The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is excited to announce its 2014 International Conference, The Exchange, taking place August 13-16, 2014 in Austin, Texas at the Austin Hilton. This year’s theme, The Exchange, highlights the process at the very core of what we do as designers. Through the innovative processes of design, something of value is given and something of value is received, advancing a current condition or experience to a new, expanded state.
Designers know that the exchange between designers and developers, researchers and users, people and products, educators and students, and ideas and actions, is the dynamic space in which we operate. At a high level, this conference serves as a vibrant gathering place in which design and industry professionals, design educators and students can exchange knowledge, information, ideas and stories regarding the many facets of the product development and design profession.
Building on the fantastic conferences in Boston and Chicago, The Exchange will focus on compelling content, engaging presentations and plenty of opportunities for people to experience meaningful exchanges in six key areas: context, community, value, culture, interpersonal, and education. We will bring back the un-conference format as exchange pods, with updates that further enrich the experience. We will also host another social impact session where attendees use design thinking to give back to the community. Other conference events include the Education Symposium, the unveiling of the Best in Show winner at the IDEA 2014 Ceremony, portfolio reviews and a silent auction.
Of course, the conference won’t be all work and no play! We are planning more opportunities for conference attendees to experience the local Austin culture and design scene. And, of course, the International Conference opening and closing parties are legendary and sure to be highlights of the experience once again.
Take a moment to mark your calendars for next August 13 through the 16 and be sure to join us in Austin for The Exchange!