation in the ID community is a primary benefit of their membership.
 
  • 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 is "Making Connections" 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 design.
50 percent of IDSA members feel the ability to stay up-to-date on news and trends in the ID field is a primary benefit of their membership.
 
  • 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.
IDSA offers programs and services that enable personal and professional growth for individuals in all phases of their career journey.
 
  • 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. Or download the archives at your convenience.
  • Grow – Take advantage of special discounts on intensive design management and design leadership courses offered by Grow through PARK.
IDSA gets you noticed:
 

YOUR PERSONAL BRAND

YOUR COMPANY'S BRAND

SHAPE THE PROFESSION

DISCOUNTS

There’s nothing more important than your personal brand, and IDSA has the tools to help you build that brand.
 
 
 
  • 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.
  • Your Name, IDSA, shows you’ve been vetted by the authority in industrial design.
  • Gain crucial visibility with your IDSA member profile and via the IDSA Member Directory.
  • 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.
Let IDSA boost your company or institution’s profile and harness the 1.7 million annual visitors to idsa.org.

 

 
  • 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.
  • Firm/Vendor 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.
Learn, grow, give back and influence. These are the benefits of serving in a volunteer leadership position within IDSA. Whether it's local or national, volunteering is immensely rewarding!
 
  • 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 associations strategic priorities and work alongside great colleagues and talented staff.  
It doesn't get any better than saving money and IDSA membership offers you exclusive discounts.
 
 
 
  • 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.
  • 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 design, go behind-the-scenes on design tours and more. 
  • Chapter Events – Regional meetings bring you the power of local design communities.
  • .design domain name – Ensure your professional branding is as polished as your designs!