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March 2018


ASEAN RM Kuala Lumpur 2018 Re-cap

ico-D events

An ico-D Regional Meeting was held for the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries on 05-06 February 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, coinciding with the beginning of the term of President Zachary Haris Ong of Malaysia. The meeting was hosted by ico-D Member Graphic Designers Association of Malaysia (wREGA).

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Issue 5 is all about the book—a tribute to UNESCO's designation of 1972 as International Book Year. For this occasion, Icograda was approached by UNESCO for guidance on the logo design and Belgian designer Michel Olyff was chosen to develop a pictogram suitable to represent the theme. The final article is a captivating visual cataloge of pictograms researched by Olyff for this process.

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Branding for mega events: Interview with Don Ryun Chang on the design agenda for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

ico-D feature interview

In this feature Interview Hongik University Professor and former ico-D President Don Ryun Chang provides insights into his involvement as Chair of the Design Advisory for the recently completed PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Korea. The design programme was considered a great successf by experts and spectators for its unique multidisciplinary approach.

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World Design Day 2018

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The integration of children’s rights and ethics into the design process is the next frontier for designers. This year's theme, Kids can too! offers a Designing for kids guide created for professionals who care about responsible design and designing better for children, and the worskhop Start Young, which helps kids explore their creative potential and learn about design methodology.

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Montréal Design Declaration translated into Japanese

Montréal Design Declaration

Exciting news from ico-D Member JAGDA: the Montréal Design Declaration has been translated into Japanese, further extending its reach! Our thanks to JAGDA for their work on this.

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New Member story

New Member story

Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) is a platform for production, education and research in Beijing (China). Home to the renowned Ethnic Costume Museum and the Zhongguancun Innovation Park for the Fashion Design Industry, BIFT offers high-caliber faculty, teaching faciliites and design programmes for students, forging links between traditional and new technologies.

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New Member story

New Member story

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD) was founded in 1930 as the Society of Industrial Artists (SIA) in London (UK) by an influential group of designers whose vision was to establish design as a ‘recognised profession’. From the outset their mission was to promote the highest standards of professional design practice and to foster the study of design across all design disciplines. After 85 years, the Society achieved its goal in 2015 with the granting of powers from the sovereign to set up and maintain the Register of Chartered Designers.

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World Design Day 2018

Partner news

As mandated by the Montréal Design Declaration, the three international Founding Partners have reconstituted the Design Summit Meeting Steering Committee. The new Steering Committee is now composed of six members: BEDA, Cumulus, ico-D, IFLA, IFHP, and IxDA.

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Submissions are now open for Launching Student Careers and the 2018 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Entries received before 24 April qualify as Early Birds!

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Frank Peters (UK) co-opted to ico-D Executive Board Member

Board announcement

Frank Peters, Chief Executive of the Chartered Society of Designers (UK), has been co-opted to the 2017-2019 ico-D Executive Board. Frank conceived of, and realised the Register of Chartered Designers, and brings with him a unique experience and expertise in Accreditation/Certification and professional design practice applications. Welcome Frank!

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ASEAN Regional Meeting 2018

Upcoming ico-D events

ico-D is pleased to announce to all Members and to our community that the ico-D Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the ico-D Platform Meeting (PM) will take place in Beijing (China) 18–20 September 2018. The events will be hosted by ico-D Member Central Academy of Fine Arts of China (CAFA).

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postings + announcements

Career Centre tbd 28GA bid process now open

ico-D endorsed events

HOW Design Live 2018

Vuoden Huiput Festival | Grafia Association for Visual Communications Designers in Finland

European Design Awards 2018

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