Share-board illustrates highlights from 2013 IDSA International Conference

August 27, 2013

Share-boards are becoming a common sight around our office. Breaking from the norms of clunky email chains and text heavy reports, share-boards provide a more visual and personal means of communication between staff. I’ve seen them used to: gather brainstorming ideas, share project summaries, and report cool content.

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Pictured above is a share-board we (myself, Vlada, Sherry, and Bill) put together to summarize our takeaways from the 2013 IDSA International Conference in Chicago last week. Check out a few excerpts below for more.

John Bielenberg is approaching social change through design; check out: Alabamboo and Project M.

Breaking from the norms of clunky email chains and text-heavy reports, share-boards provide a more visual and personal means of communication.

Ben Hopson is carving his own niche in design education; check out: Ben Hopson Kinetic Design.

Vijay Kumar and his students are taking autonomous robots to the next level; check out: Aerial Robot Swarms

There’s a youth movement in design. Check out an 8-year-old’s Kickstarter success with Kangaroo Cup and a class of Chicago eighth-graders’ Elephant Hooks.

Sherry Eckholm, studio lead in design, reflected on attending this year’s IDSA.

“This was the first year that I attended the conference where I spent much of my time reflecting back to my son and daughter, and not my personal career,” Eckholm said. “The Maker movement, the mainstreaming of 3D printing (Taco Bell has a commercial with one in it) and open source leaves me hungry for the future and excited for the avenues for exploration, growth, and self-empowerment. Anyone who knows my daughter can easily imagine her brother printing her an arm and a hand custom-made for any type of need. Every generation feels like they are experiencing the Big New It, but this conference left me sincerely feeling like I am on the brink of truly living it.”