Observed annually on 29 June, World Industrial Design Day® (WIDD) celebrates and recognizes the power of design to strengthen economic, social, cultural, and environmental development around the world. Established in 2008, it represents the first international day of observance created uniquely to highlight the merits of the industrial design profession and its impact on quality of life. As an open-source programme, WIDD engages the global design community under the banner of a different theme each year, encouraging the development of design-led events, activities, workshops, competitions and exhibits.

This World Industrial Design Day, let’s get emotional! We live in a world where even the smallest designs around us make us feel something. A world where a designer’s ability to leverage their emotional connection to the spaces around them and to the communities and individuals they design for, makes for better products, services and experiences.

In the lead up to 29 June, we’re checking in with the global design community to explore the emotions that power us forward and frame our relationship to the world around us. Whether you’re happy or sad, hopeful or frustrated, or somewhere in between, we’re looking forward to fostering a global dialogue on the value of emotion in design across a range of topics.

Stay tuned for more updates on how you can get involved in this year’s conversation. In the meantime, check out our list of suggested #WIDD2024 activities and start planning your own event!