The World Design Organization™ (WDO), formerly the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1957 to promote the profession of industrial design.

About Us

The World Design Organization advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming—World Design Capital®, World Design Talks, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status.

Download WDO Screensaver

To celebrate our new brand, we’ve created a special WDO screensaver. Download it now!
Available for Mac and PC. ZIP File | 20.9MB

Watch WDO Brand Video

Watch our updated brand video that includes our programmes! Watch it on YouTube

Become World Design Capital 2020

Do you think your city has what it takes to become World Design Capital 2020? Whether you’re a Design Week organizer, promotional or professional design association, you can work with your city to become the next World Design Capital.

World Design Talks Mobility Report

On 22 October 2016 in Shanghai, Icsid and Tongji University hosted the second edition of World Design Talks, building on the theme of rapid urbanization and traffic congestion in megacities explored in Istanbul.

World Design Capital Taipei 2016

October was the highlight of Taipei’s year-long programme of events as World Design Capital 2016. Four WDC Signature Events—Design Policy Conference, Design House Exhibition, Design Week Forum and Network of Cities meeting—attracted over 870,000 people to the city.