Montreal (Canada) – The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has today announced that it will make its Guidelines for Design Awards and Design Competitions publicly available to encourage widespread application of these internationally-accepted best practices.

“This new approach of sharing Icsid’s knowledge and expertise is in complete alignment with the renewal of our organisation,” said Icsid President Dr. Brandon Gien. “We want to make sure these best practices are widely disseminated and used by the entire design community when implementing a design initiative.”

First developed in 1971 and reviewed and updated periodically, Icsid’s Guidelines provide the international standard for design awards and competitions, ensuring intellectual property protection as well as fair and respectful practices for all involved—participants, jurors, and organisers.

Previously available only to those undergoing a rigorous endorsement application and granting process, Icsid’s Guidelines will now be shared publicly for use and reference by the wider design community, as adopted in a motion by Icsid’s Board during its February 2015 meeting. Icsid Members are encouraged to follow the guidelines and use their ‘Member of Icsid’ logo to promote any design conference, competition, award, tradeshow, design week they host.

“As the world organisation for industrial design, we are committed to encouraging well-run design competitions and awards that meet international standards and invite the design community to benefit from our decision to make them open source,” said Ms. Dilki de Silva, Icsid Secretary General.

Icsid’s Guidelines will be updated periodically by Icsid’s Professional Practice Committee to reflect current international standards and practices. They are available for download under the Professional Practice Committee section of Icsid’s website.

About the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid serves as a unified voice of over 45 nations through which members can express their views and be heard on an international platform. Since its inception, Icsid has continued to develop its wide-reaching network of students and professionals devoted to the recognition, success and growth of the industrial design community. Together, professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies and corporations create a comprehensive and diverse system on the forefront of industrial design education and progress.

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