about special meetings

In 2017, ico-D hosted a pilot version of what was called the Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Museums and Design Cities. The event brought 15 organisations together to share successful programmes, experiences, and best practices. Following this successful first run, the meetings have been institutionalised under the name “ico-D Special Meeting” and expanded to include all design events (Festivals, Design Weeks, Biennales and more). The Special Meeting is a platform for entities promoting and supporting design in their regions to come together to determine how the international design community can better collaborate to achieve mutual goals and tackle shared challenges.


The global design landscape is varied and vibrant, composed of organisations across a spectrum of formats, each with particular objectives and audiences. Many of these objectives are shared, and many programmes complement each other, while each entity has unique qualities and capacities. The in-person meetings are an opportunity for complimentary entities to network, gather examples of best practice, discuss industry trends and explore avenues for bilateral collaboration.


The Special Meeting fosters collaboration and exchange between the international community of professional designers—the ico-D Membership—and these various promotion and valorisation entities to address overlapping challenges and objectives. Through such collaboration, content and messaging relating to the Value of Design, National Design Policies, the impact of Globalisation on Design and Designers and other relevant topics, can reach new audiences. Through networking and cooperation, participants are able to more efficiently utilise resources.


ico-D believes in the importance of strengthening the international design community by supporting inter-entity knowledge transfer and collaboration.