National Industrial Design Day 2021

Declaring that industrial designers “improve our lives in every way and are worthy of our recognition,” National Industrial Design Day was first entered into the U.S. Congressional Record in 2015 and is celebrated across the U.S. annually on March 5th, which is also the anniversary of the founding of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).

At Sprout, we celebrate design every day but National Industrial Design Day is the perfect opportunity to stop and reflect on the ways in which our everyday lives are impacted by the people and products changing the world. This year, our spirits are feeling especially ignited as we have continued to thrive while being forced to find inspiration in new places and adapt our processes due to Covid-19. Seeing how designers have acclimated to this unprecedented time and developed new products and ideas amidst global challenges, truly puts perspective on the impact of this industry.

We aim to encourage the next generation of designers and give back to the design community. Earlier this month, the ID team met with students at the Rochester Institute of Technology to review portfolios and offer advice; previously doing the same for design students at Mass Art and Wentworth.

The team also hosts Virtual Office Hours on the third Thursday of every month, with an open invite for all to gather for networking, portfolio reviews, and general camaraderie. February saw our biggest attendance ever, and we’re thrilled to connect with designers from all over the world at this monthly gathering! Email officehours@sprout.cc if you’d like to join, or stay tuned to our social media for the invite announcement.

Use the hashtag #IndustrialDesignDay to share how you are celebrating National Industrial Design Day, and check out the events hosted by IDSA chapters across the country. (If you aren’t already a member, now is a great time to join the national network of industrial designers because IDSA is offering 50 percent off memberships this week!)

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