Call for Proposals for Member Forum

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.