Thursday, May 6, 2010

Designing a resilient world.In case you didn't know, it's World Industrial Design Day on 29th June.

To celebrate it, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is calling on industrial designers worldwide to highlight how their work can help humanity prevent or respond to natural or man-made disasters.

This year's them is 'Industrial Design: Humane solutions for a resilient world.'

Icsid President Dr. Mark Breitenberg, said that there were 'expanded opportunities' for industrial designers in current society.

'Our field is growing from its historical role in the design of objects to the design of social systems and solving social and humanitarian problems through design,' he claimed.

'World Industrial Design Day gives designers an international platform to address these problems and shines a light on the sometimes antiquated perception of what industrial designers do.'

The initial World Industrial Design Day invited renowned German designer Uwe Loesch to create a poster for the event (lower image), which in turn inspired the successful introduction of the first student poster competition (top image), organised by Icsid in 2009.

This year's student poster design can be voted for online from the 11th to the 27th May, with the winning poster promoted internationally and distributed via the network of Icsid Members for use during their events.

Visit the Icsid Website at to help determine the winner.
(Images courtesy of Icsid, Carla Sapiain and Uwe Loesch.)