I was unaware that this post was created as a form of communication to IDSA. in that sense then I appolagise as this is a good forum for discussion.
But I still think that some tack an skill is required when righting emails, and or posts / blogs. This is more of a personal and professional pet peeve that I find society has taken a large step back with proper social behavior with the use of the internet. As Linda stated this is an excellent forum for discussion. But posting a negative comment without properly articulating your argument or presenting both sides of the case actually does more damage then good many times to the person posting the comments.
Linda did you send your emails to Katie Fleger email@example.com
who is on the flier as she is the first point of contact. Also how long was the time line in which the 4 emails were sent?
I am not nit picking but want to make sure real expectations are being set. I at time see people who live and breath by email and if they do not have a response withing 2 hours they send another...... If it has been over a week did you try to reach the person by phone?? A tool that is not used often enough in this time and era
If you did take the appropriate actions and give a reasonable amount of time then i would say your frustration is warranted.
In the end IDSA is going through a growth and development process (my point of view not necessarily reflected by IDSA or maybe it is ) and much like a teenager this can be an awkward and confusing time. For the younger generation and designers with less work experience this can be extremely frustrating, especially if they have not encountered something similar in the business world. I have worked long enough to see that change in large organizations is never easy and can be extremely painful both internally and externally.
Well as i said before i have rambled on enough this time.... and as mentioned my views and opinions do not nessecarily reflect those of the viewers or of IDSA national
Chevis, I think the tone of your post either shows perhaps some frustration on the IDSA side, or frankly how disconnected the organization is, or both. Your tone has a slightly derogatory undercurrent to my read. It could be the way I'm reading it, I grant that. Remember, you are speaking to talented, high contributor students. They may be young, but I have no doubt that in a decade these two will be design leadership at a corporation or design firm. These are the driven young folks you need to engage and bring into the fold.
The other day I was at the airport, nothing shocking in itself, I seem to be traveling 3-4 times a month these days. There was an issue with my United Exec Premiere status not taking in the system because I have a suffix on my name... now this name and number have been the same for almost a decade in their system, but new TSA rules have tightened things up a bit, and since my ID has the suffix, but my Exec Prem card does not, the issue has arisen. Now I understand this when it is explained to me... and all the other airlines were able to either correct it in their system on the spot, or immediately work around it, even when I used the United Card with other airlines.... but, not United. They rather politely, but obviously curtly informed me it was my fault, and that I would need to write a formal letter with various forms of copies of my IDs. I informed them that might be great for Benjamin Franklin break out the quill pen and fire off a letter via pony express, but I think it will just be easier for me to fly another airline...
IDSA, people are shopping for another airline, and you need to reengage your base, not alienate them. If I can't count on you to return an email, why would I call you?
Just to be clear, these topics with IDSA in the title, in the "Design Associations" discussion forum are most certainly for the benefit of the IDSA, for IDSA members who don't feel like going through the traditional channels to vent and be heard, for past members to reengage, as well as for non members to learn about the organization through other means. We welcome your participation on a peer to peer level of discussion, and we would welcome even further transparency, ie, who IDSA posters are specifically.
Since there are not many Chevis's out there, and I'd hazard even fewer Chevis W's, I'd guess you are Chevis Watkinson, Principal Designer at MPE, and Vice Chair of IDSAwi. Welcome to the discussion. It will not have all the proper grammar you are looking for, but the content will be rather robust and frank.