2022 IDSA Education Symposium: (RE)CONNECT 

The academic community invites ALL to come together for an IDSA Education Symposium like no other. We say good-bye to just listening and hello to reconnecting with one another face-to-face. We aim to reintroduce students, faculty, professionals, and industry to the playful spirit of design, by disrupting our mundane (virtual) routines with fun, inspiring and engaging physical and mental activities. We seek to re-establish genuine friendships and re-energize.The 2022 IDSA Education Symposium will take place September 13-14, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.  


Join us to get inspired through stories and play. We aim to recover and uncover knowledge by embracing and addressing our shortcomings and historical blind spots, such as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Sustainability. We will also celebrate what’s gone right to learn how we can continue on this path. 


Get invigorated and inspired through hands-on activities, discourse, and place-based interactions connecting the events with the larger environments and the people within. 


Focusing on the future, we will investigate and re-envision industrial design and where we should head as a community of practice.



Call for Papers and Content Proposals  

We are seeking contributions from students, faculty, and professionals in areas ranging from written and visualized research contributions, opinions, and discussions to activities that get us all inspired. We aim to curate a program that will focus on interactivity and fruitful dialogue in a space and place that invites discovery through play. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed.  

Share your research and inquiries through Academic Research, Case Studies, or Student Research Papers. Share your stories and opinions in Design Letters. Share your ideas for activities as Interactive Workshops. Share topics for necessary dialogue through Conversations

Paper presentation length and format will vary. We will invite some papers to be transformed to interactive sessions and will ask all to provide a video of their presentation. Possible presentation formats will be rapid fire (8min), round table discussions with several authors (50min), video submissions, or activity centered. Not all accepted papers will be presented, we reserve the right to turn those into workshops, discussions, or videos. The committee will reserve the right to curate different modes of share back for each of the accepted submissions.


Areas of Interest

  • Innovations in Design Education 
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 
  • Climate Action & Disaster Response 
  • Healthcare & Wellness 
  • Future of Mobility 
  • Emergent Technologies 
  • Collaboration 

Key Dates & Deadlines 

  • March 8, 2022 - Submission portal opens for entries. 
  • May 2, 2022 - Submission portal closes for entries. 
  • Notification of Acceptance to present at the 2022 Education Symposium will begin in June 2022. 





Submission Details 


You can make two types of submissions:

  • Paper: Papers are presented from the Education Symposium stage in a traditional speaker/audience format.
  • Activity: Interactive or collaborative style presentations in the form of a workshop or group conversation. 

Format of Papers

Format of Activities

  • Written Paper: These submissions use a standard / academic paper written format, aided by some visuals, to present one’s body of work. WRITTEN PAPER TEMPLATE
  • Visual Paper: These submissions rely heavily on the use of visualizations (sketches, storyboards, photography, renderings, etc) to communicate the key concepts, details, and outcomes of your ideas. This effort is supported and organized by the Design Sketching Special Interest Group of The Design Society led by Bryan Howell, Brigham Young University, and Jan Willem Hoftijzer, Technical University of Delft. VISUAL PAPER TEMPLATE
  • Interactive Workshop: After 2 years of isolation and all-things-remote, we’re increasingly focused on more hands-on interactive experiences. Submit your ideas to this track for interactive workshops, lessons, or collaborative experiences that encourage real-time engagement, learning, or problem-solving - experiences that strongly benefit from being together in the same space, at the same time. This year we’re particularly interested in workshops that engage with local culture, community, and social contexts. 
  • Conversation: Got a burning, potentially hot button, question you’ve been itching to discuss with other design academics? Perhaps you have an idea, vision, or hypothesis for how design education should evolve or improve as we move into an increasingly connected and complex world. Conversations provide a platform for you to bring diverse perspectives into a discussion you’re interested in advancing, contributing to, or learning more about. Submit your ideas for dialog, discussion, and debate here, and we’ll help you pull together an eclectic panel of voices. 

Categories of Paper Submissions

  • Academic Research: These contributions follow a systematic investigative approach to a question, problem, or situation. Scholarly research builds on or addresses an existing body of knowledge, and contributes new ideas, theories, principles, or practices to the field of design. The study should identify clear research goals, address relevant design questions, and conform to standard research methodologies and practices. 
  • Case Study: These contributions are research investigations into one topic area, such as describing a process or project, with a thorough and tangible discussion of practical outcomes. Examples might be curriculum investigations, course projects, technologies, or industry product developments. They should demonstrate new ideas in industrial design pedagogy or practice. 
  • Design Letter: Design letters provide an informal platform for sharing your ideas, opinions, and perspectives regarding a broad range of topics in design education and practice. We’re interested in diverse voices, new ideas, and unexpected opinions from your collective past, present, and future. Design letters should challenge design standards, norms, principles, or expectations in a thoughtful and meaningful way. This year we are especially encouraging stories about your past to fill in historical gaps in industrial design. 
  • Student Research  (Ph.D./Masters/Undergraduate): These contributions address research or projects conducted by students whose unique perspective enlivens, illuminates, and contributes to the body of industrial design knowledge. 










Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
Education Director, IDSA Board of Directors
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design, Iowa State University

Education Symposium Committee

  • Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA, Iowa State University, Industrial Design
  • Carly Hagins, IDSA, Western Michigan University, Product Design and Innovation
  • Louise Manfredi PhD, IDSA, Syracuse University, Industrial and Interaction Design
  • James Rudolph, IDSA, University of Notre Dame, Industrial Design
  • Owen Foster, IDSA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Honors College