IDSA Events

IDSA hosts several events throughout each year that aim to advance the profession by bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields. These events support a key IDSA mission of community by creating environments that foster engagement, networking and knowledge exchange. Connecting to other designers is one of the most powerful and tangible results of being a part of IDSA. Your participation makes it possible for us to create unforgettable moments for designers across disciplines to share knowledge and build lifelong relationships.


The International Design Conference

The International Design Conference (IDC) is our marquee event for professional designers and a celebration of the diversity, overlap and undeniable power of design. This landmark event is a revolutionary step by IDSA to invite influential voices to the table for a long-awaited conversation, exploring the future of design and other emergent forces impacting our profession. The IDC is a sensory-oriented playground for creative minds, and places high-quality, cutting-edge content at the forefront.


The Education Symposium

The Education Symposium is our premier event for design educators and academic institutions. For over 15 years, we have supported the design education community through this long-running gathering, which offers an in-depth look at developing trends in the world of academia. Through paper presentations, hands-on workshops and interactive panels, the annual Education Symposium provides a comprehensive look at the state of design education, now and in the future. 


Deep Dive Events

IDSA’s Deep Dive events explore a rotating set of topics, including Sustainability, Women in Design, Business of Design, and more. These events offer one-on-one interactions with other designers who share similar interests. Also, as the name “Deep Dive” implies, each event offers a knowledge-rich environment for diving deep into a specific subject area.


The IDEA Ceremony & Gala

The International Design Excellence Awards Ceremony and Gala celebrates the very best of design excellence each year. Designers from around the world attend this sparkling evening event to mingle and see who takes home top IDEA prizes. 


Local Chapter Events

Are you looking for events in your local area? IDSA has a vast network of professional and student chapters who host hundreds of events throughout the year for local design communities across the country.