IDSA Updates & Response to COVID-19

Nov 19 2020 - 12:38pm


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 Spring 2021. 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 through January 4, 2021, though we enthusiastically support engaging your communities through virtual events and virtual programming during this time. Please check with your local Chapter Officers for the most up-to-date information about events in your community. Please also see our Guidelines for Hosting In-Person Chapter Events.

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

Virtual Event Videos

For a limited time, IDSA is offering ticketed access to the recordings from the virtual International Design Conference 2020, Women in Design Deep Dive 2020, and Medical Design Deep Dive 2020. Get your ticket to access the IDC 2020 videos here, WIDD 2020 videos here, and MDDD 2020 video here.

Design Challenges & Initiatives to Address COVID-19

Additional Resources

  • Designers for Hire: Y Combinator is putting together a list of designers looking for work. Fill out their form here.
  • Check out IDSA's tips and resources for designing from home.