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. The awards outlined here are presented annually at, or in close proximity to, the International Design Conference. 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 2021 IDSA Awards program will be accepted from May 3 through June 30. Recipients will be announced during a virtual awards show ceremony on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

 

Awards Categories


 

Academy of Fellows

 

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.

Nominate someone for fellowship

 

Individual Achievement Award

 

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

nominate an individual

 

Special Achievement Award

 

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

nominate for special achievement

 

Education Award

 

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

nominate an educator

 

Young Educator Award

 

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.

nominate a young educator

 

Chair's Award

 

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


 

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.

In accordance with our Bylaws, the 2021 Awards Committee is led by the At-Large Director on the Board, ClayVon Lowe, IDSA.

ClayVon Lowe, IDSA (Committee Chair)

Warren Ginn, FIDSA
(Fellow)

Julie Heard, FIDSA
(Fellow)

Ayana Patterson, IDSA
(Professional)

Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA
(Professional)

Percy Hooper, IDSA
(Educator)

Betsy Barnhart, IDSA
(Educator)


 

For more information about IDSA's Awards program, please email Rachel Winter at rachelw@idsa.org.

 


 

Nomination Forms

We recommend first reviewing the nominations form and collecting all the required information before making your nomination.

Education Award

IDSA Education Award Nomination Form

Thank you for taking the first steps in recognizing a member or group within our community for consideration of an IDSA Education Award. The IDSA Education Award is presented in recognition of significant, distinguished, and long-term contributions of career or tenured faculty to the field of industrial design academia.

This nominations form will collect information the IDSA Awards Committee will use when evaluating candidates for an IDSA Education Award. Nominations for this distinction must be accompanied by letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate and other documentation related their career and achievements. We recommend that you review the form before completion in order to ensure that you have all necessary documentation at hand. All candidates who qualify are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being bestowed with this great honor.

Presentation of this award is an IDSA members-only privilege.


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Fellowship Award

IDSA Fellowship Nomination Form

Thank you for taking the first steps in recognizing a peer in our IDSA community for consideration of induction into IDSA's Academy of Fellows. Being inducted into the Academy of Fellows represents a momentous personal achievement for someone who has offered so much of their personal and professional life towards the betterment of our profession. Fellows of IDSA garner industry-wide respect and admiration for their achievements and are held in the highest regard by our membership.

This nominations form will collect information the IDSA Awards Committee will use when evaluating candidates for Fellowship. Nominations for this distinction must be accompanied by letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate and other documentation related their career and achievements. We recommend that you review the form before completion in order to ensure that you have all necessary documentation at hand. All candidates who qualify are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being bestowed with this great honor.

Nomination and induction into the Academy of Fellows is an IDSA members-only privilege.


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Individual Achievement Award

IDSA Individual Achievement Award Nomination Form

Thank you for taking the first steps in recognizing a member of our community for consideration of an IDSA Individual Achievement Award. The IDSA Individual Achievement Award recognizes a designer whose individual achievement has made a valuable contribution over the course of a career to the industrial design profession.

This nominations form will collect information the IDSA Awards Committee will use when evaluating candidates for an IDSA Individual Achievement Award. Nominations for this distinction must be accompanied by letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate and other documentation related their career and achievements. We recommend that you review the form before completion in order to ensure that you have all necessary documentation at hand. All candidates who qualify are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being bestowed with this great honor.

This award may be presented to IDSA members and non-members.

The Personal Recognition Award was renamed the Individual Achievement Award in 2020 to better reflect the award's purpose.


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Special Achievement Award

IDSA Special Achievement Award Nomination Form

Thank you for taking the first steps in recognizing a member or group within our community for consideration of an IDSA Special Achievement Award. The IDSA Special Achievement Award may recognize individuals, organizations, or specific projects notable for their creativity, innovation, passion or achievement in advancing the industrial design profession. Recipients of this distinction, through their recent work, have garnered special attention that spans industry lines and made a significant contribution to their area of expertise.

This nominations form will collect information the IDSA Awards Committee will use when evaluating candidates for an IDSA Special Achievement Award. Nominations for this distinction must be accompanied by letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate and other documentation related their career and achievements. We recommend that you review the form before completion in order to ensure that you have all necessary documentation at hand. All candidates who qualify are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being bestowed with this great honor.

This award may be presented to IDSA members and non-members. More than one Special Achievement Award may be given each year.


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Young Educator Award

IDSA Young Educator Nomination Form

Thank you for taking the first steps in recognizing a member or group within our community for consideration of an IDSA Education Award. The IDSA Young Educator Award began in 2008 and recognizes Jr Faculty, non-tenured, or tenure-track educators who have made a noteworthy impact on industrial design education within the early years of their academic career.

This nominations form will collect information the IDSA Awards Committee will use when evaluating candidates for an IDSA Young Educator Award. Nominations for this distinction must be accompanied by letters of recommendation on behalf of the candidate and other documentation related their career and achievements. We recommend that you review the form before completion in order to ensure that you have all necessary documentation at hand. All candidates who qualify are rigorously evaluated by IDSA's Awards Committee and subsequently approved by IDSA's Board of Directors before being bestowed with this great honor.

Presentation of this award is an IDSA members-only privilege.


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