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August 25, 2023  |  Marriott Marquis Times Square  |  New York City, NY 

'The Watering Hole'

The 2023 IDSA Education Symposium is a trans-disciplinary design research and education event focused on the advancement of design. Our theme this year is ‘The Watering Hole’ a gathering place for our community to reflect on the current state of design and to engage in collective dialog to shape the future of design. The idea of design frequently ignites a heated debate: while the methods, knowledge, application, and adoption of design continues to expand, fundamental questions about the nature of design still remain, and the legitimacy of the field and our professional identity are continuously called into question.

Whether you’re studying the nature of design theory and paradigms, advancing educational curricula, or contributing innovative design solutions through professional practice, you are encouraged to participate in the discussion.


Entry to the IDSA Education Symposium is included with your 3-day IDC ticket or Friday, August 25 single-day ticket. All main stage presentations from the IDSA Education Symposium will be live-streamed for virtual ticket holders. Recordings will made available to ticket holders after the live event.

Complete details and event schedule will be published soon.

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Advancing Design Academia

The Industrial Designers Society of America has a long history and commitment to education and the academic community. In fact, education is one of the four pillars of IDSA’s mission and a key component of our Future Vision moving into the next 50 years of success. We are in the business of educating people about design and creating environments for designers to thrive. 

Design education is where creativity and learning are forged to form lifelong habits of acquiring, working with, and transforming knowledge into new ideas and solutions designed to help people live better lives. Design schools, educators, and students are central to this. 

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




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