The past two years have seen every industry evolve and adapt and for sure the design community has done its best to rise up to the occasion. I remember showcasing many innovative face masks and air purifiers, here on Yanko Design, as the demand for it had increased manyfold. Interestingly, I saw many startups and designers innovating this category at lightning speed, providing solutions that were never thought of before! I experienced the transformation and saw designers learning from each other through meaningful conversations on social media. Agile, adaptive, and inspiring – a new aspect being added to the role of designers.
Keeping up with its mission to connect designers across disciplines, the International Design Conference (IDC) is returning virtually in 2021. The objective of the event ties in with the demand of the hour. This 24-hour non-stop event starts on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 12pm EDT and ends Thursday, Sept. 23 at 12pm EDT. You can expect to engage with global design leaders at Amazon, Samsung, IDEO, and more. However, I have another reason why you should attend the conference – Yanko Design.
Included in the 60+ sessions across 24 hours will be a session hosted by Yanko Design on Design Journalism. At the end of this session, you will know more about how to effectively communicate your design in a voice that will resonate with your audience – be it an Instagram post, a Facebook update, or an article on your page.
Produced each year by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), IDC is an international platform for amplifying the unique and bold voice of industrial design while celebrating the deep interconnection with other disciplines. One of the perks of the conference is networking. And to give you a great example is the fact that Airbnb was born during the 2007 IDC! Will your million-dollar idea be the next?
You can expect networking, keynotes, main stage presentations, workshops, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and more. With limited resources at our disposal, IDC is a good way to capitalize on the future of design and design work. Learn how to leverage AI and super AI, DesignOps, biometrics, 3D printing, NFTs, and blockchain technology.
Amongst other things, like how to integrate DEI into emerging tech, hiring practices, and your own design work on multiple levels, I will be talking about how to market yourself and your work through design journalism.
In IDSA’s Education Symposium, under the 2021 theme “Breaking Down Barriers: Fostering collaborations for systemic change,” design educators from across the globe will discuss topics like increasing diversity in design education, enhancing ID education with user experience design, leveraging designers for patent content, and achieving carbon neutrality in makerspaces. IDSA’s annual Student Merit Award winners will also be present during the event.
Today we designers and design enthusiasts must learn to design for the post-pandemic era. We have to reinvent the wheel in some situations, and personally, I think IDC offers the perfect platform that can help us with the tools required to be agile, adaptive, and inspiring.