Industrial Designers of British Columbia


The mission of IDBC is to be a presence for industrial design in BC and Canada: for designers to network, learn more about their craft, and share their successes and issues. It is also a place for the press, the government and other organizations to address questions or ideas about ID. Potential clients can also find designers with whom to work.

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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Industrial designers combine art, business, and engineering to develop the concepts for manufactured products." Wikipedia defines industrial design as, "a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured by mass production." As we the practitioners know, industrial design is more than that. Designers certainly create products, but they may also design packaging, retail environments or trade show booths, concept art for movies and video games, and a plethora of things other than typical consumer products.

IDBC is a fledgling organization and is thus still growing and learning about its role. The current plan is to have bi-monthly meetings (via Zoom for now) starting in September, 2021, where designers can present their work, search for collaborators, increase their network, find mentors, and ask questions of the group. We hope to include factory and shop tours, collaborative group projects, and presentations from associated types of designers and craftsmen (want to learn about casting iron or the newest in materials or 3D printing?).

Our goal is to be a totally inclusive group, with regards to race, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, provincial or local protected class.

IDBC offers a gesture of respect, peace, and friendship by acknowledging that we live and work on the unceded ancestral homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh Nations of the Coast Salish People. We recognize the sovereignty of these First Nations who have lived in kinship with and served as stewards of this land, water, and air for thousands of years and acknowledge our complicity in settler colonialism, its present occupation and violent legacy. (Thank you Mark Busse for this acknowledgement.) We know it does not cover all of BC but we are working on that!

We are very much so Under Construction.

Until the site is up and running, please feel free to reach out to rob(at) with questions or comments.

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