DESIGN FOR THE WORLD

24 January 2004
Istanbul (Turkey) - We live a world where wealth, health and knowledge are unequally shared. Can design help mend the gaps between our world's 'haves' and 'have-nots'?
Istanbul (Turkey) - We live a world where wealth, health and knowledge are unequally shared. Of our 6.3 billion fellow human beings, 2 billion go hungry daily. Each day, an estimated 35 000 children die of malnourishment and preventable diseases. Meanwhile, the so-called 'developed' world is caught up in consumption, choked by choice, overwhelmed with data, over-branded, and overpowered by the rapid pace of change. Can design help mend the gaps between our world's 'haves' and 'have-nots'?

Design for the World (DW) is an international humanitarian organisation formed to match the skills of volunteer designers in all disciplines with the needs of disadvantaged populations and the organisations that serve them. DW works to identify areas where professional design can make a difference, to mobilize design professionals, and to share information. DW believes that people disadvantaged by poverty, war, disability, age, natural disasters, or environmental conditions deserve equal access to practical design solutions that will improve their day-to-day lives.

During the 'Building Bridges' seminar, Robert L. Peters will remind the audience the importance of supporting Design for the World and its activities.

Robert is a graphic designer, communications strategist, and principal of Circle, a Canadian-based design consultancy he founded in 1976. Robert is active worldwide as a design advocate, advisor, mentor, juror, and lecturer. He writes on design issues for international design publications and has received numerous awards. Robert is Past President of Icograda, a Vice President of Design for the World, a Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, and an Honorary Member of the Brno Biennale.

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About the Icograda Design Week in Istanbul:
The two-day 'Building Bridges' seminar is part of the Icograda Design Week in Istanbul (Turkey), from 27 to 31 January 2004.
Held on 30 and 31 January, this seminar is free of charge but registration is requested. Seats will be given on a 'first come, first served' basis. It will bring together designers from Australia, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China (Hong Kong), Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Russia, South Korea and Turkey to share their experiences and influences from their own regions. The seminar will showcase new perspectives on the diversity of graphic design today.

For more information and registration: istanbul.icograda.org