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The deadline for the International Design Conference call for speakers is Monday, March 12.
What Design Chiefs Care About
Design leaders at Uber, Microsoft, Visa, IBM, Nordstrom, Hopelab, and ReachNow share their priorities for 2018–and how the role of design has shifted at their organizations.
Designing a Place for Women
Belle Kogan, FIDSA, is credited with being one of the first, prominent female industrial designers.
The (Re)Birth of Cool
As a collection, IDEA 2017 winners reflect a seriousness of design.
10 Black Designers to Follow
In recognition of Black History Month, Medium gave a shoutout to 10 designers to watch.
"The Harlem Globetrotters want us to build a trick shot machine, and we're going to do it before the semester ends." Kevin Shankwiler, IDSA, told his class.
A First Look
With his films
, he explored the impact of typography, ID and city planning. But in
, Gary Hustwit focuses his lens entirely on the most influential designer of the last century, Dieter Rams.
Plans to Expand
Steve Jobs famously accused Microsoft of not having any taste, but over the last 5–6 years, Microsoft has been working hard at turning that image around.
In a new series, Bob Greenberg brings together 42 innovative works from Cooper Hewitt’s holdings to explore creativity in the age of technology.
Tucker Viemeister, FIDSA, says that it's collaboration that makes us humans fun in his interview with Project61.
Entries Open for IDEA
IDEA has added categories, balanced jury representation across design disciplines, rebranded the logo and upgraded trophies for this year’s contest.
The Story Behind the Design
This year’s Olympic medal design takes its inspiration from the Korean alphabet, as well as from traditional clothing and architecture.
The "White Ring" Problem
The "white ring" problem affecting Apple's new HomePod speaker is an embarassing snafu for a company that prides itself on its design and quality, say several industrial design experts.
Trying to succeed as a startup is hard enough. Getting a frivolous patent infringement demand letter in the mail can make it a whole lot harder.
Improve Your Portfolio
For an industrial designer, there are few things more significant than your portfolio. We all understand its importance, so here are a few pointers.
ID in the Age of IoT
Paul Hatch, IDSA, describes his design firm's expansion from ID to fields like UI and the IoT and explains why product nurturing will become more important than actual product design.
Success by Design
How did IDEA juror Michael DiTullo, IDSA, go from failing student to owning his own firm? Read part 1 of an interview with DiTullo and learn how he made it all happen.
$1B+ Deal for HTC Design Talent
Google’s $1.1 billion deal to acquire most of HTC’s smartphone design division has officially closed. The deal involves more than 2,000 HTC employees transferring to Google.
Discussing the Artistic Process
“I favor bio-inspiration because it’s the most inclusive, it’s the most broad and it sort of covers a mix,” Brook Kennedy, IDSA, said. “That’s basically just design that’s somehow inspired by a natural system.”
Wendell Castle Passes
Wendell Castle, the whimsical designer who coaxed wood into mind-bending shapes that blurred the boundary between furniture and fine art, died on Jan. 20 at 85. (Shown with Pattie Moore, FIDSA)
Improve Your Portfolio
No matter who you're presenting your design work to, the art of verbal communication can be as important as what you have created visually. Young designers can improve their portfolio presentation by following a few steps.
Designing for the Aging
As we age our homes can become an unsafe place to live. Judd Lord, IDSA, discusses how homes can be retrofitted to achieve a universal design that is safe for an aging population.
Nike used algorithms to help design its latest running shoe.
The Man Behind Google’s Pixel 2
For designers, smartphone screens are one of the most challenging elements to design. Google creative lead Alberto Villarreal, IDSA, explains his vision of creating the perfect phone and the future of smartphone design.
Medical Device Tax Suspension
Medical device companies have applauded the US Congress for taking action once again and suspending the medical device tax.
Sketch or Scenario
IDSA International Design Conference 2017 speaker Marlisa Kopenski says that business and design don't speak different languages. They just use different vocabularies.
In the industry, Adrian van Hooydonk has made a name for himself as a design manager and a groundbreaking visionary.
Crafting Her Ply
Designer Carol Catalano, IDSA, is interviewed by HermanMiller
on her two decades of experimenting with molded plywood.
Bellwether for Design
In applianceDesign magazine, Lou Lenzi, FIDSA, hails the benefits of the IDSA Student Merit Awards---just as the 2018 undergraduate competition opens for entry at the school-level.
Samsung and Intel will supply February's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang with everything from custom designed smartphones to drones, VR and AI.
Blame Bad Design
Don Norman, IDSA, examines how poorly designed software spread panic in Hawaii–and offers tips for avoiding such incidents in the future.
Top Trends from CES 2018
A wearable, ultraviolet light sensor produced by L’Oréal and designed by Yves Behar, IDSA, is in the media spotlight, along with products ranging from robotic dogs to self-flying taxi concepts!
Steve Jobs' Leadership Model
Steve Jobs was a genius and a tough leader, but he was also a great coach who infused his people with a passion for greatness.
10 Tools & Apps for Designers
Here are 10 apps and tools that kept me productive, informed, creative and impactful in 2017.
5 Design Trends
"There’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to design," reports LIz Stinson of Gizmodo. See why.
The Best of CES 2018
Of the thousands of new products on display at CES, these lucky 21 are the standouts identified by
that will help define the next year in technology.
CDOs on the Rise
The term "chief design officer" was coined when Ernesto Quinteros, IDSA, was hired at Johnson & Johnson in 2014. Executives with design backgrounds are rising to the top and, in some cases, delivering billions in new revenue.
ID Market Insights 2018 to 2022
The Global Industrial Design Services Market Research Report 2018–2022 recapitulates the factors that will be responsible for the growth in the market in the forecasted period.
11 Years Already?
Eleven years ago, Steve Jobs announced a wide-screen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet device. But it wasn't three products, it was one.
Top Awards Programs
Dozens of companies and awards programs recognize new product innovations. The International Design Excellence Awards was recognized as one of the top awards programs for new products.
Best Designed Products of 2017
Good product design has the power to redefine the way we interact with the world. Business Insider highlights some of the IDEA 2017 winners.
10 New Principles of Good Design
Dieter Rams’s design principles get a 21st-century update.
Beetles Could Inspire Better Medical Tools
New research into the thistle tortoise beetles is sparking new ideas into how to make better catheters.
'Tis the season to travel! From ping pong and board games, to innovative workspaces and pet friendly attitudes, the hotel lobbies of today are not just for checking in. See how design plays a role.
“I do have somewhat of a reputation for being a little bit harder, a bit ‘grumpy,’ but they said I’d be perfect for it." See who's playing St. Nick and spreading holiday cheer with his ID students.
IDSA SF's Linda Jiang's Essential phone design is among Bloomberg's Best Gadgets of 2017. "For a combination of performance, price and stunning industrial design, nobody came close to the Essential." See why, and what other products make the cut.
3Dprint.com takes a closer look at the winning design of an IDSA student member from College for Creative Studies. See how Echo is making waves.
Drivers for Product Sustainability
According to research by Kiersten Muenchinger, IDSA, head of product design at the University of Oregon in Eugene, there are four emotional drivers of sustainability.
Design for Diversity
"It’s difficult, if not impossible, to design public spaces for a diverse community when public spaces are rarely designed by a diverse community." See who's trying to make a difference and how YOU can weigh in. .
A design studio is breathing new life into old computer parts. See how.