In alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3: Good Health and Well‑being, World Industrial Design Day™ (WIDD) 2018 will explore ways design can help improve our physical, social, mental and emotional development.

Good health is a common state of being that we all strive to maintain. Its pursuit is universal. It is genderless, ageless, and crosses all nations and people. Most of us however, lack a sense of connection between good health, well-being and design.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as a ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. To that end, World Industrial Design Day 2018 will not attempt to develop a new vaccine or explore a cure to any disease, but through the theme Design’s impact on Good Health and Well-Being, WIDD 2018 will engage a global dialogue around design-driven solutions to issues affecting physical, mental and social quality of life. It will scrutinize the quality of our built environment and evaluate its impact on healthy behavior.

Today, thanks to a substantial body of research and a number of high-profile projects, we now know a lot more than we once did about what matters most in people’s lives and how for example the structure of society impacts our well-being.

Participants are encouraged to showcase ways in which industrial design can incite happier, healthier and more enjoyable lifestyles by tackling a cross section of socioeconomic factors such as living and working conditions, as well as environmental factors such as air quality and noise and the design of communities and transportation systems to name but a few.


The achievement of the SDG for good health is strongly interlinked with other areas related to sustainable development.

It seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. The Goal addresses all major health priorities, including reproductive, maternal and child health, as well as communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases. It also aims to achieve universal health coverage and provide access for everyone to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines. Lastly, SDG3 calls for more research and development, increased health financing, and strengthened capacity of all countries in health risk reduction and management.

Learn more about the targets for SDG3

Take part

We need you! Member participation in WIDD events was at an all time high the last year. Online, we reached 1.4 million people and left 3.3 million impressions through our social networks alone. This year we have to continue and improve ourselves!

Leading up to WIDD, members of the global design community are invited to contact to promote your events on WDO’s website and social media networks. You can also download the Ways to Celebrate” guide for ideas to plan an activity.

WIDD2018 Events

Stay tuned for the upcoming WIDD 2018 events!