Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!

Become part of a vibrant community dedicated to advancing the value and impact of design. Join IDI in 2024!

We want to wish our members a very happy new year! We're looking forward to continuing our connection with long-time members and getting to know our new members in the year ahead.

The IDI relies on our membership fees to deliver our programme of events and initiatives that help us promote, advocate for, and advance Irish Design; and to be able to bring you ongoing training via the Design Skillnet. This subsidised programme of continuous professional development is dependent on the IDI to deliver high quality, industry specific learning that enables the growth of yourselves, your businesses and your teams.


Become part of a vibrant community dedicated to advancing the value and impact of design.


If you haven't joined yet, consider becoming part of a vibrant community dedicated to advancing the value and impact of design.

As the representative body for commercial designers in Ireland, IDI is your voice and shape the future of your industry 

We support:

  •  Regional Development:

Strengthening connections in the regions through initiatives run by an appointed a Regional Development Officer to enhance collaboration with growth industries.

  •  Sustainability Platform & Plan of Action for Designers:

In 2023, IDI secured Climate Action Funds and British Council support, culminating in the launch of Design Declares Sustainability Platform:

  •  Championing Design in Government & Strategic Business Partnerships:

IDI plays a pivotal role in positioning design in the Commercial Creative Industries space, including the 2023 Action Plan for Designing Better Public Services, establishing strategic partnerships with Enterprise Ireland to support design businesses and lobbying for legislative action supporting and protecting your income, job creation, training and education for design.

  •  National and International Community Engagement:

Steered by our board directors, we collaborate with partner stakeholders to run national strategic design initiatives as well as EU initiatives in design. 

We actively engage with the design community and education through initiatives like: 

  • The New Now - our National showcase for graduating designers in Ireland;
  • Design Opp, promoting inclusion and diversity within the Irish design industry
  • WhyDesign, promoting gender balance and equality in the design industry
  • Initiatives in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) promoting high design standards and universal design principles, 

We organise IDI FEED events feeding Creative Thinkers Minds, and In-house design, agencies and solopreneur forums to facilitate discussions and collaborations. 
We also bring renowned international designers (Simone Rocha, Simon Dixon and more) to Ireland and offer exclusive opportunities to members to take part in Design events across the full Design Disciplines Spectrum: DESIGN POP Cork (Architecture), FONTSTAND (Lettering), EPDA (Packaging), Ideal Home Show (Interior), Design Summer Sessions and more.

Find out about our IDI's current initiatives and see IDI's year in review 2023

Why Join IDI in 2024?

As an IDI member, you'll enjoy exclusive benefits tailored to fuel your professional growth:

Professional Recognition:
Gain the exclusive right to the title 'Member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland', Benefit from listing in the online IDI Directory and proudly display the IDI Proud Member Badge in your communications.

✨ Training Opportunities:
Access subsidised sector-specific training courses and events via our learning and education arm, Design Skillnet. 

✨ Awards and Promotion of Excellence:
Showcase your talent by entering the prestigious annual IDI Awards or, if you are a recent Design graduate, seize the opportunity to participate in the Graduate Design Awards.

✨ Community Connection:
Immerse yourself in an active designer-focused community, where you'll connect with senior designers, practice leaders, and like-minded professionals. Attend exclusive IDI seminars, exhibitions, lectures, and discussions and secure a seat, often at preferential rates, at some of Ireland’s leading industry events.

✨ Resources and Support:
Give your career some heights with exclusive access to IDI resources, training materials, guidance and explore recommended professional services.


Find out more about our membership benefits.

Join the IDI today and be part of a community that champions design, amplifies your voice, and continually strives for design excellence. Your journey to leading design starts with us! ✨