Vancouver 2019

We are pleased to announce that the 2019 ico-D Platform Meeting on 1 December 2019 in conjunction with the ico-D 28 General Assembly (30 November).

The events will be held at Emily Carr University in Vancouver (Canada).

For more information on the theme, topics and programme and registration, please see the sections below.


This Event page will be updated regularly.

  • On 01 December, join us for the 2019 Platform Meeting, under the theme “Design is Professional”.


    It’s high time we define who we are. Draw a clear line between what designers are willing to do, and what we should not do. The Industrial Age that birthed our professions has generated immense economic, social, cultural and environmental transformation. Today, we are among the professions strategically poised on the brink of a global tipping point. Designers everywhere face a responsibility for the present we have been complicit in creating, and — more importantly— for our role in creating the future humanity deserves. What does it mean to be a professional designer today? What are our collective ethics? The Montréal Design Declaration stated: Design has the potential to create a world that is economically viable, environmentally sustainable, culturally diverse and socially equitable. This lays the groundwork, but how do we apply this concretely? "Design is professional" is a gathering of design entities engaging in the work of establishing a common definition of the design profession and parameters that professional designers worldwide can stand by.

    TOPICS we will discuss:

    — What is design? Defining what the design professions are
    — Setting a code of ethics and design standards
    — Quadruple bottom line: economic, environmental, cultural and social
    — Collaboration within the design community and the role of ico-D

    The Programme will include multiple opportunities for design organisations to network, discuss the issues that matter to the profession and lay the groundwork for an International Council of Design International Code of Conduct/ Code of Ethics for Designers. 




  • The Platform Meeting will be a day of workshops, discussions and opportunities for Member participation. In a departure from the regular Platform format, we will create touch points and provoke cross-pollination through multiple participatory activities. 

    Members of ico-D are invited to participate in all the components of the event

    Download the general programme here


  • Delegates representing ico-D Member organisations can now register for the 28GA and Platform via the online registration form. This form will also allow you to request Visa letters of invitation for your delegation. In order to register, you will need:


    — the name and contact email of all the individuals in your delegation

    — passport information of all those requiring invitation letters for visas


    Non-Member Entities and ico-D Community

    ico-D Platform Meetings are ico-D Member activities. Entities that are not Members of the Council, who are interested in attending the 2019 Platform Meeting as Observers may submit a request an invitation from the ico-D President.

    Submit an application via the Community registration system here. Space permitting, a confirmation email will be sent to you when your request has been received.


    "Practivism" GDC Event
    ico-D Members and Community are invited to participate in "Practivism" an activity presented by ico-D Member Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC). Registration to this event may carry a fee and will be via a separate on-line platform. See back here for more information as we have it! 

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


    Details on accommodation and updates on programming will be announced on this page soon



    Travel documents

    Please note that there are new Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) requirements to travel to Canada. You must apply in advance of entry for this document.

    What is an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)? An eTA is a new entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada. The authorization is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

    Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization?
    Citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an eTA before flying to Canada. Travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land or sea. Most people need a visa or an eTA to travel to Canada. Some people may only need their valid passport.  Find out if you need an eTA:


    Take note:

    U.S. permanent residents need an eTA to fly to Canada (as well as their U.S. Green Card). They do not need an eTA if entering Canada by land or sea.

    Canadian permanent residents do not need an eTA to fly to Canada, but they do need to travel with their Canadian permanent resident (PR) card or PR travel document. Otherwise, they may not be able to board their flight to Canada.

    How do I apply for an eTA for travel to Canada?
    Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. You need your passport, a credit or debit card and an email address. It costs CAD $7 to get an eTA. It is valid for up to five years. Apply for an eTA. 

    Note that the process can take up to 2 weeks, please ensure this is done on time.


    Visa Applications

    We encourage all those who will be applying for a Visa to do so as soon as possible, to avoid delays or complications.

    Members of ico-D will be able to request an official invitation letter to attend the ico-D 28 General Assembly and Platform Meeting via the Registration form.

    Note that each person attending the ico-D 28GA and Platform Meeting is personally responsible for obtaining a visa.