International Affiliations Directory


Austria

International Institute for Information Design

Contact Info

Palffygasse 27/17
Vienna
A-1170
 
Austria
T:
1 403 66 62

Member Profile

The International Institute for Information Design was founded to develop research and practice in optimizing information and information systems for knowledge transfer in everyday life, business, education and science.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
IIID
Year Founded:
1988
Language of Operations:
German
Other Language:
English
UNIDO

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Vienna
Austria

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UNIDO is the United Nations’ specialised industrial agency, mandated to promote industrial development and international industrial cooperation. UNIDO develops and implements its programmes in active partnership with complementary UN organizations as well as with selected public and private development actors.

Belgium

Bureau of European Design Associations

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Koloniënstraat 56, 7° floor
Brussels
1000
 
Belgium
T:
2 212 94 29

Member Profile

BEDA exists to ensure permanent liaison between the professional societies of designers, the promotional, educational research, social and design management organisations and networks within the countries of Europe, and to act as a liaison between them and the authorities of the European Union.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
BEDA
Year Founded:
1969
Language of Operations:
English
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations

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Rue du Prince Royal 85
Brussels
1050
 
Belgium

Member Profile

IFRRO works to increase on an international basis the lawful use of copyright works and eliminate unauthorised copying by promoting efficient Collective Management of rights through RROs. IFRRO facilitates co-operation among RROs as well as with and among authors, creators, publishers and their associations. Through this work and its persistent fight against copyright infringement, piracy and other forms of unauthorised use of published works IFRRO stimulates creativity, diversity and investment in cultural goods as a useful tool for rights holders, consumers, the economy and society as a whole. IFRRO represents creators and publishers alike and provides internationally a common platform for them to foster the establishment of appropriate legal frameworks for the protection and use of their works. Icograda contributes to the working group on visual material.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
IFRRO

Canada

International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

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Icsid Secretariat
455 St-Antoine West, Suite SS-10
Montreal
,
Quebec
H2Z 1J1
 
Canada
T:
514 448 4949

Member Profile

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid serves as a unified voice of over 50 nations through which members can express their views and be heard on an international platform. Since its inception, Icsid has continued to develop its wide-reaching network of students and professionals devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the industrial design community. Together, professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies and corporations create a comprehensive and diverse system on the forefront of industrial design education and progress. Vision Icsid strives to create a world where design enhances our social, cultural, economic and environmental quality of life. Mission - To facilitate collaboration between the membership pillars of Icsid - To support and protect the professional practice of industrial design at regional and international levels - To contribute to the advancement of the study of design in theory, research and practice at all levels of education - To collaborate with stakeholders in design and other international organisations to foster a global understanding of design Executive Board 2009-2011 Prof. Soon-In Lee, Korea, President Mr. Brandon Gien, Australia, President Elect Ms. Michelle Berryman, United States Mr. Bruce Claxton, United States Dr. Alpay Er, Turkey Mr. Tapani Hyvönen, Finland Mr. Mugendi M'Rithaa, South Africa Ms. Geetha Narayanan, India Mr. Kohei Nishiyama, Japan Mr. Pierre-Yves Panis, France Mr. Nils Toft, Denmark
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ICSID
Year Founded:
1957
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
French
International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers

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465 Rue St. Jean
Montreal
,
Quebec
H2Y 2R6
 
Canada
T:
514 286 0122

Member Profile

The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. IFI is the sole international federating body for Interior Architecture/Design organizations, and acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of knowledge and experience, in worldwide education, research and practice. Often considered as the “United Nations” of the Interior Architecture/Design field, IFI connects the international community in order to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote global social responsibility, and raise the status of the profession worldwide. IFI was founded in 1963 as a not-for-profit, limited liability Company to expand the international network of professional Interior Architects/Designers. Now including over 74 member associations, institutions and schools in 45 countries on every continent, IFI worldwide collectively represents over 65 000 practicing Interior Architects/Designers. IFI is a Partner of the International Design Alliance (IDA), a strategic venture between three leading international design organisations.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
IFI
Year Founded:
1963
Language of Operations:
English

Finland

International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media (Cumulus)

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PO Box 31000
Aalto
FI-00076
 
Finland
T:
358947030595

Member Profile

International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media - is a global association serving art and design education and research. It is a forum for partnership and transfer of knowledge and best practices. Cumulus aims to build and maintain a dynamic and flexible academic forum to bring together top level educational institutions from all parts of the world. Cumulus collaborates not only with institutions and organisations from the field of art, design and media, it also strongly encourages co-operation with industry and business.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
CUMULUS

France

UNESCO

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Paris
France

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UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture. This role is critical, particularly in the face of terrorism, which constitutes an attack against humanity. The world urgently requires global visions of sustainable development based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities. Icograda is a member of UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, which explores new ways to turn creativity in developing countries into sustainable cultural industries. It aims to promote cultural diversity, support economic development and encourage job creation in a range of fields including music, publishing, cinema, crafts and the performing arts.

Germany

Women Designers' Forum

Contact Info

Steintorweg 2
Hamburg
20099
 
Germany
T:
40 2369 0894

Member Profile

The international women designers' forum is open to female designers of all professional directions, to provide a platform for communication and activity, while simultaneously offering numerous opportunities for public presentations. Since its foundation in 1992, the women designers forum has established itself as an important fountain of inspiration in the design world. Focusing on female designers, it promotes cooperation amongst its members, and with industry, science, institutions, universities and associations. The network's objective is intensive dialogue and discourse, and showing female concepts and projects about social issues and other special interests in its true light. Cooperations: Designzentrum Bremen, IDZ Berlin, German Design Council, if International Forum Design, Internationale Messe Frankfurt, DEMAT Frankfurt, AGD, VDID, ICOGRADA, design report, md, novum, page, form
Abbreviation or Acronym:
WDF
Year Founded:
1992
Language of Operations:
German
Other Language:
English

Spain

Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market

Contact Info

Avenida de Europa 4
Apartado de Correos 77
Alicante
E-03080
 
Spain
T:
965 13 91

Member Profile

The OHIM is the official authority carrying out the intellectual property rights procedures for the Community trade marks since 1996 and for the Community registered design since 2003. These intellectual property rights are valid in all the countries of the EU. A uniform law applies to trade marks and designs, thereby providing strong and unique protection throughout the European Union. The uniformity means that formalities and management can be simplified and carried out in a single administrative centre - the OHIM. The simplification results in considerably reduced costs as compared with the overall costs of national registration in all countries of the European Union.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
OHIM
Year Founded:
1996
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
Spanish

Switzerland

Alliance Graphique Internationale

Contact Info

Pfingstweidstrasse 6
Zürich
CH-8005
 
Switzerland
T:
71 393 58 48

Member Profile

Inwards
The AGI unites the world s leading graphics designers and artists in a professional club of common interest and achievement. It is an lite club. Its members have been collectively responsible for the identity design of most of the world's top corporations and institutions as well as for countless examples of globally known packaging, publications, illustration and posters. The AGI provides for friendship, mutual respect and the enjoyment of the company of the like-minded even reassurance in the face of a sceptical world. Ideas and experiences are exchanged informally at periodic meetings and by letter, email and fax. All members may also attend the AGI Congress, which involves a more formal business and social agenda. A different country hosts the Congress each year and presents its own history, members work and professional achievements in art, commerce and education.

Outwards

The role and importance of the AGI within the professional field of graphic design is clearly different from the existing national and international professional organisations. In recognition of this context, the AGI is also a platform for activity. It has a task to tell the world and change it. Through the relationships and interaction of its members, the AGI promotes graphic design in lectures, education and publishing. It encourages knowledge and understanding among the young and fosters contacts with other institutions, organisations and companies involved in graphic design. The AGI holds exhibitions of members work which are highly influential in disseminating new forms, techniques and ideas. There is a book publishing programme based on the thoughts and works of members. There are contacts with colleges and schools, government bodies and commercial institutes, all aimed at promoting graphic design and visual literacy.

Backwards
In the 1940s, commercial artists, mural makers, typographers, printmakers, art directors, illustrators and poster designers increasingly realised their common bonds, and the modern profession of graphic design began to be defined. In 1951, five graphic artists two Swiss and three French decided to formalise their relationship into some sort of association. Their idea was simply to share common interests and friendships across national and cultural borders. It was a notion that soon attracted leading exponents of the graphic arts from elsewhere in Europe and in the USA. In 1952 the Alliance Graphique Internationale was incorporated in Paris with 65 members from 10 countries. The first AGI exhibition was held in Paris in 1955 and in 1969 the headquarters moved from Paris to Zurich. Student seminars were introduced in 1979 and the first Young Professional AGI Congress was held in London in 1994.

Forwards
An explosion of global communications is changing the world. Powered by media like television and the internet, a common visual language is forming as symbols and images become the world s universal vernacular. The original members of the AGI were responsible for creating many elements of this new language. As the world turns, their successors exponents of the traditional and the new media are becoming members of the AGI themselves. Today there are around 350 from Africa, America, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe 27 countries in all. Membership of the AGI requires reputation and achievement of the highest order and commitment to the processes of visual learning and perception, unfettered by cultural differences. The AGI remains dedicated to the universal aspect of graphic design as a means of communication and information, and its ideals remain relevant to the new world of visual literacy which its members have helped to bring about.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
AGI
Year Founded:
1951
Language of Operations:
English
european packaging design organisation

Contact Info

epda
Grellingerstrasse 75
Basel
4052
 
Switzerland
T:
2102 1029940

Member Profile

The epda was formed in 1991, when a number of Europe's leading designers identified a deeply-felt need for a new, European forum. They wanted to share information, ideas and opinions - however controversial - about packaging, identity, literature, point-of-purchase, electronic media. They wanted to meet other design professionals, not as competitors, but as colleagues and friends. And it worked. From that simple concept, the epda has grown steadily into the pan-European force for design that it is today.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
epda
Year Founded:
1990
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
French
International Organization for Standardization

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Geneva
Switzerland

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ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO is a non-governmental organisation: its members are not, as is the case in the United Nations system, delegations of national governments. Nevertheless, ISO occupies a special position between the public and private sectors. ISO is able to act as a bridging organisation in which a consensus can be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society, such as the needs of stakeholder groups like consumers and users. Icograda is in liaison with the technical subcommittees TC 145/SC 1.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ISO
World Intellectual Propoerty Organisation

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Geneva
Switzerland

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WIPO is a specialised agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
WIPO

United Kingdom

International Society of Typographic Designers [ISTD Ltd]

Contact Info

PO Box 7002
London
W1A 2TY
 
United Kingdom
T:
correspondence by email

Member Profile

The International Society of Typographic Designers [ISTD] is the only international authoritative body for typography. ISTD aims to inform and inspire typographers, graphic designers, writers and educators engaged in the field of visual communication. Membership of ISTD denotes not only competence to design, but also acceptance of agreed standards and ethics of working. Founded as the British Typographers Guild in 1928 by compositor Vincent Steer, who was described as an ‘advertising typographer’ as early as 1911, its common bond was a passion for the arrangement of words on paper. Since becoming the professional body, Society of Typographic Designers, now with international reach ISTD never loses sight of its original purpose: ‘to bring together in friendship and mutual help, all those with a love of the printed word’. ISTD gives high priority to supporting graphic communication students and lecturers at many levels. Application for Institutional Membership is open to colleges and universities. Membership is also offered to students successfully completing the Society’s Annual Student Assessment Scheme. Initiated in 1977, this scheme now runs internationally, and brings together members from industry and education to assess the work of potential young members. The growing digital archive of students’ work is a valuable record of contemporary typographic design at university level, which has become an important higher educational resource. The International Society of Typographic Designers is a not-for-profit organization, structured as a Company Limited by Guarantee.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ISTD
Year Founded:
1928
Language of Operations:
English

United States

Association Typographique Internationale

Contact Info

Global Meeting Services
10914 Glenda Ct.
San Diego
,
California
92126
 
United States
T:
858 689 4844

Member Profile

What is ATypI?
ATypI, Association Typographique Internationale, is the global forum and focal point for the type community and business.

Who are the members of ATypI?
Everyone who matters in the type world. Type designers, type publishers, graphic and typographic designers, are all here. Many of our members are household names if your household knows a serif from a broadsword. Information about the ATypI Board, the country delegates and corporate members can be found in the Who s who section on ATypI's website.

Who owns ATypI?
Its members. ATypI is a not-for-profit organisation which is democratically run by an elected Board. You can check the organisation's governing statutes (pdf).

Where is ATypI?
Everywhere. We have members in over 40 nations, and almost 20 countries have their own national delegations. The official language of ATypI is International English.

What does ATypI do?
ATypI provides a structure for the type community to meet and act together. We not only preserve the culture, tradition and history of type and typography, we also

- promote contemporary digital fonts
- encourage outstanding typography and typographic design
- campaign for the protection of typeface designs
- offer an arbitration service for disputes between members
- influence legislators around the world
- run conferences
- publish journals, newsletters and other publications

Is membership for individuals or organisations?
Both. Individuals are people such as designers, art directors, educators, calligraphers, stone-cutters and software writers. Organisations include manufacturers and vendors in the graphic arts industry, as well as most significant software suppliers world-wide type is on every screen.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ATypI
Language of Operations:
English
Design Management Institute

Contact Info

101 Tremont Street, Suite 300
Boston
,
MA
02108
 
United States
T:
617 338 6380

Member Profile

Founded in 1975, the Design Management Institute (DMI) has become the leading resource and international authority on design management and has earned a reputation worldwide as a multifaceted resource, providing invaluable know-how, tools and training through its conferences, seminars, membership program, and publications.

DMI a is a nonprofit organization that seeks to heighten awareness of design as an essential part of business strategy and drive a deep commitment to manage design excellence. DMI brings together design and business professionals from corporations, consultancies, the public sector, and universities across all categories of design who are interested in advancing their understanding and providing greater value to their organizations, and participating in a community of professionals sharing their knowledge.

Abbreviation or Acronym:
DMI
Year Founded:
1975
Language of Operations:
English