Designers create new things for the world. Unlike an artist who makes a personal expression of what they are thinking, a designer’s work will be multiplied and mass produced several million or even a billion times. In the process their outputs will consume countless tons of materials, machine time, energy and human capital. All of these are limited resources. Therefore the act of designing and creating new mass produced goods and services comes with a big responsibility.
Last year IDSA had the strongest year of results we’ve had in the past 10 years. The Society ended 2010 with all of our key performance indicators pointing up in a positive direction indicating a strong recovery from 2009. That is good news and benefits you, as a member, and the design profession. Now we need to repeat and improve that performance every year!
After some years of decline, IDSA's membership is back on a strong growth curve. In the past 14 months membership has grown by 28 percent. What is more, membership has seen its strongest growth from students. Professional membership has grown, but not at the same rapid rate as student membership.