ICOGRADA PARTNERS WITH STATE OF DESIGN 2009

12 April 2009
Montreal (Canada) – The Design Capital seminar series presented as part of State of Design 2009, is Australia's premier business seminar series showcasing design vision, innovation and strategies that provide a critical, competitive edge. Icograda, the world body for professional communication design, is pleased to be a major partner with the Festival for the 2009 Design Capital seminar series.
Montreal (Canada) – The Design Capital seminar series presented as part of State of Design 2009, is Australia's premier business seminar series showcasing design vision, innovation and strategies that provide a critical, competitive edge. Icograda, the world body for professional communication design, is pleased to be a major partner with the Festival for the 2009 Design Capital seminar series.

Taking place from 16-17 July 2009 in Melbourne, Victoria, the Design Capital seminar series presented by Design Victoria offers tools to survive the economic downturn, methods to transform business through sustainable innovation, and perspectives on the future intersections of manufacturing and design with new technologies and systems.

Business and design leaders speaking at the 2009 Design Capital seminar series will present their vision and insights to the strategies and tools that can help businesses respond to shifting, volatile market conditions and the uptake of the low carbon economy.

"Our 2009 theme 'Sampling the Future' reminds us all that design is shaping the future of the world we live in. As ecological, economic and social issues converge, design holds one of the keys to logical and tangible solutions for tomorrow," said Ewan McEoin, Creative Director of the Festival.

Three of Icograda's Executive Board will be presenters at the Design Capital seminar series:

Don Ryun Chang (Seoul, Korea) - Currently President of the Icograda Executive Board and Dean, Graduate School of Advertising & Public Relations, Don has received numerous international design awards from prestigious organisations such as the Brno and Warsaw Poster Biennale, and the Type Directors Club of New York. Don lectures widely on branding and is currently Dean of the Graduate School of Advertising at Hongik University in Seoul. He has served as Vice President of the Visual Information Design Association of Korea (VIDAK) and was the Executive Organising Director for the 2000 Icograda Millennium Congress in Seoul. Don is currently advisor for many institutions including the Korean Olympic Committee, Seoul Metropolitan government and is the author of five books including How to succeed in business with design and Brand Media Innovation.

David Berman (Ottawa, Canada) - As an expert speaker, graphic designer, communications strategist, typographer and consultant, David's professional work has brought him to over 10 countries in the past few years. His clients include IBM, the International Space Station, the Canadian Government, the World Bank, and the Aga Khan Foundation. David's work includes award-winning projects in the application of plain writing and design. David has worked to establish a code of ethics that embraces social responsibility for graphic designers throughout Canada. He served as President of the first elected board of the Association of Graphic Designers of Ontario, North America's first accredited graphic design organisation, and led the development of the association's General Bylaw and Rules of Professional Conduct. He has served as the National Ethics Chair for Graphic Design in Canada since 2002. David is the author of Do Good Design, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.

Omar Vulpinari (Treviso, Italy) -  Since 1998, Omar has been the creative director of the Visual Communication Department at Fabrica, the Benetton research center on communication founded by Oliviero Toscani. He has directed projects for United Nations, Witness, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, United Colors of Benetton, Coca-Cola, Alessi, Porsche, Vespa, The New Yorker, Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Electa, Mediaset, and Fox International. Fabrica's communication design work under Omar's direction has been featured by major international press and exhibitions at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the National Museum of Arts and Traditions in Rome, the Vivid Gallery in Rotterdam, the GGG in Tokyo, the DDD Gallery in Osaka, the ZeroOne Design Center in Seoul. In 2006 it was featured in the exhibition 'Fabrica: Les Yeux Ouverts' at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Omar's independent work has recently been selected by Taschen for the second edition of Design Now. Omar teaches at the University of San Marino - University of Venice, where in 2006 he directed of the lecture series 'Graphic Design and Social Concern'.

For more information about State of Design 2009, visit www.stateofdesign.com.au



About Icograda
Icograda is the world body for professional communication design and a partner of the International Design Alliance (IDA).
www.icograda.org

About State of Design Festival
State of Design Festival is an initiative of the Victorian State Government in Australia and is the public face of the Design Victoria Strategy.
www.stateofdesign.com.au