Bringing Designers Together
As part of our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, we launched our DEI Event Access program in 2020, which offers individuals who are underrepresented in industrial design—primarily BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), female-identified and non-binary students—complimentary access to national Industrial Designers Society of America events.
In 2020, 50 individuals received complimentary registration to the International Design Conference, Women in Design Deep Dive, and Medical Design Deep Dive. It's our goal to double this number, providing 100 complimentary registrations in 2021.
How it Works
Design Foundation partners with the Industrial Designers Society of America, which produces several large-scale, ticketed design events throughout the year. These events highlight the latest trends, practice methodologies, and impact of industrial design.
When an attendee purchases a ticket for an IDSA event, they have the option to also donate to the Design Foundation. These funds are combined with donations to the Design Foundation's General Fund to support the DEI Event Access program.
At the recommendation of IDSA's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council, Staff work with Design Foundation designees to select recipients from across the United States, each of whom are given complimentary registration to an upcoming IDSA event.