The 2014 IDSA International Conference is next week and if you're into industrial design and want to exchange ideas with other ID enthusiasts from all over the world, the Austin Convention Center is the place to be from August 13–16. Just in case you're on the fence, perhaps the Austin Design Firms Tour will sway you? The Austin Design Firm tour will take you from the conference center in a luxe, air-conditioned bus to a variety of top design firms in the Austin area. You'll get to see the work/idea space of these firms, meet the teams and chat with them about their upcoming ideas. Here's what two of the firms have in store for lucky visitors:
First, we have Fahrenheit Design, who, on a whim, decided to go the less-traveled route when it comes to their tour giveaways. They're all big LEGO fans and decided that their schwag should mirror their interest—so they designed a series of famous designers minifigures. Can you identify all of them?
In addition, IBM is hosting an open house as part of the tour and they're looking forward to reviewing your portfolio. That's right, IBM designers from the best design schools around the country can give students feedback on a variety of aspects, from storytelling and visual appeal, to content and providing direction for ID students interested in a future career in UX. Who knows? Maybe this will open a door for you at IBM...
The other firms on the tour are Axis Design / FES International, M3 Design, (make+SHift)atx, mixer design group and Pump Studios. Once you've had your portfolio reviewed by the folks at IBM and/or picked up your designer minifigs at Fahrenheit, head on over to the Core77 Party that starts at 9pm at the historic Scoot Inn. If you don't have your tickets for the conference yet, you can still register on-site or by calling IDSA before they sell out. We'll see you at the Scoot Inn!