Why Contribute

"It has been an honor to support the IDSA Design Foundation and Undergraduate Scholarship Fund for many years now, as we know that our donations support education and programs for new and talented industrial designers. It is a privilege to give back, especially when we know it will benefit imaginative and enterprising design students and their work for the future through the Industrial Designers Society of America."

Richard Frinier, MA, IDSA






"The Eastman Innovation Lab (EIL) is dedicated to advancing innovation through design and education. Rooted in Eastman's long history of supporting higher education, the EIL is proud to work with the IDSA Foundation to provide scholarships for Student Merit Award winners, our next generation of Industrial Designers, that will continue to advocate for the profession through education and community. We hope this contribution from the EIL will extend an excitement around education in materials and processes, providing students a foundation that will be the basis of their future success."  
Bryan Shackelford, IDSA



"Contributing to the Design Foundation is my way of giving back to the profession that has given so much to me. I want to support the work of the Design Foundation and help deserving young students realize their dream of pursuing a career in industrial design."

"It is rewarding to me to be able to contribute to a worthwhile organization, one that has been important to me throughout my career and has supported me throughout my working life."
Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA



Industrial design has been a part of my life since I earned a bachelor's in industrial design from the University of Kansas and a master's in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  I joined IDSA in 1967 and have enjoyed an interesting and rewarding career because I found my life's work and passion in the profession of industrial design.

I have had the privilege of spending two years with F. Eugene Smith Assoc. in Ohio, four years with BFGoodrich Company and joining Robert G. Smith, FIDSA at JCPenney Company. I rose through the ranks at JCPenney and eventually replaced Smith when he retired in 1983. In 1974 JCPenney was recognized by IDSA with its Special Award, previously given only five times. In 1986,JCPenney dissolved its design operations and moved its headquarters to Plano, TX.

I then pursued a new direction by starting a design career as an Expert Witness in design patent litigation. To date, I have testified at trial or deposition in 30 cases.

I believe volunteer service is also important and I served as New York Chapter Chair in 1978, chaired the Annual Conference in 1979 and served as Executive Vice President in 1984. It was during this time while serving as President that IDSA hosted its first ICSID Conference, WORLDESIGN, in Washington, DC.

"I encourage you to consider what industrial design has meant in your life and if it has been as meaningful to you as it has to me then I encourage you to support the next generation of industrial designers by making a contribution today."

Cooper C. Woodring, FIDSA