24 Hours of Awesome!

IDC 2020 will be divided into 6 tracks, each lasting 4 hours long. Each track will feature a series of 'main stage' presentations followed by a group of breakout sessions you can choose to attend based on your personal preference. Each track will end with a presentation by an IDSA Student Merit Award Winner and a final Keynote.

The entire event will be a continuous, non-stop presentation lasting a full 24 hours. Don't worry if you can't stay up 24 hours straight. All sessions will be recorded and made available to ticket holders!  All times are shown in US Eastern Daylight (Universal Coordinated Time, UTC -4). Grab a cup of coffee and let's have some fun!

Track 1

Thurs, Sept 17

12:00pm-4:00pm EDT

Track 2

Thurs, Sept 17

4:00pm-8:00pm EDT

Track 3

Thurs, Sept 17

8:00pm-12:00am EDT

Track 4

Fri, Sept 18

12:00am-4:00am EDT

Track 5

Fri, Sept 18

4:00am-8:00am EDT

Track 6

Fri, Sept 18

8:00am-12:00pm EDT

Breakout Sessions

Panel Discussion:
Building Bridges into the Unknown

Moderator - Jason Belaire, IDSA

Moderator - Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA

Panelist - Kevin Bethune

Panelist - Dara Dotz

Legal Contracts for Designers: (Almost) Everything you Need to Know 

Presenter - Joel Delman, IDSA

KeyShot Essentials 

Presenter - Karim Merchant

Your Product Story: Sketching to Communicate

 Presenter- Spencer Nugent

Student Merit Award Winner


Jiani Zeng, S/IDSA

Graduate SMA Winner

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Proudly supported by SolidWorks

Ralf Groene

VP Design Windows and Devices, Microsoft

Insanely Human

Presenting from Seattle, WA (US)

Track 1 - Thursday, September 17

12:00pm - 4:00pm EDT (UTC -4)



Emcee - Kristine Arth

Founder & Creative Director, Lobster Phone

Hosting from San Francisco, CA (US)

'Main Stage' Presentions


Design for Collective Post-Trauma

In this talk, Alain will explore the science of fear on the human psyche and the power of the collective ego, and what happens when society's state of mind overtakes individual experiences. He’ll argue that the collective trauma the COVID crisis and the killing of George Floyd has left behind will be the most powerful determinant of our ability to get back to work. And finally, drawing from science, psychology, historical and cultural examples, Alain will identify the ways in which brands, businesses and people alike can begin to navigate our collective trauma and changing sense of self and each other as we begin to heal.

Alain Sylvain

CEO, Sylvain Labs

Design for Collective Trauma

Presenting from New York, NY (US)

Speculative Characters for Visual Inflection

In the age of emojis, type and image work in tandem to bolster our typographic voices, conveying our wide range of emotions. What if, in lieu of relying on smiley-faces and eggplants to make our point, new punctuation could formally articulate the meaning of a message as conveyed through gesture and expression? Much like written music relies on specific symbols to designate key, volume, pacing and pauses, new letterforms—inspired by facial expressions, hand gestures, and metaphors—could better inform our visual inflection. Engaging with design as a medium for inquiry, these speculative characters aim to supplement our existing typefaces, attempting to make the rich complexities of verbal conversation visible. Introducing these characters while citing and celebrating their historic predecessors, this presentation prompts a larger discussion: what is the role of speculative design in typography, and how do these pursuits advance communication?

Mia Cinelli

Assistant Professor of Art Studio and Digital Design at the University of Kentucky

Speculative Characters for Visual Inflection


Presenting from Lexington, KY (US)

Design is DNA

Design at its surface provides recognizability and differentiation for a brand to the outside world and the people that it impacts. But the root of design is based on communicating an authentic, purpose-driven view to a brand’s soul, and that is far more complex but much more meaningful. How that soul is defined and shaped, and what the resulting impact is to the teams and companies that create it, is what we’ll dive into in “Design is DNA.”

Demetrius Romanos 

SVP of Design & Development at Ergobaby


Design is DNA



Presenting from Long Beach, CA (US)

'Main Stage' Presentions

Başak Altan, IDSA

Design Strategist & Educator


Organic Design Education for Circular Economy

Presenting from San Francisco, CA (US)

James Rudolph

Associate Professor of Design, Notre Dame


Bootstrapping Leadership Through Design

Presenting from Saint Joseph, MI (US)

Raja Schaar, IDSA

Program Director at Drexel University's Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

(presenting with Chris Baeza)


Using Design Fiction to Teach Ethics in Design

Presenting from Philadelphia, PA (US)

Başak Altan, IDSA, James Rudolph and Raja Schaar, IDSA


Q&A Session

Moderated by Aziza Cyamani

Sheng-Hung Lee, IDSA

Designer + Engineer

(presenting with John Liu)


Experimenting With Design Thinking and System Engineering Methodologies

Presenting from Cambridge, MA (US)

Breakout Sessions

Panel Discussion: Adapting on the Fly, COVID-19 & Industrial Design Education?

Moderaor - Aziza Cyamani

Panelist - Mekin Elcioglu

Panelist - Mike Elwell

Panel Discussion: Design Exchange, Crossing Disciplines & Professions

Moderator - Keith Instone

Panelist - Louise R Manfredi, PhD, IDSA

Panelist - Sarah McNabb

Panelist - Eric Schneider

Panelist - Michael Barrett

Panel Discussion: A Classic Debate: Is Grad School Worth It?

Moderator - Carly Hagins, IDSA

Panelist - Benjamin Bush, IDSA

Panelist - Derek Cascio

Panelist - Hector Silva

Panelist - Rebecca Ngola

Student Merit Award Winner


Sawyer Alcazar-Hagen, S/IDSA

West District Undergraduate SMA Winner

University of Oregon

Proudly supported by SolidWorks

Owen Foster

Co-founder and Director of Aether Global Learning and SHiFT Design Camp


John McCabe

Director of Strategy, Aether Learning

You're part of the Zombie Apocalypse: It's not your fault. It's mine.

Co-Presenting from Atlanta, GA (US)

Co-Presenting from Chattanooga, TN (US)

Track 2 - Thursday, September 17

IDSA Education Symposium

4:00pm - 8:00pm EDT (UTC -4)



Emcee - Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA

Assistant Professor Industrial Design, Iowa State University

Hosting from Ames, IA (US)


Ali Murtaza

Head of Service Design, IDEATE Innovation


Let's Not Save the Next Billion

Presenting from Lahore, Pakistan

Lada Gorlenko

Director of UX Research at Smartsheet

Design a Team you Love

Presenting from Seattle, WA (US)

Google Digital Wellbeing Toolkit

Moderator - Jayeon Kim, Google

Moderator - Kate Lockhart, Google

Student Merit Award Winner


Anne McDonald, S/IDSA

South District Undergraduate SMA Winner

North Carolina State University

Proudly supported by SolidWorks

Arielle Assouline-Lichten

Principal / Founder, Slash Objects

Unexpected Juxtapositions and Thoughtful Design

Presenting from New York, NY (US)

Track 3 - Thursday, September 17

8:00pm - 12:00am EDT (UTC -4)



Emcee - Spencer Nugent

Founder & Designer, Sketch-A-Day.com

Hosting from Salt Lake City, UT (US)

'Main Stage' Presentions

Ayana Patterson, IDSA

Luxury CMF + Form Specialist


Luxury State of Mind

Presenting from New York City, NY (US)

Breakout Sessions

Panel Discussion:

Real Designers Ship


Moderator - Michael DiTullo, IDSA

Panelist - Cia Mooney, IDSA

Panelist - Howard Nuk

Panelist - Jason Mayden

Breakout: Creating an Unshakable Brand

Presenter - Kristine Arth


Tim Allen

VP, Design at Airbnb

Design for Belonging

Presenting from San Francisco, CA (US)

Breakout: Navigating Towards Success in China

Co-presenter - Chris Hosmer, IDSA

Co-presenter - Dylan Ren, I/IDSA

Felix Heck

Head of Office, Samsung Design Europe 

Design for Resonance 

Presenting from London, England

Breakout: Patterns of My Mind

Presenter - Chandrashekhar Wyawashare

Charles Johnson, IDSA

Global Director Innovation, PUMA SE

Design for Humanistic Values

Presenting from Herzogenaurach, Germany

Track 4 - Friday, September 18

12:00am - 4:00am EDT (UTC -4)



Emcee - Kristine Arth

Founder & Creative Director, Lobster Phone

Hosting from San Francisco, CA (US)

'Main Stage' Presentions

Javeria Masood

Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP Pakistan


(Deep) Listening in the Time of COVID-19

Presenting from Islamabad, Pakistan

Breakout Sessions

Student Merit Award Winner


Jessica Monteleone, S/IDSA

Northeast District Undergraduate SMA Winner

Jefferson University

Proudly supported by SolidWorks


Lani Adeoye

Designer & Founder, Studio-Lani

Design as a Mediation Tool

Presenting from Lagos, Nigeria

Alisan Atvur

Senior User Research Lead at Device Research & Development at Novo Nordisk 

Design for the Empathic Healthcare Innovator: Advancing the Role of User Research in Pharmaceutical R&D 

Presenting from Copenhagen, Denmark

Breakout: ​Mobility Experience


Presenter - Yogesh Dandekar

Breakout: Designing Design Education


Co-Presenter - Hector Silva

Co-Presenter - Dominic Montante

Lesley-Ann Noel, PhD

Associate Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice, Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, Tulane University

An Island Girl's Critical Design Manifesto

Presenting from New Orleans, LA (US)

Track 5 - Friday, September 18

4:00am - 8:00am EDT (UTC -4)



Emcee - Jeevak Badve, FIDSA

Director of Strategic Growth, Sundberg-Ferar

Hosting from Detroit, MI (US)

'Main Stage' Presentions

Breakout Sessions

Panel Discussion:
The Lack of Diversity in the Furniture Design Industry 

Panelist - Jomo Tariku

Panelist - Marie Burgos

Panelist - Boa

Panelist - Marlon Darbeau

Student Merit Award Winner


Ellen Posch, S/IDSA

Central District Undergraduate SMA Winner

University of Cincinnati

Proudly supported by SolidWorks


Mark Prommel

Partner & Design Lead, Pensa

Design for Inconvenience

Presenting from New York, NY (US)

Nicole McLaughlin

Designer, Nicole McLaughlin LLC



Power in Purpose

Presenting from Brooklyn, New York (US)

Workshop: Design for a Voice Enabled World

Co-Presenter -  Brielle Nickoloff

Co-Presenter -  Surya Vanka

Track 6 - Friday, September 18

8:00am - 12:00pm EDT (UTC -4)



Emcee - Spencer Nugent

Founder & Designer, Sketch-A-Day.com

Hosting from Salt Lake City, UT (US)

'Main Stage' Presentions

Jeanette Numbers

Co-founder and Design Principal, Loft

Design for Proactive Healthcare

Presenting from Providence, RI (US)

Breakout Sessions

Panel Discussion: Where Are The Black Designers Follow Up

Moderator - Mitzi Okou

Panelist - Garrett Albury

Panelist - Raja Schaar, IDSA

Panelist - Roshannah Bagley

Panelist - Zariah Cameron

Panelist - Forest Young

Workshop: KeyShot Studios & Farms

Part 1 - Studios: Workflow Tips & Tricks

Part 2 - Farms: Increase your render power with KeyShotFarms

Presenter - Brad Abelman

Presenter - Steve Seager

Student Merit Award Winner


Avery Saylor, S/IDSA

Midwest District Undergraduate SMA Winner

Purdue University

Proudly supported by SolidWorks

Jan Griffiths

Presenter & Founder, Gravitas Detroit

NOW Is the Time to Step Up and Lead!

Presenting from Detroit, MI (US)

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