Istanbul (Turkey)Istanbul Technical University (ITU) announced today that new dates have been confirmed for the 2013 International Design Alliance Congress, which will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) from the 15-17 November 2013. Under the theme “Design Dialects”, the congress will encourage a dialogue about the value of design-based collaboration between the disciplines of industrial design, communication design, interior architecture/design with government leaders, INGO’s, business, science and technology, education and the social sciences.

The proposed theme is a metaphor for confrontation, conversation and collaboration to enable creation and exchange of discourses about, for and by design during the professional dialogues among its different agents. The unique culture and the congress theme will be weaved together to offer participants a stimulating programme and exciting social events.

When asked about the upcoming event, Dr. Alpay Er, Head of the Department of Industrial Product Design at ITU and head of the local congress organising committee stated, “Istanbul is a living design lab where the city is experiencing a ‘design renaissance’ characterised by increasing internationalisation, rapid expansion and the diversification of design education. We strongly believe that the IDA Congress will mark a milestone within the perspective of positioning Istanbul as a leading actor within the global design network.”

The visual identity of the 2013 IDA Congress is also being launched, which has been customised by prominent Turkish graphic designer Sadik Karamustafa. The event’s concept borrows from the main congress identity originally designed and developed by Pentagram, but sets itself apart by visually representing the signature cultural intersection of Istanbul where North meets South and East meets West. It is a “map within a map” that emphasises the paradoxical location of the city that is divided by a sea and unified by two bridges.

The key congress visual will be used in different colours, each of them referring to different events and sections of the former.

With less than a year until the congress, organisers are also launching the call for papers for the education conference, which will take place on 15 November 2013. The deadline for submissions is 7 January 2013. More information is available on the newly designed congress website at

For more information about the congress, please contact:
– Istanbul Technical University, Department of Industrial Product Design

– Allison DaCosta
Icsid Project Manager
IDA Congress
t: +1 514 448 4949 ext: 235

For more information about the education conference, please contact:
– Ms. Miray Boğa, Education & Research Conference Secretariat

About the International Design Alliance (IDA) and its partners

Established in 2003, by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) and the International Council of Communication Design (Icograda), the International Design Alliance (IDA) is a strategic venture between the international organisations representing design. The IDA serves as the collective voice for all disciplines, advocating the mutual interest of all design professions. In September 2008, the IDA welcomed the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) to the alliance as the third partner.

The IDA Partners have previously held individual biennial congresses and together they organised a ‘Joint Congress’ every six years, including the following locations: 1981 – Helsinki (Finland), 1987 – Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 1993 – Glasgow (Scotland), 1999 – Sydney (Australia), 2005 – Copenhagen (Denmark). In 2011, the ‘IDA Congress’ replaced the individual biennial and joint congresses. The new model was launched in Taipei (Taiwan, Chinese Taipei).

About the congress organisers (ITU)

Established in 1773, Istanbul Technical University (ITU), as a leading state university, defines and continues updating methods of engineering and design education in Turkey. It provides its students with modern educational facilities while retaining traditional academic values, as well as using its strong international contacts to mould young, talented individuals who can compete in the global arena. ITU, with its 18 150 undergraduate and 6500 graduate enrolled students, has 37 departments in 13 faculties, six different graduate schools and 11 research centers. Almost all undergraduate programs has been accredited by international bodies like ABET, EUA, NAAB, IMO. The vision of ITU is to rank among leading research universities globally.