BOOST YOUR EVENT WITH ICOGRADA ENDORSEMENT!

25 November 2004
Brussels (Belgium) - Icograda is currently accepting Icograda endorsement applications for international design events to be held in 2005.
Brussels (Belgium) - Icograda is currently accepting Icograda endorsement applications for international design events to be held in 2005. Design events such as competitions, award schemes, exhibitions, seminars and inter-design workshops are eligible, provided they meet international guidelines established by Icograda, ICSID and IFI.* In addition to offering increased publicity for events, Icograda endorsement provides professional support to event organisers. Icograda Member Associations, Members of the Icograda Education Network (IEN) and Participants of the Icograda Design Media Network (IDMN) are entitled to one free Icograda endorsement per year (a value of USD $1000). Guidelines for event endorsement are available in the 'Members Only' area of the Icograda websites or from

Increased Publicity and Higher Quality Events
Among its goals, Icograda aims to promote graphic designers worldwide and to raise the standards of design, professional practice, and ethics. Icograda helps to raise interest and credibility for design events by offering endorsements that bring a variety of benefits to event organisers.

"The Icograda endorsement has given the international aspect to the Young Package competition organised by the Design Centre of the Czech Republic." reports Milan Kabat, Secretary of the International Jury, Young Package Competition Organising Committee. "In the first year of the competition there were 75 national entries. In 2004 the jury evaluated 370 entries from 12 countries. This has logically brought the improvement in standard and quality...These facts illustrate the obvious impact of the support from Icograda and the Design Centre would really like to thank Icograda."

Brigitte Willinger of Design Austria, organisers of the Joseph Binder Award 2004: "Certainly we consider it an advantage to be able to use the Icograda endorsement. First of all, it underlines the seriousness, professional character, and fairness of our competition. In addition, international feedback is better, and designers from abroad seem to be more inclined to participate as they may not know Design Austria, but they will certainly know Icograda."

Benefits of Icograda Endorsement
1. The organisers may use Icograda's name to publicise the event.
2. Formal endorsement is a guarantee to the participants that the design event has been organised in accordance with approved international guidelines and standards.
3. In competitions, the composition of the jury has a strong bearing on the outcome. The executive board of Icograda will assist the organiser in selecting jurors of high competence and international esteem.
4. For conferences, seminars and related events, Icograda can recommend lecturers and speakers if requested.
5. The endorsed events are given free press coverage in Icograda newsletters.
6. The executive board of Icograda may appoint coordinators/supervisors for the event if requested.
7. Further advice and support is available from the Icograda Secretariat.

How to Apply for Icograda Endorsement
To be endorsed, the event must meet the International Guidelines established by the International Design Associations, Icograda, ICSID and IFI.* Guidelines for event endorsement are available in the 'Members Only' area of the Icograda websites or from the Icograda Secretariat

Design event organisers worldwide may request endorsements throughout the year. There is no application deadline.

Icograda Member Associations, Members of the Icograda Education Network (IEN) and Participants of the Icograda Design Media Network (IDMN) receive one free Icograda endorsement per year (a value of USD $1000).

To apply for Icograda endorsement, send a detailed description of the event (background, aims, rules/guidelines and proposed dates) to the Icograda Secretariat.



For further information please contact:

Icograda Secretariat



*Icograda - International Council of Graphic Design Associations
ICSID - International Council of Societies of Industrial Design
IFI - International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects