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OCEAN PLASTIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE

February 11 - December 9
The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, organized by National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis. The challenge is a one-year competition composed of three complementary tracks that will run simultaneously—Design, Circular Economy, and Data Visualization.

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Category: Competition

XXII TRIENNALE

March 1 - September 1
Milano, Italy
This year La Triennale di Milano will host the third Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival symposium. With a rich program of individual presentations, panel discussions and video contributions, this symposium will cover topics as diverse as human and non-human migration flows; the capacity of good information design to make the invisible visible; and the importance of untangling the threads that connect our singular and highly specific experiences to the complex macro-systems that make up the world’s tapestry.

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Category: Exhibition

RED DOT JUNIOR DESIGN AWARD 2019

April 7 - June 28
The Red Dot: Junior Award 2019 takes place within the framework of the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design. It is geared to trainees, students and young professionals who have graduated within the past two years. Up until and including 28 June, they can submit their well-designed creative projects and communication design works in the section “Communication Design” at reduced rates. The best piece of work by an upcoming designer is awarded the Red Dot: Junior Prize along with 10,000 Euros in prize money. Deadline to submit is 28 June 2019.

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WDO Member: Red Dot
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

AIAP WOMEN IN DESIGN AWARD

April 18 - June 30
Milano, Italy
AWDA, Aiap Women in Design Award, is the first global award dedicated to women in design, with the fourth edition of this biennial. AWDA is aimed at international women designers with a focus in visual communication design. In keeping with AIAP’s extensive design research activities, the Award aims at acknowledging the contribution of women designers past and present.

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Category: Awards

BARCELONA DESIGN WEEK

June 12 - June 19
Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Design Week (BDW), organized by Barcelona Design Centre and FAD Fostering Arts and Design, is an unmissable event on design, creativity and innovation in Barcelona and one of the most important Design Weeks of the international calendar.

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WDO Member: Barcelona Centre de Disseny
Category: Design week

KNOWLEDGE OF DESIGN WEEK

June 17 - June 21
Hong Kong, China
KODW is a premier week of events that provides high-level design learning for both design practitioners and business professionals, while also fostering a platform for business networking and collaboration. If you are looking for the latest design trends in your industry and to be inspired by innovative ideas, KODW 2019 is a must-go event for you!

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Category: Design week

CIRCULARITY 2019

June 18 - June 20
Minneapolis, United States
Circularity 2019 will bring together more than 500 thought leaders and practitioners to accelerate the circular economy opportunity. Through inspirational plenaries, interactive breakouts, hands-on design charrettes, networking opportunities and a solutions-focused expo. Circularity 19 will influence, inform and empower participants to turn circular economy concepts into profitable opportunities for companies and cities.

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Category: Conference, Networking

THE WELLBEING CITIES FORUM

June 19 - June 20
Montreal, Canada
The Wellbeing Cities Forum is part of the international Wellbeing City Award. The Forum and Ceremony is expected to attract more than 300 senior leaders from around the world. Delegates will explore best practices in city-led action to improve citizen wellbeing through workshops, panels, and debates.The Wellbeing Cities Forum will be held in partnership with the City of Montréal and under the auspice of Mayor Valérie Plante.

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Category: Conference

SAN FRANCISCO DESIGN WEEK

June 20 - June 28
San Francisco, United States
SFDW is an essential week-long city-wide festival that showcases the unique intersection of ideas, design, business & entrepreneurism that makes the Bay Area the birthplace of the future. Through studio tours and events, SFDW celebrates this spirit of newness by providing unique access to exhibitions and conversations with the designers who are shaping the future — from architecture to fashion, product design to digital services, and everything in between.

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Category: Design week

LA DESIGN FESTIVAL

June 20 - June 23
Los Angeles, United States
The LA Design Festival honors the city’s rich design culture and celebrates its status as a global design capital. Our definition of design is purposely broad to ensure that our festival is reflective of LA’s diversity and talent. The Festival is the only citywide festival of its kind, featuring events throughout LA. From architecture and interiors to graphic, industrial, fashion, set, costume, and experiential design, the LA Design Festival showcases the best of the local design scene as well as some exciting national and international voices.

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Category: Festival

DELUX DIAlogue ON TOUR

June 24
Sydney, Australia
The Delux DIAlogue on tour will take five design professionals to Singapore and Portugal in October, where they will gain unique access to a variety of design projects, galleries, site tours and some of the world’s best designers and innovators. Entries are now open exclusively to DIA Members, offering Australian designers practicing interior design an unforgettable experience to press pause on their professional lives for an inspirational sabbatical for exploration and learning.

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WDO member: Design Institute of Australia
Category: Competition

LONDON DESIGN BIENNALE SUMMIT

June 25 - June 26
London, United Kingdom
The Summit focuses on Resonance, the theme for London Design Biennale 2020, the third edition of the critically acclaimed exhibition. It will address the impact of design: its power to cross borders, bridge cultures, and alter behaviours and societies. It will look at how this can improve a variety of major global issues, including climate change (our resonance with the planet); and international relations (how countries resonate with each other).

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Category: Bienale, Conference

THE MONOCLE QUALITY OF LIFE

June 27 - June 29
Madrid, Spain
Join Tyler Brûlé and Monocle editors in Madrid for the fifth instalment of the Monocle Quality of Life Conference. The event will bring together the finest speakers, thinkers and doers for three days of lively debate, discussion and repartee. Covering better living, smoother transport, smarter architecture and clever solutions for creating vibrant neighbourhoods, the fifth annual conference will build on Monocle's global know-how and editorial vim to deliver insights on quality of life from around the world.

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Category: Conference

4TH ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL/BELGIUM

June 28 - September 29
Genk, Belgium
Projects by over 90 participants of the 4th Instanbul Design Biennial can be seen at Luma Arles (France) and C-Mine (Belgium) this year. The 4th Istanbul Biennial exhibition - A School of Schools, explored the multiple dimensions of design as learning in six schools: Unmaking School, Currents School, Scales School, Earth School, Time School, and Digestion School. The biennial was visited by more than 200.000 people in 6 weeks and it is now in Europe!

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Category: Biennial, Exhibition

WORLD INDUSTRIAL DESIGN DAY 2019

June 29
World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) is an international day of observance celebrated throughout the world in recognition of the establishment of the World Design Organization (WDO) on 29 June. This year, WDO and the team at Global Goals Jam have joined forces to launch the first World Industrial Design Day 2019 Mini-Jam (designathon) under the theme of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. The global design community is invited to explore local challenges and identify ways design can help ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by “doing more and better with less”.

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WDO EVENT
Category: World Industrial Design Day

GDYNIA DESIGN DAYS

July 6 - July 14
Gydnia, Poland
Gdynia Design Days is the leading Baltic region festival of inspiration and practical and valuable knowledge about design, featuring the latest trends and best practice – rich in curated exhibitions, lectures, workshops, talks and discussions, all aimed at professionals, entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts in search of new ways of working. In July Gdynia becomes the best place for both business and creative industries to meet and discuss how best to evolve through better design.

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Category: Festival

DRS LEARNxDESIGN 2019

July 9 - July 12
Ankara, Turkey
The LearnXdesign is a conference series by DRS Special Interest Group in Design Pedagogy (PedSIG), cultivating symbiotic exchanges between design education and design research. The theme for the DRS Learn X Design 2019 is Insider Knowledge and it will be hosted by the Middle East Technical University (METU) Department of Industrial Design.

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WDO Member: Middle East Technical University (METU)
Category: Conference

YOUNG BIRD PLAN MASCOT INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

July 15
Young Bird Plan, is an international competition platform for global design talents. With three key elements, viz. fabrication, mentor’s guidance and interdisciplinary jury, it is fast becoming a leading voice in global design fields like urban design, architecture design, product design, logo design, among others. This time, Young Bird Plan launches its own competition globally, where thousands of creative minds will have the unique opportunity to create the mascot image of Young Bird Plan.

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Category: Competition

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD

July 31
Germany,
Each year, iF International Forum Design organizes one of the world's most celebrated and valued design competitions for students and recent graduates: the iF DESIGN Talent Award. The competition's theme is based on four main questions and the smartest answers will be honoured with EUR 20,000!

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WDO Member: iF International Forum Design
Category: Awards

DW! SÃO PAULO DESIGN WEEK

August 18 - August 25
Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo Design Week is an urban festival that aims to promote design culture and its connections with architecture, art, decoration, urbanism, social inclusion, business and technological innovation. The DW! includes lectures in educational institutions, guided tours in galleries and workshops, exhibitions, installations, artistic and urban interventions, thematic circuits, competitions, parties and product launches in stores and showrooms.

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Category: Design week
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