The sustainability of a design is a variable that is very difficult to isolate for, and therefore, equally hard to solve. This is why sustainability is often characterised as a "wicked problem", a term coined by design theorist Horst Rittel. These problems were deemed ‘wicked’ because of the complexity of addressing a system where frictions are passed along in unexpected ways, yielding 'solutions' that can turn out to be worse globally than before the problem was 'solved'.
- member event
Member Event 2021 Design Intelligence Award organised by Zhejiang Modern Intelligence and Manufacturing Promotion Center is an international academic award in industrial design established in China in 2015. It is a platform for evaluation, promotion and communication of design, an accelerator bringing innovation to the industry and the future.
- historical documents
Held in 1987 in Nairobi (Kenya), the Graphic Design for Development report documents the Icograda/Africa Regional Working Group Seminar organised by Icograda on behalf of UNESCO, a meeting which included Members representing Egypt, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Composed by Jorge Frascara, Amrik Kalsi and Peter Kneebone, the aim was information exchange and to foster the development of design and design education in the region.
- in memoriam
It is with deep sadness that we honor the passing of our dear friend and colleague Essam Abu Awad (1958-2021). In addition to serving on the ICoD Executive Board (2019-2021) Essam was an inspired designer, advocate and educator of design in the Middle East.
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