The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has been closely following updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), with concerns for the health and safety of our communities in the United States and abroad in mind. We urge you to stay informed on the latest CDC updates and recommendations here.
Updates at IDSA HQ
IDSA Staff are working remotely through September 7, 2020. Since our employees will be out of the office during this time, there may be a slight delay in the processing of mailed payments, single INNOVATION orders and the like. We also will be waiving all wire fees at this time, until further notice. All major operational functions and support of the IDSA community will continue, including phone calls, emails and other forms of digital communication related to our events, chapter outreach and programming.
As referenced in our 2020 Membership Update, IDSA's recent investment in improved IT has allowed for a wide range of collaborative and cloud-based tools that have made it easier for staff members to connect with our volunteer teams. If you have questions or require support, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
Local Chapter Events
We recommend that all in-person chapter events be postponed or canceled through September 7, 2020. We are working with local chapter teams to advise them on how to best handle this rapidly evolving situation. Please check with your local Chapter Officers for the most up-to-date information about events in your community. Please also see our guidelines on hosting healthy, in-person chapter events.
We have provided a list of resources for IDSA Chapter Officers here.
Design Challenges & Initiatives to Address COVID-19
- California by Design and New York by Design have launched a Face Mask Innovation Challenge. The deadline has been extended to July 31, 2020.
- Pensa has launched a website with resources on how to build simple intubation shields. They're also working on face shields—more info here.
- Check out Luminary Labs' Open Source Initiatives to Address COVID-19.
- Designers for Hire: Y Combinator is putting together a list of designers looking for work. Fill out their form here.
- Keyshot is offering free temporary Keyshot licenses. Reach out to the sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Webex has upgraded their free plan option to 100 participants per line, with unlimited meeting time. Learn more.