Jury Chair Matthew Marzynski, IDSA, on IDEA 2015

The 2015 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Jury, led by Chair Matthew Marzynski, IDSA, met at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI to judge the 621 finalists in one of the world's most prestigious design competitions. In this conversation with Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE—Marzynksi says he sees IDEA as history in the making. 

More than 1,700 projects from around the world entered IDEA as the competition marks its 35th year and IDSA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2015. Which entries will win Gold and which will win Silver won’t be revealed until August 22—when the 2015 IDSA International Conference culminates in grand style with the IDEA Ceremony and the Samsung-sponsored, black-tie optional IDEA Gala at the stunning Benaroya Hall in Seattle.

In 20 IDEA categories, there were professional and student entries from the United States and almost three dozen other countries—Australia to Austria; Estonia to Iran; and Serbia to Somalia.

Follow the excitement leading up to the big  reveal on August 22 on Twitter @IDSA #IDSAIDEA, and to the International Conference from August 19 to 22, on #IDSASeattle15