Nancy Perkins, FIDSA

Nancy Perkins, FIDSA
Women In Design Section Founding Co-Chair
IDSA Women in Design Advisory Council, 2021-22


Nancy J. Perkins, FIDSA joined IDSA in 1974 after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BFA in industrial design. She has been elected IDSA Chicago Chapter Chair, Midwest District VP, and National Secretary/Treasurer.

Perkins is a longtime IDSA member who was inducted into the IDSA Academy of Fellows in 1993. Among her many accomplishments and service to the Society was the co-founding of the Women in Design Section of IDSA in the early 1992. She has organized IDSA’s Student Mentor Program and also served as President of the Design Foundation. Today, Perkins continues her commitment to expanding the visibility of women in industrial design and highlighting the contributions of women in the ID profession.

Nancy holds 27 patents and is a patent litigation expert witness. She has designed successful products in diverse categories, including industrial equipment, mass transit, marine and consumer products, as Principal of Perkins Design Ltd. in Chicago, IL.