beijing 2018

The 2018 ico-D Platform Meeting (PM) will be a three-day event taking place in Beijing (China) on 18–20 September 2018 and hosted by ico-D Member Central Academy of Fine Arts of China (CAFA) at the CAFA Campus.

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on the afternoon of the second day of the Platform. For more details please visit the AGM2018 Event page.

The theme of the 2018 Platform Meeting is "Design is Changing" an acknowledgement that our world is moving quickly and that our profession has a role to play in this change.

ico-D Members are encouraged to participate actively in the Platform Meeting by submitting presentations to the Member Forum portion of the schedule. Submission details are below.

For more on the Theme, Schedule and Logistics of this event, please see relevant section below.

  • The future of design is becoming ever more difficult to predict. The world surprises us every day with dramatic changes and vast possibilities. What if Design—perceptive in its understanding of the past, and prescient in its talent at re-imagining a better future, is in a unique position to offer a clear path through this shift?

    Globalisation touches all of us and we are continually adapting. Professionals in all sectors feel the impact of fast-growing economies, an upheaval in manufacturing and trading patterns, a call for openness to a world enhanced by a diversity of cultures and to modes of communication and travel that have shrunk time and space down to the touch of a device. In this cultural, technological and communication revolution, distant continents have become tangible neighbours. Advances in telecommunications provide a new form of dialogue between people and cultures, and technological advances like hyperloops and even space travel tourism inspires awe. What will the role of the Designer be as we rethink the very forms of living? How can designers responsibly play a role in the rebuilding of culture and sustainable processes?

    These geo-political shifts have upped the stakes on what the choices and actions of designers will be. We feel excitement and also uncertainty as the free movement of people, goods and services forces a paradigm shift in how designing happens. We may feel some anxiety—over the control over the movement of people, and trade conflicts that make it more urgent to upturn the triangular relationship between producer, designer and end-user. Can we afford to let the market determine consumption while ignoring the cost of mounting waste, plastics in our oceans and the social costs associated with increasing inequality? Can designers reposition themselves as ambassadors for the end-users, advocating for the greater good in ways that are innovative, democratic, inclusive and sustainable? We know designers have the power to make new choices in their practices—to create a new balance focused on improving the economic, social and environmental relationships between people and corporations.  In small and big ways, this is happening already. How fruitful to shed light on design innovation in lesser-known regions, and the on the ways people are bridging between fields and expertise through new kinds of communication. Designers never work alone. The designer’s role to listen and collaborate on global issues is a new reality as designing becomes increasingly multi- inter- and cross- disciplinary

    Design is changing. Help us understand what you see happening in your regions and how it affects your organisations future-readiness.
The Beijing schedule was designed to permit overlap between Professional, Promotional and Educational Members.

 Members are invited to participate in all the components of the three-day event 18–20 September 2018 and to submit proposals to present topics during the Member Forum (See section below for details) 


    Download the latest Beijing Platform Meeting schedule here. Stay tuned for the release of the final 2018 Platform Meeting schedule.  




    About the Platform Meeting Sessions

In the face of technological advancements of past decades, there is a need for clear delineation between professional designers and amateurs. Establishing standards for design professionals, educators, and leaders through certification programmes, is one way of creating rigorous, standardised criteria. The question is: how do we go about this so that competency and skills are assessed fairly on national and international levels? Presentations on accreditation by ico-D Members will address this issue in order to open up the issue in its global context.

    Discussion Forums:
 The Discussion Forums are breakout sessions that will provide an opportunity for Members to connect with colleagues from around the world to talk freely about common challenges and to pool their collective resources. It’s a chance for Members to help each other and strengthen their own organisations through international collaboration!

    Lifelong Learning: 
Lifelong Learning has ongoing relevance in a person’s life trajectory — it is the ‘glue’ that holds our complex identity of competences, credentials, and actions together and ensures a future of meaningful work. 


Regional Meeting (RM) Reporting: over the year, ico-D has meetings with Members in their regions. The discussions and outcomes are reported and Regional Meeting plans for 2019 announced.

    National Design Policy (workshop): National design policies are an effective tool countries can use to develop a cohesive strategy. But what constitutes a design policy, and how can design associations advocate for a national design policy?

    The NDP Workgroup is preparing a three-hour workshop on National Design Policy including introductory presentations by the workgroup participants, a round-robin style brainstorming session and a structured conclusion. 


Member Forum: This is the Member-driven part of the Platform Meeting. We ask you to participate actively in the Platform by presenting content from your region. Share with us your challenges, your successes and your stories. ico-D is an important network of organisations and this is the venue in which to exchange know-how and open doors to collaboration. Send us your proposals for presentations (details in next section).

: The ico-D Annual General Meeting will address governance issues such as the consideration of the income and expenditure account and the balance sheet, the reports of the Council and of the Auditors, and the appointment and the fixing of the remuneration of the Auditors.


Indigenous Design: The International Indigenous Design Charter is a best practice protocols document to assist designers when working on projects involving indigenous representation. It is intended that the Charter be used to help facilitate accurate and respectful representation of indigenous culture in design and associated media. 

    Montréal Design Declaration: ico-D Past President David Grossman will report on developments since the adoption of the Montreal Design Declaration in Montreal in October 2017 and plans for the future Summit Meetings.

    Start Young: Developed for World Design Day 2017, the Start Young Workshop is a half-day workshop for children between the ages of 10 and 11. The workshop has been given from Seoul to Cape Town, Argentina, Italy and Canada. It is a comprehensive pack with presentation scripts, briefings for educators and detailed explanations on how to prepare and give the workshop and is available for ico-D Members who would like to give it in their regions.

  • This event page will be updated regularly with new information.



    ico-D Members can register for the Beijing 2018 Platform Meeting and the AGM2018 via the online Registration site. Registrations will close on 17 August 2018.

    The AGM is a Members-only Meeting, however Members of the ico-D Community and Friends of ico-D or IDMN Members may attend the Platform Meeting but need an invitation from the ico-D President to attend.

    You may submit a request for invitation here. Requests will be processed based on space availability. An email confirmation will be sent to you. 

    For Members who cannot attend the 2018AGM, we urge you to assign a proxy through the Proxy Registration site to ensure your voice is heard. 



    Limited-time special offers for participant accommodation have been secured at the Holiday Inn Express Beijing Wangjing.

    This hotel is the recommended choice after carefully considering several factors, in order to offer: security, moderate price, proximity to venue, convenient location, etc.


    Limited-time special offers for participant accommodation have been secured, these hotels were selected after carefully considering several factors, in order to offer: security, moderate price, proximity to venue, convenient location, etc.


    Holiday Inn Express Beijing Wangjing
    No.6 Building, No.6 Yard, Fu Tong East Street, 
    Wanjing Chaoyang District, 
    Beijing, BJ 100102

    The Room Rate is 550 RMB (for a double or single room, the rate is the same). This includes breakfast and wifi.

    Holiday Inn Beijing Focus Square (Board Hotel)
    3rd Building Number 6 Futong D,
    Beijing, China, 100102

    The Room Rate is 880 RMB (for a double or single room, the rate is the same). This includes breakfast and wifi.

    If you do choose to book with one of these hotels, the Event's Host, Central Academy of Fine Arts of China, has kindly offered their services in making the arrangements. You make request a reservation via the online accommodation online form by 14 August 2018.

    Please note that in order to make a request you must provide:

    — date of check-in/ check-out

    — type of room (double or twin)

    — the name of the person booking

    if you need it to appear in the reservation the name of the second person in the booking

    — your credit card information



    We encourage all attendees to book as soon as possible as reservations are made on a first-come first-served basis.



    Many participants will need a Visa to travel to China. If you require an Invitation Letter to apply for a Visa, you must request it via the on-line Member Registration site (for ico-D Members) or via the Community Registration site (for Observers). You will be asked to supply:

    — full name (as it appears in your passport)
    — gender
    — birth date
    — country and number of passport
    — date of issue of passport
    — expiration date of passport
    — dates of travel
    — name of your organisation
    — your title within the organisation


    Please note that the Letter of Invitation must be issued by the Chinese host to be valid. We cannot process letter requests without all this information.

  • Do you have content you would like to share with your fellow Members? Members of ico-D are invited to submit your proposals for the Member forum presentations via the online registration system below. We want to hear from you! 

    Please keep in mind that Platform Meetings are not for presenting academic content. 

 The ico-D Platforms are a unique opportunity for organisations (Professional Associations, Educational Institutions and Promotional Bodies) to share challenges and successes.


    Professional Members we would like to hear from you about how you address the challenges of giving members value, supporting your local design community, obtaining support from your government and business communities.

    Educational Members, we would like to hear about how you keep current with training designers in a changing industry, how you prepare designers for practice, how you attract the best students and keep them motivated and what direction research is taking.

    Promotional Members we would like to hear about the programmes you have in place to promote design in your regions, about how you collaborate with the regional design stakeholders to promote design value, get design policy passed and educate the business community and governments about the power of design.

    Member Forum presentations may fall into any of the following three categories:


01 Reports on special projects: 

    Projects undertaken by Member organisations that are of interest to the general membership.

    This could be anything from innovative initiatives to support designers in your region to new models for funding your activities, success stories in dealing with government or private partners or any other new projects your organisation has undertaken that could provide a basis for your fellow organisations to develop programmes of their own.

    02 Reports on topics of special interest 

    Communicating the Value of Design: How do you communicate the value of design in your region? How is design defined, explained, measured and communicated to ensure a place at the table? Bear in mind, we are not asking for presentations on the value of design — your audience are fellow design professionals, they are convinced already! We are looking for your answers to the question of how this can be communicated more effectively.

    Curriculum Development: It is a constant challenge for Educational institutions to keep up with the rapidly evolving needs of industry and market. Designers are more and more solicited to not only move from old technologies to new and maintain a standard of professional practice but also to advocate for the end-user. How to form well-rounded design professionals who are able to create good designs and also fight for fair practice, sustainable solutions, better outcomes? We would like to hear about how your Educational Institution develops Curricula to answer the needs of tomorrow's design community.

    Design Research: How to find suitable resources and partners to develop cross-national research projects? Where to publish and disseminate? How to access? How to develop rigorous common international standards for design research? We're interested in hearing your experiences, ideas and case studies. Bear in mind, we are not looking for presentations of your research work, there are plenty of academic conferences for that. Take advantage of an audience of your fellow Deans and Heads of Design Schools to discuss faculty-level issues.

    Anti-Spec Work efforts: the Council has taken a clear stance against speculative practices. Many ico-D Members have existing policies and best-practice documents and have themselves advocated against these practices in their regions. Do you have any success stories to share? Do you have any new documentation or case studies? An interesting example from your region that is not so clear black and white? A solution? We would love to hear your experiences.

    Professional Practice Issues: Our industry is evolving at a dizzying pace. With each new leap forward, so many new questions arise. What is the responsibility of the designer to society at large? When is it fair — and indeed laudable— to donate your expertise? How do you think of yourself as a professional and communicate this to clients and other stakeholders? As a professional designer, how do you compete with fellow designers for work without undermining your professional integrity? How do we connect with millennials, both as young designers and potential clients and consumers? Professional Associations have a responsibility to lead these discussions within their communities and support their members. This is a forum to discuss your challenges as organisations in supporting professional practice.

    Lifelong Learning: we might be tempted to think of design education only in terms of post-secondary education but learning need not be restricted to these years. From teaching children about design and design methodology to the continual updating of skills the professional must undergo to remain current, learning is a lifelong endeavour. We would like to hear your programmes for design education throughout the lifecycle.

    National Design Policy: As a means of increasing global competitiveness and addressing sustainability challenges (both environmental and social), nations are increasingly turning to the design sector for solutions. Conversely, designers look to governments to support their industry, and promote design locally, within the business and industrial sectors, and internationally. National Design Policies (NDPs) are an effective tool countries can use to develop a cohesive strategy. We want to hear about the efforts to develop NDP in your region, from fully developed strategic plans, to ongoing programmes executed by design centers, to precursor strategies, such as design awards programmes, exhibitions, and manifestos.

    Measuring Design

: One of the most effective ways of communicating the value of design to outside stakeholders is through metrics. Are there statistics available in your region? How can we work together to collect global figures?

    03 Challenges facing Members:
    This could be in the form of a case study or simple presentation of a problem with discussion.


    Submit your proposal by 22 July 2018 

via the online submission site.