These awards are made by IDSA's Executive Committee to individuals whose involvement in and support of design has made him or her a special friend of the profession and major contributor to its long-term welfare and importance.
In an effort to encourage, reward and celebrate excellence in industrial design education, IDSA student chapters nominate their best and brightest for the Student Chapter Merit Award Competition. Each student chapter holds a competition, juried by professional designers, to select one winner who will represent their school at their District Conference. The winner from each school presents at their District Conference, and a jury of professional designers select the National Student Merit Award winner for each district.
2009 is the inaugural year for the Southern Honors Program. This juried awards program celebrates the past, present and future of Southern District design by honoring a single outstanding practicing designer, an outstanding educator and an outstanding student.
To honor the past, present and future of design in the West, we are announcing the first annual Western Honors Program. This award will honor the career of an outstanding Western designer and educator. A jury will be selected that is comprised of an educator, design consultant, corporate design leader, and IDSA board member. Noted designer and educator Michael McCoy will be serving on the jury this year. This is an opportunity to recognize the great talent that Western Design represents.