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bi-monthly bulletin of the International Council of Design

March 2023


International Design Day 2023

International Design Day 2023

Marking our 60th anniversary, the International Council of Design invites you to participate in this year's celebration of International Design Day on 27 April 2023 with a theme that nods to the Council’s legacy as an organisation. The theme for this year is Peace. Love. Design!. Inspired by the activism of the sixties, we encourage you to explore issues of environmentalism, social equity, collective movements and radical change. We invite Members and other design organisations to lead events, in-person or digital, covering topics related to the theme.

We would also like to thank Martina Giustolisi for her design of this year’s theme poster!

Learn more about this year's theme and download the IDD 2023 toolkit and high-resolution poster




Why is a decolonial lens so urgent now as part of design professionalism? And what does "decolonizing design" mean for individual designers, institutions and universities that support design, but also for the design industry itself? Decolonizing Design by Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is "the long-awaited guidebook to the institutional transformation of design theory and practice by restoring the long-excluded cultures of Indigenous, Black, and People of Color communities." Interweaving lived experiences with case studies from her research, current-Dean of OCAD's Faculty of Design (Canada) addresses both leaders and practitioners in a call to action to transform, or decolonize design—for equity, inclusion and diversity.

Order the book and read more


Anouncement of designer/studio for IDD Call for Interest

International Design Day 2023

Announcing the winner of this year's visual identity!

We interviewed Italian graphic designer, Martina Giustolisi, the winner of this year's visual identity for International Design Day, to hear about her work, design process and interpretation of the theme: Peace. Love. Design!.

Read our interview


Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The Council is pleased to announce the Professional Code of Conduct for designers now exists in official Arabic translation. ICoD Member Lebanese Graphic Design Syndicate (LGDS) revised and reviewed the original translation and present a version more adapted to the Arab speaking community in the region.

Celebrating a new translation of the Code


Secretariat News

Secretariat News

We are pleased to announce Eva Bulas as ICoD's Officer Manager, accountable for the overall operational and administrative management of the Secretariat and the implementation of Board-directed strategy and policy. She joins the team at the Secretariat based in Montréal.

Welcome Eva!


Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design

The most recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including the Synthesis Report, released 20 March 2023, warn that climate change has advanced to a point where it is now irreversible. While these findings are sobering, The Conversation briefly explores existing design solutions that cannot be avoided, mainly: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, slow climate change and help people adjust to the impacts of climate change.

Read more


Design ethics

Design ethics

What place do design contests hold within the design world? While some might argue that design awards help to contribute to the overall quality of design culture and community, with potentially some practical benefits for participants, others are not so convinced.

Back in December, Readymag invited the Council to speak on the topic of design contests and the ethics behind them.

Read the Interview


Design Future

Women in Design

Discussing the imbalance of gender representation in type design—a heavily male-dominated industry—It’s Nice That spoke with three individuals from alternate areas of type design: Aasawari Kulkarni, an India-born educator and designer; Nadine Chahine, Lebanese type designer; and Chantra Malee, co-founder and CEO of Sharp Type. Their conversation examines the current environment of type design and how it can and is affecting female-identifying creatives operating within it.

Read their Discussion

postings + announcements

typography scholarships for BIPOC designers

ICoD Member events

2023 international busan
design award

Submissions open from 06 February 2023 to 08 May 2023
Design Council Busan

2023 taiwan international
student design competition

Submissions open from 15 May 2023 to 15 July 2023
Asia University

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