IDSA's Executive Director, Chris Livaudais, took some time during IDC 2019 in Chicago to provide an update to membership on the state of the Society. We use this annual opportunity to share important information with membership in a public forum. The full presentation is shown in the video below. Highlights from this presentation include:
IDSA members are once again among the jurors of the popular International Housewares Association's 26th annual Student Design Competition All Winners to Be Showcased at 2019 International Home + Housewares Show, March 2-5, Chicago
IDSA has embarked on a bold and progressive transformation. We stand at a moment in time where nearly every aspect of the Society is under increasing pressure for time and attention from people like you. While these trends are certainly not new, the way in which IDSA must respond to them is. This position demands that IDSA think critically and creatively about how we deliver a meaningful membership experience to you as a member, as well as for our extended community of designers across the country.
What skills are companies really looking for in junior designers? How much should you charge for freelance work? This is your opportunity to get answers to the real questions that challenge design students and young professionals.
The MassArt Industrial Design Department is hosting a portfolio review for Industrial Design students from all area schools. During the event there will also be Digital Sketching demos hosted by Patrick Thrailkill from Blokx Design. Reviews will be conducted by Industrial Design professionals from the Boston Area. The portfolio reviews will be organized on a first-come-first-served basis. We ask that all attendees, reviewers, faculty and students register for this event.
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is introducing an apprenticeship program for graduates in several design disciplines including industrial/product design. Designship, the first-of-its-kind program in the United States, will train designers in management to help them land leading roles in a creative economy.
The site of IDSA's Northeast District Design Conference 2018 is launching a new Design Thinking MicroMasters program with edX—the nonprofit learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. The courses through Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) will teach how design thinking can be used to solve problems creatively, collaboratively and empathetically.