Above: 2008 events from Shanghai, Helsinki, Japan and Iran.
29 June 2009


In celebration of World Industrial Design Day on 29 June, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) invites designers from around the globe to initiate events reflecting this year's theme 'Industrial Design: the product of human creativity'.

This international day of observance is celebrated in order to raise awareness about the benefits of industrial design in improving our quality of life.

2009 events around the world

Some of this year's events include:


Objectified is a feature-length film documenting the creative processes of some of the world's most influential product designers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. Join director Gary Hustwit for special screenings and post-film Q&A's in Montreal. [read more] / [Objectified website]


In Santiago, Icsid President Carlos Hinrichsen will host a three day workshop and regional exchange. The event will provide an interactive discussion reflecting on the challenges that define industrial design competitiveness in our current and future context. The event will span four main themes: sustainability, social responsibility, innovation and institutionality. [read more]


Colectivo Pastodiseña, a collective of designers and design students from Pasto, will host a small exhibition. "ReUSE: muestra de productos diseñados con materiales reutilizados" (products designed with re-used materials) will be open from 30 June - 8 July. [read more]

The Finnish Association of Designers ORNAMO are organising a metro ride and 'Pekka-Kucha' in Helsinki. The original design for Helsinki metro was developed by Antti Nurmesniemi and Börje Rajalin in the 1970's. [read more]

On 29 June 2009, the winners of the red dot award: product design 2009 will be honoured at a festive ceremony in the Essen Aalto Theater by eminent representatives from design, business, and politics. The red dot design museum will show the award-winning products in a special exhibition that will run from 30 June to 26 July 2009. The award-winning products will then be on show for at least a year in the red dot design museum on the UNESCO World Heritage site Zollverein. [read more]

Hamed kohan, a Master of Science studying Industrial Design at Polytechnic University in Tehran, has created a page on Facebook for participants of World Industrial Design Day. [read more]

Kazuo Tanaka, Icsid Executive Board Member and President of GK Design Group, is organising a symposium in Tokyo entitled "Think Internationally of Design of Japan." The event has been organised in collaboration with the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization (JIDPO) and the Japan Industrial Designers' Association (JIDA). Download the event outline and speakers list (in Japanese only).

Associacio de Disseny Industrial will host a conference "The making of...Environmental aspects in contract furniture" at the Palo Alto Foundation in Barcelona on 29 June 2009. Participants will receive a guided tour of the Design for Recycling Award exhibition prior to the conference. Guest speakers include Laura Fabregó, Oscar López, Mario Ruiz and Pau Borràs Pons. [read more]

United Kingdom/International

On 29 June (10am GMT), Industrial Design Consultancy (IDC) will host a webcast to consider the broader aspects of industrial design and the value it brings to business. [read more]

United States

Auburn University / Industrial Design will be hosting a cookout on the Wallace Center Lawn from 11:30am till 1:00pm in support of this celebration. Please feel free to join us for lunch, to meet our students / faculty and tour our Wallace Center facility, Auburn, Alabama. For more information, please contact Professor Clark E. Lundell, AIA, IDSA at .


First declared in 2007 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Icsid, World Industrial Design Day received considerable attention following a successful series of international events held during the inaugural year in 2008. This year, designers and design enthusiasts are once again encouraged to mark the day by coordinating events within their region.


World Industrial Design Day aims to provide designers with a collective outlet to acknowledge the merits of the profession of industrial design, as well as provide the general public with an opportunity to appreciate design not just as an abstract, but also as a tangible expression of everyday life.


Share your World Industrial Design Day event plans by posting a comment in the Icsid Blog. Be sure to include the name of the organisers, location of the event and any relevant links.

Poster competition

Icsid has announced the winner of the first student poster competition for World Industrial Design Day. The winning entry was submitted by Carla Sapiain, from the Instituto Profesional DuocUC de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Students from Icsid Member Schools were invited to design a poster reflecting this year's theme 'Industrial Design: the product of human creativity'.

Martin Darbyshire, Icsid Board Member and Jury Chair, made the following comments about the winning entry: "The level of effort put into the pre-production of the poster is worth noting. The image of the tree is a good metaphor for the organic nature of industrial design, as well as a powerful and evocative reminder of our responsibilities. The end result is a colourful and eye-catching poster that boldly communicated the date of World Industrial Design Day – June 29, 2009."
[read more]

See the Student Project Gallery of winning and shortlisted posters.

For more information, please contact:

Andréa Springer
Icsid Communications Manager
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 232

About the design

Carla Sapiain designed this poster to represent nature's essential role in the imagination, design and creation of products.
[read more]

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Share your World Industrial Design Day events in the Icsid Blog.


2009 poster competition results
2008 event photographs
2008 events around the world
2008 event description