Montreal (Canada) What would happen if design projects and initiatives with the potential to change the world were given the opportunity to tell their story? The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is proud to unveil the World Design Impact Prize, an innovative and interactive design prize dedicated to recognizing, empowering and stimulating socially responsible design projects and initiatives around the world.

Starting 22 February 2011 at, Icsid will begin accepting nominations from member organisations for exceptional industrial design led projects and initiatives that exemplify progress, impact and social responsibility in design.

“We at Icsid truly believe that the World Design Impact Prize has the potential to be a great vehicle for social, cultural, economic and environmental progress throughout the world,” stated Icsid President Dr. Mark Breitenberg. “This new prize concept will create an international platform to encourage and promote projects that are solving actual social and humanitarian problems using the processes of the expanding field of industrial design.”

A unique characteristic of the World Design Impact Prize is the unprecedented international selection process created to decide the winner. This will consist of over 160 Icsid Member organisations voting to determine the Prize winner through a collective internal selection, developed to involve local and regional communities. With each Icsid Member organisation casting their vote online, the selection process will bring together a tremendously accomplished group of leaders, pioneers and educators from the international industrial design community to determine the inaugural World Design Impact Prize winner. The official voting will be preceded by a public review process in which all nominated design projects and initiatives will be visible online for the public to view, critique, rate and share throughout their networks.

“For the past three years Icsid has worked hard to create a project that will advance responsible design around the world, draw on the unrivalled expertise of our members and include the participation and interaction of the public,” declared Dr. Breitenberg. “With the involvement of individuals working to improve their communities through design, Icsid Members and design enthusiasts worldwide, Icsid will take a great leap towards its vision of creating a world where design enhances quality of life.”

The World Design Impact Prize will culminate in the announcement of the Prize winner at the XXVII Icsid General Assembly on 27-28 October 2011 in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), immediately following the inaugural 2011 IDA Congress held on 24-26 October.

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For more information, please contact:
Rafael Mayor-Mora
Icsid Communications Manager
t: + 1 514 448 4949 ext. 223

About the World Design Impact Prize

The World Design Impact Prize is a biennial designation created to recognize, empower and stimulate socially responsible design projects around the world. Established by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), the World Design Impact Prize will honour and reward industrial design driven projects that are making a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and/or environmental quality of life.

By drawing from the expertise of Icsid’s network, the World Design Impact Prize creates an exciting opportunity for members and the general public to play an active role in recognising and honouring projects, and project partners, that create a better world through design. Furthermore, the establishment of a prize specifically for industrial design driven projects will produce tangible examples, best practices and socially responsible industrial designs that will help shape the future of the profession.

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 50 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.