The International Design Conference places multi-disciplinary design through multi-sensory experiences on the main stage. We will cultivate a shared understanding that allows designers from all backgrounds to rally around common themes and challenges. We will proclaim our passions so that others may be inspired by them. We will honor our individuality while making it undeniably clear that we are stronger when we collaborate. 


What we ARE looking for:

The IDC seeks submissions for talks and interactive workshops that elicit thought and offer a unique exploration of “Design For _______________”. Your answer to this simple provocation will set the audience down a pathway of self-reflection and stir an insatiable need for more. Your response to this call will provide real-world tools and methodologies our audience can incorporate into their own practice. Your contribution to this assembly will be memorable and distinct to the IDC alone. We are searching for the very best in our uncompromising quest to gather a slate of presentations that represent the very forefront of design today and open the door to what we can expect in the future.


What we are NOT looking for:

Commercials. Jargon. Fluff. Peanut butter with no jelly. You get the idea! Please respect this simple request. 


What you can expect as a speaker:

The IDC will take place over the course of two days in Chicago, IL, August 21-23, just a few blocks away from the world famous Cloud Gate sculpture … aka ‘The Bean’. Speakers will be offered coaching in the weeks leading up to the IDC to refine and elevate your talks to the highest standard. The success of the IDC will rely on your professionalism, expertise and individual flare. We’ll do our part to help you succeed so that we all walk away with a sense of pride and accomplishment.


Who will you will present to:

Design professionals from a wide spectrum of different but related disciplines including: Industrial Design, Graphic Design, User Experience, User Interaction, Futures & Speculative Design, Design Management, Service Design, Experience Design, Branding, and more!

FEBRUARY 22, 2019.

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If selected for IDC, I will agree to the following *
• Provide presentation to IDC prior to IDC • Attend rehearsal • Maintain my allotted time window • Be present at both days of IDC • Promote IDC through my network