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November 2018


Design in China after 1978

ico-D Member Forum

1978 was an important turning point for Chinese design. The reform and opening up of China after 1978 can be interpreted as the beginning of "China's Modern Design."At the 2018 Beijing Platform Meeting, Min Wang gave the talk “Design in China After 1978”, presenting 40 examples representing 40 years of Chinese design, culminating in the main exhibition of 2018 Beijing Design Week with co-curation by Cunzhen Lin and Yudong Wang. The following feature is a summary of this talk, looking at the four main periods of innovation in China and how larger world changes in technology and the creative industries popularised design across every aspect of Chinese society and culture.

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Icographic 9


The contents of issue 09 (1975) include: Edugraphology—the myths of design and the design of myths; World language without words; The myth of the 26 letter Roman alphabet; Sound-spell, an alphabet and a policy; The book in a TV-age; Soundspel—an American approach to a phonetic alphabet; Two approaches to book cover design; Kingsley Read—a pioneer worker for an English phonetic alphabet

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Kolding Kommune: We Design for Life

Case Studies

Seven years ago the Municipality of Kolding in Denmark acknowledged the need to develop new approaches to welfare, social responsibility, cultural creativity and business development. The City Council adopted a strategic vision ‘We Design for Life’. Today Kolding has succeeded in implementing this strategy in several areas. This document reviews numerous local case studies from parks to daycares to carpooling, and much more.

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Design Council (UK) releases Design Value Report

Design Metrics

The importance of having financial data to underscore the impact of design cannot be understated. Pioneering organisations like the Design Council in the UK have been compiling data for several years. The 2018 Design Economy report presents findings on business design use from over 1 000 businesses and a breakdown of the true value of design to the UK economy.

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Designers Against Design Thinking: Opinion Piece


Virginia Tech professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Dr. Lee Vinsel challenges the legitimacy of the “design-thinking” paradigm. In an environment where the term is being used quite broadly, this article opens an interesting debate, providing insights on the origins and potential impact of the movement.

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28 ico-D General Assembly

Upcoming ico-D Events

ico-D is pleased to announce to all Members and our Community that the ico-D 28th General Assembly (28GA) will take place in Vancouver, Canada in October/November 2019.

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Regional Meeting Europe 2019

Design Declaration News

The International Biennale of the city of Saint-Étienne (France) is holding it’s 11th Edition from 21 March–22 April 2019. The next stage of the Montréal Design Declaration project, the 2019 Pre-Summit Meeting, will take place during the Biennale on 03–05 April 2019.

For more on the Declaration
For more on the Biennale


INDEX 2019

Call for Entries

INDEX: Award is comprised of five categories: Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community, representing all facets of human life. With the goal of using design as a tool to solve the issues of global and local societies—thus creating “Design to Improve Life”, each category calls for entries from very different design fields to recognise the best sustainable life-improving design solutions.

Nominations are open until March 2019 here


2018 Adobe MAX Recap

Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Adobe MAX was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 15–17 October, where approximately 14 000 people were in attendance. MAX welcomed professionals and educators from all fields of design, and 730 students—the highest number of students to date and a 40% increase over last year. The focus of this year’s conference was The Student Experience.

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HKDI/Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Urban Daydreaming

Member News

Hong Kong Design Institiute (HKDI) Gallery is holding the Asian debut of the “Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec—Urban Daydreaming” exhibition by the Vitra Design Museum in cooperation with Les Champs Libres in Rennes. Featuring 20 sets of research models and animations conceived by French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the exhibition explores urban development solutions for cities highlighting the need to bring natural forms back into the city, such as plants, animals, water and fire.

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2018 ADAA: Words of advice from the judging panel


A statement from the Victorian (Australia) Government: 'A groundbreaking International Indigenous Design Charter has taken out the top prize in the 2018 Victorian Premier's Design Awards. Described as “revolutionary” by the jury, the Charter provides guidance for the respectful representation of Indigenous culture in design practice and education.' The Charter also won the Design Strategy category and will be included in the DesignInspire Melbourne Pavilion, as part of Business of Design Week in Hong Kong in 03-08 December 2018. Congrats!

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Architecture Australia
Government of Victoria

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