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Dana Morales, IDSA

Principal Industrial Designer, Kohler Co.

Dana Morales, IDSA

With a focus on designing objects that tell a story, and finding inspiration at the intersection between art, design and craft, Dana is driven by the emotional connection between meaningful objects and users.
Dana has been designing surfaces and decorative fixtures for the pluming/sanitary industry, as well as CMF solutions for Kohler’s portfolio, for over 13 years. Always inspired by the unlimited possibilities of ceramics, she has also designed tableware products for Lenox and bespoke tiles for Artistic Tile.
Besides her professional practice, Dana has shared her design experience with artisans in her home country of Colombia and has lead design camps for artisans and small producers from Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Bangladesh. She believes designers should assume the responsibility of making a difference through responsible design and become instruments for social change.
Dana holds a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the National University of Colombia.

Defining Excellence: A Look Inside the IDEA Jury Process and the Impact of Design Awards


Panel Discussion

August 24, 2023

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Join members of the 2023 IDEA Jury for a panel discussion on the intersection of sustainability, accessibility, and social impact. These thought leaders will delve into the evaluations and how the top IDEA winners are addressing social issues and moving the conversation of circular design forward.

We will discuss entry trends and what the jury wants to see more of, and how crucial it is to incorporate sustainable practices and materials into the design process, ensuring products are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also environmentally friendly. We will also address the vital aspect of accessibility, discussing how inclusive design can empower individuals with diverse abilities and create products that are usable by everyone, regardless of their physical or cognitive limitations.

This panel aims to inspire designers and innovators to embrace a holistic approach that includes sustainable and accessible design principles, ultimately fostering a more equitable and environmentally conscious society.

About IDEA

The International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) is one of the longest running and most prestigious design awards programs in existence. IDEA winners are responsible for some of the most successful and significant products ever created.

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