Wednesday, January 21, 2009

IDSA is the Organization for Product and Industrial Designers

The Northeast District of the Industrial Design Society of America is having their annual conference on "Revolution" in Cambridge, MA on March 27-29, 2009. Even if you can't attend, it is good to see who is speaking and what topics industrial designers talk about. IDSA has several districts and chapters so you can check out what is going on in your area.

IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America) is the national organization for industrial designers. According to their website, industrial design (ID) is the professional service of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer.

Industrial designers develop concepts and specifications through collection, analysis and synthesis of data guided by the special requirements of the client or manufacturer. They are trained to prepare clear and concise recommendations through drawings, models and verbal descriptions.

The industrial designer emphasizes those aspects of the product or system that relate most directly to human characteristics, needs and interests. This requires an understanding of visual, tactile, safety and convenience criteria, with concern for the user. Education and experience in anticipating psychological, physiological and sociological factors that influence the user are essential industrial design resources.

Industrial designers are also concerned with technical processes and requirements for manufacture; marketing opportunities and economic constraints; and distribution sales and servicing processes. They work to ensure that design recommendations use materials and technology effectively, and comply with all legal and regulatory requirements.

In addition to supplying concepts for products and systems, industrial designers often consult on a variety of problems that have to do with a client's image. Such assignments include product and organization identity systems, development of communication systems, interior space planning and exhibit design, advertising devices and packaging and other related services.

Click on the heading above to check out the IDSA website.

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