Developed by Bret Smith, IDSA, Chair of the Design History Section at Auburn University, this website celebrates the determination, audacity and ingenuity of the industrial design profession. Here you will find stories about the people who design products and systems for production, utility, comfort and beauty. These wide-ranging stories, often personal and humorous, provide a look into the rich history and socio-economic impact of industrial design.
Design history is more than a tray of slides or a book on the coffee table. It is a collection of experiences that are relevant to our current design processes and decisions. The IDSA Design History Section is committed to the effort of collecting, compiling and sharing these experiences to continue to inspire the design profession. The purposes and objectives of the IDSA Design History Section are to: