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The International Design Conference 2019

August 21, 2019 - August 23, 2019

The International Design Conference 2019 is a celebration of the diversity, overlap and undeniable power of design. Three years in the making, this landmark event is a revolutionary step by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) to invite influential voices to the table for a long awaited conversation.

The convergence of digital and physical experiences has illuminated the need for cross-disciplinary dialog in an open setting where the freedom to explore is granted and the honesty of failure is embraced.

At the International Design Conference 2019, we place 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.

Marcelle van Beusekom and Mark Wilson need little introduction. They are two of the most prominent voices in design, experience and technology today. Their audiences span a vast spectrum of design practice and each has become a luminary in their own right. What happens when they get together? Well, we’re just as excited to find out as you are!

As International Design Conference emcees, Marcelle and Mark will take turns guiding the audience in an orchestrated dialog through two days of top-tier presentations by leading design minds from around the world. They will provide reaction and provocation to the conversation and deliver their unique perspective in a way that only they can.

A celebration of the diversity, overlap and undeniable power of design
With its roots as the national meeting of the Industrial Designers Society of America, the IDC has grown into something much bigger. However, at its core remains a platform for amplifying the unique and bold voice of Industrial Design.

Today, we recognize that our creative community is not binary and the role of design is constantly shifting. Once siloed disciplines now overlap and blur. To face this reality, it is critical that we open the conversation to as many creative perspectives as possible in the interest of developing a shared dialogue that advances our ability to collaborate and magnifies the impact of our work.

Design has evolved
The need for cross-disciplinary dialogue is more urgent now than ever been before. Connect with hundreds of designers from around the world in a discourse that expands your lexicon, challenges assumptions and breaks down barriers.
Have a look at our impressive presenter roster

Stay hungry
Preparing for this future means putting yourself out there and committing to being an active part of the conversation. Interactive sessions hosted by leading design experts provide you with new tools and methodologies critical for building your skill set and advancing your career.
​Sign up for a Pre-Conference skill-building workshop

Value is experienced
Active participation is vital to creating memorable moments. IDC 2019 will grant countless opportunities to learn from the best, socialize with colleagues and kick back with a refreshing cocktail. On top of all that, we’ve got studio tours and after-hours events that are all geared toward maximizing your complete conference experience.
Check out the full agenda



When? 21-23/08/19
Where? Venue SIX10
610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago IL.

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August 21, 2019
August 23, 2019
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