Why join?

The Institute of Designers in Ireland is the only professional body that represents and supports the needs of qualified designers in Ireland. Since 1972, we have promoted design with a view to supporting and developing the industry to create jobs and maintain quality standards.

As a member of IDI there are great general benefits including access to IDI Awards and to significantly discounted training via Design Skillnet

Designers also enjoy the benefit of IDI's reputation as a professional, inclusive, designer-focused community committed to advancing the value and impact of design.

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Benefits of IDI membership include:

  • Exclusive right to the title 'Member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland' 
  • The right of use of the IDI Proud Member Badge
  • Substantial training discounts on designer-focused CPD courses via Design Enterprise Skillnet
  • Being part of an active designer-focused community, committed to advancing the value and impact of design
  • Access to senior designers and practice leaders within the IDI Membership
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • The opportunity to enter the annual IDI Irish Design Awards and/or Graduate Design Awards
  • Invitations to attend IDI seminars, exhibitions, lectures and discussions
  • Listing in the online IDI Directory
  • Access to IDI resources, training materials and guidance
  • Access to IDI recommended professional services
  • Access to Research publications

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For full time designers with more than 2 years experience, there is an annual membership fee of €197 to avail of all benefits, become an integral part of IDI design community and to avail of sector-specific, heavily discounted training.

The IDI's mission is to:

  • Represent you, as a designer, protecting your career and your future income
  • Represent the design community at a government level
  • Connect industry to education, graduates and future research
  • Develop sector-specific, high quality and affordable training for members through Design Skillnet
  • Lobby for legislative action supporting job creation, training and education for design
  • Promote excellence in design through the annual Irish Design Awards and Graduate Design Awards
  • Promote gender balance and gender pay equality in the design industry
  • Promote inclusion and diversity within member organisations
  • Promote high design standards and universal design principles
  • Collaborate with partner stakeholders to run national design initiatives 
  • Collaborate with members on EU initiatives in design
  • Promote job opportunities in design through our social media channels

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