Northern Lakes

IDSA's Northern Lakes Chapter covers a broad geographical area with metropolitan centers in SE and Central Wisconsin as well as Eastern Minnesota. To build chapters large enough to be effective, IDSA members residing in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been welcomed into the Northern Lakes chapter and events are planned with this in mind.

Our chapter supports the professional development and networking needs of a broad range of design specialties, employers, and industries including manufacturers and consultants in medical, sporting goods, consumer electronics, heavy equipment, tools, and housewares.  All that plus four real seasons as well!

IDSA Northern Lakes's goal is to complement IDSA National’s larger-scale productions with grassroots level interactive events distributed by locale and appeal.  We are in the position to connect our members on a more personal level and address their unique needs and interests in a way only a local face can.  In addition to bridging the gap between local and national efforts, we strive to maintain an appreciable balance between social, workshop, lecture, skills development and charity events.

Your chapter, IDSA Northern Lakes, is capable of doing a fantastic job of putting you in touch with designers outside of your current focus, place of employment or skill level but, only if you actively participate.  Inspire others while they inspire you and help build an active design-driven community in the process!

If you have questions, would like to share information with the community or have ideas for events and activities, please let us know by writing to

Northern Lakes News & Events

  • IDSA NL - MKE Tour De Biergarten Cycling Event
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

    Join IDSA Northern Lakes on October 5th for a fun filled afternoon of raffle prizes, games, great conversation, and...

  • IDSA NL East Minnesota: Twin Cities Double Header
    Friday, March 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

    It's time to shake off the cold and at least pretend Spring will eventually arrive! Join us for the next...

  • IDSA-NL RAMS Screening
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 6:00pm

    The Milwaukee Premiere Screening of "Rams" hosted by director Gary Hustwit, co-presented by AIGA Wisconsin, IDSA...

  • IDSA-NL RAMS Screening After Party
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 8:30pm

    IDSA members and Guests are invited to the RAMS screening After Party hosted by IDSA at Good City Brewing. It will...

  • IDSA-NL 5th Annual Link 'n' Drink!
    Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

    Come help us celebrate 5 years of bikes, beers, and design! Join us at the Capital Brewery and Bier Garten from 6 -...


Lea Plato, IDSA, Chair
Ben Rodgers, IDSA, Vice Chair-Central WI
Makai Catudio, IDSA, Vice Chair-East MN
Lauren Bartlett, IDSA, Media & Communications Chair
Kyle Anderson, IDSA, Secretary/​Treasurer