Sustainability Deep Dive 2021


The Sustainability Deep Dive 2021 seeks to leverage our resources, processes, and voice as industrial designers to establish new ways of thinking and methodologies in our studios, companies, and corporate settings that can help to ensure the ongoing health of our planet and its precious resources.



Following the success of our first Deep Dive exploring this topic in 2020, we're continuing our efforts to create a platform that allows industrial designers to connect and share resources that will lead us to a more sustainable future. As the developers of products and services used by billions of people around the world, industrial designers hold a crucial position: one that demands we look for ways in which our work can ignite social, cultural, and institutional change.

Topics covered include (but are not limited to): circular design/economy, sustainable material innovations and manufacturing processes, zero-waste strategies, changing consumer behavior, closed-loop product development, biomimicry, product packaging, and much more.

Join us online for two days on June 9 & 10, 2021 (4 hours each day) to hear from talented designers with proven product development track records across a broad spectrum of sustainable product development practices. All sessions will be recorded and made available post-event for ticket holders only.





Kevin Bethune is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of dreams • design + life, a think tank delivering design & innovation services using a human-centered approach. Kevin’s background spans engineering, business and design in equal proportion over his 20+ year career, positioning him to help brands deliver meaningful innovations to enrich people’s lives and experiences. Kevin started dd•l in the Spring of 2018, after serving as the Vice President of Strategic Design at BCG Digital Ventures.

Kevin has given keynote talks at TED@BCG, Google Design, AIGA, DMI, DRDS, ArtCenter College of Design, California College of the Arts, MIT (with DesignObserver), Parsons School of Art & Design, Yale School of Management, Woodbury University and Carnegie Mellon University. Kevin’s perspectives have also been featured in the DMI Review, Bloomberg, Design.Blog, DesignObserver and Interaction Design Foundation. Kevin is presently writing a book on multidisciplinary innovation for The MIT Press.

Sayeh Dastgheib-Beheshti, IDSA is Chair of the IDSA-Toronto chapter. She is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of a Silicon Valley start-up currently in stealth mode, and a researcher focused on sustainability. Her previous industry experience includes designing motion capture systems for movies, automotive interiors, aerospace interiors, and consumer products. With over 15 years of experience teaching in higher education, her research explores the intersection of product design, systems thinking, and ecological economics to create critical pedagogy for design education.

Sayeh holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Art Centre College of Design in Switzerland, and a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University in Canada. In addition to her IDSA professional membership, she is a member of the Sustainable Consumption Research Action Initiative (SCORAI) and Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE).


Quality professional development

IDSA’s virtual Deep Dive events are structured to enable attendees to learn from and interact with top-tier design leaders from around the world, all from the comfort of your home. Attendees can expect a comprehensive professional development opportunity for designers at every level.  A digital certificate of completion is available upon request for attendees who successfully participate in both days of the event. 


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