IDSA Awards


IDSA Awards is a collection of awards presented in recognition of significant contribution to the Society or the industrial design profession, excellence in academic advancement, or personal achievement. Past recipients of these distinguished recognitions are some of the most celebrated industrial designers of all time and have made an indelible mark through their personal and professional successes. Deserving candidates are nominated by their peers through an open submission period each year. IDSA's Awards Committee, made up of IDSA members and chaired by IDSA's At-large Director (Awards), maintains annual oversight of this portfolio and evaluates candidates to identify deserving recipients. 

Nominations for the 2022 IDSA Awards have closed. Winners will be announced on September 14, 2022 at the International Design Conference in Seattle, Washington.



2022 IDSA Awards Ceremony


Join us live or virtually on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at Seattle Symphany’s Benaroya Recital Hall as we announce the winners of the 2022 IDSA Awards. The live ceremony takes place at the International Design Conference and will include acceptance speeches from all of our award recipients. The proceedings will be hosted by IDSA Board of Directors At-Large Awards Director, ClayVon Lowe, IDSA.

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Awards Categories

Recognizes IDSA members who have earned the respect and affection of our community through distinguished service to the society and to the profession as a whole. See previous recipients.

Recognizes IDSA members or non-members whose sustained individual achievement has made a valued contribution to the profession of industrial design. See previous recipients.

Recognizes individuals, organizations, or special projects for their creativity, innovation, passion, advocacy or achievement in the field of industrial design. See previous recipients.

Recognizes significant, distinguished, and long-term contributions of career or tenured faculty IDSA members to the field of industrial design academia. See previous recipients.

Recognizes junior faculty, non-tenured, or tenure-track IDSA member educators who have made a noteworthy impact on industrial design education within the early years of their academic career. See previous recipients.

IDSA's Board Chair may provide special acknowledgement to individuals whose work in service of the Society is deserving of a spotlight. See previous recipients.

(Active: 2012-2015)


Evaluation Criteria


The Awards Committee will evaluate nominations based on the following applicable criteria (note - criteria for each award varies slighty based on their description): 

  1. Career Info
  2. IDSA Service
  3. Impact to IDSA
  4. Impact to the Profession
  5. Impact on Academia

2022 IDSA Award Timeline


  • February 7 - April 1 - Round 1: Nominations Accepted
  • April 4 - May 30 - Round 2: Detailed Info Collected From Nominator / Candidate Material Collection
  • June - Awards Committee Selections
  • August - Winners Notified
  • September 14 - Public Announcement / Winner Ceremony - Seattle, WA


Awards Committee


A core purpose of the Awards Committee is to ensure the awards we give maintain their relevancy and value to our diverse membership and design community at large. In doing so, the Committee seeks to increase member understanding and visibility of the awards program. A better understanding allows for greater participation and in turn helps IDSA celebrate the wonderful achievements of our community. All candidates who qualify for an award are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being presented with the recognition they have earned.

The 2022 Awards Committee is led by At-Large, Awards Director, ClayVon Lowe, IDSA.

Betsy Barnhart, IDSA

Shea Tillman, IDSA

Jasmine Kent, IDSA

Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA

Nancy Perkins, FIDSA

George McCain, FIDSA


For more information about IDSA's Awards program, please email Rachel Winter at