IDSA 2017 Western District Conference

Did you know the IDSA Western District Conference will be in Portland this year? Neither did I – Dreamhost keeps putting my IDSA newsletters into the SPAM folder. But hey! It is, right downtown at the University of Oregon’s White Stag Building. The conference is April 23-24, right smack in the middle of Design Week Portland!

Speakers include Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA of Dassault Systèmes, Chirstian Freissler of Evolve Collaborative, Dickson Isaacs, IDSA of Intuit, Alan Lee of Uber Digital, Ravi Sawhney, FIDSA of RKS Design and Markus Wierzoch of Artefact.

Want to know more? Use Twitter hashtag #IDSAWDDC; visit IDSA on Facebook and LinkedIn and @IDSAdesign on Instagram.


Who knew? First National ID Day is today

[H/T IDSA]  March 5, 2015 is being entered into the U.S. Congressional Record as the first National Industrial Design Day. U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly declared industrial design professionals “improve our lives in every way and are worthy of our recognition.”

In the United States, product design and related services generate billions of dollars in sales and the number of U.S. awarded design patents has reached an all-time high…

Industrial designers envision the products that fill homes, offices, hospitals, schools and roads… They work in tandem with engineering, manufacturing, marketing and management leaders to create countless innovations used every day such as computers, mobile phones, music players, appliances, GPS, furniture, child safety seats and surgical equipment.

The U.S. Patent Office first recognized the term “industrial design” in 1913. The profession attracted the attention of the American public in 1927 at the Exposition of Art in Trade in New York City, with the U.S. government hailing the craft as an important “modern movement.”




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