The first virtual version of IDSA's Women in Design Deep Dive, held Oct. 6-7, 2020, beat the odds in a socially-distant year to be one of our most intimate and impactful events yet. Nearly 500 designers from 20 different countries participated in the online experience, which celebrated the accomplishments of women across design disciplines and dove into the skills, strategies, and connection-building needed to break down barriers in industrial design and related fields.
For me personally, my introduction to industrial design was not necessarily a graceful leap from my high school days. In my case, I stumbled my way through two years of engineering school before finding my true passion: design. A great deal of design students has found themselves in the same situation, though many know their passion from day one.
The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has exciting news about the Society's professional chapters in the South District. The final two chapters in this region (IDSA-Carolina and IDSA-Florida) have been renamed.
IDSA-Carolina will now be IDSA-Charlotte (IDSA-CHA). IDSA-Charlotte will serve members in and around Charlotte, NC; however, until new city-based chapters are formed in the region, the chapter will continue to serve all of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Southern Virginia.
After over 50 years working as an Industrial Designer, I am retired. That is, I no longer seek to make a living as a designer and I no longer seek clients and sponsored projects. However, I do continue to design products.