General schedule and programme

The Montréal programme and schedule was designed to permit overlap between Professional/ Promotional and Educational Members.

Members are invited to participate in all the components of the two-day event 13-14 October 2017 and to submit a proposal for the Member forum. (See section below for details) 



Platform schedule:





Download the Montréal Platform Meeting schedule here.


About the programme:


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 Canadian Members will address this issue in order to open up the issue in its global context.

Discussion Forums
Montréal Platform Meetings: The discussion forums 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!

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. Past President Russell Kennedy will discuss the Charter and its future goals.

Blueprints for Designers’ 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. Vice President Cihangir Istek will present on the concepts and outcomes of the Competences, Credentials, Actions Lifelong Learning Workshop held recently at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennale.

Regional Reporting on LATAM and ASEAN
Referring to past and future Regional Meetings, Member organisations from these two regions will have an opportunity to discuss regional issues.

Beijing 2018
In 2018, ico-D’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Board Meeting and Platform Meetings will be held in Beijing hosted by ico-D Member Central Academy of Fine Arts China (CAFA) . ico-D Member Bejing Design Week will also be presenting on activities of BJDK which will occur during the same time period.

National Design Policy
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?

Participants from different countries attending the national design policy topic will be encouraged to present on their own countries’ attempts at developing a policy or promoting design and/or the special challenges they face, to review of the many forms national design policies have taken—from fully developed strategic plans, to ongoing programs executed by design centers, to precursor strategies, such as design awards programmes, exhibitions, and manifestos. Looking to the future, we’ll engage in a brainstorming session on what stance we would like ico-D to take on encouraging governments to engage the design sector in developing effective solutions to global issues.

Read more about the National Design Policy Work Group.

Member Forum
During this portion of the Platform, Member organisations can choose to present topics outside of the above issues. If you would like to participate in the Member Forum, send us your proposals for presentations (details in next section).