PM2014 new york

From 25.10.2014 to 26.10.2014 Professional Platform Meeting

United States

The inaugural ICoD Professional Platform Meeting took place 25-26 October 2014 in New York along with the Annual General Meeting (AGM2014). The Meeting was hosted by ICoD Member AIGA and Parsons The New School for Design.

That Professional Platform Meeting included presentations, panel discussions and open forum discussions determined allocation of focus and resources to develop programmes and benefits to members. The programme was formulated on the basis of the survey results, which identified critical issues of global relevance.
Three areas of interest were identified:

—Community – Empowering Designers and Design Organisations (Relevance of Design, Relevance of Professional Organisations, Membership Growth, Value of Design, Engagement with Governments, National Policies, Design for Society
—Engagement – Communicating The Value of Design (Collaboration and networking, ICoD benefits and initiatives, accreditation, sustainability, spec work, best practices)
—Unity – Uniting Efforts for Bettering The Profession (Definition of next steps, ICoD benefits, establishing Agenda)

The meeting was conducted as a round-table and resulted in open and dynamic discussion. Provisional Working Groups were formed to address Member-driven core issues. These will be shared with the Council's broader membership, along with a report on meeting outcomes.

The first day of the Platform Meeting was based on the theme of Community and discussed the empowerment of designers and design organisations, how to promote the value and understanding of design, with avid discussion around the development of a National Design Policy.

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The second day focused on themes of Engagement and Unity: collaboration and networking, spec work and sustainability, and ways to unite efforts for the bettering of the profession. Some highlights include accreditation models presented by Adrian Jean (GDC), Lionel Gadoury (RGD) and James Harper (DIA), while Tyra von Zweigbergk (Svenska Tecknare) ignited compelling discussion around professional best practices.

Download the 2014 Professional Platform Meeting Report and Work Group announcement here.


Participants in attendance represented 18 professional design associations from 14 countries.

AIGA, Katie Baker | Director Chapter Development (United States)
Association of Designers of Russia, Yuri Nazarov | President (Russia)
Association of Designers of Russia, Natalia Kazakova | Manager (Russia)
Association of Designers of Russia, Tatiana Vasileva | Head of Creative Department (Russia)
Association of Registered Graphic Designers, Lionel Gadoury | Past-President (Canada)
Association of Registered Graphic Designers, Hilary Ashworth | Executive Director (Canada)
Design Institute of Australia, James Harper | National President (Australia)
Designers Institute of New Zealand, Cathy Veninga | CEO (New Zealand)
Turkish Society of Graphic Designers, Umut Suduak | President (Turkey)
Grafia, Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi (Finland)
Grafill, Dag Solhaug Laska | Deputy of the Board (Norway)
Graphic Artists Guild, Patricia McKiernan | Executive Director (United States)
Graphic Artists Guild, Rebecca Blake | Board Member At Large (United States)
Graphic Designers of Canada, Adrian Jean | President (Canada)
Hongik University, Don Ryun Chang | Professor (South Korea)
Istanbul Bilgi University, Cihangir Istek | Head of Visual Communication Department (Turkey)
Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc., Katsuhiko Shibuya | International Committee Chair (Japan)
Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc., Takahisa Kamijyo | Board Member (Japan)
Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc., Yuji Tokuda | International Committee (Japan)
Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc., YChika Kudo | Manager (Japan)
Svenska Tecknare, Tyra von Zweigbergk | Vice-President of the Board (Sweden)
Svenska Tecknare, Åsa Anesäter | Legal Adviser (Sweden)
The One Club for Art and Copy, Kevin Swanepoel | President (United States)
Parsons the New School for Design, Lucille Tenazas | Associate Dean School of Art, Media and Technology (United States)


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