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bi-monthly bulletin of the International Council of Design, ico-D

May 2018


International Indigenous Design Charter: A New Way of Thinking


Jefa Greenaway of the Wailan Kamilaroi Nations and Lecturer at the University of Melbourne discusses the development of the important cultural innovation tool, the International Indigenous Design Charter, a core document that now forms part of ico-D's Best Practices Resources.

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Icographic 06


The exploration issue from 1973 brings us philosophical ruminatons on the art and design divide, a critique of gendered iconography and the design implications of early feminism; as well as graphic articles on the mosaic dot alphabet and the ergonomics of print legibility + a look at experimental pictorial languages by Yukio Ota that resemble may of today's ...emojis. Fascinating visuals and reads here!

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The African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID)

New Member story

The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) is the only professional body representing the Interior Design industry in South Africa throughout Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern and Western Cape. In 2007 the IID was borne out of a merger between Design South Africa (DSA) and the South African Guild of Interior Designers (SAGID) to protect, monitor, and grow the Interior Design profession.

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The Women in Design Award

Member initiative

Originally conceived of by designer Laura Moretti, and further developed in collaboration with designers Cinzia Ferrara and Daniela Piscitelli, the aim of the Women in Design Award (AWDA) is to understand and promote the little-known universe of women working in visual communication design and to investigate the languages, poetics and different approaches to graphic design, which otherwise would not be brought to light.

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Press Release: ico-D announces agreement with Beijing Design Week (China)

Press release

Following a successful pilot meeting in Montréal on 21 October 2017, ico-D has partnered with Beijing Design Week to conduct, what has been officially named the ico-D “Special Meeting” in Beijing on 21-22 September 2018. The Special Meeting format is a platform for entities promoting and supporting design in their regions including design weeks, design biennales, design museums and design cities.

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Dowload the Special Meeting 2017 Montréal Report


WDD2018 Recap

ico-D events

We celebrated this year with partners all over the world: Casa Wabi (Mexico), Design Exchange (Canada), Open Design Cape Town (South Africa), MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Mumedi (Museo Mexicano del Diseño, Mexico).

Check out this photo recap!


Communication Design [journal] Latest Issue

ico-D programmes

A timely double issue of CD [journal] comprised of 22 articles, reviews and visual essays that illuminate themes from the Montréal Design Declaration including cultural identity, measuring design impact and creating models of design education. “Communication design research clearly has much to contribute to providing new insights to address bigger global, economic, social, cultural and environmental concerns.”
—from Research notes: a time for transformations, Editorial by Teal Triggs

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Regional Meeting Outcomes

ico-D community

One of ico-D’s mandates is to support and encourage the organisation of design communities everywhere. That is why we are very pleased to see when participants to ico-D Regional Meetings go home and establish new associations with the knowledge they have acquired. Click the link below to hear DesignLaos’s story.

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Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

The second session of the 2018 Adobe Design Achievement Awards is now open. Submit your entries before the final deadline of 4 June 2018.

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AGM announcement

AGM announcement

ico-D is pleased to announce that the ico-D Annual General Meeting (AGM2018) will take place in Beijing China, on 19 September 2018 at 15:30. The AGM2018 will be held in conjunction with the Platform Meeting and hosted by Central Academy of Fine Arts of China (CAFA).

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ico-D staff announcement

ico-D staff announcement

In 2017, Andrea Delatolla graduated with distinction from ico-D Member University of the Arts London, London College of Communication with an MA in Public Relations. As of April, Andrea replaced Emlyn Nardone as Programmes Manager. We thank Emlyn for his great work and welcome Andrea to the ico-D Secretariat team!

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postings + announcements

Career Centre Career Centre Apply to become an ADAA judge

ico-D endorsed events

2018 Taiwan International
Student Design Competition (TISDC)

10 Percent: Greenside Design Center

Exhibition of Croatian Design '1718'

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