The international IDSA conference is in San Francisco this year, and a few of us are considering going because its in the U.S. . As a student, do you think it is worth spending around $1,000 dollars to go to this event for the weekend.
I think it would be motivating and pretty amazing, but it’s not like I’ve got a grand just laying around so i’d have to save and probably borrow…
I’m sure it’d be a good event, and a great way to make contacts, but generally with the IDSA regional conferences are better suited for students whereas the national conference is aimed more at professionals.
If you’re going to graduate soon or you could make the trip without breaking your bank, I’d say go for it.
I was trying to figure out a way to break it to the kid that it is the National conference, not an International conference… hence Industrial Designer’s Society of America… though I guess that should cover 2 continents right there…
This one should be a good one, I’ve heard some good things about the plans. The core77 portfolio review at the conference is good, I know a lot of recruiters troll it. Try to set up meetings before you go. You’d be surprised who is open to grabbing a coffee between lectures.
Yes, but technically last years was international as well with a video conference to China… they say that it is an international conference every year, at least throw Montreal a bone then… of course the World Series isn’t exactly global either.
If you’ve never been, it’s cool. They get old after a few though. The SF one is supposed to bigger badder than the rest because they’re combining it with IICSD, I forgot what that stands for. Personally, my gf is sick of me going on these “business” trips with boring lectures and great parties
From what I’ve heard about Austin, half the value is in fact the socialization aspect of it.
In a field so heavily based around networking, a surplus of alcohol and music is never a bad thing.
The only person I know who’s gone to the international conference as a student (thanks to an IDSA scholarship) seemed to enjoy it and also seemed to make some good contacts with companies outside of our regional area. Which as was mentioned earlier can be good or bad, depending on where you want to work.
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Ok I am going into my senior year this fall, so I spose there is alot of oppurtunity there. Socially, I like to talk with people, and learn. Not schmooz for connections, but seriously just get to know people and make relationships- hopefully which can better me ( in any way).
I feel like I am a good designer, but the portfolio reviews there already feel overwhelming to me. It’s definately intimidating at a conference of that size. If i get railed- i spose it’ll only tell me how much better i need to be. I just get the feeling some may blow me out of the water.
Another thing is, I would like to move after college- out of the Midwest. (not sure if more schooling or job is on the plan now). Is it hard to find jobs across the country? I mean I can’t imagine places want to fly you over unless you are just a wicked designer. Maybe meeting some of people there first would give me that oppurtunity.
I’m not sure. Thanks for all your input. hard to match it.
Have you been to the regional IDSA conference/portfolio review? That may be more useful to you and more affordable. If you haven’t I wouldn’t stress the portfolio review. Reviewers most of the time are there to give you good feedback, not tell you how terrible you are. Even if you’re not great, if you present work that clearly has some thought and effort behind it they’ll tell you what they like/don’t like in a reasonable fashion. It’s also THE best way to make contacts in your area.
There always exceptions, and peoples attitudes change. I had a reviewer tell me that one of my projects that won an award was crap and no one would EVER buy it, and then 6 months later at the next review tell me he really liked the idea.
If you do get torn a new one, you can channel your hatred into motivation to work harder.