graz 2019

  • The International Council of Design is pleased to announce that the third edition of the ico-D Special Meeting will be held on 10-11 May 2019 in Graz (Austria). The location of the meeting along with more details will be released soon, stay tuned.

    The 2019 ico-D Special Meeting is supported by Beijing Design Week (BJDW) will be hosted by Creative Industries Styria GmbH. The event will be held to coincide with the activities of Design Month Graz from 10 May to 9 June 2019.

    For meeting Topics, see expander below.

    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.

    The Special Meeting is by-invitation and targets entities promoting and supporting design in their regions including Design events (Design Weeks and Biennales), Design museums and Design cities. Participants will be invited to bring forward know-how from their regions; best practice examples that can be shared and replicated. 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. The Special Meeting is a network of organisations who can pool resources to share and create content, discuss important trends and leverage their networks to increase international cooperation.

    Previous Special Meetings were held in Montréal in 2017 and Beijing in 2018.

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

    For more information on previous events:

    Special Meeting Report 2017 Montréal
    Special Meeting Report 2018 Beijing


    Due to limited space, an official invitation from the ico-D President is required to attend the Special Meeting.

    To request an invitation, please contact ico-D Special Meeting Coordinator Tara Farsky at 

    For more details about the Design Month Graz programming visit
  • What can take root when local design initiatives put their heads together? The ico-D Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Cities and Museums works with all the informal ways that people talk to each other about the future of design, to create a formal setting where these groups can meet, share resources and work on joint projects. Meetings in Montréal (2017) and Beijing (2018) stimulated discussion around things like: How do we bridge the gap between design and industry? How do local initiatives gain foothold with their governments? How do you put a smaller city on the global design map?

    This year in Graz, on 10-11 May 2019, Special Meeting representatives will discuss the following topics:

    01 Being Heard
    Connecting the design community to business, government, the public, and others.

    02 Women in Design
    Issues, implications, challenges and opportunities. How can experiences be shared and efforts aligned to generate impactful projects of mutual benefit?

    03 Fundamental Questions
    In the day-to-day of running a design organisation, it is easy to get lost in the practicalities: Increasing social media reach. Getting people in the door. Putting together a flawless event. But these are not the reason we exist. The impact we collectively want to make, the social shifts we want to spark — these are deeper discussions. What is our deeper Design Agenda? How can we collaborate to implement fundamental change?