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DESIGN INTELLIGENCE AWARD 2020

January 9 - October 20
Design Intelligence Award (DIA) is an international academic award in industrial design established in China in 2015. It is a platform for evaluation, promotion and communication of design, an accelerator bringing innovation to the industry and the future. DIA returns to the origin of design with human intelligence, advocates that design is “intelligence of humanity, wisdom of life, fusion of tech & art, brain of industry”, and plays the role of bringing world-wide creativity to an intelligent future.   Website
Category: Awards

GOLDEN PIN DESIGN AWARD 2020

March 9 - December 12
Taipei, Taiwan
Established in 1981, Taiwan’s Golden Pin Design Award is the most influential design award in the global Huaren market. The planning and handling of the awards, the prize-giving ceremony, and all other related events are executed by Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI). The 2020 Golden Pin Design Award (GPDA) and Golden Pin Concept Design Award (GPCDA) are now accepting submissions until July 9 and 15. GPDA will accept submissions of works that have already been commercialized and sold on the market while GPCDA accept works that will not be manufactured or sold on the market. In addition, GPCDA offer grand prize award monies totaling NT$ 1.2 million for innovative design ideas.
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WDO Member: TDRI
Category: Awards, Call for proposals

ANDREU WORLD 20TH INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONTEST

April 23 - November 27
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.

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WDO Member: Andreu World
Category: Competition

2020 INTERNATIONAL BUSAN DESIGN AWARD

April 24 - November 27
Korea, Republic of
2020 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. 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. We hope to see your ideas in Asia’s largest international design awards.

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WDO Member: Design Council Busan
Category: Awards

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

GERMAN DESIGN AWARDS 2021

May 29, 2020 - February 19, 2021
Frankfurt, Germany
The German Design Awards directly contributes to the overall commercial success. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The highly esteemed, international jury guarantees this. The German Design Awards identifies and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented scene.

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WDO Member: German Design Council
Category: Awards

iF DESIGN AWARD 2021

June 26, 2020 - May 10, 2021
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.

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WDO Member: iF
Category: Awards

FUTURE OF DESIGN EDUCATION

July 13 - October 1
Whether you are a formal educator who wants to influence the future of education, an employer looking for new talent with skills more aligned to the future needs of the organization, or a dissatisfied learner, we invite you to join the working group that will rethink “The Future of Design Education.” Website
Category: Call for nominations

AUTUMN WORLD CAMPUS MASTERS SELECTIVE GRADUATION DESIGN PROGRAM 2020

July 21 - September 30
Shanghai, China
Designers who graduated between 2016 and 2020 and major in Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Design, Interior Design, Industry Design, Public Art, etc. are welcome to participate.
 
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Category: Networking/Social event

SINGAPORE: OUR HOME

August 1 - September 30
Singapore, Singapore
In Singapore, the month of August means National Day, and we're taking the opportunity to appreciate all things local and the wonderful creative talent we have! This month's NDC events theme is Singapore: Our Home, and will run from August to September. Discover how design plays a part in shaping Singapore into a loveable city, transforming local businesses and inspiring our designers to be creative and culturally relevant. V

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WDO Member: DesignSingapore Council
Category: Conference

ZAYTON CUP INTERNATIONAL DESIGN COMPETITION

August 15 - October 11
Quanzhou Fujian, China
2020 Quanzhou China to open up new innovative platform, attract worldwide design force! Stimulating the creativity of design talents, strengthening the enterprises' competitiveness. Push transition of Quanzhou's industry from “Intensive Manufacturing” to “Design Driven Intelligent Manufacturing”. Upgrade Quanzhou's industry through innovations and build high quality brand symbol of “Quanzhou's Intelligent Manufacturing”. Quanzhou taking this opportunity to invite all wonderful creative talents in the world to join the competition! Website

WDO Member: Quanzhou Industrial Design Association
Category: Competition

LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

August 29 - December 8
Amsterdam, Netherlands
La Biennale di Venezia, to mark the 125th anniversary of its foundation, is presenting Le muse inquiete (The Disquieted Muses). When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History, an exhibition by Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts (ASAC), held in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini della Biennale from Saturday, August 29 to Tuesday, December 8, 2020. For the exhibition, the directors have selected rare footage, first-hand accounts, and a range of artworks, following various lines of research to examine the many times when the history of La Biennale has overlapped with the history of the world—revealing or generating institutional rifts and political and ethical crises, but also new creative languages.

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Category: Biennial, Exhibition

C-IDEA DESIGN AWARD 2020: CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

September 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021
The C-IDEA Design Award is the Worlds’ annual juried design competition that aims to recognize and promote visionary talents in a wide array of categories ranging from communication design, industrial design, architecture, interior design, fashion design, and new media. The C-IDEA Design Award aims to recognize outstanding design with social value, excavate more farsighted, and responsible excellent design forces to help the development of the design industry! The C-IDEA Design Award hopes to create more opportunities for excellent designers to communicate and cooperate with exhibitions, awards ceremonies, and international events.

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Category: Awards, Call for proposals

MAISON POC – HOUSING

September 9 - November 8
Lille Metropole, France
The ​“Housing” Maison POC will present the region’s strong innovation credentials in the area of housing. This Maison POC will illustrate the range of housing experiments in all their diversity, from private and social housing and student housing to residences for dependent persons and participative and connected housing. In partnership with the WAAO — Lille’s Architecture and Urbanism Centre
 

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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

MAISON POC – COLLABORATIVE CITY

September 9 - November 15
Lille Metropole, France
Maison POC is as much an animated tour as it is a lively forum for exchange and debate. Visitors conduct an investigation to discover evidence of a collaborative future. In line with the hundred POC from the territory, it will welcome DESIS labs of design schools and universities from all around the world, the design of making and living together from European cities within URBACT networks. It will explore how the current health crisis is in fact redesigning our world and how design plays an active role in this. This​“non-expo-action” will take shape online in May 2020 and will continue to grow through workshops, meetings, sessions, interactions and events etc. from September 2020 on.
 

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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

MAISON POC – CIRCULAR ECONOMY

September 9 - November 15
Lille Metropole, France
Recipient of three founding values — zero waste, frugality and reuse — this Maison POC wishes above all to be an example of how to make an event space sustainable, accessible and eco-responsible. Located in the former school of the Couvent des Clarisses in Roubaix, the Maison is taking part in the circular rehabilitation and transitional occupation project Saisons Zéro (Zero Seasons) run by the Zerm collective and the City Council of Roubaix. The Maison POC is not intended as a showcase for solutions, but as a catalyst for positive practices that raise and promote the right questions more than the right answers, the whys and wherefores more than the expected results. Around sixty projects from POC holders in Lille and elsewhere — presented as experiments in systems, with a particular focus on citizen participation and co-design — are in dialogue with the practices of international designers. A living laboratory, evolving and open to all, it will be built over time thanks to the active participation of project leaders and the public.
 

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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

MAISON POC – CARE

September 9 - November 15
Lille Metropole, France
The ​“Care” Maison POC advocates the idea that caring for others is the best way to get the most from the world. Care given to others, both to the younger generations as well as our elders, is an act that is bigger than just the healthcare system. Caring extends to our natural environment and users of the city and is a way to update economic models and embody the values of our society.
 

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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

NEW WAYS OF THE WORLD

September 9 - November 8
Lille Metropole, France

Expanding the scope of the term ​“design” to the world as a whole, used as a verb to qualify human action on the environment, is a way of giving ourselves the means to act. The exhibition ​“Uses of the world” invites us to consider social, environmental, architectural or agricultural alternatives that have been chosen across every continent ; enlightening experiences that allow us to think about and inhabit the world differently.



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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

LA MANUFACTURE: A LABOUR OF LOVE

September 9 - November 8
Lille Metropole, France

This exhibition, created by world-renowned trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, explores the way a new generation of designers is experimenting with materials and manufacturing processes. The past decade has seen a turning point in our relationship with materials, from design to manufacturing, with materials gradually reclaiming their central role in the creative process and beginning to dictate form rather than simply adapt to it. The exhibition explores the power of materials, which use the sense of touch to convey emotion and energy.



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Category: Exhibition, World Design Capital

NINGBO INNOVATION DESIGN WEEK 2020

September 12 - September 26
Ningbo, China
A two-week event in the theme of “Innovative Design Makes the Future Intelligent”, is expected to be held in this September and aims to boost the building of “246” Trillion and one hundred billion-level clusters by capitalizing on innovative design. There will be 21 activities in four sections: forum, docking, exhibition and training. The opening ceremony is scheduled to be held on the morning of September 12. It is planned to invite world-renowned innovative design leaders, experts and scholars, and well-known entrepreneurs to participate in the activity, and will present "2020 Hefeng Award" and other heavyweight awards, so that the participants can feel the most cutting-edge innovative design thoughts in this highland of industrial innovation design.
Category: Design week
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