The primary aim of the association is to advance the discipline of industrial design at an international level. To do this, Icsid undertakes a number of initiatives of global appeal to support the effectiveness of industrial design in an attempt to address the needs and aspirations of people around the world, to improve the quality of life, as well as help to improve the economy of nations throughout the world.


Icsid strives to create a world where design enhances our social, cultural, economic and environmental quality of life.


To facilitate collaboration between the membership pillars of Icsid

Although there are many international organisations that represent one aspect of industrial design, Icsid is the only one that includes member organisations from the professional, promotional, educational and corporate spheres. As a result, Icsid is uniquely positioned to foster communication and connectivity across the spectrum of the profession. Icsid includes all membership pillars in its events, activities and publications and promotes ways that they can collaborate with one another.

To support and protect the professional practice of industrial design at regional and international levels

Icsid was founded to further and protect the professional practice of industrial design internationally, and this founding principle remains central to our identity today. Icsid is an advocate on behalf of professional designers in such areas as: design standards, the appreciation of professional achievement, fair practices, sustainable development and support of intellectual property rights, from advanced technology to traditional knowledge and crafts.

To contribute to the advancement of the study of design in theory, research and practice at all levels of education

Icsid is committed to promoting the highest quality of design education and professional preparation through establishing opportunities to study industrial design in all parts of the world, sharing best practices, recognising student achievement, connecting educators to the profession and developing an international education network.

To collaborate with stakeholders in design and other international organisations to foster a global understanding of design

As the international voice for industrial design, Icsid has the opportunity and responsibility to promote the value and benefit of design around the world. We work with local and national governments, international media, corporations, and non-governmental organisations to foster a global understanding of design and its power to enhance quality of life.
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