• Business and Design Symposium, Brisbane 2010
    Seesaw Photography
  • Manifesto workshop Jinan China, 2010
  • Manifesto workshop Jinan China, 2010
  • Iva Babaja, General Assembly 24 Taipei


While taking into account and celebrating institutional, cultural and social differences throughout the world, ico-D serves the worldwide community by:

  • being an international non-partisan and non-governmental representative voice for design;
  • representing the interests of professional designers in a responsible manner;
  • defining and increasing awareness of professional standards and best practices governing design practice;
  • advocating for design as an effective way of advancing the best interests of humanity and the environment;
  • fostering recognition and respect of design by individuals and society at large (practitioners and clients included) as a valued and vital profession;
  • facilitating knowledge management and exchange;
  • facilitating cooperation amongst organisations of designers and allied institutions; and
  • supporting the development of design education (practice, theory and research).

The Council’s vision, mission and core values are manifested through initiatives that promote and represent design as a medium for progressive change.


  • Vision and Values

    ico-D is a non-governmental international voice for design.

    Leading Creatively

    ico-D is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network that leads creatively by facilitating dialogue between design platforms including professional, educational and promotional categories.

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

    Members of ico-D have current perspective on contemporary contexts, and an eye for collaboration across disciplines and with diverse global and local communities. As an interface between the community of professional designers and the wider public, ico-D promotes design excellence, and upholds the importance of design as a key medium for social change.

  • Defining the Profession

    Throughout the 2011-2013 term, the ico-D Executive Board and Secretariat undertook a major policy review of the Council’s core documents. One of the most significant outcomes was an update to the definition of the profession.


    Design is a constantly evolving and dynamic discipline. The professionally trained designer applies intent to create the visual, material, spatial and digital environment, cognizant of the experiential, employing interdisciplinary and hybrid approaches to the theory and practice of design. They understand the cultural, ethical, social, economic and ecological impact of their endeavors and their ultimate responsibility towards people and the planet across both commercial and non-commercial spheres. A designer respects the ethics of the design profession.

    - Ratified by the 25 Icograda General Assembly, Montreal, Canada, 18 October 2013