Member Benefits

WDO membership means being part of a global community of over 200 organizations across the corporate, educational, professional, promotional and municipal sectors. Explore our membership benefits and learn how you can network with peers from around the globe, gain international visibility and experience our unique array of programming opportunities.


You will be able to exchange best practices, lessons learned and success stories with like-minded people on topics that matter to you. Leverage your membership by forming strategic partnerships with the international design community.

WDC Network of Cities Meeting at Valencia City Hall / Credit: BravaEstudio

Gain access to our exclusive online directory, which provides contact information for each of our 200+ member organizations. Let us empower you to reach out and collaborate with other leading design institutions around the world.


As a Member, you will receive preferential support to participate in our international programming, including World Design Capital®, World Design Talks, World Industrial Design Day and World Design Challenge. You will also receive free entry to our biennial World Design Congress.

From left: Eisuke Tachikawa, Laura Figueroa, Oliver Lin, Ken Nah, President-Elect Pradyumna Vyas, 2023-2025 President Thomas Garvey, Anna Barbara, Benjamin Wilson, Sonia Manchanda, Meghan Preiss and Jesús Llinares.

Only Members can run for and be elected to serve on WDO’s Board of Directors. Elected biennially at the General Assembly, the Board of Directors consists of the President, President-elect, Treasurer and eight additional board members. This unique leadership position provides an opportunity to shape the future of our organization and its role as the international voice for industrial design.

Elevate the profile of your organization across WDO’s global network! Get preferential promotion and traction when we share your design events, news and projects on our website, through social media and in our newsletters.


You will receive curated information about design-led innovations worldwide, major events and WDO programming through our monthly Member Minute newsletter and quarterly design360 newsletter.