IDSA's Women in Design special interest section supports all female-identified and non-binary designers in achieving their full professional potential. Members are encouraged to share perspectives on career development, build their professional skills, and expand their networks by planning and participating in sponsored lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and other professional development events. The section provides a constructive, inclusive and honest environment for discussing and co-creating solutions for real-world issues. Social events throughout the year complement the section's professional focus, providing further opportunities for members to leverage the incredible knowledge and resources available to them within a diverse, international community.
IDSA's first Women+Design Summit was held on May 12, 2017 in San Diego, CA, followed by the IDSA-CHI Women & Design Summit on October 20, 2018 in Chicago, IL. IDSA's Women in Design Deep Dive 2019 was held on May 3, 2019 in San Francisco, CA, and IDSA's virtual Women in Design Deep Dive 2020 was held Oct. 6-7, 2020.
Women in Design News & Events
MAD's Pathmakers Exhibition of Midcentury Craft April 28 - Sept 27
Media theorist Marshall McLuhan famously said "the medium is the message," but sadly in the world of visual arts, not all mediums are judged the same way. With Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today, a new exhibition featuring a wide-ranging display of more than 100 works in textiles, ceramics, and metal, New York's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) showcases an alternative history of creativity and artistry that runs contrary to the conventional midcentury narrative, largely dominated by painting, sculpture and architecture. And, men -- this new survey provides insights into the work of female designers such as textile innovator and fabric artist Dorothy Liebes and Hella Jongerius, whose original designs for the United Nations Delegates' Lounge, including a curtain of ceramic beads, has been recreated for the exhibit.