IDSA’s Education VP, Sooshin Choi, IDSA has been chosen as the new Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Design at College for Creative Studies (CSS). His appointment as Provost begins January 1, 2014 and he succeeds the late Imre Molnar. Choi’s design expertise spans three decades and includes seven design patents and three utility patents for his automotive and furniture designs.
The Design Foundation needs your help to stay strong! Give back to your profession and help support current and aspiring industrial designers. Your contribution helps fund the Foundation's current and future initiatives.
2013 has been an exciting year under the direction of new Executive Director Daniel Martinage, CAE; the Foundation applied for a grant to retool the Catalyst program and plans to expand its scholarship program and partner with other nonprofits and industry leaders to provide continuing education in the future.
IDSA members in good standing are invited to nominate candidates for the Academy of Fellows, the Personal Recognition Award, Education Awards and the Special Award. This year’s deadline for all nomination materials is April 1st, 2014.
It is my pleasure to welcome you to IDSA’s 2014 Northeast District Design Conference in New York City. At this year’s conference a fantastic group of featured keynotes and other top-notch presenters will inspire us to Design It. Build. Fund It!
For decades, New York has been the Financial Capital of the World. The last decade has seen tremendous growth–over 120%—in design with all major industrial design firms now having offices here, along with a design friendly mayor and the home of the US’s only National Design Museum. According to the study conducted by the Center for an Urban Future, New York is hands down ahead of other cities such as San Francisco, LA, Chicago or Boston and has become THE CITY for DESIGN. With the explosion of the DIY movement nationwide and local manufacturing sprouting up all over the tri-state area, especially in places like Dumbo in Brooklyn, NYC is now a city that has it all—the trifecta for design, innovation and success!
New York design firms include IDEO, SMART, ECCO and PENSA! We will have speakers representing the local design community that will share with us what it means to Design It: New York Style!
As a key figure in the New York IDSA Community often says, “design is making” or “design is doing.” Innovative manufacturing firms in NYC include Makerbot, Shapeways and Makersrow. With companies representing this group telling us how they manifest the democratization of manufacturing, you will learn how to Build It: allowing anyone to make anything they can imagine.
The local venture capital community is vast in New York and crowd-sourced model companies such as Kickstarter and Quirky are right in our back yard. We will have venture capitalists reaching out proactively to Fund It: enabling designers and makers to take their designs to market. Local government will be empowering people to make their ideas a reality and totally new business models like crowd-funding will break down the barriers of venture capital funding.
We will have parties, talks, panel discussions, debates and workshops all around the three areas of this year’s theme. Our inspiring speakers, practical workshops and in-depth discussions will leave you both inspired and motivated, just in time for New York Design Week! Come see why the DDC in NYC is where to be next spring!
The 2014 Northeast District Design Conference is going to be another unforgettable conference— let’s get together on May 15 in the center of the modern world to kick off New York Design Week and enjoy another fantastic District Design Conference. I look forward to seeing you in the city that never sleeps for the most energizing conference yet!
It is my pleasure to invite you to the 2014 Southern District Design Conference, Design: Mind. Body. Soul.
This year promises another great panel of speakers comprised of designers from across a variety of design disciplines! Speakers and topics will focus on Mind: strategy, design thinking and service design; Body: technical advancements in areas such as tooling and prototyping, sketching, materials; and Soul: design for the greater good.
Come and connect with old friends, make new ones and see the brightest talents our schools have to offer during the portfolio review and the Student Merit Awards. Also, rumor has it that the South has one of the best closing night parties IDSA has seen.
So make sure to mark your calendar for April 12, in beautiful, sunny, friendly, Savannah. Get ready to be inspired!
I’d like to invite you to the Central District’s Design Conference, Unfolding Design. If your goal is to get inspired, learn evolving aspects of creative thinking, network with your peers, share your unique views or just celebrate design and have fun, I promise this will be a very special and memorable experience for you. We have chosen a group of fantastic speakers and thought leaders and you will be amazed, delighted and entertained!
Did you know that Michigan has the highest design density in the entire nation! More than 3,000 industrial designers who generate some of the most sought after innovations in the world design at companies such as Herman Miller, Whirlpool, Newell Rubbermaid and Steelcase. Design leaders from some of these Fortune 500 companies will illuminate you with their success stories and innovative methodologies.
We, the design community have to keep unfolding the layers of design to dig in for more righteous differentiation of the products to create an inclusive experience from the user point of view. Every touch point must be more individualized, more memorable and more special.
The global marketplace is rapidly evolving and the paradigms of basic human needs and satisfaction levels are getting more demanding. There is an increased cohesive request for meaningful return on “experience of the design.”
This is going to be a conference you won’t want to miss. I urge you to join together as designers to connect and to build new synergies and successful solutions for the marketplace. Bring your insights, perspectives and tips-n-tricks and unfold them with your friends and colleagues.