The fiftieth anniversary of Icsid

Members worldwide organized events throughout 2007 to celebrate Icsid’s golden anniversary. Icsid 50 offered a chance to reflect on past successes, bringing people together in celebration and highlighting achievements in industrial design since 1957. Below is more information about some of those events.

European Design Promotion Conference, Paris (France)
8–10 January 2007

The anniversary year began with an official launch in Paris, where Icsid was first conceptualized in 1953. Hosted by l’Agence pour la Promotion de la Création Industrielle (APCI), the conference included an event at City Hall where Prof. Dr. Peter Zec spoke of Paris’ role in the foundation of Icsid.

Triennale di Milano, Milan (Italy)
8 March 2007

Icsid’s 50th anniversary was celebrated during a welcome cocktail hosted by Design Innovation. President-elect Carlos Hinrichsen went on to present at the Design & Complexity workshop at the ‘New Italian Design’ exhibition, part of the Triennale di Milano.

Norwegian Design Day, Oslo (Norway)
15 March 2007

The Norwegian Design Council (NDC) celebrated its 2007 Design Day in style with a seminar, awards ceremony, and gala celebration. Robin Edman attended the event on behalf of Icsid, whilst Jan R. Stavik, NDC Managing Director, introduced Icsid to the audience, highlighting 2007 as a milestone year for the organization.

Young Designers’ Exhibition (YODEX), Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)
17–20 May 2007

YODEX, held at the Taipei World Trade Center, displayed an eclectic mix of up-and-coming designers from universities and colleges in Taiwan and from 12 design schools from around the world. The event featured an exhibition booth hosted by the Taiwan Design Center depicting Icsid’s contribution to the evolution of industrial design around the world over the last 50 years.

Icsid Archives Official Transfer, Brighton (United Kingdom)
1–2 June 2007

Icsid President Prof. Dr. Peter Zec attended a ceremony marking the official transfer of the Icsid archives to the University of Brighton. The event was hosted by the University and presided by Julian Crampton, Vice Chancellor.

The handover was preceded by a seminar where Prof. Dr. Zec, Professor Victor Margolin (University of Chicago at Illinois) and Professor Jonathan Woodham (University of Brighton) presented on the importance of Icsid as a global organization.

World House Interdesign Forum, Toronto (Canada)
24–30 June 2007

The 2007 Interdesign Forum, hosted by Icsid member George Brown College, sought to find design solutions to four local challenges involving sustainable housing and water in the Greater Toronto Area. Throughout the week, participants were treated to presentations from Icsid President Prof. Dr. Peter Zec and President-elect Carlos Hinrichsen.

Design Week, Budapest (Hungary)
11 October 2007

Ms. Judit Várhelyi, Director of the Hungarian Design Council and member of the Icsid Board of Directors, presented at the opening of the Hungarian Design Council’s Jubilee programme on 11 October at the Gala Hall of Moholy-Nagy Art University (MOME).

Icsid/IDSA Congress 2007, San Francisco (United States)
17–20 October 2007

The 2007 Congress, hosted in San Francisco by the Industrial Designers Society of America, followed by the General Assembly on 21–22 October, marked the grand finale of Icsid 50. A series of events, speeches and festive evenings was held.

MX Design Conference, Mexico City (Mexico)
29–31 October 2007

The University Iberoamericana hosted the second MX Design Conference entitled “Form + Desire”. The event involved three days of lectures, exhibitions, and cultural activities, as well as celebration of Icsid’s evolution over the past fifty years. Carlos Hinrichsen attended the conference in one of his first official visits as Icsid President.

Design for Social Innovation: Destination 2025, Tokyo/Nagoya – Japan
November 2007

“Design for Social Innovation: Destination 2025” was an event organised by the International New Designers Workshop Organizing Committee City of Nagoya, International Design Center NAGOYA with the intent to unite students educational backgrounds ranging from architecture, industrial design, visual communication design, multimedia, among other fields. Their aim was to focus on various means towards attaining an ecologically sustainable future through discussion and presentations. The participants first visited the “Eco-Products 2007” exhibition, then moved to Nagoya located in central Japan, and stopped at the 2nd “International Conference of Design for Sustainability Destination 2007–2005”. The latter was held at a village (Shirakawa-go) that has, in fact, maintained ancient harmony with the natural environment. The final presentation of results have been delivered to the International Design Center NAGOYA.

Triennial of Design, Brussels (Belgium)
13 December 2007

Hosted by Design Flanders, the 5th edition of the Triennial of Design took on the theme of beauty as a discriminating factor between everyday products and designer objects. The City of Brussels had hosted the Icsid Secretariat between 1974 and 1986 and holds a special place in Icsid’s history.