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  • new mailing address

    Be advised that the ico-D Secretariat now has a new mailing address, please update your address books.

  • iridescent

    In this final issue entitled Geographics: Design, Education and the Transnational Terrain (2014) Ariyuki Kondo explores the impact of transnationality and the historiography of design; Raul Cabra’s article is about creating a transnational collaborative space fuelled by the notion of play; Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl discusses cross-cultural communication and the implications of teaching Chinese design students in their own country; and Nicholas Zimmerman asks: “How do symbols of international culture define, disrupt, or invert the logic of how kitsch becomes stylized?”
  • explorations in design ethics

    How can designers design for equality? In what ways can designing be more thoughtful, to address systemic injustice in responsible ways?

    We believe that designers have a professional obligation to address inequity in their work; that their work should not create inequality and in fact should — even if it is in some small way— reduce the impacts of existing systemic inequalities on their users.
  • message to designers

    Sustainability is an important issue that designers will be called on to contribute to. As evidenced by the current pandemic, the increasing impact of humans on the planet's ecosystems will progressively make 'business as usual' impossible. As designers, we have first to admit that we have long been part of the problem. We have a non-negligible role in the consumption habits that drive resource depletion, manufacturing pollution and the mountains of waste being created every day. This is our reflection on how design can help.

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Our vision, mission and core values are manifested through initiatives carried out in collaboration with our Members, who makeup an expert, multidisciplinary network of organizations, designers and stakeholders.

Design is everywhere

ico-D has members in over 65 countries, from Australia through Zimbabwe
Our Members create a unified voice for the global design community and drive high level dialogue about Design's leading role in society, culture and the economy.