The Industrial Designers Society of America's International Design Excellence Awards (IDSA IDEA®) 2017—honoring the best in industrial design and related fields—is open for entry through March 17, 2017. Enter at IDSA.org/IDEA.
Foster, of SHiFT Design Camp and Aether Global Learning, has a diverse background in architecture, landscape, environmental and industrial design—facilitating projects with Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola and General Electric. Honored as IDSA's Educator of the Year in 2015, Foster has guided study programs in Ireland, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. "I'm honored to have been selected as the jury chair for IDEA 2017—celebrating design insight, talent and innovation. We've assembled an amazing group of individuals from an array of design fields to serve on this year's jury, so IDEA is at the forefront of redefining what design could and should be."
Entries in IDEA 2016 came from Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America, North Africa and the Middle East. Countries included Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Great Britain, Hungary, India, New Zealand, Italy, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and the United States.
IDEA 2016 triple winner, The Access Strength, scored Gold, Best in Show and Design for Equality. "Winning IDEA fundamentally changed everything—everything," declares Ryan Eder, IDSA—designer of The Access Strength along with Priority Designs and AWH. Eder first made headlines in IDEA 2007 when his design concept for The Access Strength won Gold, Best in Show and People's Choice. "It's hard to put into words how meaningful this recognition is for me," says Eder, who is now an IDEA 2017 juror. "The initial recognition from IDEA enabled me to change my entire life and pursue this vision." (Eder spoke at IDSA's International Design Conference 2016 and will address IDSA's Central District Conference 2017).
Other IDEA 2016 winners include designs for major companies such as Audi, BMW, Dell, Dolby, Fisher-Price, Google, LG, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Nextbit, Olympus, Panasonic, Ryobi and Rolls Royce; lifesaving products such as Emergency Medical System, Moyo Fetal Heart Rate Monitor, Treo Advanced Mobile Imaging and BoneAid; and cutting edge innovations in drones, robotics and virtual reality (VR).
Onsite jurying will be held at the iconic Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. Bronze winners will be announced in mid-May.
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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.