ico-D Press Release: ico-D "Special Meeting"

02 May 2018


For immediate release
16 May 2018

The International Council of Design signs agreement with Beijing Design Week to host "Special Meeting" format, the first to take place during Beijing Design Week September 2018. 

Beijing, China— Following a successful pilot meeting in Montréal on 21 October 2017, the International Council of Design (ico-D) has partnered with Beijing Design Week (BJDW) 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.


The Special Meeting fosters collaboration and exchange between the international community of professional designers and these various promotion and valorisation entities to address overlapping challenges and objectives. Through such collaboration, content and messaging relating to the Value of Design, National Design Policies, the impact of Globalisation on Design and Designers and other relevant topics, can reach new audiences. Through networking and cooperation, participants are able to more efficiently utilise resources.


The 2017 pilot for the Special Meeting, held in Montréal brought together 15 entities representing a cross section of geographic regions and design sectors both large and small.


The pilot ico-D Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums took place on 21 October 2017 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Shauna Levy of the Toronto Design Exchange Museum summarised her experience as a participant at the 2017 Special Meeting:  “It was really important to hear about the challenges and successes experienced by everyone as well as to gain a sense of scope and relevance. Most of us are in leadership positions and so we're operating alone most of the time. It’s important to hear and share ideas with your peers as well as receive validation from them—especially when they're from all around the planet. I’m confident that the conversations will continue and eventually lead to some exciting collaborations.”


Beijing Design Week 2017

Invitations for the Beijing Special Meeting 2018 will be issued over the next 2 months.The Beijing Special Meeting will be aligned with the official opening of the annual Beijing Design Week—one of the world’s largest design weeks. The 2017 iteration of Beijing Design Week included over 1000 components and attracted 8 million participants. In collaboration with Guest City, Copenhagen, the 2018 iteration theme is Design and High Quality Development. In addition to over a hundred exhibitions, conferences and events, two main exhibitions illuminate the theme: The Past 40 Years, and Tradition: Intangible Cultural Heritage Design. The events take place from 23 September to 7 October 2018 and will include ten activities: Design Night (opening ceremony), Themed Exhibition, Guest of the City, Classic Design Award, Beijing Design Forum, Design Fair, Innovation Design Services Conference, Design Trade Fair, Design Hop and Fashion Beijing.


Beijing Design Week 2017


For more information on this event, please refer to Montréal Special Meeting 2017 Report. Montréal meeting participants were enthusiastic about expanding the format in 2018. As a result, the Beijing Special Meeting 2018 will be expanded to include 35-40 entities, meeting over two days.


The International Council of Design (ico-D) is the world's largest representative of the international community of professional designers, composed of national design associations, design education institutions and design promotion entities. Founded in 1963, it is a non- profit, non-partisan, Member-based network working within the multidisciplinary scope of design. ico-D is a member of the Steering Committee responsible for the International Design Summit Meeting and the Montréal Design Declaration.

Beijing Design Week (BJDW) has been authorised by China central government and co-sponsored by China Ministry of Culture and the Beijing Municipal Government since 2009. BJDW is an important platform for the state to promote the integration of creative design and design-related industries, and plays a key role in the construction of Beijing’s identity as a cultural center for culture, sci-tech innovation international communications.



For more information, please contact:

Alisha Piercy
Communications Officer