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bi-monthly bulletin of the International Council of Design

January 2022


Is copying right?


While designers can't be expected to re-invent the wheel with every new design, choosing to copy/paste existing work circumvents the design process and promotes lazy, unethical designing. Designers rehash in the name of 'homage', or use the mythical '3% rule', sometimes designing in 'facile' ways that is neither copying nor designing. This Polemic looks at what drives copycat culture and unpacks its grey zones. In the end, as Council that promotes professional design practice, we believe that designers need to hold themselves to a higher standard and: refuse to copy.

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Historical documents

Historical documents

Graphic symbols and wayfinding are part of the every day landscape. But how are these symbols developed? In this 1982 report from the Icograda archives, we follow an educational working group of design students in their process to assess and create symbols for public information. 36 referents to describe things like: “restaurant”, “fire equipment, “open”, “way out”, and even environmental or leisure spaces such as “item of natural interest”, were tested for how well the visualisations performed. Viewed today, there is an undeniable charm in seeing a graphic symbol designed to indicate that a “telegram” has arrived.

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The State of Fashion 2022

The State of Fashion 2022

The sixth annual State of Fashion report by The Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company, 'The State of Fashion 2022: Global Gains Mask Recovery Pains' forecasts that the global fashion industry will find its feet again after nearly two years of disruption, though supply chain headwinds will threaten growth prospects.

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New research into the fashion industry’s complex global supply chains shows that a number of large fashion brands are at risk of contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, based on their connections to tanneries and other companies involved in the production of leather and leather goods.

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The fashion industry is starting to become involved in the COP (Conference of the Parties) Summit and though COP26 has been widely criticised as being one of the most exclusionary COPs to date, the United Nations Environment Program released a new version of the fashion charter initially created in 2018, now with 130 signatory companies.

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Post-pandemic realities

Post-pandemic realities

The global health crisis is having lasting impacts on supply chains as well as costs of raw materials. The furniture industry is announcing price increases citing "exponential" increases in the cost of raw materials, with some costs now "more than double" previous levels. Furniture giant IKEA announced that although they experienced record sales during the pandemic, pretax profits fell 16 percent from the previous year, a loss of €320 million. It said "the steep increase in transport and raw material prices" was to blame.

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Xi'an Eurasia University

New Member

ICoD is pleased to welcome EAaD School of Art and Design at Xi’an Eurasia University (China), a private undergraduate university known for its student-oriented teaching philosophy and commitment to the integrated fields related to culture and technology, contemporary art and design education. EAaD’s School of Art and Design has an interdisciplinary approach that integrates contemporary culture, design education and the latest technologies.

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The theme of International Design Day 2022 has been announced. 'Suspended in Transition' encourage designers to appreciate this moment of unknown for the vast possibility it contains. Rather than succumb to the urge to simply move forward, this is an opportunity to sit with the discomfort of the unknown and allow for considered regeneration and growth. Toolkits for designers and organisations have been released with ideas on how to celebrate on 27 April. High resolution poster by Tyra von Zweigbergk is available for download.

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ICoD Member events

Golden Pin Design Award

Exhibition: 30 November 2021 to 06 March 2022
Taiwan Design Research Institute

Hiiibrand Awards 2021


Joseph Binder Award 2022


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