Montreal (Canada) – First declared on June 29, 2007 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), World Industrial Design Day has been established to mark the development and evolution of industrial design throughout the course of its history.

To celebrate World Industrial Design Day 2009, design students from Icsid Member Schools are put to the challenge to design a poster that illustrates the importance of industrial design to humankind. The poster can be a creative illustration or an illustration of the design of a product that captures the theme “Industrial Design – The product of human creativity”.

Industrial Design – The product of human creativity

Competition brief
One distinctive attribute that separates humans from every other species on earth is our capacity to be creative. Our insatiable imagination and curiosity over millions of years has made possible a steady step by step progression of questioning, exploring, learning, inventing and designing the world we live in.

Industrial design has evolved into the profession that creates and shapes our modern world. Industrial designers of our future will draw on the past to create a better world for us all – shaping everything from the products we use to the houses we live in and the buildings we work under.

The competition is open exclusively to design students enrolled in an Icsid Member School, at no fee. View the complete list of Icsid Member Schools.

Selection of winner
One (1) winning entry will be selected and will be used by Icsid and distributed in digital format (PDF) to its network of members for promotional initiatives relating to World Industrial Design Day 2009.


In addition to having his/her poster utilised as the official World Industrial Design Day 2009 poster, the selected winner will be awarded with one (1) free registration to attend the Icsid World Design Congress in Singapore 23-25 November 2009 (including participation at the educational conference on 22 November 2009).

This prize includes a round-trip ticket from his/her city to Singapore and hotel accommodations for five (5) nights. Note: Icsid will arrange all hotel and travel accommodations.

Judging criteria
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Interpretation of theme
  • Clarity of message
  • Originality of design or innovative concept
  • Artistic merit

Deadline for submissions
Monday, 4 May 2009, 11:59 PM EST.

For complete competition details and to download the entry form, please visit the event page.

For more information, please contact:
Andréa Springer
Icsid Communications Manager
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext. 232

About World Industrial Design Day
First declared on June 29, 2007 on the occasion of Icsid’s 50th anniversary, World Industrial Design Day is an international day of observance in recognition of the profession of industrial design.

Through a series of international events on June 29, World Industrial Design Day will provide designers and like-minded design enthusiasts from a wide spectrum of professions with a channel to engage with one another. It is an opportunity to accentuate industrial design’s role in improving the economic, social, cultural and environmental quality of life around the world. Consequently, it is an affirmative step towards fostering a global understanding of design and all that it encompasses.