The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), born in 1980, celebrate the pinnacle of design achievement year after year and serve as a catalyst for the designers who are fortunate enough to win. Each year, thousands of entries from around the world are submitted across a wide range of categories, making IDEA one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated annual design awards programs in existence.
Trends will come and go, but one thing endures—winning an IDEA is a career-defining moment and places winners instantaneously in the global spotlight.
The IDEA 2018 jury—led by Michael Kahwaji, IDSA, of Whirlpool—is comprised of designers, thought leaders and visionaries who epitomize the best of the industrial design community. Representing industry, consultancy, academia and private practice, they are experts within their field. Many of them are past IDEA award winners who deeply understand the significance of the position.
The unique jurying process maintains anonymity for entries to ensure all decisions are solely based upon excellence of design innovation, user experience, benefit to the client, benefit to society and appropriate aesthetics.
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.