ACIDO is an association of accredited Industrial Designers in Ontario formed to develop and promote the profession. The discipline needs a community at its centre to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices, the advancement of our shared values and growth opportunities for the Industrial Design workforce.

Objectives of the Association include:

ACIDO Membership

Services with Accreditation.

ACIDO’s membership structure offers career-long benefits to designers at every stage of their personal development. To see a comparative listing of benefits, please refer to the boxes below.

Students enrolled in any one of Ontario’s four schools of Industrial design are immediately eligible for Student membership at no cost. The top fourth-year students from each school’s graduating class are invited to participate in Rocket to show their thesis work and compete for recognition and prizes.

Every student who graduates from an Ontario ID program is immediately eligible for Associate membership with or without Mentoring by an accredited ACIDO Professional.

Professional status (which affords the letters ACIDO) may be attained once Associates have acquired sufficient experience to warrant accreditation by their peers.

But it doesn’t end there. Life memberships are awarded to retired Professionals who have ended their working careers but wish to remain connected to the design community. Fellow status is awarded to Life members who are deemed to have made particularly outstanding contributions to the profession over the course of their career. Professionals located outside Canada are welcome to participate as International members but must first be recognized by their home country’s design association.

The Industrial Design community includes a wide range of stakeholders who support Industrial Designers’ work through ethnographic design research, materials supply, prototyping, tooling and production processes, or through marketing support such as graphic and brand design, imaging and promotional activities. ACIDO offers the Affiliate membership category to these individuals and businesses.

Accreditation and service benefits for each category are outlined below. For more detailed information on membership criteria please refer to our By-Laws or contact membership@acido.info.

STUDENT

$0/ Per Year
  • Accorded Title and Letters of ACIDO Student
  • Hold Elected Office of the Association
  • Vote at Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Attend Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Registration in the ACIDO Directory
  • Access to online member area
  • Admission to all regular ACIDO programs & events
  • Eligible for Professional Mentoring

ASSOCIATE

$150/ Per Year
  • Accorded Title and Letters of ACIDO Associate
  • Hold Elected Office of the Association
  • Vote at Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Attend Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Registration in the ACIDO Directory
  • Access to online member area
  • Admission to all regular ACIDO programs & events
  • Eligible for Professional Mentoring

PROFESSIONAL

$300/ Per Year
  • Accorded Title and Letters of ACID and ACIDO
  • Hold Elected Office of the Association
  • Vote at Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Attend Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Registration in the ACIDO Directory
  • Access to online member area
  • Admission to all regular ACIDO programs & events
  • Eligible for Professional Mentoring

INTERNATIONAL

$300/ Per Year
  • Accorded Title and Letters of ACID and ACIDO
  • Hold Elected Office of the Association
  • Vote at Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Attend Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Registration in the ACIDO Directory
  • Access to online member area
  • Admission to all regular ACIDO programs & events
  • Eligible for Professional Mentoring

LIFE

$0/ Per Year
  • Accorded Title and Letters of ACID and ACIDO
  • Hold Elected Office of the Association
  • Vote at Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Attend Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Registration in the ACIDO Directory
  • Access to online member area
  • Admission to all regular ACIDO programs & events
  • Eligible for Professional Mentoring

AFFILIATE

$150/ Per Year
  • Accorded Title and Letters of ACIDO Affiliate
  • Hold Elected Office of the Association
  • Vote at Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Attend Annual, Regular and Special ACIDO Meetings
  • Registration in the ACIDO Directory
  • Access to online member area
  • Admission to all regular ACIDO programs & events
  • Eligible for Professional Mentoring

Approval Process

The membership committee meets regularly to review pending applications. Once your application is approved you will hear from us via email. No payments are processed unless the application is approved.

Recognizing Excellence

Rocket Awards

Since 2002 ACIDO’s annual Rocket Awards has brought together the top industrial design graduates from each of Ontario’s accredited degree programs. Each year, graduates nominated at the top of their class have the opportunity to pitch their thesis projects and compete for top awards. The event also provides a unique opportunity for new talent and established experts to mingle. Join us to explore the work of Ontario’s top 2019 industrial design graduates, celebrate with the design community and discover the winners of the coveted Rocket Awards.

 

Fostering Exchange

Mentorship Program

There’s no substitute for the one-on-one, ongoing support a mentor can provide for new graduates making the leap from studying to working. That’s why ACIDO matches our Associate members with a Professional member who can help them expand their skills and competencies, as well as assist in charting their career trajectory and finding a foothold in the industry. We believe the value mentorship provides is a two-way street, creating essential exchange between designers at various stages of their careers.