Nancy J. Perkins, FIDSA

Nancy J. Perkins FIDSA
Principal of Perkins Design Ltd.


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 was elected IDSA Chicago Chapter Chair, Midwest District VP and National Secretary/Treasurer.

In 1992, Nancy cofounded the Women’s Section (now called Women in Design). She organized IDSA’s Student Mentor Program and served as President of the Design Foundation. In 1993, she became an IDSA Fellow.

Nancy holds 27 patents and is a patent litigation expert witness. She’s designed successful products in diverse categories; industrial equipment, mass transit, marine and consumer products. She is principal of Perkins Design Ltd. in Bellefonte, PA.


Women in Design Deep Dive 2019 Presenter

Reflections on Our Progress
Nancy Perkins, FIDSA and Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA

Statistics reveal that professional advancement and life management options have improved dramatically for professional women, yet we know there is much more to be done. The Women’s Section, IDSA’s first special interest Section, was founded in 1992 by Sharyn Thompson FIDSA and Nancy Perkins FIDSA to promote the visibility of women in the profession. Now named Women in Design, our group’s events prove the value in continuing our dialogue. Nancy will share insights gained during her 50 years in the profession as a designer, design manager and CEO of a manufacturing company.

Vicki Matranga, H/IDSA, Design Programs Coordinator for the International Housewares Association, will share stories of lesser-known women whose professional accomplishments are under-recognized.  She will discuss unique professional development opportunities and inspiring career paths of some selected women in industrial design and related fields during the 1930-1970 era.