IDSA Updates & Response to COVID-19

Apr 2 2020 - 1:36pm


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


Women in Design Deep Dive

After careful consideration, and in accordance with health guidelines from the CDC and local officials, we have decided to reschedule the Women in Design Deep Dive in Columbus, OH to October 6-7, 2020.  

We believe this is the best course of action to minimize risk at this critical stage and protect the wellbeing of every person involved with the event.

A new round of ticket sales will begin closer to the new dates. Please contact Austin Del Gallo if you have any questions. The main Women in Design event page will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Sustainability Deep Dive

This is now a virtual event, occurring June 3-5, 2020. Registration is open, and we're offering a significantly reduced, "choose your rate" pricing option.

Visit the main Sustainability Deep Dive page for the latest updates and to learn more about the speakers, schedule, content, and sponsorship opportunities.

Undergraduate Student Merit Awards

DEADLINE EXTENSION! Currently accepting School Finalist entries until April 9. Selected School Finalists may upload their work here

Graduate Student Merit Awards

DEADLINE EXTENSION! Currently accepting submissions until April 9. Senior graudate students may upload their work here

Education Papers

The submission deadline has been extended until June 1. Educators and professionals may submit papers for peer-review and selection here.

Updates at IDSA HQ 

IDSA Staff are working remotely until at least May 1, 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

Local Chapter Events

We recommend that all in-person chapter events be postponed or canceled through May 1, 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. 

We have provided a list of resources for IDSA Chapter Officers here

Design Challenges & Initiatives to Address COVID-19

Additional Resources

  • Adobe is offering free temporary Creative Cloud licenses. Learn more.  
  • Keyshot is offering free temporary Keyshot licenses. Reach out to Jeff Hayden at
  • Webex has upgraded their free plan option to 100 participants per line, with unlimited meeting time. Learn more.