IDSA Ambassadors


The Industrial Designers Society of America's Ambassadors program supports IDSA and the industrial design profession primarily with through content creation (thought leadership) and advocacy (support of the profession).


IDSA Ambassadors represent the very best of our industry and are leaders within their respective fields. Being an IDSA Ambassador means that these organizations are patrons of IDSA and help support our year-round programming. Through their generosity, we are able to deliver our programming to a global audience with a high level of quality and authority. In return, IDSA Ambassadors frequently contribute to IDSA programming and their stories can be found across all of IDSA's media channels, including: INNOVATION magazine, at conferences and events, social media, email blasts to thousands of readers, and on the home page of this website. Learn more about becoming an IDSA Ambassador here.







Covestro is the largest supplier of polycarbonate worldwide, addressing pressing challenges and developing high-tech solutions used in many areas of daily life. For over 50 years, we have offered innovative, high-performance materials produced to the highest quality standards at our global manufacturing sites, coupled with exceptional technical support and know-how. Our engineering plastics portfolio includes Makrolon® polycarbonates (PC), Bayblend® PC/ABS blends, Makroblend® PC/polyester blends, Apec® high-heat PC, and Texin® thermoplastic polyurethanes. The main segments served by Covestro are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself.

Subject Matter Expertise:
Products: Automotive; Electrical and Electronics; Construction; Medical; and Sports and Leisure
Fields: Wide Range

John Skabardonis, PhD, A/IDSA, Design Advocate, Covestro North America




Crown Design designs, manufactures, distributes, services and supports material handling products that provide customers with superior value. Since 1956, Crown has distinguished itself with exceptional product designs and a business approach based on vertical integration. Crown designs and manufactures 85 percent of its lift truck components, including key parts like motors, drive units and electronic modules.

Subject Matter Expertise:
Products: Commercial and industrial Transportation; Productivity
Fields: Design Education; Design Research; Design Strategy

Michael P. Gallagher, IDSA, Vice President, Design Center



Metaphase Design Group

Since 1991, Metaphase Design Group has been partnering with several of the world’s most prestigious and influential brands and high-profile start-ups to create award-winning product and packaging designs that rejuvenate markets, create new product categories and shape unique consumer brand experiences. Through research, human factors engineering, ergonomics, product and packaging design and user-centered innovation strategy, Metaphase’s portfolio ranges from drug delivery and robotic surgical systems, and powered and manual instrument design to disposables, mobile and wearable devices, and IFU’s and HE-75 research programs.

Subject Matter Expertise:
Products: Medical Devices, Consumer Products, Packaging, Commercial Products
Fields: Human Factors, Ergonomics, Medical, Research

Contact: Bryce G. Rutter, PhD, IDSA, CEO & Founder




TEAGUE is the original design consultancy. Founded in 1926 by design pioneer Walter Dorwin Teague, TEAGUE’s portfolio spans many firsts: the Polaroid camera, the UPS truck, the Texaco service station, the Pringles canister and the Xbox. Along the way, TEAGUE has designed the interior of every Boeing commercial airplane every produced—including the 787 Dreamliner. Today, TEAGUE is 300+ thinkers and doers with talents spanning everything from industrial design and interaction design to branding and robotics. All of TEAGUE’s talents are focused specifically on travel and technology innovation, working on projects such as the NIKE + TEAGUE Athlete’s Plane; next-generation devices for Intel and Samsung; the DENNY Bicycle; and the Boeing 777X. 

Subject Matter Expertise:
Products: Automotive and Transportation; Consumer Electronics; Consumer Goods and Services
Fields: Strategic Consulting; User Experience

John Barratt, FIDSA, TEAGUE President and CEO; IDSA Board Chair 2015-2017



Techmer PM

Techmer PM LLC is a leading materials design company that has been developing creative materials solutions for customers since it was founded in 1981.   With a focus on how to modify and fine‐tune the properties of technical polymers, the company thrives on partnering and collaborating with plastics processors, fabricators, designers, specifiers and brand owners.

Drawing on a broad portfolio of resins –– from polypropylene to PEEK –– Techmer PM helps consumer and industrial product manufacturers enhance product function and appearance in scores of end use markets, and helps solve difficult business, product design, manufacturing and sustainability challenges.

Subject Matter Expertise:
Products: Advanced additives; custom colors; engineered compounds; and branded products for enhancing polymers, fabrics and fibers
Fields: Materials Design, collaborative product development, polymer science, formulation methodology, digital color technology, innovation and sustainability

David Turner, ARCA  Vice President, Design and Business Innovation