DIY Design: Exploitation or Freedom of Expression?

That is the provocative question posed by this year’s international conference of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), a four-day confab that kicks off on August 4 in Portland, Oregon. Of course, it’s by design that the City of Roses is a DIY hotbed. “If the next decade is about local, authentic, and personal, Portland is a window into the future,” says IDSA. “Portland also serves as both the epicenter of the U.S. crafting resurgence and home to many top design-driven companies like Nike, Intel, Ziba, and Wieden+Kennedy.”
Get ready to lace up your customized NIKEiD sneakers and settle in for discussion exploring the current and future links between DIY and the industrial design profession. Weighing in on themes such as enabling technologies, crowdsourcing, and “slow craft” will be stellar speakers including MAKE founder Dale Dougherty, Cooper-Hewitt director Bill Moggridge, Nike design exec John Hoke, and Etsy’s Vanessa Bertozzi. And don’t miss the opportunity to get valuable feedback at the portfolio review session sponsored by our friends at Core77. Regular registration has been extended through today, July 23, so pull out that credit card personalized with your photo and head here.