While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their latest inductees yesterday, the Industrial Designer's Society of America (IDSA) prepared to bestow their highest honor on their own "hall of fame" worthy members. Following tradition, the names of IDSA's Academy of Fellows inductees were kept secret as hundreds of IDSA members gathered in Miami at Project Infusion, the IDSA's 2009 national conference. Then, during opening night ceremonies, Ravi Sawhney, RKS founder and CEO, was inducted into the Academy along with fellow IDSA member Tim Fletcher.
"Congratulations to Ravi Sawhney on his elevation to Fellow in the Industrial Designers Society of America. It is richly deserved," said George McCain, FIDSA and member of IDSA's Board of Directors. "Ravi lives and breathes Industrial Design and has contributed very generously of his time and resources, and enduring passion, to the betterment of IDSA for many years." Sawhney joins the likes of design icons Henry Dreyfuss, Bill Moggridge, Raymond Loewy, as IDSA members who have "earned the special respect and affection of the membership through distinguished service to the Society and to the profession as a whole." "I was surprised by the honor and recognition to join some of my design heroes as an IDSA Fellow," said Sawhney. "My respect for the organization coupled with it being the voice and face of such a valued profession make this a very special moment. I will always consider being inducted into this honored Academy a high point in my professional career."