World Industrial Design Day 2016

The theme for World Industrial Design Day 2016 was Youth in Design. Youth are the leaders of tomorrow and we believe that we need to engage more fully with this important cohort of industrial designers, who represent the future of our industry.

WIDD 2016: Youth in Design not only celebrated the contributions of young industrial designers to the world, but also served as an opportunity to consult with young designers (and those who are young at heart), internationally. We explored the attitudes, values, and skills that young designers bring to the profession, identified how these can be best nurtured in the industry, and examined how youth can play a pivotal role in social and organizational change.

For the occasion, we published an Op-Ed addressing the shift in the industry with young industrial designers at the helm, called Youth and Design – A Powerful Combination.

The objectives of WIDD 2016:

  • Celebrate the contributions of young designers in industrial design
  • Consult with young designers in the millennial cohort
  • Raise awareness of industrial design and its role in effecting positive change

WIDD 2016 took on even more meaning as we launched our new website and presented the visual identity for our new name, World Design Organization, which came into effect on 1 January 2017.

Read about how World Industrial Design Day was celebrated around the world.


World Industrial Design Day 2016 Events


(Argentina) – Information coming soon.

El Salvador

IDWEEK will celebrates World Industrial Design Day on 2 July by organizing a focus group to discuss the new generation of industrial designers and discussing the future collaboration with young designers.


In Budapest (Hungary), an event was organized for World Industrial Design Day by Budapest Design Week and the MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and two former winners of exhibitors (Szalkai Daniel Maacraft, the social workshops, and Alberto Vasquez from ingedesign), followed by a roundtable meeting held in Anker’tben.


Meet the Media Guru: Luigi Ferrara

In Milan, the fourth round of the cycle organized by Meet the Media Guru and the Milan Triennale to learn about global innovation in terms of design and the future of the city. On the occasion of World Industrial Design Day 2016, Luigi Ferrara, architect and Canadian designer of Italian descent , will present the results of the special programme Future Ways of Living, the Summer School hosted in Cascina Triulza notification area, Expo.

For World Industrial Design Day, the following will be taking part in the activites: Luisa Bocchietto , President-Elect of ICSID and Past President of ADI; Giovanna Talocci, vice president of ADI, designer Odoardo Fioravanti, Lorenzo Goldaniga of the Youth Group of ADI Lombardia, and design students selected for the XXIV Compasso d’Oro ADI in Giovani Targa section. The meeting is open to any contribution from the public. The WIDD 2016 meeting is organized by ADI in collaboration with Icsid. Download the invitation (italian only).


Information coming soon.

South Korea

Our board member, Eunjoo Maing, will help organize a Pecha Kucha of six young designers with Icsid member, Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) on 29 June. The theme will be the Future of the design profession: Young designers’ dream and challenge.

Location: Oullim Plaza, Korea Design Center
Time: 17:00 – 20:00


Istanbul (Turkey)


Icsid member DIA Victoria Tasmania, together with event partner Intercad invites you to join them in celebrating World Industrial Design Day, recognising the work and impact of industrial designers at Beer DeLuxe, Federation Square, on Wednesday 29 June. A DIA student member will be awarded a free education copy of solidworks, courtesy of Intercad. Tickets are limited, so please book as soon as possible.

Time: 18:00-21:00
Location: Beer DeLuxe – Federation Square, (Between NGV Atrium & ACMI), Melbourne


To celebrate the World Industrial Design Day, focusing on young designers, Ornamo introduced an internationally orientated Finnish designer who gets her inspiration from people.

Anu Nokua, currently working at Pentagon Design, finds empathy as her strongest asset: understanding everyday issues from the user’s perspective.


The Vidya Darshan Rana Charitable Trust will be hold its fifth annual design competition, “Creatio”, on the occasion of World Industrial Design Day. Deadline to submit entries will be 24 June. For more information on the competition, please download the flyer here.

On the occasion of World Industrial Design Day 2016 on the 29th June 2016, India Design Council and National Institute of Design, with the support of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Government of India had organized a session on Make in India = Good Design = India Design Mark. The event was attended by a number of notable design professionals including former Icsid board member, Prof. Pradyumna Vyas, Director of the National Institute of Design and Member Secretary of the India Design Council. Read more here.


In Setagaya, Icsid member Tama Art University has submitted videos of their young designers, which will be included in our WIDD 2016 video for our Youth in Design celebration. More to come!

In Osaka, our members Japan Institute of Design Promotion and Japan Industrial Designers Associaton will be holding their annual WIDD meeting this 25 June at the Knowledge Salon.

Location: Knowledge Salon, North building 7F, Grand Front Osaka
Time: 14:00 – 17:30


The Department of Graphic and Industrial Design at the Universidad Catolica in Asuncion, Paraguay, will celebrate World Industrial Design Day for a whole week from 24-29 June. Presentations will revolve around the thermoformation process and different types of rapid prototyping.


Barcelona, Madrid and Málaga (Spain) – Information coming soon.

United States

The Industrial Design Department at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama (United States) will hold their annual cook out on their school grounds. Offering industrial design students a chance to network and enjoy the start of the summer.


Icsid members BRP, ADIQ (ACID) and the Icsid Secretariat and board member, Mario Gagnon, will be holding its celebration at the BRP Space in Montreal this 29 June. For the theme of Youth in Design, they will also be inviting winners of the Canadian national industrial design student competition.

The city of Calgary will issue a letter of recognition for World Industrial Design Day and the Calgary Product Design MeetUp will hold an event that will be streaming a live broadcast of the event at the BRP Space in Montreal.
Location: Innovate Calgary at Alastair Ross Technology Centre, Boardroom 5, 3553 31 Street Northwest, Calgary
Time: 7:00-8:00pm

Another new edition to our list Canadian industrial designers, we have John Greg Ball’s Industrial Design Studio will be celebrating on 29 June with a breakfast lecture at the SAIT Polytechnic University in Calgary.

A city proclamation will be signed at Canada’s capital, Ottawa, signed by mayor Jim Watson. This was made possible with the great help of Thomas Garvey, who is part of our Icsid membership at Carleton University.

This year the Canadian Intellectual Property Office will be holding a Facebook Live event with the Canada Business Network on 29 June! Catch their live Q&A on registering intellectual property for industrial designers. It will air at 12:00pm EST.


For the first time, the City of Montpellier will celebrate 29 June as World Industrial Design Day. In addition, the city will be organizing a three day event celebrating the theme Youth in Design with public exhibitions and lectures, along with demo tours for students.

Our board member, Gilles Rougon, in collaboration with Icsid member, Strate School of Design in Paris, will help host a discussion panel with young designers for WIDD on 29 June.


In Tehran (Iran), the industrial design community has been celebrating World Industrial Design Day since 2010. For the third consecutive year, the Institute for Culture and Art Studies (ICAS) has hosted the event for the design community to convene. This year, under the theme of Youth in Design, several lectures were held including 12 presentations by 12 industrial designers. For photos of the event, follow them on Instagram at @widd1395.


Our future World Design Capital 2018, Mexico City, will be planning their WIDD celebration with ADM, the Centre for the Arts and New Media, featuring a presentation of their collective projects. It will include designers and visual artists who create community projects in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood. A second phase will include sharing concepts towards WDC 2018 to generate questions and feedback, which will take place at the Muca Roma museum, with Jesko Fezer of Studio Experimentelles Design.

In the city of Monterrey, with the help of our young designer interviewee, Monica Espinosa, the University of Monterrey will be holding a panel discussion with young professional industrial designers on 29 June.


Icsid member De La Salle College of Saint Benilde will be celebrating World Industrial Design Day by holding design talks over a week long session. From 27 June to 2 July, the school will also celebrate 25th anniversary of its industrial design programme.

Taiwan (Chinese Taipei)

WDC Taipei 2016 will be holding several events over the course of several days for World Industrial Design Day. Starting on 25 June, seven WDC designers will be hosting a Pecha Kucha in Huashan Creative Park. On 30 June, GK Design Group will share their experience with signage with the locals. On 2 July there will be a workshop to use recycled materials to create a toy. On 30 June and 8 July, two lectures will be held at the Huashan Creative Park and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum.


Montevideo (Uruguay) – Information coming soon.

Young Designer Profiles

For the month of June, we’ve interviewed and highlighted young industrial designers from around the world to see what they had to say about their profession and what they are looking forward to.