Benefits of IDSA

 

The benefits of IDSA membership are vast and greatly depend on the individual. Our members find that they receive more value when they contribute more through volunteer and leadership positions. This return on investment through active community participation yields tangible and intangible benefits for you as an IDSA member. Beyond this, membership dollars help support IDSA's ongoing efforts to advocate for the profession of industrial design through STEM programs, US Patent litigations, community outreach, design competitions and more.

 


We work for you

Education

IDSA offers programs and services that enable personal and professional growth throughout all phases of your career journey.

Education Papers – Design educators share their academic research and support their tenure track.

Professional Development – From Take the Creative Lead to Ecodesign to Good Design= Good Business, IDSA hosts live, interactive webinars on trending topics.

Special Interest Sections – More than a dozen communities represent ID specialties that range from Design History and Design (IP) Protection to Women in Design. Learn about a topic, or share your expertise! 

 

Information

With up-to-date stories and editorials on emerging design trends, member profiles and more, IDSA is an unparalleled resource.

INNOVATION Magazine – This award-winning publication is the voice of the profession, providing points of view on ID and more. You'll receive four annual issues, including the coveted Yearbook of Design Excellence featuring IDEA winners, as a benefit of membership.

designBytes & designUpdate – Get the latest design news and trends delivered each month to your inbox.

Design Resources – See the Design Census; industry data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Endowment for the Arts; Bookshelf publications; Video Gallery; and more! 

INsights – IDSA Ambassadors deliver special content on a wide range of relevant topics.

 

Community

Access to other designers in your area and across the globe is a major reason to belong in IDSA.
 

Professional Chapters & Student Chapters – IDSA has over 30 professional chapters in five districts throughout the country that offer professional development and networking opportunities. We also have nearly 75 student chapters at academic institutions across the US that foster leadership development and community involvement. 

Conferences & Events – IDSA makes connections happen - from the International Design Conference and Deep Dives to Virtual events and Social Media livestreams. These are the perfect place to network, gain inspiration, hone skills, learn about the latest advances and meet the next generation of designers.

Member Directory – One of the many benefits of being an IDSA member is having access to and being part of the IDSA Member Directory. The member value of being listed and the member service of being able to easily connect with other industrial designers is integral to IDSA's core pillar of community. Only IDSA members are listed and only IDSA members have access to the Directory.

Advocacy

IDSA is the only professional society for industrial designers that protects your most important asset—your talent.

Amicus Briefs – IDSA has a rich history of submitting Amicus Curiae briefs in court cases to protect the interests of the organization, its membership and more generally the field of industrial design.

World Design Organization - IDSA is a long-standing member of the leading global assocation for industrial design. Membes get exclusive access to WDO events and content.

PARTS Bill – IDSA joined a coalition that petitioned Congress to oppose legislation that promoted unfair competition and adequate protection of intellectual property.

Maryland Design Excellence Commission – IDSA supported legislation that called for the establishment of this body aimed at developing design-driven innovation programs in the state of Maryland.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network – IDSA submitted a recommendation on behalf of Detroit, which became the first US city named in the field of design in this network.


 

A platform for your success

Your Brand

There’s nothing more important than your personal brand, and IDSA has the tools to help you build that brand.
 

Your Name, IDSA, shows you’ve been vetted by the authority in industrial design.

Member Code of Ethics - IDSA members uphold an ethical code, demonstrating their committment to impacting society in a positive manner.

YourName.design – Create your free .design domain name. Redirect it to a professional profile or create your own website with free, easy-to-use tools.

IDSA Job Board – Once your personal brand is established, land your dream job, or attract top talent for openings at your firm, company or university.

O-1B Visa Letters –  Because IDSA members adhere to the high standards of our Code of Ethics, this service is provided upon request.

Member Spotlight – Share your ID-related news with IDSA for a chance to be featured in a Member Spotlight on IDSA's social media channels, website, and/or designBytes e-newsletter! IDSA wants to celebrate you, your community, and your great work. Only IDSA members are featured in member spotlight.

Your Company's Brand

Boost your company or institution’s profile and get noticed by IDSA's extensive network and influencer reach.

IDSA Ambassadors Program –Support IDSA and the profession while increasing your firm or company's exposure. IDSA Ambassadorship focuses on research, thought leadership and advocacy. Benefits can include media opportunities and submissions on relevant ID and related topics to INsights.

Find a Firm or ID School Listing – Feature your organization or institution with a premium profile that includes robust information you want others to know.

Advertising Opportunities – Reach top influencers, decision makers and professionals on the move with these advertising opportunities.

Leadership

Learn, grow, give back and influence. These are the benefits of serving in a volunteer leadership position within IDSA.

Chapter Officer – Serve as Chair, Vice Chair or in another chapter role. You'll have access to great resources to help your chapter be successful.

Special Interest Section Officer – As a a section leader, help your specialty become a knowledge bank of content and information, not just for the design community, but the public at large! 

Committee/Council Member – These bodies serve as extensions of IDSA's Board of Directors and work on a subset of projects in specific areas throughout the year.

Board of Directors – Serve at the highest level: set the association's strategic priorities and work alongside great colleagues and talented staff.

Discounts

It doesn't get any better than saving money and IDSA membership offers you exclusive discounts.
 

Conferences – Annually from coast-to-coast, IDSA offers District Design Conferences, an International Design and a niche event. Strengthen your ties, learn new skills, take part in workshops and sessions, meet the next generation of designers, go behind-the-scenes on design tours and more. 

Chapter Events – Regional meetings bring you the power of local design communities.

IDEA – Enter the premier international design competition, consisting of approximately 20 categories and a searchable gallery showcasing Gold, Silver and Bronze winners and Featured Finalists.