World Industrial Design DAy 2017

Thinking Outside The Box: A manifesto for responsible production and consumption

In 2016, young designers told us that one of the ways in which industrial design can make a positive difference in the world is through sustainable design.

We were so inspired by this, that we decided to highlight the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #12, Responsible Consumption and Production, to mark the occasion of World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) in 2017. We asked industrial designers from around the world to showcase how they are designing more sustainable products.


#WIDD2017 around the world

On 29 June, World Industrial Design Day was celebrated in 34 countries in 6 regions around the world where WDO has members.

Over 100 design organizations and companies mobilized to organize and participate in WIDD activities. For more information on the events held, see the interactive map below.


Exchanging ideas

We were so inspired by all of the creative, out of the box events and activities organized internationally. Members of the design community marked the day with activities such as panel discussions, workshops, design competitions, exhibits, gallery installations, networking events and presentations.


Member Engagement

We couldn’t have done it without you. Member activation was at an all time high in 2017. Online, we reached 1.4 million people and left 3.3 million impressions through our social networks alone. Thank you for all who participated in this global movement for change online.


WIDD 2017 Events

DIA Victoria Tasmania, together with event partner Autodesk invites you to join us in celebrating World Industrial Design Day, recognising the work and impact of industrial designers at the Terminus Hotel, Richmond on Thursday 29 June.

This year’s theme is “thinking outside the box” encouraging designers to think about their work more holistically. Can emerging technologies and software influence how we design future products?

This networking event is part of a global celebration with the World Design Organisation and provides design professionals, graduates and students a chance to engage with other designers, reflect on the future of the industry and catch up socially.

There will also be a special software offer from Autodesk for attendees on the night.

It is a free event and all are welcome. Registration is essential.

Date: Thursday 29th June
Venue: Terminus Hotel – Level 1 Bar, 605 Victoria St, Richmond
Time: 6pm– 9pm
Tickets: Free. Registration is essential.

Any enquiries please contact

Trio | Challenge Your Design

Date: 9 and 23 June, and 7 July 2017

Budapest Design Week will be releasing their Budapest Design Map on World Industrial Design Day. More information below:

Date: 29 June 2017
Website: Budapest Design Map Event

The Industrial Design Department of the University of Monterrey (Mexico) celebrated 45 years of Industrial Design for World Industrial Design Day.

UDEM’s Facebook Page 

A special design exhibition will be held at the MUSA – Museo de Sillas Asunción hosted by the Department of Design Catholic University Our Lady of Asunción.

Date: 29 June 2017

The Industrial Designers Association of Turkey (ETMK) will be holding an event on 29 June at the Koletif House Levent!

Date: 29 June 2017
Venue: Kolektif House Levent
Esentepe Mahallesi, Talatpaşa Cd. No:5, 34394 Şişli
Istanbul (Turkey)
The event is free through registration:

The Industrial Designers Association will be holding their WIDD celebration in partnership with the W Istanbul for their annual Designers’ Night.

Date: 29 June 2017
Venue: W Istanbul, Secret Garden
Süleyman Seba Cad. No: 22, Akaretler
Istanbul (Turkey)
Event page: Facebook Event
Entrance is free.

This year, IDWEEK is inviting a young community of designers from El Salvador to surpass fears and create awesome opportunities and skills for networking during an event with surprise panelists for the WIDD 2017. 

Date: June 29th 2017
Venue: The Carrot Concept, Av. Las Palmas, Pasaje 6, # 114, Colonia San Benito, San Salvador, Pasaje No 6 114, San Salvador
Free registration: EventBrite

The Bengaluru chapter of Association of Designers of India (ADI) is hosting an industry event on the occasion of the global event for World Industrial Design Day on June 29 – 1 July, 2017. The #WIDD2017, powered by Titan, aims to connect the complete design ecosystem in Bengaluru.

LUMIUM Organized an industry-institute interaction event for celebrating World Industrial Design Day on Jun 29, 2017. Industrial designers from LUMIUM conducted a design workshop at LJ college of Engineering in Ahmedabad, India. Objective of the workshop was to provide design insights to young engineers and help them understand the value of design in achieving responsible production and consumption. Engineering students, mentored by our designers, came up with several thoughtful ideas around sustainable designs solving various social and environmental issues.

Africa Design Days, under the High Patronage of His Majesty The King Mohammed VI of Morocco, will be hosting World Design Talks, addressing WIDD’s theme, Responsible Consumption and Production, during its three day event.

Date: 28-30 June 2017
Venue: The View Hotel
Avenue Ennakhil
Rabat (Morocco)
Website: Africa Design Days

The Benildean Industrial Designers will be holding a series of events for World Industrial Design Day over three days. Below is an official message of their event:

This year, BInD goes pink for WIDD 2017! We aim to celebrate not only the beauty of known forms and functions, but also the limitless possibilities that come with being a good Industrial Designer. Together, we can break barriers, surpass limitations, and explore great opportunities during WIDD 2017: Thinking Outside The Box, coming this June 27 – 30 at De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts.

Attend our workshops on June 27, at 9AM, and the various talks throughout the week featuring the likes of Kenneth Cobonpue and Lilliana Manahan.

Date: 27-30 June 2017
Venue: De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde, School of Design and Arts campus (SDA)
950 Pablo Ocampo St, Malate
Metro Manila (Philippines)
Free registration on EventBrite

The Association des Designers Industriels du Québec (ADIQ) is holding a networking cocktail during World Industrial Design Day, along to meet and greet the winner and finalists of incubADIQ, ADIQ’s first creative incubator.

Date: Thursday, 29 June 2017
Venue: Espace BRP
1290 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Montréal, QC, Canada
Time: 18:00-21:00
Free registration through EventBrite

This year’s edition of WIDD in Osaka (Japan) will have special guest speakers from: Design of Narita Express (N’EX), Mr. Kosuke Wakao; Design of Suzuki Swift, Mr. Yasukazu Yuuki; and Design of Kawasaki Motorbikes Mr. Toru Kimura.

Date: 24 June 2017
Venue: Knowledge Salon, North building 7F, Grand Front Osaka
Tickets: (Regular) 2500 yen (including one drink)
(JIDA members) 2000 yen (including one drink)
(Students) 1000 yen (including one drink)
Please mention “WIDD Osaka” and your name
Download: Osaka WIDD flyer


The Organization for Norwegian Industrial Designers (NID) celebrated World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) on 15 June, 2017 and organized an event in Drammen, Buskerud county.

They have organized an open event called ‘Design Magnet’. This event was focused on sustainability and the circular economy. The event ‘Biomimicry Norway’ held a mini workshop about the integration of circular economics into the design process. Furthermore, there were other lecturers with different angles on sustainability.

More information on Facebook

The Asociación de Ingenieros en Diseño Industrial (AIDI) will be holding an exciting four day event in celebration of World Industrial Design Day.  Surrounded by some of the best professionals in the field of industrial design in the Madrid community. Conferences, interviews, debates, contests, workshops… and lots of surprises!

Find out more (in Spanish only): EventBrite

Date: 28 June – 1 July 2017
Venue: Buenavista Cultural Center
Avenida de los Toreros, 5
Madrid (Spain)
Tickets: 15€-30€