Big Design in the Big D

IDSA Members Join the Celebration, as Design Festival Takes Over Detroit

Sep 23 2015 - 11:39am

IDSA members are part of the Detroit Design Festival Sept. 22-26, 2015. “It’s not just one of those design events,” says Sooshin Choi, IDSA—who’s taking notes since he’s the chair of the 2016 IDSA International Conference, also set for the Motor City. “The Detroit Design Festival is a vibrant event that captures culture, art, business and of course, all kinds of design—and celebrates what creative talents can bring to the society, community and economy.”

Choi, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, says the festival has become an international venue to showcase creative energy and its impact. “I’m thrilled to be meeting so many creative minds!” he declares.

The Detroit Design Festival is bringing more than 500 creatives from all fields of design to more than 25,000 attendees. It's organized by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), with some events being held at CCS. That includes a panel on “Cultivating Creativity through Creative Education” which is exploring ways to develop, retain and attract creative talent to Detroit. Among the panelists—IDSA Member and Sundberg Ferar President Curt Bailey.

IDSA Board of Directors Central District VP Jeevak Badve, vice president strategic growth at Sundberg Ferar, also is attending the Detroit Design Festival. He’s part of the IDSA planning committee for the 2016 International Conference, and part of a Board of Directors task force assigned to strengthen IDSA events.

Choi, Bailey and Badve also are members of the newly-launched Michigan Design Council. Michigan has the highest number of industrial designers in the United States.

Follow the excitement this week on Twitter @DetDesignFest and join the journey to IDSA’s next International Conference on @IDSA #IDSADetroit16 and @VisitDetroit