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:

Within Our Profession

ACIDO fosters high standards of design and professional integrity, supporting designers at all levels of their career through the development and promotion of best practices and work opportunities.

With Partner Industries

ACIDO fosters partnership opportunities that facilitate design research and experimentation. We cooperate with other disciplines to advance public understanding of the value of design and demonstrate how design serves business and public interest.

With Policy-Makers

ACIDO works with all levels of government to affect policies that foster good design in all aspects of public life and seeks triple-bottom-line improvements in economic, environmental and social outcomes.

Recognizing Excellence

Rocket Awards + Conference

For 15 years the Rocket Awards have brought together top graduates from each of Ontario's Industrial Design programs. 2017 marks the introduction of a conference component to the event. Through additional programming such as one-on-one portfolio reviews and panel discussions, we're proud to be transforming the event from competition-only, into a point of convergence for emerging and established talent in the field alike.

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.

Memberships

Professional Membership is available to any citizen or resident of Canada whose primary responsibility as a designer, educator, or researcher is in the field of Industrial Design and who :

Holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design or a closely related discipline from a course accredited by the Association (see accredited schools) and has attained either three (3) years of professional experience or two (2) years if a Mentored Associate.

OR

Has attained a total aggregate of eight (8) years of design-related education and professional experience and or seven (7) years if a Mentored Associate.

AND (applicable to both above circumstances)

Has submitted to the satisfaction of the Association, three (3) Case Histories and/or Letters of Sponsorship.

Associate Membership is available to citizens or residents of Canada whose primary responsibility is in the field of Industrial Design, but who don’t yet possess the required combination of skills and experience to qualify for Professional Membership, but anticipate being qualify for professional status within the next four (4) years.

Affiliate Membership is available to citizens and residents whose professional practice closely aligns with the field of Industrial Design, subject to approval of the Association.

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
  • Free admission to all regular ACIDO programs and events
  • Assigned a Professional Mentor
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Associate

$ 150

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
  • Free admission to all regular ACIDO programs and events
  • Assigned a Professional Mentor
Apply Now

Affiliate

$ 150

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
  • Free admission to all regular ACIDO programs and events
  • Assigned a Professional Mentor
Apply Now

Student

A free membership is available to students currently enrolled in an Industrial Design degree program in Ontario which is recognized and accredited by ACIDO. These members have similar rights to Affiliates, and can subscribe to design publications at a discounted cost. Register here.

International

Membership is available to practitioners, educators, and researchers in the field of Industrial Design who are not citizens or residents of Canada, provided they belong to an association of Industrial Designers that is part of the World Design Organization. These members are entitled to the same rights as Associate members. Contact membership to apply.

Corporate

ACIDO offers partnership and sponsorship packages to corporations whose activities are related to or involve the interests of Industrial Design.  Please contact membership to receive information on available corporate partnership programs or to discuss the needs and goals of your organization in more detail.

Life

Professional members in good standing who have reached the age of sixty-five and have been a professional member of the Association for 15 consecutive years, may be awarded lifetime membership when they have retired from active practice. They retain all benefits of Professional membership. There is no fee associated with this membership category. If you think you qualify, please contact membership.

Fellow

Similar to Life members, Fellows of ACIDO are Professional members who have been in good standing for a minimum of 15 years. This membership may be awarded through a two-thirds majority vote of the Board to those who have garnered the respect of the association through distinguished service to the profession and society. These members retain all rights of Professional members, but there is no fee associated with the category.

Honourary

This membership may be conferred, pending a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors, upon persons whose relationship to, involvement with, or efforts on behalf of the design profession merit the recognition and gratitude of the Association. Rights are similar to those of Associate members, but include special recognition on an honourary member page.

Approval Process

The membership committee meets no less than once every two months 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.