There's a whole lot going on!

Wednesday, August 21

Education Symposium Detail

8:00 am

Registration Opens (1st Floor)

8:30 am

Coffee in the Atrium (2nd Floor)

Provided by Newell


9:00 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Emcee Welcome

Raja Schaar, IDSA

Associate Professor, 
Drexel University

Paper Presentation Group 1



Paul Skaggs, IDSA

Brigham Young University

Paper: Tolerance for Ambiguity

Liana Charles, IDSA

Packaging Designer, Newell Brands

Paper: History Can Shape Our Future

Alex Lobos, IDSA

Rochester Institute of Technology

Felipe Castañeda


Paper: Tangible Sketching with 3D Printing

Aaron Kurosu, IDSA

Princeton University

Paper: Design Science: An Empirical and Quantitative Approach

Paper Group Discussion 1

Moderated by Raja Schaar, IDSA

9:15 am  //  Theater  (2nd Floor)

Jennifer May, IDSA

ArtCenter College of Design

Panel Discussion: The Dreamhouse of the Future: A Case Study on Toy Design, Design Education, and Social Impact 

10:15 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Paper Presentation Group 2


Eric Schneider, IDSA

Thomas Jefferson University

Paper: Industrial Design and Occupational Therapy

Thomas Cline, IDSA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Paper: Looking Back: The Foundations of Design Education

Wei Wang, IDSA

Georgia Institute of Technology

Paper: Grounding Experience: Empathizing in Future Service Design

Paper Group Discussion 2

Moderated by Raja Schaar, IDSA

11:00 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Lunch & Networking


12:00 pm  //  Atrium (2nd Floor)

Workshop Session 1 


Tod Corlett

Thomas Jefferson University

Teaching Design for the Internet of Things

1:00 pm  //  Room 707 (7th Floor)

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA

Iowa State University

Making Connections With Visual Maps: Academia meets practice

1:00 pm  //  Room 711 (7th Floor)

Workshop Session 2 


Tod Corlett

Thomas Jefferson University

Teaching Design for the Internet of Things

2:00 pm  //  Room 707 (7th Floor)

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA

Iowa State University

Making Connections With Visual Maps: Academia meets practice

2:00 pm  //  Room 711 (7th Floor)

Greg Smiley, IDSA

The Raymond Corporation

Panel Discussion: The Global Ecosystem and Design Education – The BIG Picture

3:00 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

IDSA Education Awards

Presented by Raja Schaar, IDSA

  • Student Merit Award trophy presentation

  • Education Award

  • Young Educator (of the Year) Award

4:00 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Education Symposium

Closing Remarks

By Raja Schaar, IDSA

4:30 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

IDEA 2019 &
IDSA Awards Ceremony

Qin Li, IDSA, Maaike Evers, IDSA, ClayVon Lowe, IDSA

Gold, Silver, and Bronze IDEA winners are announced and Gold IDEA trophies are presented at this evening extravaganza. 

IDSA Awards recognizing Fellows, Personal Achievement, and Special Awards are presented to dedicated individuals who advance the mission of our great society.

6:00 - 6:30  //  Cocktails  //  Atrium (2nd Floor)

6:45 - 8:15  //  Awards Ceremony  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

IDEA 2019 Gala

Presented by Samsung

Great food, great spirits, a great Chicago blues band and all of our IDEA 2019 winners - what more could you want!? 

8:15 - 10:00  //  IDEA Gala  //  Design Gallery (9th Floor)

Thursday, August 22

IDC Day 1 Detail

8:30 am

IDC Registration Opens (1st Floor)

9:00 am

Coffee in the Design Gallery (9th Floor)

Provided by Newell


10:00 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Emcee Welcome

Mark Wilson

Senior Writer, Fast Company

Brett Lovelady, IDSA

Founder, ASTRO Studios

Presentation: Humanizing AI through Soulful Design

10:30 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Cheryl Durst

Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA

Presentation: Culture Code: Design, Diversity and Inclusion

11:00 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Sebastian Gier

Senior Designer, BMW Group &

Presentation: Designing Future Mobility Experiences

11:30 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Krista Donaldson


Presentation: Design for Resilience: A Manifesto

12:00 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Lunch & Networking

Presented by Wacom

12:30 pm  //  Design Gallery (9th Floor)

Breakouts & Workshops


From 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm you'll have your choice of sessions to attend based on your personal interests.

There will be simultaneous sessions happening in the main theater as well as on the fourth and seventh floors.

Erika Berg

Head of Application Development, Carbon

Vittorio Bologna

Research and Development Manager, Riddell


Breakout: Evolution of Helmet Design for Additive Manufacturing

2:00 - 2:30 pm  // Theater (2nd Floor)


Rachel Hardy

Creative Director & Designer


Breakout: For the Culture: From Niche to Commonplace, The Evolution of Cultural Conscious

2:00 - 2:30 pm  //  Room 421 (4th Floor)

Jeremy Barribeau

MDes Candidate and Teaching Assistant, University of Washington


Breakout: Post-Utility Industrial Design: Can You Compete with a Machine?

2:00 - 2:30 pm  //  Room 423 (4th Floor)

Frank Spencer

Kedge and The Futures School


Workshop: How To Count Cows Before They Moo: Designing for a Different Kind of Future

2:00 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 707 (7th Floor)

Eddie Gandelman

Sr. Designer / Sound Design Specialist, Priority Designs

Katie Mowery

Senior Human Factors Specialist, Priority Designs


Breakout: Have You Heard the Most Forgotten Part of Experience Design?

2:00 - 2:30 pm  //  Room 711 (4th Floor)


Laura Silva

VP Accessibility Tech & UX Design, Bank of America


Breakout: The Strength of Vulnerability: Creating Design Equity through Authenticity 

2:30 - 3:00 pm  // Theater (2nd Floor)

Sooshin Choi, IDSA

Chief Design Officer, DEKA


Breakout: Designing is Flying to the Moon

2:30 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 421 (4th Floor)


Hazal Gumus Ciftci

Designer/ Researcher

Breakout: Design for Grassroots Production

2:30 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 423 (4th Floor)


Jonathan Chapman

Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Breakout: Meaningful Stuff: Design that Lasts

2:30 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 711 (7th Floor)

Coffee Break & Networking

Provided by Fellowes

3:00 pm  //  Design Gallery (9th Floor)

IDSA Student Merit Award Presentations


Grace Budgett, S/IDSA

University of Washington

Joshua Thorson, S/IDSA

Academy of Art University

Timothy Joe, S/IDSA

University of Houston

Kristi Bartlett, S/IDSA

University of Houston

Jack Judge, S/IDSA

Purdue University

Carly Hagins, S/IDSA

University of Notre Dame

Emma Mantell, S/IDSA

Kean University

Danielle Chen, S/IDSA

University of Pennsylvania

Jack Thrun, S/IDSA

University of Cincinnati

3:30 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Shannon Galpin

National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, Author and Global Activist

Keynote: Art as Activism. Shannon has used streetart, filmmaking, graphic novels, and gallery installations to create authentic storytelling and immersive dialogues in social justices topics that inspire action. 

4:45 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

IDC Day 1

Closing Remarks

By Mark Wilson

5:45 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

IDC Happy Hour

Presented by Pepsi Co, Honpe and Model Solution

Enjoy some cold refreshments and tasty snacks in the Design Gallery after a long day of mind-blowing content.

6:00 - 7:00 pm //  Design Gallery (9th Floor)

IDC Party @ MNML

Presented by MNML and KeyShot

Head over to Chicago’s Fulton Market Innovation District where the MNML HQ studio awaits for some late night revelry!


7:30 - 10:00 pm //  MNML

939 West Lake St
Chicago, IL 60607

Friday, August 23

IDC Day 2 Detail

8:30 am

IDC Registration Opens (1st Floor)

9:00 am

Coffee in the Design Gallery (9th Floor)

Provided by Newell


10:00 am  // Theater (2nd Floor)

Emcee Welcome

Marcelle van Beusekom

Design Director, IDEO

Adé Houge

Art Director, Designer, Letterer 

Presentation: Design for Experimentation

10:30 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Yoojin Hong

VP, Head of User Experience, Samsung

Presentation: How Do We Design a Meaningful Experience?

11:00 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Chris Jackson

Director, We Create Futures

Presentation: Future Taonga: Creating inclusive futures by design

11:30 am  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Carrie McEwan

Senior Human Factors Specialist, TEAGUE

Presentation: When Digital & Physical Worlds Collide: Designing the Human Experiences of Tomorrow.

12:00 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Lunch & Networking


12:30 pm  //  Design Gallery (9th Floor)

IDSA Business Meeting

2018 Year in Review

1:00 - 1:45pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Breakouts & Workshops


From 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm you'll have your choice of sessions to attend based on your personal interests.

There will be simultaneous sessions happening in the main theater as well as on the fourth and seventh floors.

Joyce Hsu

Design Lead, Facebook


Breakout: Designing Manifold

2:00 - 2:30 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

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


Breakout: Trash Talk: Industrial Design, The Streetscape and Making an Impact in Your City

2:00 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 421 (4th Floor)

Chris Lovin

Design Lead at Athenahealth


Breakout: Aging in a Connected Home

2:00 - 2:30 pm  //  Room 423 (4th Floor)

Audra Norvilas

Director of Brand Design, Thermos

Paula Falavigna

Associate Creative Director, Kaleidoscope

Kelly Lin

Sr. Industrial Designer, Kaleidoscope


Workshop: The Power of Multifaceted Design Thinking

2:00 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 707 (7th Floor)

Cara Oba

Designer and Cofounder, Pas de Chocolat


Workshop: Traversing the Unknown

2:00 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 711 (7th Floor)


Michael DiTullo

Michael DiTullo, LLC


Breakout: Design Language Systems, What Are They and Why Do You Need One

2:30 - 3:00 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

Glen Hougan

Principle, Wellspan Research and Design


Breakout: Design for Dignity

2:30 - 3:00 pm  //  Room 423 (4th Floor)


Coffee Break & Networking


3:00 pm  //  2nd Floor

Rapid Fire



Kat Reiser, IDSA

Founder, Rise Design

Presentation: This Talk Is Not for You

Jay Peters

Managing Director, Park / Grow

Presentation: Design for Humanity

Mallory Evans, IDSA

Senior Industrial Designer, Linx Global Manufacturing 

McKayla Barber, IDSA

Industrial Designer and Strategist, Beyond Design

Presentation: How to Lose a Female Designer in 10 Days

Michael Barczak

Industrial Design Creative Leader, Garmin International

Presentation: Fueling People's Passions

3:30 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

J Mays

VP Global Design and Chief Design Officer, Whirlpool

Keynote: The 5 Things That Matter Most. Great design is about connecting with people at every point of contact. J discusses his 40-year career designing automobiles, the stories behind them and how they touch us emotionally.

4:30 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

IDC Day 2

Closing Remarks

By Marcelle van Beusekom

IDC 2020 Location Announcement


5:30 pm  //  Theater (2nd Floor)

The Chicago Experience

Presented by IDSA

IDC takes over Chicago in a studio tour unlike any that has come before.

Check out the locations here.

Multiple Offsite Locations

7:30 - TBD