The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA 2016®) is open for entry through April 1, 2016, and for the first time, the summer ceremony and gala will be held in the iconic setting of The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.
For 35 years, IDEA has been honoring and promoting design
excellence across a wide array of design and related disciplines. The IDEA 2016
jury is led by new Chair
Cameron Campbell, IDSA. “I do think that’s the power of design,” says
the Proef chief intangibles and strategy officer who’s worked with
industry giants such as Boeing, Herman Miller, Apple, Nike and BMW. “Design is
a very optimistic field for all of us to move in. And it’s not about
individuals. It’s really about creating a sense of community and empowering
people to work and do things together.”
The IDEA 2016 initial entry process, with updated eligibility criteria and
categories, is streamlined. The IDEA 2016 jury is in place. Some panelists are former IDEA winners themselves; others have served
previously on an IDEA Jury. The 26 global design experts include Patricia
Moore, FIDSA—hailed by ABC World News as One of 50 Americans Defining the
New Millennium. “This is a serious endeavor but it’s also a joyous
endeavor,” she says. “And it’s what defines us as designers and helps us to
build for the next generation to come.”
“First and foremost, it’s got to have a story… show me what
you’ve got,” challenges IDEA 2016 Juror Owen Foster, IDSA, who's also IDSA’s 2015
Educator of the Year.
of Directors’ Chair John Barratt, president and CEO of design consultancy
TEAGUE, is a former IDEA jury chair. “I believe it’s the best awards program
there is in the world—and I’ve judged many of them. None, as thoughtful or
as rigorous as this competition.”
IDEA 2016 is open for online entry through March 18 with a late entry
fee period of March 19–April 1. Onsite jurying of the finalists will be held at
The Henry Ford from June 3 to 7. Bronze winners will be notified mid-June. Just
who wins Gold and who wins Silver will be revealed August 17 at the IDEA
2016 ceremony and gala at The Henry Ford. The 2016
IDSA International Conference: Making Things Happen is scheduled from
August 17 to 20 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Annually, IDSA also hosts five, coast-to-coast District Design Conferences in April (register now for #CDDC16 #WDDC16 #SDDC16 #MWDDC16 and #NEDDC16) and a Medical Design Conference in the fall, bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and similar fields. IDSA publishes INNOVATION magazine online and in print. The latest issue, 50.35.50, features 50 Notable IDSA Members; 35 Years of IDEA Winners; and 50 Memorable Moments in IDSA History. IDSA Ambassadors and INsights support industrial design with research, thought leadership and outreach.
Founded in 1965, the nonprofit Industrial Designers Society of America is one of the oldest and largest membership associations for industrial design professionals.
IDSA has thousands of professional and student members across the United States and internationally. We support dozens of localized Student Chapters, Professional Chapters and Special Interest Sections.
Key annual programs include: International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), the world’s most prestigious and rigorous design competition. National Industrial Design Day, March 5. International Design Conference, District Design Conferences, Medical Design Conference and the Women + Design Summit, bringing together some of the biggest names and brightest minds in industrial design and related fields.
INNOVATION magazine and the annual Yearbook of Design Excellence, featuring IDEA, IDSA Award and Student Merit Award winners are distributed around the world and serve as a center point for Industrial Design information, thought leadership and celebration of design excellence.