Catalyst Seeks Great Design Stories

Catalyst Seeks Great Design Stories

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Catalyst program is accepting applications starting today through Tuesday, November 30 for design success stories that have made an impact on industry, the environment and society. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of thought leaders in business, design and academia.

Design firms, client companies, academic institutions or any other interested parties may nominate a design success story worthy of study, documentation and preservation. There is no restriction on dates in use, production or distribution. However, the submission must clearly demonstrate the positive impact of industrial design and how it raises the visibility of design's global effectiveness in delivering value to businesses, communities and society.

"A large part of society is still unaware that design is responsible for many improvements in their daily lives," said Catalyst Chair Ravi Sawhney, FIDSA. "From intelligent and ergonomic designs that let baby boomers live independently longer, to programs that encourage savings and sustainable designs that benefit the environment, design affects our every day lives."

Review panelists include:
Arvind Bhambri, professor, Graduate Business School at the University of Southern California
Robert Blaich, FIDSA, visiting professor, Syracuse University's Department of Industrial and Interaction Design
Sam Farber, founder, Copco, OXO and Wovo
Charles L. Jones, FIDSA, chief design officer, MASCO Corp.
Lorraine Justice, FIDSA, Swire Chair professor and director, School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Steve Kaneko, FIDSA, design director, Microsoft's Entertainment Experience Group
Guy Kawasaki, founding partner, Garage Technology Ventures
Sam Lucente, IDSA, leads Hewlett-Packard's design practice
Tom Matano, IDSA, general manager of Mazda Design, Mazda
Imre Molnar, IDSA, dean, College for Creative Studies
Ken Musgraive, IDSA, leads Dell's Experience Design Competencies
Elie Ofek, associate professor, Harvard Business School
Ravi Sawhney, FIDSA, founder and CEO, RKS
Robert T. Schwartz, FIDSA, general manager of global design, GE Healthcare
Linda Tischler, senior writer, Fast Company
Lorrie Vogel, general manager of considered design, Nike
Helen Walters, editor of innovation and design, Bloomberg Businessweek
Patrick Whitney, IDSA, dean of the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology


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