Endorsement Programme

  • 2014 Design Thinkers
  • 2013 A' Design Award & Competition
  • Objectives

    Each year, ico-D endorses a select group of international activities that advance our objective to promote the value of design. Endorsed events demonstrate that they enhance the standards of design, ethics and professional practice. For design awards, exhibitions and conferences, an ico-D endorsement is recognition that it has been organised to meet international best practice guidelines as outlined (below) under ico-D’s policies and best practices – including jury composition, evaluation criteria and intellectual property protection.
  • Benefits of Endorsement

    Endorsed events receive international promotion via ico-D’s communication channels, as well as the rights to use the 'endorsed by ico-D' mark for the applicable period of activity.

    Promotional support

    • Use of ico-D’s brandmark in publication and promotion
    • Promotion via social media channels (reach over 23 000 followers) 
    • Inclusion in ico-D newsletter
    • Dedicated event page in ico-D’s online Calendar of Events
    • Option to award an ico-D Excellence Award

    Organisational support

    • Recommendation of qualified jurors on request
    • Recommendation of lecturers and speakers on request
  • Types of Endorsement

    Endorsements may be granted to design award competitions, exhibitions and conferences. In applying for an ico-D endorsement, the organiser agrees to follow ico-D's policies and best practices.
    1. Design award competitions
      Design award competitions differ from competitions for contract work.
Award competitions are aimed at evaluating and recognising existing work. The purpose is to illustrate and define current benchmarks, and to highlight leading social, cultural and economic trends.
       
    2. Exhibitions
      Professional design exhibitions differ from award competitions. Award competitions aim to evaluate and recognise existing work through assignment of awards and prizes, whereas design exhibitions may or may not include award schemes.
       
    3. Conferences
      A conference can be a local, regional or international cultural and business event, offering professional development and networking opportunities for designers, entrepreneurs, faculty, researchers, design students, journalists, as well as anyone interested in the impact of design on our society, economy and culture.
  • Past Endorsed Events

    Browse through this list for a history of events recently endorsed by ico-D.

    2016

    DesignThinkers Conference
    Association of Registered Graphic Designers (Canada)

    European Design Awards
    +design (Austria)

    Festival del Cartel 2016
    Comite Prografica Cubana (Cuba)

    Information + :Interdisciplinary practices in information design & visualization
    Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Canada)

    Joseph Binder Award
    designaustria (Austria)

    Taipei International Design Award
    China Productivity Center (China)

    Taiwan International Student Design Competition
    Asia University (Taiwan)

    The Exhibition of Croatian Design 1516
    The Croatian Designers Association (Croatia)

    The One Show
    The One Club for Art & Copy (United States)

     

    2015

    26th International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont
    Chaumont Design Graphique (France)

    A’ Design Award & Competition
    OMC Design Studio (Italy)

    Australasian Graduate of the Year Awards
    Design Institute of Australia (Australia)

    DesignThinkers Conference
    Association of Registered Graphic Designers (Canada)

    Graphics RCA: Fifty Years and Beyond
    Royal College of Art (England)

    Hiiibrand Awards
    New Graphic Magazine (China)

    Hiii Typography
    Hiiibrand (China)

    Taipei International Design Award
    China Productivity Center (China)

    Taiwan International Graphic Design Award
    China Productivity Center (China)

    Taiwan International Student Design Competition
    Asia University (Taiwan)

    The One Show
    The One Club for Art & Copy (USA)

    Trnava Poster Triennial
    The Slovak Design Centre (Slovakia)

     

    2014

    25th International Poster and Graphic Design Festival of Chaumont
    Chaumont Design Graphique (France)

    Asia Designers' Invitational Exhibition
    Korea Ensemble of Contemporary Design (South Korea)

    Croatian Design Exhibition 1314
    Croatian Designers Association (Croatia)

    Design Korea
    Korea Institute of Design Promotion (South Korea)

    Design with the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design
    Greenside Design Centre (South Africa)

    DesignThinkers
    Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) (Canada)

    European Design Awards: call for submissions
     +design (Germany)

    Exhibition and Seminar held by Aydin Aghdashloo
    Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) (Cyprus)

    Graphics RCA: Fifty Years and Beyond
    The Royal College of Art (England)

    I am a Kanji
    Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (Lebanon)

    Joseph Binder Award
    Design Austria (Austria)

    SEGD Global Design Awards Program
    The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) (United States)

    Taipei International Design Award
    China Productivity Center (China)

    Taiwan International Student Design Competition
    National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan [Chinese Taipei])

    Young Package 2014: Call for Submissions
    Slovak Design Centre (Slovakia)

     

  • Evaluation Criteria

    Endorsement applications are evaluated against ico-D's Best Practices.

    Organisers are advised to review the relevant Best Practice documents in advance of applying for endorsement.

    Completed applications are reviewed by the Secretariat for compliance with ico-D's international Best Practices and then referred to the ico-D Executive Board for approval.

  • Applications and Deadlines

    Please read the following guidelines for Applications and Deadlines.
    1. A completed application form must be submitted for each endorsement request. Recurring events must submit an application form each time.
       
    2. Applications must be submitted minimum 4 weeks in advance of the event.   We encourage applicants to submit well in advance of their event, in order to benefit more fully from promotional support.
       
  • Fees

    Read fee guidelines here.
    1.  Each endorsement is CAD $1350.00.
       
    2. The endorsement fee must be paid in full prior to promotional benefits being implemented by ico-D.
       
    3.  ico-D Member organisations and participants in the International Design Media Network (IDMN) receive one free ico-D endorsement per year.
  • Ineligible Competitions

    ico-D does not endorse or support competitions that are speculative in nature
    1.  ico-D does not endorse competitions for design services that are speculative in nature, often called "free pitching."
       
    2.  ‘Speculative practices’ are defined as: design work (including documented consultation), created by professional designers and organisations, provided for free or at nominal fee, often in competition with peers and often as a means to solicit new business.

    In harmony with ico-D’s Model code of professional conduct for designers, ico-D recommends that all professional designers avoid engaging in such practices. 

    If you suspect that an Award competition is engaging in speculative practice, please contact:

    ico-D Secretariat