Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA

Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA
Design Programs Coordinator
International Housewares Association

Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA, promotes the design of home products for a major trade association and is a museum consultant and design historian. For the International Housewares Association (IHA), she organizes industry education events, displays and awards programs and writes articles for IHA’s blog.

She created IHA’s Student Design Competition, now marking its 25th year. As an author, museum curator, and lecturer, Matranga’s focus is on the history of industrial design, especially of her hometown’s unrecognized design legacy.  A Chicago native, she has a BA in the history of architecture and art from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in marketing from Northwestern University.


Celebrating Young Design Talent: 25 Years of IHA’s Student Competition

In 1993, the International Housewares Association established a national Student Design Competition, endorsed by IDSA. IHA’s program is recognized by practitioners and educators as a valuable contributor to industrial design education.

This rigorous competition is judged by design professionals, managers at housewares companies and retailers. Requirements mirror real-world deliverables and all participants benefit from professional feedback. In addition to cash prizes and media attention, the once-in-a-lifetime experience at the annual International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago launches winners’ careers.

Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA—who has managed the program since its inception—will take us behind the scenes as the competition marks its 25th anniversary.