02 December 2009
08 December 2009
Seongnam, South Korea
'Design Korea' is a biennial international design business event, organised by Icograda Promotional Member Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP), that aims to provide an introduction to the latest trends and information in design business, as well as an opportunity to expand design business networks.

Launched in 2003, it hosts the World Best Design Exchange, an International Conference, the Legacy for the Future Design Award, B2B workshops and many other concurrent events.

This year's events will take place in Incheon, South Korea.


Design Korea 2009 International Conference will be held on 3-4 December 2009. On the first day of the conference, world renowned professionals will deliver speeches on the theme of "Designomics" (Design and Economics). The second day of the conference is co-organised with the Design Management Institute (DMI). Under the theme "Best of Class: Balance of Theory and Practice in Design Management," presentations will be made on studies selected from among the submitted papers.

Conference dates
3-4 December 2009

Contact person
Ms. Su-Jin Park
T: +82 31 780 2152
F: +82 31 780 2154

Good Design (GD) Selection

Product manufacturers, designers, and retailers are invited to enter their professionally designed products that have been sold for the past two years or that are to be sold in Korea or international markets.

Call for entry
Call for entry is open twice a year.

First half of the year:
Online Registration: 20 - 27 April 2009
Product Submission: 11-12 May 2009

Second half of the year:
Online Registration: 21-28 September 2009
Product Submission: 12-13 October 2009

Pre-selection committee
The committee is composed of about 50 professional designers covering seven categories of Good Design (GD) Selection. Mostly, they are designers of corporations, CEOs of design consultancies or professors of design institutes. The committee will screen the entries to ensure that they meet the requirements. Once the screening is complete, the pre-selection committee will also evaluate the finalists for the awards.

The jury members will be invited among professional designers from Korea and abroad. It will consist of approximately 13 jury members,  four or five or whom will be from the Icsid and Icograda executive boards.

  • First prize: President's Award (Certificate, Trophy, 2,000,000 KRW)
  • Second prize: Prime Minister's Award (Certificate, Trophy, 1,000,000)
  • Third prize: Ministry of Knowledge Economy (Certificate, Trophy)

Many more certificates and trophies will be awarded to a total of approximately 65 finalists.

Announcement of winners
There will be the Good Design Selection Ceremony on 16 December 2009. It will be publicised through Korea's major newspapers and through the Ministry of Knowledge Economy's channels.

Contact Person:
Ms. Yewon Jang
T: +82 31 780 2103
F: +82 31 780 2106


The exhibition will display the Good Design award-winning entries from around the world by design companies or leading corporations with in-house design teams working in the area of public design.

Design, Engine of Green Growth

Submission deadline
31 October 2009

2-8 December 2009

Contact Person:
Ms. Ara CHO
T: +82 31 780 2107
F: +82 31 780 2166

"Legacy for the Future" Design Award

Good Design award-winning products that are displayed in the World Best Design Exhibition are eligible for this award.


Korea Federation of Design Associations (KFDA)
Korea Design Firms Association (KODFA)
Federation of Korean Industries (FKI)
Korea Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI)
Korea International Trade Association (KITA)
Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business (Kbiz)


Design Korea will serve as an opportunity to encounter a new philosophy of design, to expand networks in the creative industry, and to exchange information among people from all around the world.

The objectives of the Design Korea 2009 are as follows:
  • To investigate solutions for improvement of the quality of human lives
  • To study significance of design and its role in our society as a driving force for the future
  • To observe diverse products which have received special recognitions such as good design marks from design promoting organisations in their countries
  • To activate business and commercial exchanges among participating design studios and corporations
  • To share the latest trends of design and ideas
  • To encourage and to increase recognition of young designers

For more information, please contact:

Korea Institute of Design Promotion
344-1 Yatap 1-dong, Bundang-gu
Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Republic of Korea
T: +82 31 780 2107
F: +82 31 780 2106
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