News & Updates

Design Foundation publishes our 2021 Year in Review report
2021 was a banner year for Design Foundation. After repositioning in 2020, Design Foundation has grown stronger and more dedicated than ever to increasing access to industrial design education, resources, and opportunities. Read more
Posted: January 2022
2021 Annual Fundraising Appeal

From Giving Tuesday, November 30 through December 31, 2021, we will be proactively seeking contributions from individuals and corporate groups to add to Design Foundation's General Fund. 

Our good friends at Whipsaw, American Standard (LIXIL)Metaphase, and Teague have generously donated a combined $13,500 in matching funds for every dollar we receive during this campaign to help maximize the contributions from our community!

Consider making a donation today. Learn more here.

Posted: November 2021
Congratulations, Miky!

Miky, a 7th grader from Kevalee International School in Bangkok, Thailand, was announced as the recipient of the Best Protoype Award (sponsored by Design Foundation) and Best Overall Middle School Project in the 2021 Bright Spark Invention Challenge.

Students from around the world used the design thinking process to identify a real-world problem, empathize, ideate, and prototype a physical invention for "The Future of the Home."

Miky's project, called the "Smart Solar Cell for Home," is a device to maximize efficiency of home solar panels by orienting their angle (in real time) to the position of the sun overhead. 

Check out Miky's project and all the top winners here.

Posted: November 2021
IDSA members participate as judges for 2021 Bright Spark Invention Challenge
Members of the IDSA community have stepped up to review submissions from talented young designers in this exciting competition.
  • Bruce Hannah, L/IDSA - Professor Emeritus, Pratt Institute
  • Mike Lyden, IDSA - Adjunct Professor of Product Design, Montclair State University
  • Priyankaa Krishnan, IDSA - Instructional Designer, Facebook
Watch this video of Sergio Toledo, IDSA, Industrial Designer at Ultradent Products, sharing his advice with the students participating in the challenge.
Design Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Prototype Award in the 2021 Bright Spark Invention Challenge. Learn more at
Posted: October 2021
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Announcing the 2021 Design Foundation Scholarship Recipients
We are proud to announce the latest in a long line of annual Design Foundation scholarship recipients!
Pedro Villar, a Brazilian designer studying at ArtCenter College of Design is awarded the $3,000 Gianninoto Graduate Scholarship. 
Seunghark Cho, a South Korean designer also studying at ArtCenter College of Design is awarded the $3,000 Undergraduate Scholarship. 
Congratulations Pedro and Seunghark!
Posted: August 2021
Design Foundation sponsors 2021 Bright Spark Invention Challenge
We at Design Foundation are proud to sponsor the Prototype Award in the 2021 Bright Spark Invention Challenge. This is a free virtual entrepreneurial innovation competition for 4th-12th grade students hosted by Bridge Innovate. 

Students use the design thinking process to identify a real-world problem, empathize, ideate, and prototype a physical invention. Program sponsors Shaw Industries are inviting student participants to explore the Future of the Home and reimagine how homes will actively support how we live, entertain, learn and thrive in the next five years.

The challenge is free and virtual, with registration open now through Sept. 24, 2021. Learn more at
Posted: July 2021
Design Foundation publishes our 2020 Year in Review report
2020 was a significant year for Design Foundation and for our global community for many reasons. The impact of COVID-19 has been profound and will likely linger for many years to come. Yet, for the operational team behind Design Foundation, 2020 was a year that provided an opportunity to contemplate and rehabilitate the core of what Design Foundation was established to do. Read more
Posted: December 2020