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ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23, 2020 - November 26, 2021
Valencia, Spain
The Andreu World International Design Contest has been held annually since 2001, which surely makes it one of the oldest in the world, and is unique in its specialty, the design of seats and tables. The figures accumulated in the editions that have been made until today are spectacular, with tens of thousands of participants from more than a hundred countries.  To compete, participants must present a sustainable seat and/or table design that meets all the specifications that Andreu World presents in the product briefing, solving its technical and formal problems in the terms indicated for its production in series. Website WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

2020 YOUNG DESIGNERS’ ONLINE EXHIBITION (YODEX)

May 22, 2020 - April 30, 2021
Taipei, Taiwan
YODEX is the world’s largest exchange platform for design talents and creative exhibitions, which was established in 1982 and is now in its 39th year. It is an important stage for Taiwan’s design students to showcase the results of their education, as well as a platform for companies to discover outstanding design talents and promote exchanges between industry and academia. Due to the influence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, the 2020 YODEX which now take place as an online exhibition, more than 4,000 design works from 138 departments at 64 schools have shown at YODEX this year.
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WDO Member: TDRI
Category: Exhibition

THE BIOMIMICRY GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE

September 1, 2020 - September 1, 2021
United States
The Biomimicry Global Design Challenge calls for design concepts addressing any issue(s) outlined by the Sustainable Development Goals. We know that the SDGs are vast and expand across many subject areas, but this diversity means there are also just as many solutions out there waiting to be discovered. Successful teams will define a concrete, well researched area of focus for their design efforts and apply the core concepts and methods of biomimicry in developing a solution. We are especially interested in projects that go beyond familiar approaches by identifying unique leverage points for change, removing barriers to the adoption and spread of existing solutions, and/or clearly demonstrating how biomimicry can lead to new, novel, or more effective solutions. Website
Category: Challenge

WORLD DESIGN IMPACT PRIZE 2021 CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN

January 13 - April 30
WDO’s World Design Impact Prize aims to recognize and elevate industrial design-driven projects that have a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural or environmental quality of life. Open internationally, projects can either be submitted directly by 30 April 2021 or nominated by a third party before 31 March 2021. In addition to being thoughtfully designed and socially beneficial, submissions must strive to demonstrate an understanding of local environments, communities and cultures. Terms and conditions for this award as well as the form to submit can be accessed at wdo.org/wdip Website
Category: Competition, World Design Impact Prize

DIA 2021

January 20 - June 25
Hangzhou, China
Design Intelligence Award (DIA) is an international academic award in industrial design established in China, 2015. It is a platform for evaluation, promotion and communication of design, an accelerator bringing innovation to the industry and the future. There is no application fee to be charged, and the total bonus is as much as 5 million RMB. Website
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

2021 INTERNATIONAL BUSAN DESIGN AWARD

February 5 - May 7
Busan, Korea, Republic of
2021 International Busan Design Award (ibda) is an open place for the international design industry to share various design concepts and to revitalize the industry by linking platforms in order to realize and commercialize the ideas. Previously known as Busan Industrial Design Exhibition since 1981, ibda was newly born to International award in 2019 to improve Asia's market competitiveness of regional design industry and to expand cooperative world design networks. The event is co-organized by the Busan Metropolitan City, the Busan Office of Education, the Busan Chamber of Commerce, and the Design Council Busan, and hosted by the Design Council Busan. ibda is promoting participants from all over the world, from elementary students to publics and companies with free theme. This year, the award ceremony and the exhibition will be held as a main event in 2021 Busn Design Week which is the largest design festival around the region co-hosted by Design House Co.,Ltd. We hope to see your design ideas in the 2021 International Busan Design Award and enjoy Busan Design Week.

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WDO Member: Design Council Busan
Category: Awards

OPEN CALL FROM THE ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL: DESIGNING RESILIENCE

March 8 - April 28
Valencia, Spain
Believing in the importance of supporting knowledge and policy production in the field of design and architecture, the Istanbul Design Biennial hosts a research programme titled Designing Resilience, in partnership with the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research. The programme aims to work collaboratively with a selection of four women designers, curators, researchers, thinkers (two from Turkey and two from the US) who are actively investigating geopolitics to build new tools and systems for social, economic and mostly environmental resilience. The objective of the programme is to inquire the connection between the oppression of women, POC, LGBTI+ all over the world, and the destruction of the environment, while revealing design's potential to instigate new processes, and spark global changes stemming from social, political and ecological endeavours. Website
Category: Biennial

DESIGNERS INSTITUTE OF NEW ZEALAND BEST DESIGN AWARD

April 5 - July 2
Auckland, New Zealand
The Best Design Awards is an annual showcase of excellence in graphic, spatial, product, digital and motion design along with three special awards - Value of Design, Public Good and Toitanga. Website
Category: Awards

GLOBAL HEALTH & INNOVATION CONFERENCE (GHIC) 2021

April 8 - April 11
The Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) is an annual event that dives deep into bold ideas, transformative innovation, and responsible global engagement. We bring together those who are creative, curious, talented, and passionate. We are innovators, thinkers, collaborators, and doers. We think differently, we have deep conversations, and we are collectively transforming organizations and inspiring communities. Website
Category: Conference

WORLD DESIGN DAYS 2021

April 12 - April 15
Every year, between 12 and 15 April, are the World Design Days. The aim of the World Design Days is to create awareness for design in multiple demographics across the globe. World Design Days program was especially established to promote design for a better, brighter future where good designs serve mankind through improvements in the quality of life by socio-cultural, economic, and environmental innovations. IAD – International Association of Design, invites all interested parties to organize events and initiatives around design to promote World Design Days between 12 and 15 April each year. World Design Days is an important opportunity to highlight the role of design in the world. Website
Category: International Day

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN FOR DESIGN-LED ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARDS 2021!

April 16
New Delhi, India
TiE and QGLUE (the design venture of QAI) announce awards that recognize entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ventures driven by 'Responsible Design'. Responsible Design pays special attention to the "human-centered" approach to shaping new businesses, conceptualizing meaningful innovation and undertaking a venture journey that forever has empathy and responsibility at the center of critical decisions. In summary, ventures embracing attributes and values of "design thinking" will be recognized and rewarded.

Website
Category: Awards

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN DAY (IDD)

April 27
The goal of IDD is to challenge designers to reflect deeply on the well-being of people within their local environments, and to find innovative solutions to local needs by using design as a vehicle to honor diversity, transcend borders, and improve quality of life. Marking the anniversary of ICoD’s establishment on 27 April 1963, participants worldwide are invited to gather, innovate, and live out a moment of design by organizing public events and initiatives. The theme of International Design Day 2021 is 'Design for Each and All'.  Website
Category: International Day

BIENNALE INTERNATIONALE DESIGN DE SAINT-ÉTIENNE

April 28 - August 22
Saint-Etienne, France
The twelfth edition of Biennale Internationale Design de Saint-Étienne explores the theme of bifurcation through six physical exhibitions. Bifurcating is defined by the event as "exploring other ways of doing things, other possibilities, collectively, soberly, whilst respecting life and lives and adapting to different contexts." The Biennale is also hosting Pedagogies, an exhibition that is co-curated by students and teachers of the Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design. It shows alternatives ways to develop individual and collective capacities for action.

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Category: Biennial

GOOD DESIGN SELECTION 2021

May 1 - June 3
Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Application submissions for the Good Design (GD) Selection, a design award hosted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and organized by the Korea Institute of Design Promotion, will begin on May 1st. Targeting products that have been on sale within 2 years of the application date or scheduled for sale in the near future, applications will be accepted for the following fields: Product Design, Visual Communication Design, Digital Media/Contents Design, Space/Environmental Design, Fashion/Textile Design, Service/Experience Design, and Craft Design. Special prizes will be awarded for Universal Design, Design for Single-person Households, and Ergonomic Design. Website WDO Member: KIDP
Category: Competition

DESIGN MONTH GRAZ 2021

May 8 - June 6
Vienna, Austria
The Design Month Graz puts the range of services of the design scene in the foreground for a month and promotes regional, national and international networking. A dense and varied program will be presented in Austria's UNESCO City of Design from May 8 to June 6, 2021. Exhibitions, lectures, workshops, presentations and guided tours bring the value and importance of design to the public. The city is put into a state of emergency in which design can be perceived in all its facets. Website
Category: Conference, Exhibition

iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

May 10
Hannover, Germany
Designers, manufacturers, architects and interior designers who want their product or project evaluated by internationally recognized design experts have turned to the iF DESIGN AWARD for decades. They do so to prove their company puts design in the focus of its business, and to attract international attention. Winning an iF DESIGN AWARD will help you stand out from the competition, improve your branding and reach new target groups. Website WDO Member: iF
Category: Awards

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDUSTRIAL DESIGN AND PRODUCTIVITY MANAGEMENT

May 24 - May 25
Montreal, Canada
International Conference on Industrial Design and Productivity Management aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Industrial Design and Productivity Management. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Industrial Design and Productivity Management.

Website
Category: Conference

LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE

June 1 - June 27
London, United Kingdom
London Design Biennale is a global gathering of the world’s most ambitious and imaginative designers, curators and design institutes. Es Devlin is Artistic Director and has chosen Resonance as the theme, which countries, cities and territories will respond to in their installations and presentations across Somerset House.

Website
Category: Bienale

SHANGHAI WORLD EXPO

June 3 - June 6
Shanghai, China
Design Shanghai is one of the world's most prestigious international design events and Asia's premier design event. Constantly breaking new ground, it has set a precedent in China's ever-growing design community. Showcasing the best design brands and galleries from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network and establish long-term business relations with Asia's top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers and private buyers. Design Shanghai return to Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from 3-6 June 2021, celebrating its 8th anniversary with exciting new content. Set across seven remarkable design sections, Design Shanghai 2021 is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Website
Category: Conference

SUSTAINABILITY DEEP DIVE 2021

June 9 - June 10
United States
IDSA’s Sustainability Deep Dive seeks to leverage our resources, processes, and voice as industrial designers to establish new ways of thinking and methodologies in our studios, companies, and corporate settings that can help to ensure the ongoing health of our planet and its precious resources. As the developers of products and services used by billions of people around the world, industrial designers hold a crucial position: one that demands we look for ways in which our work can ignite social, cultural, and institutional change. Topics covered during this 2-day virtual event include: circular design/economy, sustainable material innovations and manufacturing processes, zero-waste strategies, sustainable consumer behavior, closed-loop product development, mobility justice, and much more.

Website

WDO Member: IDSA
Category: Conference
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