The Professional Platform format enables the development of tangible benefits for Members, among them the annual Platform Meetings, round-table forums to which all Members are invited. Platform Meetings assist in defining and redefining ico-D policies and development.

Attendance at annual Platform Meetings is free of charge for ico-D Members. Participation in the event by non-Members is possible for a fee, space permitting.

The inaugural Professional Platform Meeting took place 25-26 October 2014 in New York hosted by AIGA and Parsons The New School for Design.

  • Work Groups

    Work Groups of ico-D Members are now active, formed on the basis of topics of interest and relevance at the Professional Platform Meeting. See the topics below:

    Professional Work Groups:

    • Communicating the Value of Design
    • National Design Policy
    • Certification and Professional Development

    For further information, contact

  • Process

    A focused Member Survey ascertained expectations, potential benefits, challenges and other issues of relevance. The results of this survey were used to determine the themes, scope and schedule for the Professional Platform Meeting.
    Download 2014 Professional Member Survey Report
  • Agenda

    The Agenda was formulated on the basis of the survey results, which identified critical issues of global relevance.
    Three areas of interest were identified:
    • Community – Empowering Designers and Design Organisations (Relevance of Design, Relevance of Professional Organisations, Membership Growth, Value of Design, Engagement with Governments, National Policies, Design for Society
    • Engagement – Communicating The Value of Design (Collaboration and networking, ico-D benefits and initiatives, accreditation, sustainability, spec work, best practices)
    • Unity – Uniting Efforts for Bettering The Profession (Definition of next steps, ico-D benefits, establishing Agenda)

    Download the 2014 Professional Platform Meeting Agenda

  • Meeting

    See who attended!

    AIGA (United States)

    • Katie Baker | Director Chapter Development

    Association of Designers of Russia (Russia)

    • Yuri Nazarov | President
    • Natalia Kazakova | Manager
    • Tatiana Vasileva | Head of Creative Department

    Association of Registered Graphic Designers (Canada)

    • Lionel Gadoury | Past-President
    • Hilary Ashworth | Executive Director

    Design Institute of Australia (Australia)

    • James Harper | National President

    Designers Institute of New Zealand (New Zealand)

    • Cathy Veninga | CEO

    Turkish Society of Graphic Designers (Turkey)

    • Umut Suduak | President

    Grafia (Finland)

    • Eili-Kaija Kuusniemi

    Grafill (Norway)

    • Dag Solhaug Laska | Deputy of the Board

    Graphic Artists Guild (United States)

    • Patricia McKiernan | Executive Director
    • Rebecca Blake | Board Member At Large

    Graphic Designers of Canada (Canada)

    • Adrian Jean | President

    Hongik University (South Korea)

    • Don Ryun Chang | Professor

    Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey)

    • Cihangir Istek | Head of Visual Communication Department

    Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (Japan)

    • Katsuhiko Shibuya | International Committee Chair
    • Takahisa Kamijyo | Board Member
    • Yuji Tokuda | International Committee
    • Chika Kudo | Manager

    Svenska Tecknare (Sweden)

    • Tyra von Zweigbergk | Vice-President of the Board
    • Åsa Anesäter | Legal Adviser

    The One Club for Art and Copy (United States)

    • Kevin Swanepoel | President

    Parsons the New School for Design (United States)

    • Lucille Tenazas | Associate Dean School of Art, Media and Technology