yo wrote:I'd be more interested in starting a new organization that does what I'm looking for than trying to continue to fix the current org. I think it would be better. Time for the clean sheet of paper in terms of mission, goals, name, and people.
Then that's what you should do. At least then you'll be happy and have exactly what you're looking for.
Let me know when it's up and running, maybe I'll join.
As a Creative Director I'd only have time to be the figure head, albeit a loud one, as I have supported the fellow IDSA refuges who Design Museum Boston
But perhaps once I'm heading up a university design department in 15+ years I will have the time to mobilize the force necessary to build the organization I think many designers desire.
I know through our surveys that many designers are looking for "ammunition" that they can use with their clients, bosses, boards, etc. to demonstrate the value of design within business. In general, we see the younger designers asking for more of what Yo wants (design-centric content and discussion) and what you want (design as a driver of business). I think in time we can do both, but again we need everyone's help to do it. There's not enough paid staff to take that stuff on at the scale our members are asking for.
And the survey said.... stop listening to surveys where people write what they think they should.
You want ammunition? 1) don't suck 2) be an active part of design thought leadership 3) know how to articulate and persuade
Maybe I'm feeling punchy having walked out of a board level meeting with a corporation with a verbal to proceed on a project, but it's not that hard, you just have to actually be good. All the gant charts in the world are not going to cover up bad work and an inability to connect, empathize, and emote with your clients and users..
bcpid wrote: I assume the traditional design content will be addressed no matter what. It doesn't have to be either/or.
Why one Earth would you assume that! Have you been to an IDSA conference lately? You know what happens when you assume, you make an.... well you know. The first word in Design Organization is Design... if you don't get that right, you miss the point. Once that is beyond rock solid then you can begin to think about branching out. I'd rather alienate other but have a passionate core base that "gets it" than try to please everyone and get none.
CG, thanks for getting us back on track. What could this new group be called I wonder? My initial thoughts.
APPD: Association of Professional Practicing Designers.
You need to have a degree and/or professional work experience, 3 references from professionals with at least 5 years of experience or the sponsorship of an existing member, and there is a portfolio review, or you may be invited to join.
Local bi-monthly happy hours in major cities, and one global conference per year. The conference would consist of One day of work shops and lectures, one day of pure inspiration (museums, corporate archive tours, and so on), a pecha kucha style work share out, local studio crawl, and then a massive networking party with an open bar. Annual design competition and awards ceremony. Special invites to the best students around the globe. No other non members allowed to the conference.... and the first rule of APPD is you don't tell anyone about APPD.