Exploring the future of
design education

For over 20 years, IDSA’s Education Symposium has been a platform for celebrating the very best in design academia. It routinely draws design educators, students and design practitioners from all over the world and helps connect our vast community through knowledge sharing and networking opportunity. 


We’re very excited for our 2019 event, which is themed “Looking Ahead: The Future of Design Education.” Design educators have an immense influence on future generations of designers and play a vital role in shaping the pathway for many individuals pursuing a career in a design discipline. At the symposium we will be unpacking the mindset, objectives and vision that is positioning future design talent for success in today’s ever-shifting creative landscape.


The IDSA Education Symposium will take place on August 21, 2019, at Venue SIX10 in Chicago and is open to all registered IDC attendees.


See the agenda here.

Symposium Emcee

Raja Schaar, MAAE, IDSA

Assistant professor of product design at Drexel University

The full-day event will be lead by IDSA’s Education Director, Raja Schaar, MAAE,

IDSA. As an educator, Schaar works to infuse her teaching with human-centered design methodologies that address real-world problems. Schaar pushes her students to apply design thinking, making and life cycle analysis to the development of devices and products that positively and sustainably impact the lives of users.

Symposium Presenters

Education Papers

Princeton University
"Design Science: An empirical and quantitative approach"
Rochester Institute of Technology
"Tangible Sketching with 3D Printing" with Co-Authors
Thomas Jefferson University
"Industrial Design and Occupational Therapy"
Newell Brands
"History Can Shape Our Future"
Brigham Young University
"Tolerance for Ambiguity"
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
"Looking Back: The Foundations of Design Education"
Georgia Institute of Technology
"Grounding Experience: Empathizing in Future Service Design"
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Panel Discussions & Workshops

ArtCenter College of Design
Panel: "The Dreamhouse of the Future: A Case Study on Toy Design, Design Education, and Social Impact"
The Raymond Corporation
Panel: "The Global Ecosystem and Design Education – The BIG Picture"
Thomas Jefferson University
Workshop: "Teaching Design for the Internet of Things"
Iowa State University
Workshop: "Making Connections With Visual Maps: Academia meets practice"
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For 56 years, the Industrial Designers Society of America has worked to advance the practice of industrial design through education, information, community, and advocacy.  Our roots stretch to the beginning of the profession. Our members are, and have been, some of the most celebrated industrial designers of all time. Today, we exist as a global voice for industrial design within a broad ecosystem of design disciplines and we celebrate the cross-functional overlap of many creative fields.

Learn more at IDSA.org