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Chicago, IL - Aug 21-23, 2019

IDSA carried a tremendous energy into the second iteration of IDC. This event reached maximum capacity and was COMPLETELY SOLD OUT! A first for IDSA's biggest event of the year. 


We are thrilled by the opportunity to bring together our global community of designers and top creative minds each year for events like these. It is a critical part of our professional development that we dedicate a few days specifically for connection, inspiration, and knowledge exchange.


The International Design Conference 2019 was a huge success and we are elated that so many of you joined us in Chicago for this special gathering. 

The IDC 2019 truly delivered and continued our trend of providing exceptional content and a world-class audience experience. Our host city, Chicago, IL, welcomed 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.

According to Core77's recap of the event, "The IDC encapsulates what a contemporary design conference should look and feel like. It was an integrated blend of tech, traditional ID-ers, UX/ UI designers, graphic designers, and educators within a safe space to have thoughtful conversations."

Two amazing emcees

Mark Wilson (Senior Writer at Fast Company) and Marcelle van Beusekom (Design Director at IDEO) served as our emcees for 2019, guiding the audience through a wide range of talks delivered by prominent industry thought leaders and provocateurs.

Both Mark and Marcelle skillfully navigated the transitions between presentations while also providing in-the-moment insights for the audience. As design experts themselves, they provided additional layers of context and clarity that helped bring each day to a satisfying and reflective conclusion.

2019 Presenters


J Mays | Vice President Global Design and Chief Design Officer | Whirlpool
Shannon Galpin | Nat'l Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Author and Global Activist

Brett Lovelady, IDSA | Founder | ASTRO Studios

Cheryl Durst | Executive Vice President and CEO | IIDA

Sebastian Gier | Senior Designer | BMW Group

Krista Donaldson | CEO | D-REV

Erika Berg | Head of Application Development | Carbon

Vittorio Bologna | Research and Development Manager | Riddell

Rachel Hardy | Creative Director & Designer

Jeremy Barribeau | MDes Candidate and Teaching Assistant | University of Washington

Frank Spencer | Kedge and The Futures School

Eddie Gandelman | Sr. Designer / Sound Design Specialist | Priority Designs

Katie Mowery | Senior Human Factors Specialist | Priority Designs

Laura Silva | VP Accessibility Tech & UX Design | Bank of America

Sooshin Choi, IDSA | Chief Design Officer | DEKA

Hazal Gumus Ciftci | Designer/ Researcher

Jonathan Chapman | Professor | Carnegie Mellon University

Paul Skaggs, IDSA | Brigham Young University

Liana Charles, IDSA | Packaging Designer, Newell Brands

Alex Lobos, IDSA | Rochester Institute of Technology

Felipe Castañeda | Makerbot

Aaron Kurosu, IDSA | Princeton University

Jennifer May, IDSA | ArtCenter College of Design

Eric Schneider, IDSA | Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Cline, IDSA | University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Tod Corlett | Thomas Jefferson University

Adé Hogue | Art Director, Designer, & Letterer

Yoojin Hong | VP, Head of User Experience| Samsung

Chris Jackson | Director | We Create Futures

Carrie McEwan | Senior Human Factors Specialist | TEAGUE

Joyce Hsu | Design Lead | Facebook

Peter Schon, IDSA | Product Designer

Colin Kelly | Industrial Designer | Group Project

Dan Grossman | Associate Design Director | Smart Design

Monika Wysocki | Deputy Chief of Staff | NYC Department of Sanitation

Chris Lovin | Design Lead | Athenahealth

Audra Norvilas | Director of Brand Design | Thermos

Paula Falavigna | Associate Creative Director | Kaleidoscope

Kelly Lin | Sr. Industrial Designer | Kaleidoscope

Cara Oba | Designer and Cofounder | Pas de Chocolat

Michael DiTullo, IDSA | Designer | Michael DiTullo, LLC

Glen Hougan | Principle | Wellspan Research and Design

Kat Reiser, IDSA | Founder | Rise Design

Jay Peters | Managing Director | Park / Grow

Mallory Evans, IDSA | Senior Industrial Designer | Linx Global Manufacturing

McKayla Barber, IDSA | Industrial Designer and Strategist | Beyond Design

Michael Barczak | Industrial Design Creative Leader | Garmin International

Katie Mowery | Senior Human Factors Specialist | Priority Designs

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA | University of Houston at Austin

Greg Smiley, IDSA | The Raymond Corporation

Wei Wang, IDSA | Georgia Institute of Technology




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