Not long after the global COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, members of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) began laser-cutting and 3D-printing face masks for healthcare workers, due to a nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE).
During this uneasy time of living with and working through the global COVID-19 pandemic, leveraging our connections and unique skills as industrial designers to help others has become all the more important.
Four IDSA student members won top prizes in the International Housewares Association’s 27th annual Student Design Competition, and four more IDSA student members received honorable mentions. Two IDSA members also served on the Competition jury.
There has never been a time when the role of design has been more crucial to the health of the Earth’s environment and people, or more crucial to the survival of many of the species with whom we share the planet.
The 20 hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998.1 Science tells us we have 10 years to make dramatic changes to almost every aspect of our societies, our infrastructure and the way we behave as individuals.2, 3, 4