When we began to compose the theme of this issue, we took a moment to reflect on how to create something that would be relevant to the current time and showcase the actions of our community. In the weeks since that initial planning session, so much has changed.
It’s fair to say that 2020 has been one of the most surreal, devastating, and challenging years in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has swept through almost every nation on earth, with several million cases of the novel coronavirus reported. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have died from the virus, while countless lives have been painfully disrupted and irrevocably altered.
Amid this global health crisis, public attention in the U.S. turned to a series of racist attacks and horrific incidents of police brutality. The murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis on Memorial Day, captured on smartphone video and shared around the world, triggered a wave of protests and pushed myriad organizations, included our own, to confront issues of racial injustice, reexamine the ways in which the design industry could be helpful and harmful to our communities, and work to dismantle biased and unequal systems. We have a lot of work to do and are grateful for all we have learned. We will not stop showing up, or speaking up, for what is right.
So, given this context, how did we begin to craft this issue of INNOVATION? The answer is simple. We turned, once again, to our community.
Design to Advance Human Progress by Federico Casalegno, PhD, IDSA
Origami to the Rescue by Shujan Bertrand, IDSA
Quarantined ’n Chillin’ by Meghan Preiss
And Then We All Taught Online... by Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
All in the Family by Beau Oyler
The Virtual Watercooler: Moving Collaboration Online by Alden Rose, IDSA
Designing with Speed for a Critical Need by Michael Hammond, IDSA and Corin Frost
For People, Not Profit by Dominic Peralta, IDSA
IDC 2020 Emcee: The False Tale of Efficiency by Kristine Arth
IDC 2020 Emcee: You + Your Work by Spencer Nugent
The Logic of Story: A Search for Narrative by Byron Wilson
A Lesson in Collaboration by Kyle Ellison, IDSA, and Veronica Orecchia, IDSA
The Virtual Debut of the Sustainability Deep Dive, event recap
Boast Your Toast: Ecodesign Challenge, event recap
In every issue:
IDSA HQ by Chris Livaudais, IDSA
Beautility by Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA with John-Michael Ekeblad
Design DNA by Scott Henderson, IDSA
Design Defined by Esmerly Simé Segura, IDSA
A Final Thought by Hector Silva with Dominic Montante
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