The IDSA Raleigh-Durham Chapter will provide an opportunity for members to build their local community of industrial design professionals, educators, students, as well as industries that support the profession (e.g., vendors and suppliers). The Chapter’s goal will be to create events that will provide professional development as well as personal and professional networking opportunities. Our objective is to connect you with colleagues and collaborators while supporting student events through the NC State Student Chapter.
Raleigh-Durham and the RTP has become home to a fast-growing number of firms in technology, biotech, and medical industries sized ranging from large Fortune 500 high-tech companies to startups. It is home to a nationally ranked Industrial Design program at NC State as well as two additional research universities, and two teaching hospitals. There are many practicing industrial design professionals in the area either working as in-house designers or as consultants.
There are a number of local design firms in the RDU area, ranging from single-person consultancies to larger multi-disciplinary firms. Additionally, there is a growing number of corporate headquarters with in-house design offices, and a number of local consultancies including- Design Dimension, Inc., Durham Design Company, Forma Medical Device Design, Ginn Design Product Development, Ideologic, Laut Design, Paradigm, Plexus, The Other Edge, and Trig Innovation. Local corporate offices include BD Collins, Aerospace, Cree Lighting, Electrolux, IBM Corporation, Lenovo. Pentair. Red Hat, and Volvo Trucks.
This is a vibrant, exciting area for businesses to thrive and it’s time for the Raleigh-Durham area to establish an identity as a center for design, creativity, and innovation.