World Design Partners

WDO seeks out partnerships with design-effective companies that are committed to innovation through design and recognize the importance of design for good business and the power of responsible behaviour for brand enhancement; partners that will enrich the goals of our programmes and contribute knowledge and expertise to community development and the improvement of quality of life. As part of the World Design Partner® Programme (WDPP), we provide these companies with opportunities to position themselves as leaders in design and innovation, showcase their brand in markets around the world, align with other well-established brands and contribute to community building initiatives. We also develop strategic alliances with international media, as well as a number of organizations and development agencies that work in concert to demonstrate the impact of design in the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

We thank the following organizations for supporting this work and sharing our vision of designing a better world through industrial design driven innovation.

Interested in becoming a World Design Partner? Contact Andrea Springer, Director Strategic Alliances for more information.

Autodesk is an industry leader with a long history of creating innovative design and digital design software that empower more than four million customers in over 150 countries.

Autodesk’s partnership with WDO began in 2005 as the company was one of three founding members of the Icsid Corporate Innovators (ICI) programme – an initiative that played a key role in the organization’s development thanks to its generous financial support and the willingness of the ICI partners to actively engage the corporate pillar and work towards our goal of involving more practicing industrial designers in our work.

autodesk.com

BMW is a German luxury vehicle, motorcycle, and engine manufacturing company often referred to as one of the best-selling luxury automakers in the world. It adopts a broad and flexible approach to design and innovation to meet the challenges of fast-growing megacities against dwindling resources and complex legal stipulations to address changing mobility needs. It also continually conducts active research into improved concepts with cost-cutting potential, such as innovative tank and refuelling technologies.

BMW Group is a long-standing corporate member of WDO and a significant advocate of our programmes and projects. Their partnership involvement has substantially supported the World Design Capital initiative in Helsinki (Finland) in 2012, Cape Town (South Africa) in 2014 and most recently in Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei) in 2016, with content-building activations within these communities.

bmwgroup.com

Continuum is a design and innovation consultancy and a long-standing corporate member of WDO.

Continuum’s partnership with WDO began in 2005 as the company was one of three founding members of the Icsid Corporate Innovators (ICI) programme – an initiative that played a key role in the organization’s development thanks to its generous financial support and the willingness of the ICI partners to actively engage the corporate pillar and work towards our goal of involving more practicing industrial designers in our work.

Since then, Continuum continues to support WDO, contributing expertise to the restructuring of programmes such as the World Design Capital, which enables us to strengthen our brand value and deliver a higher quality of programming.

continuuminnovation.com

Compal Electronics is a Taiwanese original design manufacturer, handling the production of notebook computers, monitors and televisions for a variety of clients around the world, including Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu. It is the second largest notebook manufacturer in the world. 

As a corporate member of WDO, Compal is a strong advocate for sustainable business practices. In 2017, the company partnered with WDO and contributed funds to help support the organizations’ technology needs.

compal.com 

Microsoft Mobile is a multinational mobile phone and mobile computing device manufacturing company that designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes mobile phones, smartphones, tablet computers, and related accessories and services, which was established following the acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division by Microsoft.

Microsoft Mobile (formerly Nokia) was the first company to join the World Design Partner Programme in 2013, continuing a partner relationship that began in support of WDC Helsinki 2012.

Through local project activations, Microsoft subsequently set an objective to provide a service of lasting effect with their involvement in the WDC Cape Town 2014 programme. Contributing knowledge and expertise to community development and the improvement of quality of life, Microsoft launched a Mobile Library in the Langa Township to digitally empower its residents through access to mobile devices and the Internet.

microsoft.com/en/mobile

The MIT Press is a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. The Press advances knowledge by publishing significant works from leading educators and researchers around the globe on the topics of Art and Architecture; Visual and Cultural Studies; Cognitive Science; Philosophy; Linguistics; Computer Science; Economics; Finance and Business; Environmental Science; Political Science; Life Sciences; Neuroscience; New Media; and Science, Technology, and Society. In 2017, MIT Press partnered with WDO to offer a discount on its design, industrial design, and design theory titles to our members.

mitpress.mit.edu 

Montréal International is a non-profit organization with a mission to contribute to the economic development of Montreal (Canada), which is also a UNESCO City of Design and home to numerous international non-governmental organizations.

Through Montreal International’s financial assistance, which was made possible by funding obtained under agreements with the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec and the City of Montreal, WDO was able to first establish our Secretariat in 2005 and later to expand in 2012 to meet our overall operational growth plans and employ full-time staff to carry out our projects and programmes.

montrealinternational.com

Nestlé (South Africa) (Pty) Limited joined the World Design Partner Programme with a singular focus to introduce its NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto® machines and brand of coffee – a coffee shop quality line of beverages brewed by award-winning machines, in connection with the WDC Cape Town 2014 programme, which provided multiple opportunities for beverage sampling and a showcase of the innovative technology and industrial design of the Dolce Gusto machines.

nestle.co.za

New Cities Foundation (NCF) is an independent non-profit organization recognized internationally for its leadership and expertise in finding and implementing real solutions to urban development issues through innovation. Much like WDO, NCF works with entrepreneurs and leaders from business, government, academia, civil society, the media and the arts, and partners with some of the most forward-thinking companies who share a passion for the future of cities.

In 2017, WDO and NCF formulated a collaborative agreement with the aim of identifying mutually beneficial activities that would drive urban progress and empower global communities to discuss solutions to some of cities greatest challenges. With a specific focus on issues related to mobility, the partnership provides WDO with additional outlets to develop workshops and dialogues on the topic.

newcitiesfoundation.org

Design-driven Swiss watchmaker Rado is a globally recognized brand, famous for innovative design and its use of revolutionary materials to create some of the world’s most beautiful and durable watches. The proud recipient of over 30 international design awards, the brand collaborates with leading designers on the creation of new timepieces and runs worldwide competitions for up-and-coming young designers. To that end, Rado has been a significant supporter of the World Design Capital programme by introducing its Rado Star Prize to Cape Town in 2014 and most recently to Taipei in 2016.

rado.com

Tupperware Corporation is one of the world’s leading direct sellers, supplying premium food storage, preparation and serving items. Tupperware products have been recognized and acquired by many of the world’s finest art museums and industrial design collections as the company strives to create innovative and surprising solutions for the kitchen and home that feature up-to-the-minute and beautiful designs.

Tupperware’s partnership with WDO began in 2005 as the company was one of three founding members of the Icsid Corporate Innovators (ICI) programme – an initiative that played a key role in the organization’s development thanks to its generous financial support and the willingness of the ICI partners to actively engage the corporate pillar and work towards our goal of involving more practicing industrial designers in our work.

Today, Tupperware remains actively engaged as a corporate member and leads by example acting responsibly to drive solutions and practices that are better for the environment and proactively seeking to minimize waste, energy use and greenhouse gases globally across all its manufacturing processes.

tupperwarebrands.com

In 2007, a partnership with educational member University of Brighton (United Kingdom) was launched to house the WDO’s archives, storing records since the founding of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in 1957. These archives are now part of a ‘living’ collection at the University of Brighton Design Archives, where they are used by academics and researchers to enhance their understanding of the organization and the progression of the industrial design profession. WDO works in an ongoing manner with the university to keep the organization’s archival records up to date.

brighton.ac.uk