2021 Program Calendar


We have an exciting and comprehensive schedule of events and programming slated to span the entire year of 2021. This is all on top of the local activity you can expect from our Chapter communities across the country. Below you'll find key dates and links to more information on each of our major programs for 2021. (For advertising opportunities, view the IDSA Media Kit.)

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all IDSA programming produced by the national IDSA office will be conducted virtually until further notice.

Conferences & Events

International Design Conference 

IDC 24-hour livestream
September 22-23

IDSA Education Symposium
September 22

Deep Dives

Getting it Made
March 17-18

June 9-10

Women in Design
July 28-29

The Business of Design
November 2-3

Design Voices

Previous Design Voices 2021 events:
• Circular Design: Close That Loop!
• Design for Democracy
• Perspectives on Race and Design
• Intersection of Service Design & ID
• Women in ID: Data Bias & Entrepreneurship
• Life Centered Design

National Industrial Design Day

March 5
Each year, IDSA celebrates with the global design community on March 5 in recognition of National Industrial Design Day. First entered into the US Congressional Record in 2015 by US Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, National Industrial Design Day declares that industrial designers “improve our lives in every way and are worthy of our recognition.”


Awards & Recognitions

International Design Excellence Awards

Open for entry
January 4

Entry closes
March 15

IDEA Winners Ceremony
September 21

Student Merit Awards

Undergraduate SMA - Round 1
January - March 8

Undergraduate SMA - Round 2
March 8 - April 5

Graduate SMA
March 8 - April 5

Winners announced

IDSA Awards

Call for nominations opens
May 3

Call for nominations closes
June 30

IDSA Awards Ceremony
September 20 

20/21 Recognitions

Recipients announced


Education Papers

Entry opens
March 1

Entry closes
May 3

Paper acceptance notifications & public announcements

Undergraduate & Graduate Scholarships

Entry opens
April 19

Entry closes
June 11

Recipients announced
July 26

Senior Show

Submissions begin
May 3

Submissions close
June 14

Nominations & Elections

National Leadership Positions

Call for interest opens
April 5

Call for interest closes
May 7

Candidates posted online
August 2 - September 30 (30 days minimum)

IDSA membership voting
September 3 - September 30

Election results announced
November 1

Chapter Leadership Positions

Call for interest opens
October 1

Call for interest closes
November 1

Candidates posted
November 8

IDSA membership voting
November 15 - December 13

Chapters notify IDSA of results
by December 17

Election results announced
December 20