IDSA International Conference 2016: Making Things Happen

Designers are driven to #MakingThingsHappen. We are the hand that introduces the future to the present, all while striving to benefit people, community and industry. Industrial designers play a critical role in advancing the satisfaction of life through experiences, social innovations and enjoyable services. From August 17–20, 2016 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the 2016 IDSA International Conference will contemplate and share how we are Making Things Happen in industrial design and related fields during the next 50 years of IDSA. Please click on the REGISTER button on the right side of this page and watch my welcome video message below:

Detroit has been an epicenter for making everything and anything. Music, food, automobiles, furniture, arts, crafts—you name it. Here, the people are passionate, full of pride and above all, have an ambition to make things happen. If necessity is the mother of invention—in Detroit, optimism is the father who gets things done! The city has a magnificent history and went through a tunnel of economic hardship. Now, revitalization is underway and making headlines around the globe. Join us in a celebration of industrial design and all that is happening in this great city. Witness the change and talk about how we are going to make things happen!

Congratulations to Liam Hawry, director of industrial design–packaging at Berlin Packaging on winning the #IDSADetroit16 logo competition.

Mark your calendar and experience the journey now on @IDSA #IDSADetroit16 #IDSAIDEA @VisitDetroit on Twitter and @IDSAdesign on Instagram. Come early and stay late in Detroit to see everything the #ComebackCity has to offer. The 2016 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Ceremony (free and open to the public) and Gala (ticketed event) is set for August 17 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI. IDSA is proud to announce that an IDEA display is scheduled to open at the museum in July. Know before you go; see the details here.


Sooshin Choi, IDSA
Chair, IDSA 2016 International Conference
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, College for Creative Studies-Detroit