Icsid launches inaugural World Design Impact Prize online gallery
Montreal (Canada) - On the occasion of World Industrial Design Day, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has launched the online gallery for the inaugural World Design Impact Prize. The project was created to recognise, empower and stimulate socially responsible design projects around the world. Visit the interactive gallery at worlddesignimpact.org to view, share and discuss favourite projects, selected following the international call for nominations earlier this year.
A total of 22 projects from five continents are in the running to be recognised as the first World Design Impact Prize winner. From student-made product designs introducing dynamic and sustainable solutions, to internationally renowned initiatives striving to improve quality of life, Icsid Members nominated a diverse group of industrial design driven projects.
"We strongly believe that the key element of the World Design Impact Prize that makes it one of the most relevant, inclusive and unique design prizes in the world is the involvement of our members and the public at large," stated Icsid President Dr. Mark Breitenberg. "By showcasing these remarkable projects to the public through an interactive and sharable online gallery, we hope to assist them in gaining widespread recognition and receiving the support they need to continue their pursuit of bettering the world through design."
On 29 July 2011, one month after the opening of the public review process, official voting will commence. With a jury of over 160 Icsid Member organisations each being permitted to cast one vote for their organisation, the voting to determine the inaugural World Design Impact Prize winner will bring together an unprecedented group of thought leaders, pioneers and educators from the international industrial design community.
The voting stage will be followed by the announcement of the five shortlisted projects on 27-28 October 2011 at the XXVII Icsid General Assembly in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) directly following the 2011 IDA Congress also being held there between 24-26 October.
The World Design Impact Prize will culminate in the announcement of the Prize winner on 2 February 2012.
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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.