Established in 2017 for WDO’s 60th anniversary, the World Design Medal™ honours an individual who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the industrial design profession.

The World Design Medal recognizes the impact one individual has had on their peers, in their local design community and internationally. Following a public nomination process, a selection committee consisting of WDO Board Members and Senators evaluates the nominations and selects the recipient. 

The inaugural 2017 World Design Medal was presented to German industrial designer Hartmut Esslinger at the 30th World Design Assembly in Torino. In 2022, American industrial designer Dr. Patricia Moore was named as the recipient of the second cycle of the World Design Medal.

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