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Richard Whitehall, IDSA

Partner, Smart Design

Richard Whitehall, IDSA

Richard is responsible for Smart Design’s direction and focuses on client projects in technology and health and wellness. He’s constantly pushing the limits on how design and technology can make a difference to organizations and people. Richard has received numerous awards for his work, including IDEA Gold, FastCo Innovation, Service Design Network and D&AD awards and sits on DMI's advisory board.

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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