The vice chair of IDSA’s Florida Chapter, Franco Lodato, PhD, IDSA, is marking some milestones in November 2016. He’s taking on a new position in his 30-year career; the design school he's co-launching has been given the green light by the Florida Department of Education to open next year; and Lodato is organizing events to help promote IDSA and industrial design in the state.
The IDSA Student Merit Award 2015 winner from the Midwest Design District has been invited to exhibit work he completed for his thesis at the Global Grad Show 2016, an international exhibition that is part of Dubai Design Week, Oct. 24 to 29.
IDSA played a role in Design Law 2016, held on Oct. 14 at George Washington University's School of Law to foster debate on cutting edge design-related topics. The event was attended by design patent attorneys, federal government representatives, corporate practitioners, product designers, professors, students and more.
IDSA-NYC has partnered with Designit to hold Portfolio Reviews for the participants of the Mentorship Program and the wider IDSA community members who are beginning their transformation into emerging designers.
What began as a student concept that captured worldwide attention when it won Best in Show, Gold and People’s Choice in IDSA’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2007—has come full circle almost ten years later as it once again wins three major IDEAs in 2016.
An IDSA life member is marking more than three decades of service on the Design Advisory Council at the School of Industrial and Graphic Design (SIGD) in Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC). David CF Stoddard, L/IDSA, is an Auburn alumnus who has made his own mark on ID, and has helped countless young designers at his alma mater succeed.
Charles Jones, FIDSA, has joined Intuitive Surgical, Inc. as senior vice president and CDO, design and user experience. He leads the company’s efforts to blend technology with enhanced, human-centered design thinking—while driving a consistent design experience for Intuitive products and services. Intuitive Surgical is a global technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.