Founded in 1965, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is one of the oldest and largest industrial design membership associations in existence. Our roots stretch to the beginning of the profession and our members are, and have been, some of the most celebrated industrial designers of all time.
IDSA's annual programming is largely centered on the delivery of professional development, networking events that attract participation from around the world, and gatherings in local cities across the United States via our network of professional and student chapters. These in-person and virtual events provide safe, welcoming, and engaging environments that allow members and non-members alike to enrich their lives and careers as professional industrial designers. IDSA also produces a variety of other long-standing annual programs such as the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) and Student Merit Awards, and the quarterly print publication INNOVATION magazine.
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IDSA LinkedIn 50,000+ followers
IDSA Twitter 33,400+ followers
IDSA Instagram 32,600+ followers
IDSA Facebook 16,800+ followers
IDC Instagram 2,500+ followers
IDC Facebook 900+ followers
IDC Twitter 700+ followers
IDSA.org 1,470,000+ annual visitors (122,500 per month)
InternationalDesignConference.com 38,450+ annual visitors
IDSADesignFoundation.org 6,350+ annual visitors
Young Professionals: 12%
College Students: 32%
* Based on 2021 Member Survey
Women in Design Deep Dive
Columbus, Ohio - March 31-April 1
In-person event with virtual viewing audience
Women in Design is a gathering built to recognize the unique talents, initiatives, challenges, and successes of women in industrial design and related disciplines. This event creates a safe and welcoming space for critical conversations about the design industry and showcases the very best female-identified and non-binary designers making an impact today.
Topics will include: diversity, equity, and inclusion; corporate and workplace culture; design trends and methodology; design leadership; mentoring; community access and resources; and much more.
Sustainable Leadership Deep Dive
Virtual event - May 18-19
The Sustainable Leadership Deep Dive 2022 is an opportunity for professionals to increase their knowledge at the intersection of earth-saving design practices and the value-driven role design plays in strategic decision-making and successful business outcomes.
Topics will include: design for 3P's (people, profit, planet), corporate commitments to sustainability, circular design/economy, sustainable material innovations and manufacturing processes, zero-waste strategies, closed-loop product development, environmental justice, design strategy and research, contracts, intellectual property, patents, entrepreneurship, social impact, design management, design leadership, co-creation methodologies, design analytics and design value
International Design Conference
Seattle, Washington - September 12-14
In-person event with virtual viewing audience
IDC 2022, our biggest annual event, is a platform for amplifying the unique voice of industrial design while celebrating the deep interconnection with other creative disciplines. Each year we assemble an eclectic mix of speakers, roundtable discussions, and interactive professional development experiences with the goal of challenging assumptions and building meaningful connections.
The schedule for IDC will include: IDC, IDSA Education Symposium, Sponsor/Exhibitor Gallery, IDEA Ceremony & Gala, IDSA Awards Ceremony, IDSA Business Meetings, and Seattle-area excursions across three days..
IDSA Education Symposium
In person event with virtual viewing audience - September 12-13
IDSA’s annual Education Symposium highlights the very best in modern design academia. It routinely draws design educators, students, and design practitioners from all over the world and helps connect our vast community through knowledge sharing and networking opportunity.
ID Technique Deep Dive
Virtual event - November 2-3
The ID Technique Deep Dive 2022 is built for industrial designers to upskill and explore the fascinating stages of the I.D. process where ideas come to life through drawings, renderings, and modeling.
Topics will include: sketching, CAD modeling, generative design, surfacing, design for manufacturing, VR/AR, remote collaboration, client presentation, storytelling, portfolios, parametric modeling, research and insights, 3D printing and additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, color/material/finish, and visual identity systems
INNOVATION is delivered in print and digital format quarterly to IDSA professional members, design organizations, academic institutions, and C-suite executives in Fortune 500 companies around the world. 2,000 quarterly print distribution, 10,000+ pass along and digital annual readership.
Find A Firm Directory
A consolidated resource for those in search of industrial design expertise and business partnerships. By showcasing your design firm/agency within this directory, you can amplify your reach and showcase your unique capabilities to a broad audience of potential collaborators. 17,000 annual visitors.
ID Schools Directory
A consolidated resource to aid in the selection and evaluation of advanced industrial design programs in the United States and beyond. By showcasing your design program within this directory, you can amplify your reach and showcase your unique offering to a broad audience of potential students. 25,000 annual visitors.
designUpdate is IDSA’s biweekly e-newsletter that goes out to our community of approximately 35,000 industrial design professionals, educators, students, and affiliate companies worldwide. Average dU open rate: 30%
studentUpdate is IDSA’s quarterly e-newsletter that goes out to our community of approximately 3,000 students, educators, and industrial design schools across the U.S. Average sU open rate: 50%
Student Merit Awards
IDSA recognizes exceptional student design talent through our Student Merit Awards program. The competition highlights the very best creativity, problem solving and design brilliance in each of IDSA's five North American Districts. Two winners are selected from each District for this prestigious distinction, one at the Undergraduate (SMA) level and one at the Graduate (GSMA) level.
Student Merit Award winners (and the schools they represent) benefit from massive media exposure through IDSA's extensive reach and high-level industry recognition.
National Industrial Design Day
Each year, IDSA celebrates with the global design community on March 5 in recognition of National Industrial Design Day. First entered into the US Congressional Record in 2015 by US Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, National Industrial Design Day declares that industrial designers “improve our lives in every way and are worthy of our recognition.”
The annual National ID Day celebration across social media, and through events with IDSA professional and student chapters across the country, encourages industrial designers to share their inspiration, dedication, hard work, and successes with the hashtag #IndustrialDesignDay. It’s also an opportunity to connect with the younger generation through outreach efforts, and to educate students and parents about choosing a career in industrial design.
Design Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded by IDSA to increase access to industrial design education and create opportunities for emerging designers. To date, Design Foundation has distributed over $120,000 in scholarship tuition assistance to a diverse pool of talented industrial design students. Through generous donations from individuals and corporate partners, Design Foundation also provides complimentary registration to IDSA events through the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Event Access Program.