about ico-D platforms

'Platform Meetings’ (otherwise know as PMs or Platforms) were created by Icograda at the 25 General Assembly in 2013 as a way to give Members a format through which they could connect with each other. Platforms gather Members annually face-to-face to explore common challenges and action for change.

The goal of Platforms is to address transversal issues among regions and categories. Professional Member associations face very similar challenges to do with the recognition of the profession, "professionalising" their members, establishing standards for practice, giving their members value and more. Educational Member institutions also face similar challenges: remaining current, preparing their students for industry, funding and sharing research, opportunities for exchange and benchmarking with other institutions. Promotional Member bodies often deal with policy issues (national or regional design policies), protecting intellectual property rights or positioning the sector to local government. This is an opportunity to discuss the most relevant design issues that connect our Educational, Professional and Promotional Members.


— National Design Policy
— Communicating the Value of Design
— Accreditation/Certification
— Curriculum Development
— Design Research


Participants at Platform Meetings are ico-D Member representatives, activators and innovators including: deans and heads of departments of universities, managers and board members from professional design associations, managers of design councils, centers and other promotional bodies who come together in-person to express concerns and share knowledge, resources and solutions.

ico-D’s next Platform Meeting will be held in Beijing (China) on 18–20 September 2018.