IDC 2018 - New Orleans, LA


IDSA is grateful for the opportunity to bring together our global community of designers and top creative minds each year for a few days of connection, inspiration and exchange. The International Design Conference is our expression and celebration of the immense impact and undeniable power of design. Our passion for this is fueled by you and is ignited through events that assemble diverse perspectives to create a unique 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 expressive vibrancy and a deeply resilient community of over 400,000 who call it home. NOLA became the perfect backdrop for over 550 cross-disciplinary designers from around the world to convene for three days of top-tier presentations, skill-building workshops and an exceptionally good time.


Debbie Millman and John Maeda served as IDC emcees; each taking turns in guiding the audience through an incredibly expansive range of talks delivered by prominent industry thought leaders and provocateurs. Responding to the prompt, “What do you design for?”, presenters shared their perspectives on topics spanning: Death, Creative Leadership, Diversity, Confrontation, Healthcare, Inclusion, Technology, Climate Change, Dystopia, Empowerment and so much more. 


At the core of it all is always our community of designers who take part in events like IDC and carve time out of busy schedules to be present with us. It was a pleasure connecting with each of you in such a special setting. We sincerely hope that you enjoyed your time with us in New Orleans and look forward to seeing you in Chicago, IL for IDC 2019.


Thank you to our 2018 IDC SUPPORTERS


Thank you for sharing your latest and greatest with the IDC audience. The interactions you provide help strengthen the IDC experience and give our audience the opportunity to learn in a unique environment. This event simply couldn’t happen without your continued support.