Celebrating World Design Day

ico-D announces this year's theme!
ico-D announces this year's theme!

02.04.2015 News


In celebration of its 52nd anniversary, ico-D asks our Members and Community to Go Public on Process,  Design Together, Open Your Studio, Celebrate Designing Processes in response to this year's WDD theme:

How are you designing today?

Points of Departure
?Designing, at its core, is a creative process aimed to solve a problem according to local context and audience. The process is often invisible and yet typically involves many participants, numerous stages and hidden moments to achieve the final outcome.

ico-D wants to know: How are you designing the future today? How does your unique approach to your process take into account future generations? How do you consider the life-cycle of your design, and its environmental and economic impact? What kind of software, techniques, texts, collaborations and jam-sessions have inspired and enabled you to get there?

The following suggestions are a point of departure for the many solutions World Design Day may inspire, and all design disciplines and all forms of response are welcome. Here are some kickstart ideas:

  • Go Public on Process - organise local talks/debates/lectures/presentations about designing and the value of the designing process.
  • Design Together - bring people from various disciplines to frame and solve local design problems.
  • Open Your Studio to share with the public the environment in which you design, helping them to see the process, the inspirations, the invisible steps, and who is involved.
  • Celebrate Designing Processes by working with local governments to recognise World Design Day and highlight the community impact of the profession.
  • Document Your Process by expressing your How are you designing today? statement – in any medium.

How to share it?
World Design Day is driven by our Members. Share your event | initiative | statement | expression by sending us videos, photos, drawings, maps, and everything - to inspire others and spread the word!

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World Design Day (WDD) is an opportunity to recognize design and its capacity for change in the world -- and to celebrate the birthday of ico-D! The goal of WDD is to challenge designers to reflect deeply on the well-being of people within their local environments, and to find innovative solutions to local needs by using design as a vehicle to honor diversity, transcend borders, and improve quality of life. In 2015 ico-D announced World Design Day as part of its new multidisciplinary strategy.Marking the anniversary of ico-D’s establishment on 27 April 1963, participants worldwide are invited to gather, innovate, and live out a moment of design by organizing public events and initiatives on 27 April of each year.



ico-D announces this year's theme!
ico-D announces this year's theme!