About IDSA


Founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is one of the oldest and largest industrial design associations in existence. Our roots stretch to the beginning of the profession and our members are, and have been, some of the most celebrated industrial designers of all time. The IDSA community helps strengthen the industrial design profession as a whole and contributes to the boundless impact of design within business, culture, and society. 

Our membership in the United States and Canada is grouped into Professional Chapters and Student Chapters that are centered in cities where our membership lives. Chapters are communities that help to foster professional development through the delivery of localized programming and networking opportunities. Chapter teams often work in close collaboration with other design-focused groups (schools, museums, associations, corporations, etc.) in the pursuit of bringing diverse communities closer. Our Chapters are led by 100% volunteer teams who are supported with tools and resources from the IDSA headquarter staff.  


In-person events are a hallmark of what has made IDSA so successful over the years. We strive to create safe, welcoming, and engaging environments that allow members and non-members alike to enrich their lives and careers as industrial designers. These are facilitated primarily through networking and knowledge exchange encounters, ranging in scale from intimate gatherings of a few to full-blown conference assemblies of 500 participants or more.  

  • The International Design Conference (IDC) brings together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields for three days of inspirational dialogue and interactive experiences.
  • Deep Dives are intimate events, tailor-made for design practitioners to share ID-relevant content built around a specific topic or subject matter.  
  • The Education Symposium is an annual gathering that brings together our diverse academic community. 
  • Local Chapter and Section events happen regularly throughout the year. See our event calendar.


Highlighting the exceptional work of our design community is a cornerstone of IDSA's efforts. One of the primary ways we accomplish this is through our vast portfolio of awards programs, which recognize designers not only for their personal and professional achievements, but also for their contributions to the industrial design profession. We believe this mission is a vital step in providing a platform that both elevates public awareness of design and strengthens the connection between design and business.  

  • The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is a worldwide design competition celebrating the very best in design excellence for design professionals and students.  
  • The IDSA Student Merit Awards (SMA) highlight the very best creativity, problem solving, and design brilliance in each of IDSA's five North American Districts.  
  • IDSA Awards are a collection of awards presented in recognition of significant contribution to the Society or the industrial design profession, excellence in academic advancement, and personal achievement.  


The collection, curation, and distribution of relevant industrial design information is central to IDSA's mission. 

  • INNOVATION magazine is IDSA’s flagship quarterly publication, presenting cutting-edge content on current trends, research, and methodologies.  
  • designBytes (members only) and designUpdate (open to the broader IDSA community) are email-based newsletters that deliver hyper-current content and news stories to over 32,000 inboxes across the world each month.  
  • Education Papers are peer reviewed and published annually in close connection to IDSA's Education Symposium.  
  • IDSA.org is the online home for our organization and has grown to become an ongoing repository of industrial design history, knowledge, case studies, and more.  
  • Connect with IDSA on TwitterLinkedInFacebook, and Instagram.


As a unified and trusted resource for the industrial design profession, IDSA protects space for industrial design within a crowded landscape and amplifies the voice of industrial designers to the business community and society at large. This is an ongoing effort, but some of the ways we accomplish this are:  

  • Design Foundation, a 501c(3) charitable organization founded by IDSA in 2001 to expand our outreach and educational efforts. 
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships, presented annually to deserving students in support of their pursuit of an industrial design degree. 
  • National Industrial Design Day, celebrated annually, established on March 5, 2015, and entered into the U.S. Congressional Record by U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly. 
  • IDSA partners with the CBS television series “America by Design.” As an industry partner, IDSA works to position IDSA members and IDEA winning products on the show to be broadcast into homes across the United States.  
  • IDSA is a long-standing and active member of the World Design Organization


IDSA is a non-profit 501c(6) organization.