Business Leaders, Top Thinkers and Design Visionaries to Speak at Industrial Designers Society of America’s 2011 International Conference in New Orleans, Sept. 14 - 17

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Keynotes drawn from top thinkers, business and industry leaders will investigate the impact of community on design at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) 2011 International Conference set in New Orleans from Sept. 14 to 17.

Design and the communities in which we create are changing more rapidly than ever before. It's not about design thinking anymore, it's about leveraging good thinking wherever you can find it—be that online or down the street. It's about community.

Why is community important in design? It’s because today users play a bigger role in design by helping to define the process of creating products and services. Keynotes drawn from top thinkers, business and industry leaders will investigate the impact of community on design at the Industrial Designers Society of America’s (IDSA) 2011 International Conference set in New Orleans from Sept. 14 to 17. 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.

The conference will follow three tracks: “Attitudes & Behaviors,” “Methods & Means” and “Community as Context.” Selected from a wide range of leading companies and organizations, keynotes include:

  • Clay Shirky, author, associate arts professor and distinguished writer in residence at

New York University (opening keynote)

  • Tom Bassett, CEO, MindSwarms
  • Andrea Chen, co-founder and executive director, Social Entrepreneurs of New Orleans
  • Allan Chochinov, partner, Core77
  • Tom Gerhardt, co-founder, Studio Neat
  • Elizabeth Goodman, Ph.D. candidate, University of California, Berkeley, School of Information
  • Ben Kaufman, CEO and co-founder, Quirky
  • Grant McCracken, research affiliate at the Convergence Culture Consortium (C3), MIT
  • Margaret Gould Stewart, director of user experience, YouTube/Google Aaron Zinman, co-founder, Empirical LLC
  • Yancey Strickler, co-founder, Kickstarter
  • Arnold Wasserman, principal, Collective Invention
  • Scott Wilson, founder, Minimal

“Nothing fuels debate like strong opinions, good food, good music and alcohol—New Orleans has all four,” said conference chair Tad Toulis. “Join us this September for IDSA’s 2011 International Conference!”

For a complete list of topics, speakers and information, visit
http://www.idsa.org/2011internationalconference.

The conference’s current sponsors include Autodesk, Eastman Innovation Lab, Core 77, "Fast Company" and Teague.

Background:
Founded in 1965, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) is one of the world’s oldest, largest, member-driven societies for product design, industrial design, interaction design, human factors, ergonomics, design research, design management, universal design and related design fields. IDSA produces the renowned International Design Excellence Award® (IDEA) competition annually; hosts the International Design Conference and five regional conferences each year; and publishes "Innovation," a quarterly journal on design, and designBytes, a weekly e-newsletter highlighting the latest headlines in the design world. IDSA's charitable arm, the Design Foundation, supports the dissemination of undergraduate scholarships annually to further industrial design education. The organization has more than 3,000 members in 27 chapters in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit http://www.idsa.org.

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