The New Industrial Revolution, A Future Perfect and 21st Century Change Agents are
all part of the Future of the
Future—as the Industrial Designers
Society of America hosts its International
Conference during the Society's 50th year
while its prestigious International Design
Excellence Awards (IDEA) celebrates 35 years.
The 2015 IDSA International Conference: Future of
the Future, is set for August 19-22 in Seattle—the tip
of the technology corridor that is the West Coast. And when industrial
designers, educators, students, startups, established firms and corporate
giants converge, exciting things are bound to happen.
Seattle may be sleepless, as the 2015 IDSA International Conference takes over in August.
Surya Vanka, IDSA,
former director of user experience at Microsoft, recently told Gray magazine
it’s a “labor of love” for him to serve as conference chair. "For
half a century, IDSA has advanced the design profession,” he says. “I'm
convinced there is an urgent need to bring together the best design minds from
around the world to learn from one another and define their sense of
Here’s what’s ahead:
Education Symposium is set for August 19 and chaired by Ayse Birsel, IDSA Board of
Directors’ Education VP. Designing
the Future of Education will take a closer look at the
original educational programs and tools shaping early and mid-21st century
education, with speakers from
top global universities, design firms and corporations. That includes
Arnold Wasserman, IDSA—declared a Master of Design by Fast Company.
design and design-related industries—including representatives from
General Electric, IBM, Intuit, Twitter and Netflix, to name just a few—are
scheduled to speak on some of the hottest topics in
ID and beyond.
Design Swarms will
take the conference by storm.
are available to Microsoft, Boeing and the Gates Foundation, while behind-the-scenes studio tours of some of
Seattle’s top design firms also are scheduled.
The big reveal of
IDEA Gold and Silver winners will be held August 22 at the stunning
Benaroya Hall. The ceremony is free and open to the public. A ticket to
the black-tie gala is included with professional conference registration.
Additional tickets may be purchased.
for the latest updates.
IDSA's Board of Directors, led by new Chair John Barratt, IDSA, of TEAGUE, will hold its next meeting at the Future of the Future. Join the journey to the conference on Twitter @IDSA and #IDSASeattle15 ,
and help #renewID as IDSA marks World
Industrial Design Day with the International Council of Societies of Design
(Icsid) on June 29, 2015.