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New Orleans, LA - Sept 19-22, 2018

IDSA delights in the opportunity to bring together our global community of designers and top creative minds each year. The International Design Conference 2018 was a resounding success and we are grateful that so many of you joined us in New Orleans for this event. Our passion is fueled by all of you and ignited through events like IDC that assemble diverse perspectives to create an unforgettable shared experience.

The IDC 2018 did not disappoint and has raised the bar for what can be expected in years to come. Our host city, New Orleans, LA, was as warm and inviting as ever. This is a place overflowing with vibrancy and home to a deeply resilient community of nearly 400,000 people. NOLA became the perfect backdrop for over 500 cross-disciplinary designers from around the world to come together for three days of insightful presentations, networking, and community-building.

Trying something new

In a departure from IDSA's previous events, IDC 2018 featured emcees instead of a conference chair. Debbie Millman and John Maeda stepped into this new role as co-emcees, taking turns in leading attendees through talks and workshops delivered by some of the brightest minds in industrial design and related fields.


Responding to the prompt, “What do you design for?”, presenters shared their perspectives on topics including Death, Creative Leadership, Diversity, Confrontation, Healthcare, Inclusion, Technology, Climate Change, Dystopia, Empowerment, and much more. 

2018 Presenters


Pamela Bailey | Design Leader | Facebook
Ricardo Marquez | Designer, Coach & Entrepreneur

Jonah Becker, IDSA | VP of Design | Fitbit

Safir Bellali | Sr. Director, Advanced Digital Creation | VF Global Innovation Center

Kathleen Brandenburg | Chief Design Strategy Officer & Co-founder | IA Collaborative

Lloyd Cooper, IDSA | Principal | PUSH Product Design

Erica Eden | Director, Global Design Innovation | PepsiCo, Inc.

Jules Ehrhardt | Founder | FKTRY

Christian Ervin | Google X

Marc Fenigstein | Chief Product Officer | Alta Motors

Laura Flusche | Executive Director | Museum of Design Atlanta

Gerard Furbershaw, IDSA | LUNAR Cofounder Emeritus

Gary Hustwit | Independent Filmmaker & Photographer

Becki Hyde | Product Manager | Humana

Navit Keren | Senior Designer | Designit

Colleen McHugh | Senior Adaptation Planner | The Water Institute of the Gulf

Adi Neuman | Head of Design | ECOncrete

Krystal Persaud | Founder | Grouphug

Nichole Rouillac, IDSA | Founding Partner | level

Steve Selzer | Creative Leader

Wilson W. Smith III | Senior Designer | Nike

Surya Vanka | Founder | Authentic Design

Claude Zellweger | Director of Design | Google

Christopher Beard, S/IDSA | SCAD

Richard Fry, IDSA | Brigham Young University

Lisa Hammershaimb, IDSA | Independence University

Brook Kennedy, IDSA | Virginia Tech

Yaling Liu, IDSA | Georgia Tech

Teddy Lu, IDSA | Visiting Assistant Professor | Purdue University
Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA | Assistant Professor of ID | Iowa State University

Sarah Rottenberg, IDSA | University of Pennsylvania

Ralf Schneider, IDSA | Syracuse University

Paul Skaggs, IDSA | Brigham Young University

Theunis Snyman, S/IDSA | Emily Carr University

Ellen Turner | Global Market Development Manager | Eastman Chemical Company

Kelly Umstead, IDSA | North Carolina State University




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