World Industrial Design Day 2018


In alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3: Good Health and Well‑being, World Industrial Design Day™ (WIDD) 2018 will explore ways design can help improve our physical, social, mental and emotional development.

Good health is a common state of being that we all strive to maintain. Its pursuit is universal. It is genderless, ageless, and crosses all nations and people. Most of us however, lack a sense of connection between good health, well-being and design.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as a ‘state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. To that end, World Industrial Design Day 2018 will not attempt to develop a new vaccine or explore a cure to any disease, but through the theme Design’s impact on Good Health and Well-Being, WIDD 2018 will engage a global dialogue around design-driven solutions to issues affecting physical, mental and social quality of life. It will scrutinize the quality of our built environment and evaluate its impact on healthy behavior.

Today, thanks to a substantial body of research and a number of high-profile projects, we now know a lot more than we once did about what matters most in people’s lives and how for example the structure of society impacts our well-being.

Participants are encouraged to showcase ways in which industrial design can incite happier, healthier and more enjoyable lifestyles by tackling a cross section of socioeconomic factors such as living and working conditions, as well as environmental factors such as air quality and noise and the design of communities and transportation systems to name but a few.


The achievement of the SDG for good health is strongly interlinked with other areas related to sustainable development.

It seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. The Goal addresses all major health priorities, including reproductive, maternal and child health, as well as communicable, non-communicable and environmental diseases. It also aims to achieve universal health coverage and provide access for everyone to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and vaccines. Lastly, SDG3 calls for more research and development, increased health financing, and strengthened capacity of all countries in health risk reduction and management.

Learn more about the targets for SDG3

Take part

We need you! Member participation in WIDD events was at an all time high the last year. Online, we reached 1.4 million people and left 3.3 million impressions through our social networks alone. This year we have to continue and improve ourselves!

Leading up to WIDD, members of the global design community are invited to contact to promote your events on WDO’s website and social media networks. You can also download the Ways to Celebrate” guide for ideas to plan an activity.

WIDD2018 highlights at a glance

WIDD2018 Events

These are some of the events that took place around the world to celebrate WIDD 2018

Event: Día Internacional del Diseñador Industrial

Host: Diseño Industrial UDEM

Date: 24 May 2018

Country: Mexico

Location: Galeria K2

A panel, discussions, an exhibition and a networking cocktail. UDEM alumni discuss their trajectory as entrepreneurs and share their opinion about this year’s theme set by The World Design Organization “Impact of design on good health and well-being”.


Event: Nagoya City Small-and Medium-sized Businesses Innovation Creation Project 2018, Design Application Study Group Workshop “Design Thinking: From Corporate Branding, Product Planning to Sales Promotion”

Host: International Design Center NAGOYA Inc.

Date: 20 June, 19 July, 29 August, 11 October, 13 November, 4 December

Country: Japan

Location: Creative Business Space Chord

Six days workshop comprised of seminars, workshops and presentations. Comprehensive mastery of design thinking by experiencing a series of processes of product planning and sales promotion based on corporate branding derived from rethinking the value of enterprises.


Event: DX Kids’ Day

Host: Design Exchange

Date: 24 June 2018

Country: Canada

Location: Design Exchange Museum

A free workshop for kids and families! Jonathan Loudon and the Swave Studios team will be teaching a lesson about Industrial Design before challenging participants to ideate, design, and build cardboard prototypes for their own products. Families will become design studios, selecting a design challenge and solving it by applying design thinking and rapid prototyping. At the end of the workshop, each studio will present their own product, ready for the assembly line! Admission is free, however, registration is required. DX Kids’ Day is generously supported by TD.


Event: International Integrated Design Camp

Host: Korea Institute of Design Promotion

Date: 25-29 June

Country: Korea

KIDP is hosting an International Integrated Design Camp during the last week of June, for students. The event is part of WIDD 2018 which falls on the last day of the camp.

Event: Life by Design: World ID Day @ Benilde Philippines

Host: De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

Date: 26-29 June 2018

Country: Philippines

Location: De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus

The Benildean Industrial Designers hosts the Philippines’ celebration through an inter-school design challenge on SDG#3, talks on packaging impact, interior+product design, student exhibit, and use of technology such as drones. Experiential activities are made open to the public featuring Adobe CC, Arduino workshops, to a Virtual Reality-based design and game competition.


Event: The World Industrial Design Day Cocktail and the ‘incubADIQ’ Prizes

Host: Association Des Designers Industriels (ADIQ)

Date: 28 June 2018

Country: Canada

Location: Espace BRP Montréal

ADIQ and BRP will celebrate International Industrial Design Day at a cocktail party on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Espace BRP. On this occasion, the big winners of the incubADIQ contest will be unveiled by its partners Yulex, ADI Accelerator, INBE, Cyclone.


Event: DIA NSW World Industrial Design Day 2018

Host: Design Institute Australia (DIA) NSW Branch

Date: 28 June

Country: Australia

Location: Dove & Olive

A drinks and dinner evening celebration of WIDD2018 offers design professionals, graduates and students an opportunity to meet, learn from and engage with other designers and to help build a more connected and collaborative design community for the future. Can design incite happier, healthier and more enjoyable lifestyles?


Event: WIDD Networking Event

Host: Design Institute Australia (DIA) Victoria Tasmania, together with event partner Autodesk

Date: 28 June 2018

Country: Australia

Location: The Terminus Hotel

This networking event provides design professionals, graduates and students a chance to engage with other designers, reflect on the future of the industry and catch up socially. We will also be showcasing “generative design” – an emerging design technique that uses software to generate permutations of a design solution, just like nature. For DIA members – Autodesk will be awarding a special prize on the night.


Event: IDesignMadrid

Host: AIDI

Date: 28, 29, 30 June

Country: Spain

Location: Central de Diseño

IDesignMadrid 2018 will be 28, 29 and 30 June in slaughterhouse, with the collaboration of Ayuntamiento de Madrid, DIMAD and World Design Organization, among others, to consolidate as The Annual meeting of industrial design in Madrid. IDesignMadrid 2018 will consist of a three-days fair, with stands representing some of the most relevant Spanish and International Industrial Design brands, showcasing their products and preparing activities for the audience, including students, amateur professionals and companies, among others. Related to the Health topic of this year, AIDI are also going to organize a new edition of “Diseñatón” (Designthon) with some local partners in order that some groups of designers can develop solutions for a challenge in this field.


Event:  CREATIO, the 7th annual design competition

Host: Vidya Darshan Charitable Trust in association with S.S. Rana & Co

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: India

The design competition CREATIO invites young creators to create new designs and aims to educate people, raise awareness and provides a platform for all to exhibit their talent. CREATIO invites designers to come up with any industrial design which may relate to any field including textile and fashion, furniture, household goods, home décor, pottery, jewellery, games, toys and sports or any other new design which would help to redefine the industry according to the SDG3 theme.


Event: Exhibition of Academic Projects

Host: School of Architecture and Design UAEM

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Mexico

Within the framework of the celebration for the International Day of Design, this exhibition of academic projects on Welfare and Health aims to showcase the talent of industrial design students from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico campus Toluca, Chalco Valley and Zumpango.


Event: NID Facebook Campaign

Host: Norwegian Industrial Designers (NID)

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Norway

Location: NID Facebook page

If you are working on exciting projects on this topic, share it on the NID Facebook group so the rest of the world can enjoy what’s happening here. Tag with #widd2018 #n #norskedesignere #norwegiandesigners #nid #norsk_industridesign @World Industrial Design Day 2018 @NID – Norske Industridesignere.


Event:  Social media event

Host: German Design Council

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Germany

Location: German Design Council Facebook page

Exemplary award-winning products of German Design Award winners from institutional members and newcomer designers will be posted, companies and products from the German Design Council members that work on design for good health and well-being will be presented.


Event: Workshops and Open House Exhibition

Host: Design Center of the Philippines

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Philippines

Location: Robins Design Center

Design talks, workshops, and an open house exhibition are organized to learn and discuss design for good health and well-being. International and homegrown design champions from diverse fields will be exchanging ideas on designing a well-lived life, tackling specific industrial design projects that successfully influenced social innovation in health and well-being.


Event: The 6th edition of the Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair (SZIDF)

Host: Shenzhen Industrial Design Profession Association (SIDA)

Date: 5-7 November 2018

Country: China

Location: Hall 2, Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center

SZIDF is the largest industrial design fair in Asia. It’s a modern design trade fair that presents the latest products, technologies, materials, services to China’s brand companies and manufacturers, retailers and specifies. SZIDF is hosted by People’s Government of Shenzhen Municipality, organized by Shenzhen Industrial Design Profession Association (SIDA).


Event:  Guest Speakers

Host: Association of Designers of India (ADI)

Date: 30 June 2018

Country: India

Location: WeWork EGL

Association of Designers of India’s (ADI) Bengaluru chapter brings together three speakers who can engage with this theme from different perspectives. The first perspective would be from a clinician, focusing around challenges that they face which could be well-served through design solutions. Manoj Pavithran will talk about traditional Indian health thinking and practice combined with design, to approach one’s own health. Pratyusha Pareddy will talk about entrepreneurship and design as applied to a health concern.


Event:  World Industrial Day 2018 at Caroma

Host: Design Institute (DIA) South Australia / Northern Territory Branch

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Australia

Location: Caroma Norwood

Hear from a range of panelists discussing design’s impact on good health and well-being, accompanied by drinks and nibbles.


Event:  Video Releases

Host: the design spot – Université Paris-Saclay

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: France

Location: The Design Spot website

The Design Spot unveils a series of testimonials from representatives of French design to help you discover the different aspects of this ever-evolving discipline. They work for major industrial groups, large agencies or run their own studio. These professionals have agreed to share their personal vision of design, its role and place in society and its links with business, innovation or scientific research.


Event:  Inspiring Innovation Through Creative Connections across Europe Workshop

Host: WORTH Partnership Project

Date: 28 June 2018

Country: Hungary

Location: Bálna Budapest

Presentations, lectures, showcased prototypes, and networking opportunities are intended for creatives, crafters, designers, artists, tech-partners, SME manufacturers and everyone working in the fashion and design industry who want to discover new opportunities for successful development of their creative projects.


Event:  All Together in Izmir – Cocktail

Host: Izmir Mediterranean Academy, Branch of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality 

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Turkey

Location: Historical Gasworks Cultural Center

As a former World Design Capital (WDC) 2020 candidate, the city of Izmir pursues its design oriented vision within different collaborations with World Design Organization (WDO)™. The Izmir Metropolitan Municipality brings the WDO board of directors with WDO Turkey members and the design communities in Izmir within a cocktail party to celebrate the World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) all together. 



Event:  PechaKucha Night León Vol.8

Host: Rethink Mexico, College of Guanajuato Designers and Wikia Design Boutique

Date: 28 June 2018

Country: Mexico

Location: Rey Compadre Patio Bar

Industrial and product designers will talk about projects, local design, entrepreneurship and Mexican design.


Event:  Translation of the WDO Code of Ethics to Chinese

Host: Golden Pin Design Award

Date: 25 June 2018

Country: Taiwan

Location: Golden Pin Design Award Website

To mark the annual World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) on June 29, the Golden Pin Design Award has translated the World Design Organization (WDO) Code of Ethics. The Traditional Chinese translation aims to promote ethics in Huaren Design and advance the quality of design in the Chinese-speaking world.


Event:  Design Dialogue – Media Luncheon

Host: Design Council of Hong Kong

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Hong Kong

Location: Mira Hong Kong

There will be a design dialogue among Industrialist, designer, representative of Industrial association and representative from Design institute, they will talk about the importance of design / innovation for Industrial transformation, the development opportunities and economic impact.

Event:  Academic Collaboration, Midterm Progress Report

Host: Tama Art University

Date: 5 April – 12 July 2018

Country: Japan

Location: Tama Art University

Tama Art University Product Design students are collaborating with students from the School of Nursing and Rehabilitation Sciences of Showa University on the topic of aging. Japan is a super-ageing society with almost a quarter of its population aged 65 years or older. Decades of improving life expectancy and falling birth rates have produced a demographic shift that is threatening to overwhelm the health care and social support systems. By exploring the concepts of ‘activities of daily living’ (ADL) and ‘activities parallel to daily living’ (APDL) the students gain a deeper insight into rehabilitation with the ultimate goal of  creating design-driven solutions that improve the quality of life of older people facing daily living difficulties.

Link to Tama

Link to Showa

Event:  Designers Night

Host: Industrial Designers Association (ENTA)

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Turkey

Location: bantmag bina

ENTA will celebrate WIDD2018 with their traditional “Designers Night” event, which includes a “Quiz” about good health and well-being and surprise gifts.


Event:  Helsinki Designing Better Life – Campaign

Host: City of Helsinki

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Finland

Location: City of Helsinki web page and social media channels

In Helsinki design has always been part of building the everyday well-being of people and equal start for all. City of Helsinki will bring forth some solutions and products designed to make life better and healthier. The examples are ranging from a design innovation by a mother who wanted to help her newborn child to the designed solutions of Finland’s beloved New Children’s Hospital to be opened in September. 2018. #Helsinki #DesigningBetterLife 


Event:  Design talk and networking event: Design in the industry


Date: 30 June 2018

Country: El Salvador

Location: Maktub Cultural Café

We aim to generate a healthy community of designers in El Salvador by sharing knowledge and experiences. The career of industrial design is so new, that when the industry needed industrial designers they didn’t find. So designers from of others fields such as interior and graphic design, had to focused their skills to help the companies. We will talk with a couple of these designers about their transition into a more industrial mindset and how they adjusted their natural talents to improve the companies in which they have worked. So it’s important to ge to know closely what happened and what others design specialties have done before, so we can build on that to go further together. With the same focus on having a healthier life, we can’t ignore the violent situation we have in El Salvador, that is why this time we partnered with Maktub Café, a place downtown that is trying to bring back peace and culture to the historic district. Amazing views from the rooftop and amazing designers makes the perfect occasion to get together and celebrate the design as a community.


Event: Design Explosion, the exhibition of student projects – Village Slapnik and Campus Krka

Host: Faculty of Design, Associated Member of University of Primorska

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Slovenia

Location: House of Design Management and Innovation

An exhibit of some of the SDG3-related student works – Renovation of abandoned Slovenian village Slapnik and the concept of Campus Krka for malnourished children. Both projects are socially responsible projects, made under the supervision of mentors from the Faculty of Design. After the renovation of the village Slapnik, groups of people such as  refugees, homeless people, ex prisoners, and young families without incomes would be set up in village Slapnik, which lies 360 meters above sea level and offers a diverse terrain with quality conditions for growing olive tree, wine yards and fruits. Campus Krka is a property for holiday purposes for malnourished children and children coming from socially week families. The campus is a charity project where children and parents or other guardians would come to play and relax.


Event: Good Health and Well Being: Panel and Graduation Project Presentations, accompanied by design schools graduation projects exhibition.

Host: Middle East Technical University (METU)

Date: Panel and Presentations: 19 June 2018, Exhibition 19-29 June 2018

Country: Turkey

Location: UCTEA Chamber of Architects, Ankara Branch

The event comprised of a seminar about “Good Health” and “Well Being” concepts which provided a theoretical background for graduation project presentations from each of five Industrial Design Schools followed by a discussion in which the panelists shared their academic and professional experiences. An exhibition of selected graduation projects from five schools accompanied the event.


Event: Endüstriyel Tasarımda Genç Deneyimler: Forum / Forum: Young Experiences in Industrial Design

Host: Middle East Technical University (METU)

Date: 27 June 2018

Country: Turkey

Location: UCTEA Chamber of Architects, Istanbul Buyukkent Branch

The event provides an open forum for young graduates of industrial design departments to share their experiences in following different career paths either as employees in corporate environments or entrepreneurs trying to build their own businesses. The Forum starts with the experience sharing session of five industrial designers and continues as an open platform for all the attendees.


Event: Design therapy – Let’s celebrate the World Industrial Design Day together

Host: The Hungarian Design Council

Date: 28 June 2018

Country: Hungary

Location: Bálna Budapest

How to achieve physical and mental health and well-being through the tools of design? Meet and test health design products! Plus learn at various business development programmes: What ideas and interventions does your business need to raise the interest of an investor? How can you find a manufacturer via an international project? Come to see us – for the sake of your business’s health and well-being!


Full programme in English

Event: Design of patrimonial Tourist Experiences (Diseno de Experiencias Turisticas)


Date: 29 June 2018 (closing day)

Country: Colombia

Location: San Andres

A group of students on the Island of San Andrés – Colombia- promote co-creation work involving designers, anthropologists and the local community.


Event: Design Primer: Industrial Design Week

Host: The Design School at Arizona State University

Date: June 25-29, final presentations on June 29

Country:  United States

Location: Tempe, Arizona

The Design Primer is a 5-week summer course at The Design School. High school students explore all areas of design education, one per week. Today during Industrial Design week, students will debut final projects demonstrating solutions to social challenges through design skills: visual organization, creative / spacial thinking and model construction.


Video Link

Event: Launching the new motto in alignment with the SDG#3

Host: Ceraheat Oy

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Finland

Location: Ceraheat social media and website

Ceraheat has created an entirely new heating solution to cover needs for targeted and energy saving heating. Ceraheat heating solutions are able to improve the air-quality and well-being. Ceraheat’s cares people’s health and well-being and also saving our nature. Our new motto will be ”CERAHEAT CARES”.


Twitter: #ceraheat

LinkedIn: Anita Saariaho

Instagram: Ceraheat

Event: Physical exercise challenge with health stations

Host: CORD

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Colombia

Location: Plaza de Nariño

CORD, in association with the Industrial Design program at the University of Nariño, has developed four “healthy stations” that will invite people in the Plaza de Nariño to perform physical activity in a playful way, oriented towards this year’s WIDD theme of ‘good health and well-being’. The idea is to contribute to the development of healthy initiatives that allow people to get out of the routine and exercise in their daily journeys.


Event: World Industrial Design Day 2018 Celebration

Host: Industrial Designers Society of Turkey (ETMK) Istanbul Branch

Date: 29 June 2018

Country: Turkey

Location: TAK

Industrial Designers Society of Turkey (ETMK) Istanbul Branch celebrates World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) 2018 with ‘designers’ talks, documentary screening and cocktail’ within the scope of ‘Design’s Impact on Good Health and Well-Being’ which is the theme of World Design Organization (WDO) in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3.