General Assembly

Our General Assembly (GA) is held biennially, bringing together our leadership, membership and external stakeholders to discuss the progress of the closing two-year term and prepare for the incoming term’s activities.

The GA is the our highest authority with decisions taken exclusively by members – i.e.: corporate, educational, professional and promotional members. It addresses key issues affecting the industry, guides the future of the organization by electing new leadership, aligns the direction of the organization with the interests of both the membership and the wider international industrial design community, and sparks dialogue about the power of design to create a better world.

30 General Assembly

14-15 October 2017
Torino, Italy

There is an increasing appreciation for the design process—its focus on the end users and the environment in which they live—as a critical tool for resolving some of life’s biggest challenges.  Many designers today are embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to guide their work.

At our 30th GA in Torino, Italy, you will learn more about how we aim to promote design-led innovation that will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. We invite you to attend and share with us the ways in which you are already using design-led innovation to:

  • Promote responsible consumption and production (SDG #12),
  • Make your cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG #11),
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization (SDG #9), and
  • Foster innovation that ensures health and well-being (SDG #3).

Join us in October! Together, we can leverage our extensive network of likeminded designers to create a better world.

Past Congresses & General Assemblies

 * Joint Congress with Ico-D (formerly Icograda)
**Joint Congress with Ico-D (formerly Icograda) and IFI

2015**

“Eeum Design” – Design Connects

29th General Assembly
Gwangju (South Korea)

2013

Design Dialects

28th General Assembly
Montreal (Canada)
*2013 Design Dialects Congress – Cancelled due to Force Majeure

2011**

Design at The Edges

27th General Assembly
Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)

2009

Design Difference: Designing our World 2050

26th General Assembly
Singapore

2007

Connecting To People and Ideas

25th General Assembly
San Francisco (United States)

2005*

The Changing Role and Challenges of Design

24th General Assembly
Copenhagen (Prague), Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland)

2003

Reflecting Experience: Design Between Industrial Innovation and Enhanced User Services

23rd General Assembly
Hanover/Berlin (Germany)

2001

“Oullim” – The Condition of Being Undivided

22nd General Assembly
Seoul (South Korea)

1999*

Viewpoint in Time

21st General Assembly
Sydney (Australia)

1997

The Humane Village

20th General Assembly
Toronto (Canada)

1995

Design for a Changing World – Toward Century 21

19th General Assembly
Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei)

1993*

Design Renaissance

18th General Assembly
Glasgow (Scotland)

1991

At the Crossroad

17th General Assembly
Ljubljana (Slovenia)

1989

The Emerging Landscape: Order and Aesthetics in the Information Age

16th General Assembly
Nagoya (Japan)

1987*

Design Response

15th General Assembly
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1985

World Design

14th General Assembly
Washington D.C. (United States)

1983

From Spoon to City, 30 years later

13th General Assembly
Milan (Italy)

1981*

Design Integration

12th General Assembly
Helsinki (Finland)

1979

Industrial Design as a Factor

11th General Assembly
Mexico City (Mexico)

1977

Development Identity

10th General Assembly
Dublin (Ireland)

1975

Design for Man and Society

9th General Assembly
Moscow (U.S.S.R., currently Russia)

1973

Soul and Material Things

8th General Assembly
Kyoto (Japan)

1971

7th Congress

7th General Assembly
Ibiza (Spain)

1969

Design, Society and the Future

6th General Assembly
London (United Kingdom)

1967

Man to Man

5th General Assembly
Ottawa/Montreal (Canada)

1965

Design and the Community

4th General Assembly
Vienna (Austria)

1963

Industrial Design – Unifying Factors

3rd General Assembly
Paris (France)

1961

Towards an Aesthetic of the Invisible Design of Tradition

2nd General Assembly
Venice (Italy)

1959

First Congress

1st General Assembly
Stockholm (Sweden)