About the IDI

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the largest and oldest association of design professionals and longest established creative forum in Ireland. The IDI is committed to advancing the value and impact of design - inspiring, supporting and learning from one another along the way. We aim to make design matter.

Who we are

The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) was established in 1972 to lead design in Ireland, by associating in a single professional institute as the recognised national, EU and international association and representative body for qualified and qualifying designers in Ireland.

We organise on local and national levels to promote and advocate for Irish design. The IDI represents and supports creativity within a wide range of disciplines across a wide spectrum of design.

Since January 2017, IDI is a CLG, a fully incorporated company limited by guarantee, a non-profit entity, led by an executive board of directors, monitored and steered by a guardianship council, directed by its members.

Currently our membership includes designers working in:

Design Education
Design Management
Digital & Interactive Design
Fashion & Textile Design
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Exhibition, Set Design
Motion Graphics & Animation
Visual Communications
Product / Industrial / Furniture / Craft
Service Design

What we aim to do

The IDI is committed to advancing the value and impact of design both locally and nationally, and working to inspire, support and learn from each other.

Our main aims involve:

Consolidating Design: to present and represent the professional design community in liaison with the general public, clients, statutory bodies and other aligned organisations.

Moderating Design: To encourage the recognition, elevation, evolution and advancement of all aspects and features of quality design in Ireland, for the benefit of the professions, industry, commerce and the wider community;

Elevating Design: to promote and facilitate the acquirement of the knowledge of the various arts, sciences and skills in design

Evolving Design: to be a centre of excellence for the advancement of education, information, advice and support in all matters related to design.

We create platforms and spaces for discussion and action. We lobby and demonstrate. We locate and promote opportunities for members’ professional development and career advancement. We work to encourage a universal standard of professional design practice.

The IDI also awards the country’s most prestigious and longest-standing annual design awards, which are open to entries from graduate and professional members alike.

Why join?

As a member of the IDI, you are part of a community of professionals sharing values and using our combined faculties to promote, activate and advocate for Irish design.

As a community, we share expertise and advice, and offer professional guidance through our original publications.

The IDI Member Database connects you with clients looking for the best that Irish design has to offer.

Members are also invited to enter work for consideration to the IDI Irish Design Awards - the most prestigious and longest-running annual design prize in Ireland, and an opportunity to be judged at an international standard.

How we work

The IDI is a voluntary body, administrated by an elected council of its members who meet monthly to plan projects and initiatives, discuss strategy, set agendas and lobby for Irish design.

The work of its subcommitees and local chapters feed into and informs the IDI at council level.

IDI Code of Conduct

Download the IDI Code of Professional Conduct (pdf)

Our Code aims to promote and advise a standard of professional behaviour for the benefit of Members of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and of their employers. All Members are expected to comply with the Code, whether they are working on their own; are principals in a private practice, employing either IDI Member or non-Member staff; are employed by a Member or non-Member in private practice, or are employed in industry, commerce or the public sector.

Image: Mamukko Re-Cycled Bags by Levente & Attila Magyar – Winner, IDI Awards 2015, Design Sustainability