IDSA is taking a leap forward in reducing our carbon footprint by cutting back on distribution of print copies of Innovation to our student members in North America. As a result, the Society is able to keep your membership dues at the same rate—$50—in 2014.
IDSA student members may access all issues of Innovation online via desktop and mobile devices through a complimentary electronic subscription to our flagship magazine. Students will continue to receive the Fall yearbook issue in hard copy and have the option to purchase the other three hard copies for $25, a fee which covers the cost of printing and shipping.
IDSA recognizes that the industrial design students of today are the professional industrial designers of tomorrow. As such, IDSA is committed to ensuring we provide our student members the most useful information about their intended profession and opportunities that will empower them to make solid decisions about their continued learning and professional development. At the same time, IDSA is keen on taking progressive steps towards going green and becoming good corporate citizens all while keeping dues as low as possible for our student members.
As stewards of the collective voice of the industrial design profession, this change allows IDSA to reflect the social consciousness of our members through our operations to achieve a net positive ecological impact. Simultaneously, it allows us to do the following for our student members—maintain affordability of membership without sacrificing service and benefits. The Fall yearbook issue of Innovation brings industrial design students informative and thought-provoking articles and profiles of the year’s IDEA finalists and winners. It serves as an undeniable go-to resource and eventually collector’s edition for the budding industrial designer.
As a result of the savings from this change, IDSA will be able to continue to bring student members the added value they have come to expect, including career support and professional content webinars, curated electronic digests (studentBytes and designBytes), member-only newsletters and subsidized registration fees for district conferences and IDEA entries.
IDSA student member benefits and services elevate the visibility of future designers among peers, industrial design professionals in academia and practice, thought leaders and decision-makers within the community. They also provide portals to employment and collaboration opportunities.
Note: This change does not affect international student members who currently pay $95—a cost which already covers the printing and shipping of all issues of the magazine overseas.
Please contact Allan Gordon, director of membership, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
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