The Industrial Designers Society of America‘s (IDSA) annual conference is going on this week at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. IDSA is a member-driven society for product design, industrial design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields.
This year’s theme, “Community: You, Me, We.,” will examine the importance of community across multiple layers of design by exploring emerging social issues, studying ever-shifting consumer behaviors, investigating new tools, venues and models with which design is conceived, developed and executed.
Thursday’s focus is “Attitudes and Behaviors” with keynotes by representatives of YouTube and MIT. Friday shifts into “Methods and Means,” while Saturday covers “Community as Context.” Locally recognizable keynote speakers include Andrea Chen of Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans (SENO), and Tulane Professor Byron Mouton.