About Us

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the profession of industrial design and its ability to generate better products, systems, services, and experiences; better business and industry; and ultimately a better environment and society.

From 12 founding professional design associations in 1957, Icsid has grown to include over 140 member organizations from 40 nations, engaging them in collaborative efforts and providing them with the opportunity to be heard internationally.

Icsid members approved a motion at the last general assembly in October 2015 to renew the vision and mission and to change the name of the organization to World Design Organization (WDO). A new visual identity will be unveiled on 29 June for World Industrial Design Day 2016, and the new name will take effect on 1 January 2017 as we launch our 60th anniversary celebrations.

Icsid has United Nations Special Consultative Status.