ISA XDP (Cross-Disciplinary Program)

A hosted cross-disciplinary experience – formerly the Hosted Designer Program

Pushing the boundaries of the creative industry

In your practice, you’re always looking for your next idea or inspiration.

But you don’t have to do it all alone. For the fifth year in a row, we are bringing the brightest talent in design, architecture, retail, and construction to ISA International Sign Expo. ISA is committed to promoting a collaborative community between architects, designers, brand managers, clients/end users, sign fabricators, and sign material suppliers. We are pleased to offer this hosted opportunity to 35 diverse practitioners in 2017. This boutique program will take place from Wednesday, April 19, 2017, through Friday, April 21, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With only 35 available slots, this unique program allows for high-level collaboration between architects, experiential graphic designers, integrated brand managers, clients/end users, sign fabricators, and sign material suppliers.

If accepted into the program, participants will receive:

  • Three (3) nights of hotel stay (April 18, April 19, April 20).
  • Free entry to the trade show floor.
  • 50% discount on all ISA education sessions
  • $250 stipend upon completion of the full program.
  • Guided tours of the trade show floor focusing on innovative materials and technology.
  • Exclusive invitation to the ISA Chairman’s Reception

Criteria for Application

ISA wants to provide an opportunity for emerging professionals to experience the breadth of inspirational, experiential and practical education in one event. Therefore, we give preference to applicants who have fewer than seven (7) years of practical experience in their field.

All accepted delegates must commit to:

  • Being present for the full program (Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. through Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Actively engaging and participating at exhibitor sponsor visits and sponsored events.
  • Completing a survey about your experience after the event.

What do previous participants say?

“I found this a very inspiring and invigorating event. I felt like I came away with an awareness of products that I didn’t know about and am excited to work with. I also appreciated the opportunity to connect with people from all facets of the industry. Exchanging ideas, thoughts, frustrations and interests was very exciting for me. It’s easy to forget how big our industry is and the breadth and depth of resources that are out there.”
— Dawn Diamond, D|G Studios

“The ISA XDP program gave me a great focused direct interaction with the developers of scaled communication products and components that far exceeded what I would have experienced as a solo attendee.”
— Alan Robles, Gensler

“This program was an incredible concentrated opportunity to meet fabricators, learn about products that we use on a day to day basis for specifications, see state of the art improvements we need to keep up with and network with other designers and architects.”
— Susan Chait, Lebowitz Gould Design, Inc.

“This is an invaluable opportunity for professionals in the field of Experiential and Environmental Graphic Design of all experience levels. The networking opportunities, manufacturing techniques and fabricator information present an unparalleled resource in our ever changing industry.”
— Zachary Kotel, ArtHouse Design

Submit your application now.