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Italy

Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione Visiva
Professional

Contact Info

via Ponchielli, 3
Milano
,
MI
20129
 
Italy
T:
02 29520590

Vice President

Mrs. Cinzia Ferrara
T:
02 29520590

President

Mrs. Daniela Piscitelli

Member Profile

Aiap is the Italian Association of Visual Communication Design that unites professionals of graphic design and visual communication. Established in 1945, the organisation is one of the founding members of Icograda.

Aiap’s mission is to champion the advancement and development of the profession and culture of graphic design both in the areas of practice and education. Aiap promotes the consciousness of practice of communication design through moral and ethical commitment within the field.

Some of the most well known Italian graphic designers – like Steiner, Carboni, Sepo, Dradi, Boggeri, Pagot, Seneca, Testa, Grignani, Tovaglia, Cremonesi, Fronzoni, Coppola, Castellano, Novarese, Noorda, Iliprandi (Icograda's past president), ... – are or had been Aiap's members.

Aiap has almost 800 members from every Italian regions and promotes its activities and pursues its objectives via numerous channels such as Aiap’s institutional website (aiap.it), blog and magazine online like aiapzine (aiapzine.aiap.it), magazine as «Progetto Grafico», and Progetto-Italic (progettoitalic.org), besides that catalogs, publications, exhibitions, educational activities and the organization of events as Aiap Design Per, an International Graphic Design Week (aiap.it/designper ) every year held in a different Italian cities as Napoli 2009 (aiap.it/designper2009), Bologna 2010 (aiap.it/designper2010/), Cagliari 2011 (aiap.it/designper/).
Abbreviation or Acronym:
AIAP
Year Founded:
1945
Language of Operations:
Italian
Other Language:
English
Associazione per il Disegno Industriale
Professional

Contact Info

Via Bramante, 29
Milano
20154
 
Italy
T:
02 331 00164

President - ico-D Liaison

Dr. Luisa Bocchietto
T:
0233100164

Member Profile

Since 1956, ADI has been uniting designers, companies, researchers, teachers, critics, and journalists.

Its goal as a not-for-profit is to promote and help implement the most appropriate conditions for the design of goods and services, encouraging cultural debate, promotion through institutions, and the provision of services.

For ADI, design must be culturally aware, as it is a medium between the individual, society, and the means of production.



L'ADI riunisce dal 1956 progettisti, imprese, ricercatori, insegnanti, critici, giornalisti intorno ai temi del design: progetto, consumo, riciclo, formazione.

Il suo scopo è promuovere e contribuire ad attuare, senza fini di lucro, le condizioni piu appropriate per la progettazione di beni e servizi, attraverso il dibattito culturale, l'intervento presso le istituzioni , la fornitura di servizi.

Per l'ADI il design è la progettazione culturalmente consapevole, l'interfaccia tra la domanda individuale e collettiva della società e l'offerta dei produttori.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ADI
Year Founded:
1956
Language of Operations:
Italian

Japan

Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc.
Professional

Contact Info

Midtown Tower 5F
9-7-1 Akasaka
Minato-ku, Tokyo
107-6205
 
Japan
T:
357707509

President

Mr. Katsumi Asaba

Secretariat - ico-D Liaison

Ms. Chika Kudo
T:
357707509

Member Profile

Established in 1978, Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) is the only association for graphic designers in Japan with some 3,000 members today. It utilizes the power of graphic design to improve the quality of communication environment by carrying out a variety of activities: publishing yearbooks, textbooks, and other publications; holding exhibitions and seminars; contributing to community revitalization and governmental policies through design; and protection of copyrights in design.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
JAGDA
Year Founded:
1978
Language of Operations:
Japanese
Japan Institute of Design Promotion
Promotional

Contact Info

5th floor, Midtown Tower
9-7-1 Akasaka
Minato-ku
,
Tokyo
107-6205
 
Japan
T:
3 6743 3777

President

Mr. Kazunori Iizuka
T:
3 6743 3772

Manager, International Relations

Ms. Makiko Tsumura
T:
3 6743 3777

Member Profile

Founded in 1969 as the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, on the basis of a report submitted by the Design Council of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) was created on 1 June 2011 – indicating its fresh start as the sole comprehensive design promotion center in Japan. JDP continues to play a key role in formulation and implementation of promotional and developmental measures for growth of the creative industries in Japan, partnering with industry, government and the creative community. JDP also works closely with the Japanese government to formulate the national design policy. As Japan's comprehensive design promotion body, JDP is a multi-disciplinary institution with a vast network of design-related organisations from the private as well as public sectors and over 15 000 companies, including SMEs, across the Asian region. The scope of JDP's activities include: Good Design Award Good Design Award is a comprehensive program for the evaluation and encouragement of design. This award system was originally born in 1957 and since 1998, it has been executed by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO) as organiser and given to approximately 37 000 outstanding designs all over the world. Design News Launched on 1 June 2011, "Design News" is a new media to promote information regarding design from inside and outside Japan and to play a role as the archive of Japanese design. Tokyo Midtown Design Hub The design networking stronghold to connect people, business, knowledge, etc. thorough design. It was established in April 2007 and functions as a space for exhibition, seminars and workshop. Reconstruction Support Design Center As of 1 June 1 2011, the Center will focus on projects supporting the reconstruction of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster area that:
  1. build up the design with a changed sense of value through the earthquake disaster and research to develop social awareness through the design;
  2. provide the opportunity for the output of the designers in disaster area; and
  3. support activities for designers in the disaster area by the designers in non-disaster area.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
JDP
Year Founded:
1969
Language of Operations:
Japanese
Other Language:
English
Musashino Art University
Educational

Contact Info

Science of Design
1-736 Ogawa-cho
Kodaira-shi
,
Tokyo
187-8505
 
Japan
T:
423426037

President

Prof. Tadanori Nagasawa

Professor of Science of Design

Prof. Akiyo Kobayashi

Member Profile

Musashino Art University is acknowledged as one of Japan's leading art and design universities. The school was founded as Teikoku Art School in 1929. The name changed to Musashino Art School in 1948. In 1962 it was renamed and reformed to Musashino Art University. There is a growing call for artists and designers with rich creative prowess who have the capacity to meet the challenges of economic globalization and rapid industrial advances, and thus require vast interdisciplinary knowledge ranging from global affairs such as environmental issues to art management along with the capacity to communicate in foreign languages. We aim to meet the increasing demands on advanced art and design education,which necessitates actively responding to the global changes we are now witnessing.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
MAU
Year Founded:
1929
Language of Operations:
Japanese
Other Language:
English

Jordan

Applied Science Private University
Educational

Contact Info

Faculty of Art and Design
Shafa Badran
Arabs street
Amman
11931
 
Jordan
T:
6 560 9999

Dean - Assistant Professor

Dr. Essam Abu-Awad
T:
797623700

ico-D Liaison

Dr. Essam Abu Awad
T:
779412717

Member Profile

The Faculty of Arts and Design Started in its scientific career as a department of Fine Arts with two majors, graphic design and interior design, in the academic year 1992/1993 as one of the College of Sciences departments, and later affiliated to the Faculty of Arts, before becoming the first private college of Art and Design in Jordan, under the issue of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, No. 285, date 22/8/ 2007. The college offers academic programs for bachelor's degree in the disciplines of graphic design, interior design, and there are plans for the development of new discipline such as Digital and Multimedia Design. The Faculty of Arts and Design work to serve the community and raise it in the cultural field of art and design, and this calls for the contribution in the promotion of ideas and the development of thought promotion, taste and human values, ??and provide the country with expert designers supplied with a mean of knowledge assets. The College considered as a source of human development through the development of innovative mentality, in order to achieve the link between university education and community social needs. Based on the philosophy of the university and its general objectives and mission, the college work permanently to control the quality of the educational process and improve outcomes in response to the needs of the community, and the labor market, and support the development process and investment by providing outstanding educational opportunities, in accordance with the international standards, and provide students with theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of specialization. The College work through the permanent presence of international institutions to develop and enrich the academic programs offered by the college, in addition to introduce the students for the achievements of Jordan, and highlight the Jordan position and role in the Arab and international arena.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ASU
Year Founded:
1993

Kuwait

American University of Kuwait
Educational

Contact Info

Department of Art and Graphic Design
P.O. Box 3323 Safat 13034
Kuwait
Kuwait
T:
22248399
3601

Professor, Graphic Design

Prof. Maryam Hosseinnia
T:
2248399

Member Profile

The Graphic Design program offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree emphasizing a balance of theory and practice in the art and science of visual communication. The program emphasizes critical thinking, analysis and problem solving through the teaching of design history, methodology and technologies. Students cultivate cultural and aesthetic sensibilities for a diverse, global, professional market.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
AUK
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
Arabic

Lebanon

Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts- Université de Balamand
Educational

Contact Info

Ecole des Arts Décoratifs - Section Arts Graphiques et Publicité
Emile Eddé Street - Sin El Fil
Beirut
55 251 - Sin El Fil
 
Lebanon
T:
1 489 206/7/8

Dean

Prof. André Bekhazi

Assistant Professor - Coordinator, Advertising and Graphic Design

Dr. Antoine Abi Aad
T:
3087295

Member Profile

The Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA) is the first national institution for higher education in Lebanon. Since its creation in 1944, ALBA stands out as a leader in the field of Fine Arts and Design in the Middle-East. In 1988, it joins the University of Balamand. ALBA has been a pioneer in implementing innovative study programs maintaining its curricula at the leading edge of progress; these include: Architecture, Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, Global Design, Graphic Design, Cinema and Television, Urban Planning, and Landscape Architecture. This variety of programs offers students a unique educational experience through a multidisciplinary teaching approach thus stimulating their creativity. Teaching at ALBA is undertaken by prominent local and international professionals and academics from various renowned institutions to which ALBA is connected to through several cooperation agreements which serve to promote students' mobility. Moreover, the participation in international workshops, be them in Lebanon or abroad, gives the students the opportunity to challenge their ideas and discover new ways of sound analytical and critical thinking methods. In 2004, ALBA adopts the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in order to mainstream its programs with existing international educational platforms. Teaching in ALBA is mainly project-driven thus encouraging students to combine both theory and practice in a critical approach. This method is nurtured by several research programs implemented in various departments. Classes at ALBA are human-sized which allows students to receive a tailored and personalized follow-up. ALBA is strongly committed to excellence, innovation, and public support through mutual dialogue and participation with the Community of Lebanon represented through academic and public institutions, as well as the civil society. ALBA's long-established professional network provides students with high-end employment opportunities tailored to local, regional, and international labor markets. Through their internationally renowned projects and the prizes awarded to them, ALBA's graduates and Alumni alike bear witness to its well-acclaimed success.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ALBA
Language of Operations:
French
Other Language:
English
American University of Beirut
Educational

Contact Info

Architecture and Design
11-0236 Bliss Street
Beirut
1107 2020
 
Lebanon
T:
9611350000

Chairperson

Ms. Leila Musfy

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Sirene Salam
T:
9611350000

Member Profile

The Department of Architecture and Design at the American University of Beirut has two undergraduate programs in Architecture and Graphic Design and two graduate programs in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design. The Architecture program was established in 1966 and offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture. The Graphic Design program was established in 1992 and offers the professional degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. The Graphic Design Program is comprised of a total of 139 credit hours normally taken over four years. The graduate programs in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design were established in 1998 and offer a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and a Master of Urban Design. The programs through their curricular structure, course offering and content offer students in the Department of Architecture and Design the solid training that prepares them for the challenges of the professional practice and offers them a competitive edge through the exposure to high quality academic discourse and diverse design methods within a rich studio environment and with up-to-date technology. Design teaching applies professional and technical skills within a process that is culturally and theoretically grounded. The design discipline is understood as a cultural practice that engages social, economic and political issues and as a critical tool of inquiry that integrates process with product and methodology with representation in a multidisciplinary manner. Inquiry through design comes with an acute awareness of our existence in the region with its multitude of languages and cultures. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students progress from basic skills and knowledge to advanced critical applications and independent thinking. It leads them from foundation courses to advanced thematic and interdisciplinary courses to an independent design thesis project. The distribution of the courses is designed to ensure both a solid training in the field and an appropriate exposure to related fields as well as fields of their own interest.
Year Founded:
1992
Language of Operations:
English
American University of Science and Technology
Educational

Contact Info

Arts+Design Department
Alfred Naccash Avenue
Ashrafieh
,
Beirut
16-6452
 
Lebanon
T:
1 218716
666

Chairperson of the Arts and Design department

Hala Bohasli Habbal
T:
1218716
666

Member Profile

The American University of Science & Technology (AUST) is a private non-sectarian institution of higher learning licensed by Presidential Decree number 677. The University strives to provide top-level education at moderate costs to avail needy students with opportunities to receive American-style education. The institution espouses the ideas and thinking of its founders who believe that each individual should be given a chance to realize his/her potentials through a university-level training that is not prohibitively expensive or exclusive. AUST's commitment to international human understanding has led it to establish i) an extensive network of affiliations; and ii) exchange and cooperation agreements with international universities in USA, Europe, Canada and the Middle East. Consequently, offering the Lebanese and foreign students with unique cross-cultural study opportunities; and the faculty with substantial research possibilities.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
AUST
Year Founded:
2000
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
French
Lebanese American University
Educational

Contact Info

Graphic Design Department
P.O. Box 13-5053
Beirut
Lebanon
T:
1 786456

Chairperson

Randa Abdel Baki
T:
1 786456

Member Profile

Graphic Design at the Lebanese American University (LAU) was established in 1996. It is a three-year programme that includes a foundation year, where students are introduced to the design discipline as a whole; a junior year, where they engage in building their skills and knowledge in typography, packaging, publication, illustration, corporate identity, and digital screen-based design; and a senior year, where assignments take on specific areas of design selected by the students. Cutting across various topics, thoughts and ideologies translate into visual communication solutions in their final projects. The graphic design programme has currently 350 students enrolled, under the supervision and guidance of 20 faculty members. Some of our students and faculty work has been featured lately in several international design magazines and publications, such as novum, Output, Communication Arts and Design Graphics.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
LAU
Lebanese Graphic Design Syndicate
Professional

Contact Info

Chevrolet Street ; Palm center ; 7th floor ; Press Club
furn el Chebak
,
furn el Chebak
117997
 
Lebanon

President

Mr. Patrick Nacouzi
T:
9613453260

Foreign Affairs

Maria Dermosessian
T:
9613966079

Member Profile

The Lebanese Graphic Design Syndicate is founded in 1976, reformed and restructured in 2010 to become the only official syndicate and professional forum for graphic designers in Lebanon, certified from the Lebanese ministry of interior and remunerated from the Lebanese government. The syndicate is assessing the quality of graphic designers while at the same time establishing a better environment for them, by tapping into the professional interests of communication designers, creating a developed market, enhancing the design skills and backgrounds, design policies concerning governmental and public matters, and developing the creative climate.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
LGDS
Year Founded:
1976
Language of Operations:
Arabic / English
Other Language:
French

Lithuania

Lithuanian Graphic Design Association
Professional

Contact Info

Maironio g. 6
Vilnius
LT-01124
 
Lithuania
T:
5 2133 352

President

Mr. Gediminas Lasas
T:
698 80125

Vice President

Prof. Audrius Klimas
T:
698 35235

Member Profile

The Lithuanian Graphic Design Association (LGDA) is an independent non-profit organization formed by the cooperation of professional visual design creators.

Founded in 1996, LGDA takes care on the prestige of designers' profession, stands for designers' interests in government institutions, promotes designers' creative activities, and coordinates work of miscellaneous organizations participating in design process.

Since 1999 LGDA has been a member of ICOGRADA.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
LGDA
Year Founded:
1996
Language of Operations:
English

Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of

Association of graphic design PLAKART
Professional

Contact Info

Vladimir Komarov 21/5
Skopje
1000
 
Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of
T:
70383693

President

Mr. Laze Tripkov

President

Mr. Laze Tripkov

Member Profile

PLAKART is the first Macedonian Association of Graphic Design, that includes activities connected with as well multimedia and film, founded in 2007 uniting professionals of graphic design and visual arts. Our mission is to improve the visual arts communication and social values of the culture and to promote new level of the culture achievements in Macedonia and the region, both in the practice and education. We have been working globally, but in particular our focus remains in Europe. The most successful product of the PLAKART activities is definitely the fact that International Student Poster Competition (ISPC) has become one of the most respected student event in the region and wider. The International Student Poster Competition ISPC contributes for the roll of the culture and visual arts communication, promoting social responsibility through the design, as well exchange of ideas, networking, thus making this student poster competition a worldwide presenter of solutions for global topics. More information can be accessed on www.skopjeposter.com. ISPC was organized in Skopje, Macedonia in June 2008, as the first and most important regional student poster competition that offered international promotion of ideas and visual communication, with strong accent on the global social issues. Thus, in only couple of years of existence it gained its position of the most important in the South-Eastern Europe region. Proud to mention that in our collection we have more than 15.000 student posters, which makes us the largest relevant archive and data base in Europe. So far we have conducted 6 international student poster competitions on topics such as Tolerance (2008), Power vs Poverty (2009), EcoLOGIC (2010), HIV/AIDS (2011), Money for Free (2012), Citizen 2020 (2013), and more than 30 post review exhibitions at Wilanow Poster Museum, Warsaw; Zurich Museum of Arts; The House of Deputies, Czech Parliament, Prague; Nederland Foto Museum, Rotterdam; Gallery MC New York; Marmara University, Gallery Istanbul…
Abbreviation or Acronym:
PLAKART
Year Founded:
2007
Language of Operations:
Macedonian
Other Language:
English

Malaysia

Graphic Design Association of Malaysia
Professional

Contact Info

6 Jalan 14/7
Petaling Jaya
,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
46100
 
Malaysia
T:
60356113289

Vice President

Mr. Arez Ezman
T:
60379540987

President

Ms. Melisa Wong

Member Profile

The Graphic Designers Association of Malaysia, is a non-profit, non-political organisation with the objective of encouraging professional practice and promoting design excellence in the art and science of visual communication in commerce, trade, industry and education, both locally and internationally.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
WREGA
Year Founded:
1999
Language of Operations:
English
MALAYSIA DESIGN COUNCIL
Promotional

Contact Info

LEVEL 12 (WEST WING) MENARA MATRADE,
JALAN KHIDMAT USAHA OFF JALAN DUTA
KUALA LUMPUR
,
WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN
50480
 
Malaysia
T:
62030030

Chairman

Dr. Ahmad Zainuddin

Senior General Manager

Mrs. Futom Shikh Jaafar
T:
62030030

Member Profile

Malaysia Design Council (MRM) was established in 1994, when the Government was steering the country towards Vision 2020. The Design Council is the national strategic body for design in Malaysia and is part of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI). The mission of MRM is to turn Malaysia into one of the global player where arts and design innovation drives economic growth and societal wellbeing. As such, MRM promotes and encourages the adoption of good design within the government, education and industrial sector, and nurtures the climate of co-creation and innovation through design - ensuring national agenda aspiring innovation as a culture within Malaysian society into reality, thus becoming the high income nation. Malaysia Design Council is the leader and coordinator of design activities in order to enhance the competitiveness of Malaysian manufactured products in the local and international markets and at the same time, spearheading the country through good design.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
MRM
Year Founded:
1993
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
Malay

Mexico

Anáhuac University
Educational

Contact Info

Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores S.C
Av. Universidad Anáhuac 46
Lomas Anáhuac
Huixquilucan
52786
 
Mexico
T:
55 5627 0210

Promotion Coordinator

Ms. Mónica Puigferrat Novella
T:
56 27 02 10
8448

Member Profile

Anahuac University was founded in 1964 in response to the challenges facing a rapidly modernizing Mexico and the world around it. The University supports and promotes the development of our society by providing the opportunity for a complete education to each entering class.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ANUN
Year Founded:
1964
Language of Operations:
Spanish
Universidad de Monterrey
Educational

Contact Info

Departamento de Diseño
Av.I. Morones Prieto 4500 Pte.
San Pedro Garza
,
NL
66238
 
Mexico
T:
81 2151000
1203

President

Dr. Antonio J. Dieck Assad
T:
82151000

Program Director

Mr. Marco Garrido
T:
82151276

Member Profile

Universidad de Monterrey stands out as model of liberal arts education. We believe that education does not only consist of the acquisition of knowledge, but should also seek the comprehensive and holistic development of the human being. Our fundamental challenge its to go beyond the graduation of professionals who excel in their chosen fields of specialisation; we seek to shape the whole person, providing him or her a liberal arts education and social sensitivity. This is supported by a comfortable and functional technological infrastructure and several national and international institutions accredit our quality. We can confidently assure that UDEM forms excellent professionals, extraordinary people.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
UDEM
Language of Operations:
Spanish
Other Language:
English
Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de Mexico
Educational

Contact Info

Design
Prolongacion Paseo de la Reforma 880. Edif.P primer piso
Lomas de Santa Fe, D.F.
,
Ciudad de Mexico
01210
 
Mexico
T:
59504251

Director

Prof. Fernando Bermudez-Barreiro

Member Profile

The firsts studies of Design in Mexico started at the University Iberoamericana 50 years ago. The Design Department is related to several productive sectors: visual applied communications, creative interactive media, multimedia, strategic thinking, art and culture, product innovation strategies, fashion and textiles and product design. The university offers four bachelor degree programs: Industrial Design, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Design, and a Master Degree in Design Strategy and Innovation.

They strongly believe that design is an important factor of social development and should become an integral part of the multicultural and multiethnic Mexico of today. Their students confront the actual problems of our country in an appropriate manner, by using alternative methodologies and trying to have an overall view of the social impact of their professional activity.

Abbreviation or Acronym:
IBERO
Year Founded:
1955
Language of Operations:
Spanish

New Zealand

Designers Institute of New Zealand
Professional

Contact Info

PO Box 109-423
Suite 3, Ground Floor, 27 Gillies Ave, Newmarket
Auckland
New Zealand
T:
9 529 1713

ico-D Liaison/Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Cathy Veninga

Member Profile

The Institute's mission is to have professional designers valued and rewarded for the contribution they make to the economic, cultural and social growth of New Zealand. This is achieved through encouraging the development of professional skills in the membership and by bringing together the different design disciplines under a common proposition that excellent design brings tangible benefits to its users. Other aims are to improve standards of professional service, increase demand for design excellence and generally increase the profile of design.

The Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) was formed in 1991 from the merger of two associations, the New Zealand Society of Industrial Designers formed in 1960 and the New Zealand Association of Interior Designers formed in 1968. The Institute represents Graphic Design (visual communication), Spatial Design (built environment), Industrial Design (product design, consumer and capital goods), Design Education (the teaching profession) and Design & Strategy Management Management , Interactive Design.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
DINZ
Year Founded:
1991
Language of Operations:
English

Norway

Grafill
Professional

Contact Info

Rosenkrantz gate 21
Oslo
N-0160
 
Norway
T:
22128200

ico-D liaison

Vigdis Skogli
T:
23103630

Member Profile

Grafill is an interest organisation for those studying or working within the field of visual communication in Norway. Grafill’s 1400 members are students and professionals working in the areas of graphic design, illustration, animation, comics/cartooning and digital design. Grafill’s mandate is to advance and safeguard its members’ professional, economic, legal and social interests. Grafill is responsible for Visuelt, Scandinavia’s largest annual conference in the field of visual communication, and the annual competition Årets vakreste Bøker (The Year’s Most Beautiful Books). Grafill is located at R21 in the center of Oslo, a space used to host exhibitions, lectures, workshops, jurying and social activities. Grafill is a national organisation comprised of nine local affiliates and six professional groups that both jointly and independently arrange lectures, exhibitions and competitions. Grafill is involved in various international initiatives for championing its membership’s interests through active participation in Scandinavian, European and worldwide networks. Grafill was established in 1991.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
GRAFILL
Year Founded:
1937
The Norwegian Centre of Design and Architecture
Promotional

Contact Info

Hausmanns gate 16
Oslo
N-0182
 
Norway
T:
23292550

Managing Director

Mr. Jan R. Stavik
T:
23 29 25 50

Manager Design Conferences

Mrs. Jannicke Hølen
T:
23 29 25 50

Member Profile

NDC was established in 1963 by the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry and the Norwegian Trade Council to promote design as as an innovation tool for Norwegian industry to increase their international competitiveness. The council is mainly funded by the Norwegian Department of Trade and Industry. Additional sources of income are consultancy services and design related projects.

Our services
NDC offers advice and support on design issues to Norwegian companies. Other services include designer referrals from a database of 450 designers as well as seminars and lectures on design. Our consultants have wide experience in design management and business development.

Important co-operative agreement
NDC has an agreement with the Innovation Norway IN (formerly the Norwegian Industrial and Development Fund (SND)) to promote design as a competitive tool through all regional IND offices. IN provides financial support to viable commercial enterprise projects in all parts of Norway. The agreement paves the way for companies throughout Norway to gain access to design and product development support.

Design is profitable
International competition and customers' expectations for quality, ease of use and attractive appearance, emphasize the significance and impact of design when products are developed and profiled. In 2002, only one in four Norwegian companies used design in product development, and therefore the Minister of Trade and Industry encourage companies to use design actively and strategically. Strategic use of design has become a necessity in the face of increased international competition. Design Awards One of the NDC's main promotional activities is the annual Award for Design Excellence and the Honours.

Design Excellence Awards
Awards for Design Excellence in various categories are given to both company and designer. Awards include the International Design Award, Classic Award for Design Excellence, Young Talent Award, and the Honour’s Award for Design Exellence.

Design Day
NDC's annual Design Day aims to inspire companies to strategically integrate and employ design as a competitive business tool. The Design Day also acts as a forum for designers and company representatives as well as politicians and journalists.

Abbreviation or Acronym:
NDC
Year Founded:
1963

Peru

Instituto San Ignacio de Loyola
Educational

Contact Info

Graphic Design
Av. La Fontana 795
La Molina
Lima 12
 
Peru
T:
1706000

Dean

Mr. Carlos Palomino

Academic Director of Graphic Design

Mr. Gabriel Rodríguez Rengifo

Member Profile

The world of communication design is becoming broader and, hence, creating greater opportunities in the labor market. In any of the many fields in communication design, ranging from design to management of a company's image, the communicator must be able to learn to adapt to the continuous changes in society and technology, with full knowledge of the most important trends, lifestyles and fashions. At ISIL you are given the opportunity to be integrated into this growing universe of possibilities with a career within Art and Design and Integrated Communication. --- El mundo de las comunicaciones cada vez es más amplio y, por lo mismo, da mayores oportunidades en el mercado laboral. En cualquiera de sus múltiples campos, que van desde el diseño hasta el manejo de la imagen de cualquier empresa, el comunicador debe ser capaz de saber adaptarse a las continuas transformaciones de la sociedad y la tecnología, con pleno conocimiento de las tendencias más importantes, estilos de vida y modas. En ISIL te damos la oportunidad de estar integrado a este creciente universo de posibilidades con sus carreras de Arte y Diseño Gráfico y de Comunicación Integral.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ISIL
Year Founded:
1983
Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de América Latina
Educational

Contact Info

Design Faculty
AV. La Molina 3755
Sol de la Molina
Lima
,
La Molina
12
 
Peru
T:
622 2222
5418

Dean

Mr. Oscar Mas
T:
622-2222
5418

Design Program Coordinator

Mr. Eduardo Velarde
T:
622-2222
5442

Member Profile

UCAL born with the idea of ​​being the best college for young people with talent, develop their creativity professionally. Now grow up with the power of innovation to transform the world from the ideas and creative abilities. In UCAL everything moves with the energy to imagine a better, more just and more educated. The means to achieve this ideal is the education we provide for a professional future and constantly changing market. To UCAL change is global, digital and cultural, and it is this world that the sciences and the creative arts are linked to innovate. A frame innovative knowledge and skills that provide different ways to train professionals 100% original
Abbreviation or Acronym:
UCAL
Year Founded:
2010
Language of Operations:
Spanish
Other Language:
English

Russian Federation

Stroganov Moscow State University Design and Applied Arts
Educational

Contact Info

Communicative design
Volokolamskoe 9
Moscow
125 080
 
Russian Federation
T:
0951586927

Professor

Prof. Lavrentiev Alexander

Head of International Relations Dept

Ms. Olga Sukhomlinova

Member Profile

  
Abbreviation or Acronym:
STROG1
Year Founded:
1825
Language of Operations:
Russian
Other Language:
English
The Association of Designers of Russia
Professional

Contact Info

Sadovnicheskaya Street, 35, of.460
Moscow
117997
 
Russian Federation
T:
(495) 953 96 41

President

Prof. Yury Nazarov
T:
903 7209077

Member Profile

The Association of Designers of Russia (ADR) is the All-Russian non-governmental creative organization, established by the specialists, working in all types of design. Design sphere includes almost the entire object world: industrial design, graphics and packaging, textile, designing of clothes, designing of urban and rural environment, interior and advertising design. The Association of Designers of Russia is presented by more than 3600 specialists, living and working in 82 cities of Russia. The chief goals of the Association are: defense of professional interests, support of national design and creation of conditions for advancement of the best products, creative initiatives and progressive ideas at the consumer market of Russia.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ADR
Year Founded:
1991
Language of Operations:
Russian
Other Language:
English

Saudi Arabia

Dar Al-Hekma University
Educational

Contact Info

Library
6702 Prince Majed St.
Al Faiha, Unit 2
Jeddah
22246-4872
 
Saudi Arabia
T:
966126303333
183

Library Director

Dr. Mariam Gard
T:
126303333
183

Library Director

Dr. Mariam Gard
T:
126303333
183

Member Profile

It is our vision that Dar Al-Hekma University is a premier institution of higher education for women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a model of teaching and learning. Our graduates will be capable of bringing about positive change for the betterment of self, society and humanity with the aim of pleasing the Creator. The mission of our institution is to graduate accomplished women, leaders and entrepreneurs.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
DAHU
Year Founded:
1999
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
Arabic

Singapore

DesignSingapore Council (Ministry of Communications and Information)
Promotional

Contact Info

111 Middle Road, National Design Centre
Singapore
,
Singapore
188969
 
Singapore
T:
6563333737

Official Contact

Mr. Jeffrey Ho
T:
6568379694

Assistant Manager

Ms. Carol Lum
T:
6568379343

Member Profile

The DesignSingapore Council was established in 2003 to help develop the nation’s design sector. This follows from the Economic Review Committee’s report which identified the creative industry as one of the three new sectors (including education and healthcare) for economic growth. The vision of the DesignSingapore Council is for design to differentiate Singapore from global competition. As the national agency for design, the Council’s mission is to develop the design sector, and to help Singapore use design for innovation and growth, as well as to make life better. The DesignSingapore Council is part of the Ministry of Communications and Information. The DesignSingapore Council also oversees the programming of the National Design Centre (NDC). The NDC supports the Council’s efforts to enhance the vibrancy of the design ecosystem as well as catalyse industry collaborations and business opportunities for innovation and growth.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
Dsg
Year Founded:
2003
Language of Operations:
English (UK)
Nanyang Technological University
Educational

Contact Info

School of Art Design and Media
81 Nanyang Drive
Singapore
63 74 58
 
Singapore
T:
6790 6667

Chair

Prof. Vibeke Sorensen
T:
6316 8821

Assistant Professor

Dr. Nanci Takeyama
T:
6513 8246

Member Profile

The NTU School of Art Design and Media opened in 2004 and took the first cohort of students in 2005. The school was formed in line with the strategic goal of fostering a creative industry and creating a new design practice in Singapore. The school curriculum is developed around interdisciplinary learning in Design and Media with majors in visual communication, product design, interactive media, digital film making, digital photography and imaging, emotive robotics and digital animation. Students are encouraged to explore an interdisciplinary experience across multiple domains even in connection with engineering disciplines.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
NTU
Year Founded:
2004
Language of Operations:
English
Temasek Polytechnic
Educational

Contact Info

School of Design
21 Tampines Avenue 1
Singapore
529757
 
Singapore
T:
67805137

Director

Mr. Chong Jin Lim
T:
67805137

Poly Admin Officer

Ms. Sharon Chng
T:
67805133

Member Profile

Students thrive and learn in an environment which is fun and exciting, tinker with cool state-of-the-art equipment that is the very latest in industry, and work with some of the most creative brains in design education today.

Because the design industry is very much a project-based one, learning in the design school is also very hands-on in nature. This includes ‘live’ projects where you work with the best in industry. Students will not only develop their creative and technical skills, they will also hone their own project and time management abilities, thus preparing them for a career in an industry driven by briefs and deadlines.

It’s not all studio and classroom work. Design is global in nature and so the learning experiences will reflect that. Students will participate in industry-driven dialogue, seminars and workshops, go on field trips, overseas exchange programmes, and an industry internship programme, locally or overseas.

The Temasek Design School is well-recognised in the local and international arena as an award-winning institution. Their students have won many prestigious international and local competitions. In addition, our accomplished external examiners from reputable overseas institutions have consistently attested to the very high quality of our courses. It is not surprising, therefore, that our graduates have been accorded advanced standing by the very best degree-granting design institutions for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Australia, UK, USA, Europe and other parts of the world.

Abbreviation or Acronym:
TEMPOL
Language of Operations:
English

Slovenia

Designers Society of Slovenia
Professional

Contact Info

Ciril Metodov trg 19
Ljubljana
1000
 
Slovenia
T:
1 280 47 40

ico-D Liaison

Ms. Vesna Brekalo
T:
41740044

President

Mr. Jurij Dobrila

Member Profile

The Designers Society of Slovenia (DOS) brings together top designers from a wide range of creative and design-related spheres. The core objectives of the society are promoting the profession, organising retrospective exhibitions and other public presentations of the society members' work, and creating links between the profession and its users and customers. Designers within the society are organised into a number of sections: visual communications, industrial design, unique design, scenography, and costume design. Society members are kept up-to-date on competitions, exhibitions and festivals in the field. They also participate as judges for such competitions and tenders, with the DOS providing expert advice as early as the drawing up of competition terms and conditions. Members are professionally engaged in the sections through various activities such as organising exhibitions, issuing competitions, membership in expert panels, promoting foreign and domestic design festivals, running professional excursions, lectures and similar. The Visual Communication Section unites creators from the field of visual communication design. The Industrial Design Section unites industrial designers, interior designers and interior equipment and fittings designers. The Unique Design Section is for designers working on unique products in various materials: including textiles, ceramics, glass, wood, and metal. The Scenography and Costume Design Section brings together designers working in dramatic and musical theatre, film, television and puppetry. Any Slovenian citizen or company registered in Slovenia actively involved in design or offering teaching or training in any design area can become an active DOS member. Foreign citizens actively involved in the profession in Slovenia can also become DOS members. Individuals or groups supporting the society's work (individuals, labour organisations and professional associations) may also contribute in the work of the society. The DOS was founded in 1951 and is the only professional association in Slovenia to unite designers from all areas of design. The society has been a full member of Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) since 1961. In 1963 the society took part in the founding congress of Icograda and has influenced the development of the institution, which has set out the most important and still valid rules on quality evaluation in the field of visual communication design. Respecting the criteria defined by Icograda is one of the main commitments of its members, which includes the DOS. The DOS is a co-founder of the Architecture Museum in Ljubljana and the international BIO (Biennial of Industrial Design) and the author of the event concept. The DOS was also involved in establishing the curriculum council for higher education studies at the University of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Copyright Agency, the Slovenian Chamber of Culture, and defining evaluation criteria for design services. The numerous awards won by DOS members have helped establish the society among the Slovenian and international public.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
DOS
Year Founded:
1951
Language of Operations:
Slovenian
Other Language:
english

South Africa

Greenside Design Center
Educational

Contact Info

118 Greenway, Greenside
Johannesburg
,
Gauteng
2193
 
South Africa
T:
116461984

Head of Graphic and Multimedia Design

Robin Turner

Student Affairs

Kathryn Pope

Member Profile

Greenside Design Center (GDC) is a Private Higher Education Institution offering Bachelor of Arts Degrees and Bachelor of Arts Honours Degrees in Interior, Graphic/Visual Communication and Multimedia Design. It was established by Des Laubscher and Ingrid Templer in 1987 and currently accommodates approximately 300 students. GDC’s vision is to be leaders in design higher education to nurture innovative and responsible designers for the greater good of humanity. Our mission is to promote: - innovation and critical thinking in the design process - sustainable design, responsible design, and design for social development - an optimal environment for teaching and learning - the use and production of research GDC ensures that the learning environment is one where creativity, expertise, participation and a desire for continual learning is nurtured and rewarded in order to maximize the potential of staff and students. GDC values international relations, and in addition to its membership with Ico-D, it is also a member of the Cumulus Association and International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects. GDC encourages both student and staff exchanges to cross cultural boundaries in design. GDC hosts an annual community engagement design initiative (www.10percent.co.za) where our vision is practiced and where international participation is encouraged. GDC is fully accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education with its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes registered on the National Qualifications Framework.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
GDC
Year Founded:
1987
Language of Operations:
English
SABS Design Institute
Promotional

Contact Info

1 Dr Lategan Road, Groenkloof
Pretoria
,
Gauteng
0001
 
South Africa
T:
12 428 6326

Group Manager

Mr. Gavin Mageni

Stakeholder management

Ms. Esmé Kruger
T:
12 428 6332

Member Profile

The Design Institute is focused on unlocking socio-economic value for South Africa through design. South Africa needs a design community that is responsive to the needs identified by the national economic and industrial growth policies. The power of design has to be marshalled to contribute meaningfully to the national challenges of high unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country. The SABS Design Institute is the official national design promotion body of South Africa with the mission to be a centre of knowledge and a catalyst for the delivery of design. It acts as a national change agent that creates socio-economic value. The Design Institute actively responds to the country's need for design capability which effectively translates research, development and invention into sustainable economic opportunities and market successes. The first steps towards establishing the Design Institute were taken in the 1950s and 1960s, aiming to stimulate the steadily developing manufacturing industry in South Africa. Since 1969 the Institute has been the driving force behind product design promotion in the country. Today the Institute's focus is aligned to address current national priorities - facilitating design support and design capacity building, while creating a general awareness of the value-add quality of design.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
SABS DI
Year Founded:
1967
Language of Operations:
English
Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography
Educational

Contact Info

41 Techno Ave, Techno Park
Stellenbosch
,
Western Cape
7599
 
South Africa
T:
21 880 2623

Owner of Academy

Mrs. Barbara Fassler
T:
21 880 2623

Member Profile

Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography offers a 3-year BA degree in Applied Design (Specialising in Graphic Design and Photography). The course is filled with practical and theoretical subjects, focused on equipping students with the competencies needed to succeed and excel in the fields of graphic design and photography, as well as related careers.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
STELB
Year Founded:
2002
The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions
Professional

Contact Info

109 Green Way
Randburg, Johannesburg
,
Gauteng
2034
 
South Africa
T:
0114860450

Official Contact

Mr. Desmond Laubscher
T:
0114860450

ico-D Liaison

Mrs. Kim Hayter
T:
0114860450

Member Profile

The African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) is the only professional body representing the Interior Design Industry in Africa. The Institute is dedicated to establishing, promoting and maintaining expertise, professionalism, sound business practice and high standards throughout the industry.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
IID
Year Founded:
2007
Language of Operations:
Englishy

South Korea

Hongik University
Educational

Contact Info

College of Fine Art and Design
72-1 Sangsu-dong, Mapo-gu
Seoul
121-791
 
South Korea
T:
10 8001 3433

Official Contact

Kyle Hyunsuk Kim
T:
2320 1956

Member Profile

The department of visual communication design has long been recognized as the national leader in the development of Korean design. The college has faithfully promoted the national identity while absorbing the diverse cultures of the world. It has produced many talented designers of both national and international reputation. Emphasis is placed upon the development of new theories and highly specialized techniques in its programs. The department has incorporated an ubiquitous approach to integrate the most advanced facilities with experimental international design research. The program offers interdisciplinary courses in typography, editorial, identity, design management, advertising, packaging, illustration |and film.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
HONGIK
Year Founded:
1945
Korea Craft and Design Foundation
Promotional

Contact Info

Yulgok-ro 53, Haeyoung bldg. 5F, Jongno-gu
Seoul
110-240
 
South Korea
T:
8223987900

Director

Mr. Jeongcheol Choi
T:
8223987901

Researcher

Ms. Kayleen Ryou
T:
8223987959

Member Profile

Korea Crafts and Design Foundation(KCDF) as a promotional institution of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, is carrying forward various businesses including research and publishing, education, exhibition and domestic/overseas cooperation to establish the policies and develop public design culture. We know well the value of crafts handed down for a long time along with our culture. In addition, the design of Korea is now being acknowledged to the world. At this time,if we strengthen the cultural value of our precious crafts and the public characteristics of design, our cultural competence shall be diversified and be able to cope with the world.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
KCDF
Year Founded:
2010
Language of Operations:
Korean
Other Language:
English
Korea Ensemble of Contemporary Design
Professional

Contact Info

KECD
22, Donggyo-ro 19-gil, Mapo-gu,
Mapo-gu, #101
Seoul
04001
 
South Korea
T:
827043661129

President

Mr. Phillip Hochul Chang

ico-D Liaison

Mr. Jay Jaewan Choi
T:
821023081801

Member Profile

Korea Ensemble of Contemporary Design (KECD) was established in 1969 and contributed to develop Design culture in Korea for over 50 years. In accordance with changing design paradigm, we started anew as Korea Ensemble of Contemporary Design to better involve in local community through quality improvement of visual design so more people would have clear understanding of our ultimate goal, Design for Culture over ordinary industrial design that will make Korean designers to reach out globally. As a member of ico-D, Korean Ensemble of Contemporary continues to pursue global communication.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
KECD
Year Founded:
1969
Language of Operations:
Korean
Other Language:
English
Korea Institute of Design Promotion
Promotional

Contact Info

Global Business Team
Korea Design Center Bldg
322 Yanghyunro Bundang-gu
Seongnam-si
,
Gyeonggi-do
463-954
 
South Korea
T:
317802155

President

Mr. Yongbin Jeong
T:
317802003

Head, Global Business Team

Mr. Jeongman Song
T:
31 780 2155

Member Profile

The Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) is the only design body in Korea to plan and implement national design policies and strategies. Affiliated to the Ministery of Knowledge Economy, KIDP aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the Korean design industry. Among the major functions of KIDP are supporting the design industry and designers, improving design edcuation & training, promoting Korean design both nationally and abroad, building design infrastructure and raising design awareness across the nation.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
KIDP
Year Founded:
1970
Language of Operations:
Korean
Other Language:
English

Spain

Madrid Designers' Association (DIMAD)
Professional

Contact Info

Paseo de la Chopera, 14
Madrid
28045
 
Spain
T:
914746780

Chairman

Mr. Pedro Feduchi Canosa
T:
914746780 / 914746787

Manager Director

Ms. Concha Moreno
T:
349147467834914746787

Member Profile

Madrid Designers' Association (DIMAD) is a non-profit organisation which develops its activities within the Madrid Autonomous Region, even if many of those activities have an international scope. It was set up with the main purpose of becoming a strategic tool of reference for the promotion, projection and dissemination of design culture having society at large as its end target. DIMAD is the bridge between businesspeople, public bodies, Design Training Centres and practitioners and it claims both the leading role Madrid is currently playing in Spanish design and the huge potential of the region as a centre of urban culture and economic activity. DIMAD is an association that conceives design as a meeting point between culture and the economy. Mostly made up of designers, it particularly seeks to bring together students and young designers and other practitioners and people linked to or interested in developing and enhancing design culture: architects, teachers, reporters, art directors, etc. DIMAD articulates around its Board of Directors: currently made up of twenty people, graphic and product designers, teachers and researchers. Its chairman is Manuel Estrada, its 5 honorary members Felix Beltrán Juan Gamboa and Pepe Cruz Novillo, and among its members are the most important designers in Madrid. DIMAD was founded in 2005 by 17 designers and currently has 374 members (227 professionals, 108 students, 11 volunteers and 28 friends), practitioners of the different branches of design (graphic, product, interior, fashion design), students at the various design schools and professional collaborators linked to the world of communication, teaching or design. Moreover, 12 training institutions and 10 companies related to design culture are collaborating members of DIMAD. Among the members of DIMAD are the most reputable, heavy-weight practitioners in Madrid. In May 2006, an Agreement was signed between Madrid City Council and DIMAD to set up the Central de Diseño at Matadero Madrid. Thanks to the decisive support from the Art Sector of Madrid City Council and its mayor, Mr Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, the wish cherished by the whole designer sector of Madrid has been realised. With the aim to raise financial resources more easily and to better adapt itself to the management of the Central de Diseño Matadero Madrid, DIMAD set up Madrid Design Foundation which acronym is also DIMAD, initially established with funds from the Association itself.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
DIMAD
Year Founded:
2005
Language of Operations:
Spanish
Other Language:
English

Sweden

Svenska Tecknare
Professional

Contact Info

Hornsgatan 103
Stockholm
S-117 28
 
Sweden
T:
8 556 029 10

Vice President

Ms. Tyra von Zweigbergk
T:
46707364965

President

Mr. Lennart Eng
T:
855602918

Member Profile

The association organises Sweden’s professional illustrators and graphic designers and has some 1200 members throughout the country. It was founded in 1955. The office is situated in Stockholm and has six employees working with administration, legal advice and communication. Tecknaren, our magazine for illustrators and graphic designers is published six times annually. Our members work within a broad spectrum of visual communication; illustrations and graphic design in newspapers, books and new media, websites, cartoons, animated films, news graphics, signs, trademarks, information and marketing. The association is first and foremost concerned with safeguarding the intellectual property rights of illustrators and graphic designers and one of the most important of these is copyright. It also concludes financial and social insurance agreements with a variety of parties who commission work or employ its members. The association safeguards freedom of expression and freedom of the press. It is affiliated to several other organisations that protect similar interests and rights of their members, and is a member of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA). The association is involved in various forms of international cooperation. An example of this is Nordisk Visuell Kommunikation (Nordic Visual Communication), composed of sister organisations in the Nordic countries. It is also a member of the European Illustrators Forum (EIF), a network for European organisation for illustrators.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
ST
Year Founded:
1955

Switzerland

Swiss Graphic Designers
Professional

Contact Info

Bahnhofstrasse 11
Postfach 157
Flawil
9230
 
Switzerland
T:
713934535

Official Contact

Ms. Ursula Heilig

ico-D Liaison

Ms. Regula Cajacob

Member Profile

Swiss Graphic Designers is at one and the same time the description of the occupation and the name of the association. An association with many impulses, ideas and intentions for acknowledged specialists who are facing up to the demands of the future. Swiss Graphic Designers looks back over many years of successful history. After all, it emerged from the ASG Arbeitsgemeinschaft Schweizer Grafiker (Association of Swiss Graphic Designers) which for its part came into being in 1972 out of the merger of the Verband Schweizer Grafiker (VSG - Association of Swiss Graphic Artists) and the Bund Grafischer Gestalter (BSG - Society of Graphic Designers). In an age of vocational and economic changes, Swiss graphic art still enjoys an excellent reputation even beyond our country's borders. Swiss Graphic Design is in international demand. Therefore, in 1993, the association members decided to adopt the English designation SGD Swiss Graphic Designers.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
SGD
Year Founded:
1972
Language of Operations:
German
Other Language:
French

Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

Asia University
Educational

Contact Info

Department of Visual Communication Design
No.500, Liufeng Rd., Wufeng Dist.
Taichung
41354
 
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
T:
886423323456
1072

ico-D Liaison

Ms. Chu-Hsuan (Odelia) Weng
T:
886423310066

Member Profile

The department established in 2007. The aim of this department is to cultivate students into a designer who has creative thinking and highly aware of the advantage of technology. The department of Visual communication started from craft art, applied art, commercial design until recently - graphic design. Thus, this department comprised of various course and different area of design. The coming of digital communication is not only changing the way we live but also the way we communicating. As designer, we also follow this trend. Through all senses, e.g. sounds and body gesture, to observe and comprehend the change of this society. In order to fulfill the change of technology, this department developed some courses such as: basic design, design theory, and media design. We hope those courses can improve students' abilities to learn the art of visual communication and design effective artworks to communicate people in the world.
Language of Operations:
Chinese
Other Language:
English
China Productivity Center
Promotional

Contact Info

2nd Fl., NO.79, Sec. 1, Hsin-Tai-Wu Road
Hsichih
Taipei Hsien
221
 
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
T:
0226982989

Mr. Calven H. H. Chiu
T:
886226982989

Member Profile

Established in 1955, the China Productivity Center (CPC) was organised by fifty public and private commercial and industrial businesses. CPC has combined innovative concept elements and its own ample business management force to integrate marketing modules and mechanisms with consultation to help Taiwan's creative industry to grow, connect innovative products to the market, promote marketing and to substantiate new business opportunities and profitable operations.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
CPC
Year Founded:
1955
Language of Operations:
Chinese
Graphic Design Association of Taiwan
Professional

Contact Info

No.110, Dongfang Rd
Hunei Dist.
Kaohsiung City
82941
 
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
T:
2 82628822

President

Shu-Ming Wu
T:
7-6939503

Secretary

Kai-Lin Tseng
T:
7-6939504

Member Profile

Established in 1962, the Graphic Design Association of Taiwan (GDA-Taiwan) has the longest history among the associations of its kind in Taiwan. The goal of GDA-Taiwan is to integrate graphic designers to promote creativity and technique, and ultimately to enhance the quality of the design industry. GDA-Taiwan has organised many large-scale exhibitions, contests, as well as other numerous events, and produces various publications.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
GDA-Taiwan
Year Founded:
1962
Language of Operations:
Chinese
Taiwan Amoeba Design Association
Professional

Contact Info

12F, No.100, Sec.2, Nanking E. Rd.,
Taipei
10457
 
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
T:
227132644
15

President

Mr. Han-Pin Chen
T:
866227132644
15

Chair of International Exchange Committee

Dr. Hou-Chin (Kevin) Lin
T:
886225338810

Member Profile

The Amoeba Design Association (ADA) was founded in 1971. It is known as Taiwan Amoeba Design Association (TADA) today. TADA was the first design association founded in Taiwan and was initially consisted of students in the National Taiwan Academy of Arts, now is known as the National Taiwan University of Arts. It is the second oldest design association merely next to the Graphic Design Association of the Republic of China. TADA is the first design association to have interaction with design/artists associations in South Korea and Japan. It successfully introduces the artist association from Japan and the Korea Industrial Artists Association from South Korea to the Graphic Design Association of the Republic of China to hold many associated exhibitions titled "Asian Designers' Exhibition." TADA's frequent exhibitions of arts and design influenced other fine art/design groups tremendously. These avant-garde style of the art and design exhibitions provided different perspectives in such a relatively conservative design atmosphere in Taiwan from 1970 to 1990. In 1990's, TADA hosted and participated in various design exhibitions such as the "Asia Graphic Design Exchange" in 1991 and 1994, the "KOREA and CHINA Graphic Exchange” in 1994 and 1995, the "Icograda International Poster Design Exhibition" in 1997, ...etc. All of these design exhibitions not only provided fruitful design information to general public but also fertilized the field of design in Taiwan. In 2000's, TADA has put efforts to improve its services on the following six areas: the design education, design policy, designers' promotion, design exhibition, design research, and international exchanges. With the fulfilment of the six approaches, TADA hopes make better contributions to serve both national and international design societies. The ultimate goal is to fulfil the implementation of design and everyday life. Visit the TADA Blog: http://amoeba-taiwan.blogspot.com
Abbreviation or Acronym:
TADA
Year Founded:
1971
Language of Operations:
Chinese
Taiwan Graphic Design Association
Professional

Contact Info

11F-1., No.508, Chung Hsiao E. Rd.,
Sec. 5
Taipei
LT-01124 110
 
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
T:
2 23 46 79 07

President

Mr. James Chen

Member Profile

Established in 1994, a group of Taiwanese designers became aware of the importance of the cohesion and improvement in overall quality of their works as a collective body in the domestic design industry, whereupon TGDA gathered members from the elite and experts in the domestic fields of graphic design, packaging and CI design, with the intention of promoting Taiwan to become an influential member in international design circles.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
TGDA
Year Founded:
1988
Language of Operations:
Chinese
Taiwan Poster Design Association
Professional

Contact Info

1F., No.74, Yongli Rd.,
Yonghe Dist
New Taipei City
23450
 
Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)
T:
2 8921 6333

President

Mr. Ho Chin-hwei
T:
2 8921 6333

President

Mr. Ho Chin-hwei
T:
2 8921 6333

Member Profile

Established in 1991, the Taiwan Poster Design Association (TPDA) now has close to 100 members, and aims at developing the traditional design culture, creating design value and promoting international design exchange. In the future, TPDA will move forward as a more professional and international association to co-build a better environment for graphic designers in the greater China areas and bring their talent into full play.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
TPDA
Year Founded:
1991
Language of Operations:
Chinese

Turkey

Bahcesehir University
Educational

Contact Info

Communication Design
Cıragan Cad. No:4
Besiktas
Istanbul
34353
 
Turkey
T:
212 381 0407

Head of Department

Ms. Fatos Adiloglu
T:
212 381 0407

Head of Department

Ms. Fatos Adiloglu
T:
212 381 0407

Member Profile

Bahçeşehir University Communication Design Department aims to bring digital technology, creativity, systematic thinking, theoretical and practical knowledge together and provide visual communication. Our department has educated talented and fully fledged visual communication designers to visual communication sector and artists to “digital arts” defined as a branch of art of the future. Our students has studied their courses in classrooms -furnished with high quality equipments - like design studio, multimedia laboratory, photography studio. They have found an opportunity for presenting themselves to national and international platforms by forming an extensive portfolio as a reflection of their occupational improvements during their education periods. Our graduates work in different fields of visual communication design like animation, desktop publishing, web, multimedia etc. and take charge in public and private sector as designer, operator, art director and consultant.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
BAHCU
Year Founded:
1998
Other Language:
English
Istanbul Bilgi University
Educational

Contact Info

School of Communication Design
Santral Campus E1 Building
Eski Silahtarağa Elektrik Santralı Kazım Karabekir Cad. 2/13
Eyüp
,
Istanbul
34060
 
Turkey
T:
212 311 5000

Chair

Prof. Cihangir Istek
T:
2123117757

Member Profile

Istanbul Bilgi University's School of Communication Design also includes VCD, which was established in 1997 as one of Turkey's first Visual Communication Design education programs. In the last few years, the school has focused its attention on developing communication in progressive, effective and capable ways through design studies and practices in various mediums and environments. These mediums and environments must be processed and shaped with an analytical and creative mind-set, so that they will be inspiring, interesting, understandable, informative, motivational and accessible to various viewers, users and participants. Our mission in communication design is to study communication in its broadest context through brainstorming, scriptualizing, information systems, visualizations, 3-D modelling, simulations, and project-based learning/teaching methods. We expect our students, who will shape the communication design concepts, media, typographies, graphics, visuals, interactions, space and time of the future, to participate actively in these processes with our academic staff. Highly competitive student works are presented both through year-end annual exhibits to national admirers and also find a chance to reach out to new audience by participating in international venues, as in the case of our exhibits at Outdoor Vision Festival 2012 in Santa Fe (USA) or at Ars Electronica 2005 in Linz (Austria). Driven by the ideal of design excellence, the department adopts a global understanding of design, while setting its standards, and accordingly is involved in international collaborations, projects, student and instructor exchange programmes through its membership of several international associations.
Abbreviation or Acronym:
BILGI
Year Founded:
1996
Language of Operations:
English
Other Language:
Turkish
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