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November 2021


IDD 2022

International Design Day 2022

The old ways are no longer fit for purpose but the new ways have yet to be created. We find ourselves in this in-between, “liminal” space. It feels urgent to act…somehow. But how? Which designs will matter in the near or far futures? Which designers’ voices need to appear? Being both “suspended” and “in transition” can cause anxiety but also, potentially, growth. The theme of International Design Day 2022, Suspended in Transition, asks designers to step out of their comfort zone, to accept moments of partial-knowing, not-defining, and not designing-yet, to reflect from a place of discomfort and flux at the same time.

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What is design anyways?


We are very excited to have our new website up and running. After months of working behind the scenes to launch, we would love to know what you think. Once you have visited and explored the new Council website, please take a few minutes to let us know your thoughts by completing our survey. Designing for designers is a unique challenge and your expert opinion on the result will be taken into consideration for the next stages.

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Sustainability News

Sustainability News

Signaling a change in the way that fashion approaches business, some of the larger fashion houses have applied for, and received B Corps certification. These are for-profit companies certified as "meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency.” The Fashion Law explains what this means and what companies hope to communicate to consumers.

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New Member

ICoD is pleased to welcome new Member Applied Science University (Bahrain), a leading educational institution and Department of Design and Art in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Established in 2004, the College of Arts and Science at ASU has set up a stimulating, high-tech and community-oriented design environment for students within the Department of Design and Art, Interior Design and Graphic Design programmes.

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JAGDA story

Member news

On 01 July 2021, Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA), changed its name to Japan Graphic Design Association Inc. The reason behind the name change was to expand JAGDA’s focus from representing graphic designers to include support for a range of design fields and interdependent industries. Since its founding in 1978, JAGDA has been a unique national body generating and promoting graphic design. While the acronym JAGDA stays the same, the association is ‘calling in’ a wider range of design practitioners to support multidisciplinary professional design in Japan—a future that is already happening.

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Spanish Translation

Code of Conduct

We are thrilled to announce the new Spanish translation of the Professional Code of Conduct for designers. ICoD Member RAD (Colombia) helmed the translation process with support from a review board composed of Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), Bolivia Poster Biennial BICeBé and Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico). The bilingual document contains a Spanish/English lexicon of terms and the entire document in parallel translation to easily access all explanations in both languages.

Download here


29GA Kaunas

ICoD events

We will be having our 29 General Assembly and related events in Kaunas (Lithuania) in 2022. A series of public and Member activities will take place on 14-15-16 October including a day bringing together the international design community for a conference around the theme 'Design for Happiness', the ICoD Platform Meeting and various networking activities. Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture in 2022.

Photo: A. Aleksandravičius. Kaunas 2022

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Architects Declare is a network of architectural practices committed to addressing the climate and biodiversity emergency. Originated by architects Steve Tompkins and Michael Pawlyn, and launched on 30 May 2019 by the then 17 UK recipients of the Stirling Prize. For COP26 they launched a 'Practice Guide', assisting architecture studios to convert their climate aims into "meaningful action and build momentum within their practice."

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ICoD news

ICoD news

Reporting on Member activites attended by ICoD in the last year, "The Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI) Afrika Design Education Conference (ADEC) 2021 was the first in a series of conferences planned to help shape the future of Design Education in Afrika in developing Afrocentric curriculum heavily rooted in cultural/local indigenous knowledge with empathy and design thinking among many other principles to train the next generation of Afrikan Innovators, Policymakers and Designers who will lead and develop the continent.”—Felix Ofori Dartey, President/COO, Pan Afrikan Design Institute (PADI).

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Design for Safety

Book recommendation

Most designers do not reflexively ask themselves, “Could someone use this product to harm someone else?” The book, 'Design for safety' examines the ways new technologies can cause or assist potential harms like domestic violence, stalking, access to children and other vulnerable people. Author and UX designer, Eva PenzeyMoog looks to identify opportunities to reduce the potential for misuse, arguing that when designers fail to take into account the potential for harm, they are unintentionally designing for the abusers.

Interview with the author


Closure announcement holidays


Please note that the Council Secretariat, our team based in Montréal, will be closed from 18 December 2021 to 02 January 2022 for the holiday season. Wishing all Members and the design community peace and good health during this period. Looking forward to collaborating with you again in 2022!

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ICoD Member events

IASDR 2021 [ _ ] With Design: Reinventing Design Modes

Conference: 05 to 09 December 2021
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

business of design week 2021

Conference: 29 November - 04 December 2021
Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)

JAGDA International Student Poster Award 2021

Exhibition: 24 Nov–06 Dec 2021

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