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September 2017


Montréal Platforms 2017

Montréal Platforms 2017

Reminder that Platforms are happening a month from now! Have a look at the schedule, the topics, and details on preparation for your travels to Montréal—as well as off-hours activities we recommend while you are here (see Montréal to-do links below). This year's Platforms will be held in one of Québec's leading National Archives: BAnQ, the National Library and Archives of Québec (see the venue feature below).

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World Design Summit Montréal 2017

World Design Summit Montréal 2017

The World Design Summit is an opportunity for change. For the first time, organisations representing hundreds of thousands of designers from many different disciplines around the world will work hand in hand to create a Declaration to acknowledge the fundamental role design offers to create and shape the future we need by improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of people around the world.

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ico-D Design Education Project Chengdu (China)

ico-D Outreach

Launched in 2016, the ico-D Design Education Project Chengdu (China) is now underway for the second time in China. Organised by ico-D and Sichuan Economic and Information Committee (SEIC), two ico-D educational Members, Chengdu University of Technology (China) and Ravensbourne (UK) have launched a month-long joint design project to foster interaction between international designers and design schools with their Chinese colleagues—for their mutual benefit.

Stay tuned for the final report to be released in October.


INDIGO Project

Partner News

The International Indigenous Design Charter (AIDC: CD) is a guide for communication designers for working respectfully with indigenous imagery. In this interview we learn how the Charter is being developed as a best practices tool in collaboration with indigenous communities.

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Icographic vol.2 (1972) now online

ico-D Archives

Icographic: the first iteration of ico-D's journal on design research, published by Icograda in the 1970s. As a testament to our historic legacy as a communication design Council and for their timeless quality, we will continue to make each of the fourteen volumes available online for your viewing. Here is Volume 2!

Take a look


ADAA2017 Winners Announced

Adobe Design Achievement Award (ADAA)

Impressive; raw, of-our-time content put forth by young designers; the winners of ADAA 2017 this year came from Korea, India, United States, Poland, Taiwan and the UK.

See the full list!


NDP from both ends of the spectrum

National Design Policy News

How is National Design Policy successfully implemented—and how does one measure that success? At the World Design Summit Congress, the National Design Policy Work Group (NDP WG) will present a four-part session featuring a panel of speakers—all designers—with direct experience in working on National Design Policies.

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WDS Speakers & Presentations

Partner News

Speakers & Presentations are now easily navigable on the World Design Summit website: follow upcoming developments regarding new speakers and presentations which are added regularly!

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What to do in Montreal

ico-D recommends

In preparation for the events in Montréal, we are starting to compile articles about all the fun things to see and do in our city. Below are stories on:

the Mile End—a fun and creative neighbourhood;

interactive map that shows the ages of Montréal’s buildings;

the Montréal metro that was built in the early sixties with help of different designers.


A window into ADAA 2017 judging: ico-D interview feature

ico-D Feature Interview

How, exactly, do the judges of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards choose from thousands of entries they receive each year? ico-D interviewed some of the 2017 judges to find out more about the judging process.

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Montréal Platforms venue feature: BanQ Vieux-Montréal

ico-D News

A meeting of Classical and Contemporary architecture, BAnQ, the National Library and Archives of Québec, is a Québec governmental organisation that manages the legal deposit and national archives systems of the province as well as its national library, which is located in the Grande Bibliothèque in Montréal. One hundred years old, BanQ was renovated by the winner of the 2008 Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Gold Medal award and will serve as the host venue for all Platform Meetings.

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postings + announcements

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ico-D endorsed events

AIAP DESIGN PER International Graphic Design Week—Visible Cultures


DesignThinkers Toronto 2017

2017 Taipei International Design Award

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