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WORLD CAMPUS MASTERS COMPETITION

October 23, 2019 - September 30, 2020
World Campus Masters Selective Graduation Design Program (short for "WCM Program”) is launched by an international design competition platform Young Bird Plan, and it is committed to recognizing the fresh blood of contemporary design through evaluating graduation designs from global young designers in different regions and cultures. It encourages original design and design thinking in campus to conduct a positive dialogue with global design industry and industrial development, bringing young designers and their graduation works to one of the world's most influential design platform and the cutting-edge design ecosystem.

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Category: Competition, Student competition

CARS: ACCELERATING THE MODERN WORLD

November 23, 2019 - April 19, 2020
London, United Kingdom
This exhibition, organized by the Victoria & Albert's Museum, explores how the car as a driving force has accelerated the pace of change over the past century. It will bring together 15 diverse cars to tell extraordinary stories about design and the car's impact on the broader world. These cars include the first production car in existence; an autonomous flying car; a converted low-rider; and a 1950s concept car. Many of these cars have never been on show in the UK before, and their display will be uniquely juxtaposed with a diverse collection of products, fashion, graphics, photography and film, to draw connections to wider spheres of design and public life.

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Category: Exhibition

DESIGN TRANSFIGURED, WASTE RE-IMAGINED

February 1 - May 17
Scottsdale, United States
Design Transfigured/Waste Reimagined is the first exhibition to recognize designers using extreme and inventive upcycling to address the current state of our depleted and polluted environment. Many of the designers are recent graduates or faculty of design academies and universities, noting a shift in the world of design and design education, from function at the service of aesthetic considerations to socially responsible, environmental remediation.

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Category: Exhibition

SERVICE DESIGN AWARD 2020

February 17 - June 12
The Service Design Award, founded by the Service Design Network in 2015, is the most prestigious award honoring service design excellence from around the world. This year we are celebrating our fifth anniversary and we are proud of our previous winners and finalists who helped us to stay true in our vision to make service design the new normal. Website
Category: Awards

THE 2020 YOUTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE

March 31 - June 26
Vancouver, Canada
The 2020 Youth Innovation Challenge hosted by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation invites North American youth aged 18 to 30 to propose innovative solutions to address environmental challenges and opportunities for communities in Canada, Mexico and the United States.

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Category: Competition

JOSEPH BINDER AWARD 2020

April 17
Vienna, Austria
The Joseph Binder Award is an international competition with a focus on graphic design and illustration and was first launched in 1996 by designaustria, the interest organization and knowledge centre for design in Austria. It is named after one of the most outstanding graphic designers and illustrators active in Austria between the two World Wars, who subsequently also revolutionized visual communication in the United States.

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WDO Member: designaustria
Category: Awards

DESIGN IN THE AGE OF EXPERIENCE 2020

April 19 - April 26
Milano, Italy
Dassault Systèmes, in partnership with leading architect Mamou-Mani, offers an inspiring journey into a post-plastic world at Superstudio Più, Via Tortona, 27 from April 19-26 during Milan Design Week 2020. Together we explore how designers and architects reinvent practices and materials, offering robust, sustainable alternatives to current models. Join us and discover the creative possibilities offered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to design for life. Be empowered to add your knowledge and experience. Learn from experts and explore trends and technologies revolutionizing the creation process at the heart of Milan Design Week.

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WDO MEMBER: Dassault Systèmes
Category: Exhibition

WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY 2020

April 26
Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. World IP Day 2020 puts innovation – and the IP rights that support it – at the heart of efforts to create a green future. Why? Because the choices we make today will shape our tomorrow. The earth is our home. We need to care for it.

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Category: International Day

HOSPITALITY DESIGN FAIR 2020

May 27 - May 28
Sydney, Australia
Hospitality Design Fair is the premier trade fair and conference for creative professionals who shape the hospitality interiors marketplace and create amazing spaces. As the only event in Australia focused exclusively on interior design and furniture for hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs, #HDF20 brings together designers, architects, owner/operators, purchasers, brand executives and manufacturers for two days of product discovery, inspiration, education and exceptional networking.

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Category: Trade show/Fair

DESIGNTALKS 2020

June 1 - June 30
Reykjavik, Iceland
The international conference DesignTalks is the signature event of DesignMarch, Iceland´s design festival. It is illustrating the spectrum of design and architecture, its relevance, power, potential and responsibility in today’s society. A full day of inspiration.

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Category: Festival, Other

THE BIENNALE 1.618 PARIS

June 5 - June 7
Paris, France
The Biennale, 1.618 Paris’s flagship event, is a unique experience that combines a marketplace, an innovation space, a contemporary art exhibition, and a think tank. Renowned from 2009 for its bold scenography, the event contributes to changing consumers’ behaviour by offering concrete, inspiring, alternatives and a different approach to sustainable development: raising awareness while fostering the sense of beauty.

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Category: Biennial

MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2020: THE FUORISALONE

June 16 - June 21
Milano, Italy
The Fuorisalone and the Salone del Mobile Week have united to define Milan Design Week, one of the world’s most important design events. For a week, Milan abounds with themed events, presentations, concerts, DJ sets and special projects related to the world of design, furniture and innovations in living solutions. Website
Category: Design week, Exhibition

WORLD INDUSTRIAL DESIGN DAY 2020

June 29
World Industrial Design Day 2020 celebrates the amazing power of ‘design for everyday life‘, recognizing the value and benefits of design on the products and services that make our lives easier and more efficient. Join us on WIDD2020 as we recognize the practicality of design, as well as reflect on our increasing obsession with things.

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WDO Event, World Industrial Design Day
Category: International Day, WDO event, World Industrial Design Day

GOOD DESIGN AWARDS 2020

July 9
Celebrating the best in design and architecture across 11 main design disciplines spanning 28 categories, Australia’s Good Design Awards is the nation’s highest design honour, recognising and rewarding design excellence since 1958. Now in its 62nd year, the Good Design Awards has a long and proud legacy of promoting the best in design to a global audience. Australia’s only international design awards open for 2020 entry.

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WDO Member: Good Design Australia
Category: Award ceremony, Awards

27th WORLD CONGRESS OF ARCHITECTS

July 19 - July 23
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
UIA2020Rio, the 27th World Congress of Architects, is taking place in Rio de Janeiro the 19-23 July of this year. Keynote speakers include Eduardo Souto de Moura, Solano Benitez, Elizabeth de Portzamparc, Tatiana Bilbao and Francis Kéré.

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Category: Congress

5TH ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL

September 26 - November 8
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and curated by Mariana Pestana, the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial will take place on 26 September – 8 November 2020. To be held with the title Empathy Revisited: designs for more than one, the biennial invites everyone from around the world to respond to the open call.

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Category: Biennial

RSD9 RELATING SYSTEMS THINKING AND DESIGN

October 13 - October 15
Ahmedabad, India
The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium series started in Oslo in 2012 with RSD1. The symposium series has the intention to promote and foster the emerging practices and theory development for systemic design for complex contexts. RSD has been held in Europe and North America, in Oslo, Banff, Toronto, Torino and Chicago. This time RSD will be held at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.

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WDO MEMBER: National Institute of Design (NID)
Category: Conference

HAY!YOUNGBIRDS! TALENT AWARD ASIA 2020

October 30
HAY! YoungBirds!is an international competition IP and a design stage created jointly by Danish contemporary design brand HAY, which endorses cross-cultural collaboration, and the Young Bird Plan, an international competition platform for global design talents. In 2020,this competition is committed to engaging more young, bold, and innovative designers who represent the contemporary Asia-Pacific market. The challenge is to design a single product or portfolio that belongs to Furniture, Lighting, or Accessories, and which mirrors the HAY brand values, including production, architecture, sustainability, and art.

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Category: Competition

DESIGNING FOR CHILDREN – PLAY AND LEARN

November 6 - November 8
Mumbai, India
The international event - Designing for Children 2020 with focus on - Play and Learn is scheduled to be held at Mumbai, India from 19 - 21 March 2020 and is being hosted by the IDC School of Design (IDC), at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai with support from India Design Association (InDeAs) and DesignIndia. This international event is aimed at deliberations and discussions concerning design issues related to children. The event is expected to throw light on the role of designing for children as related to design of objects, media and environment with a focus on play and learn.

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WDO Member: IIT Bombay
Category: Conference

8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH IN DESIGN ICORD21

January 7, 2021 - January 9, 2021
Mumbai, India
ICoRD’21 is the eighth in a series of conferences intended to be held every two years in India to bring together the international community from diverse areas of design practice, education and research.It will be held during 7th to 9th January 2021 at the IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai. It aims to showcase cutting edge research about design to the stakeholders; aid the ongoing process of developing and extending the collective vision through emerging research challenges and questions; and provide a platform for interaction, collaboration and development of the community in order for it to take up the challenges to realize the vision. The conference is intended for all stakeholders of design, and in particular for its practitioners, researchers, pupils and educators.

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WDO Member: IIT Bombay
Category: Conference
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