About the IDI

The IDI is Ireland’s largest and oldest association of design professionals.

Who we are

The IDI represents and supports creativity within a wide range of disciplines. 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 do

We organise on local and national levels to promote and advocate for Irish 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 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