The sixth annual World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) is taking place on 29 June, with a series of events around the world that highlight the benefits that industrial design brings to individual’s lives and the world as a whole.

Inaugurated in 2007 by the non-profit organisation, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) on the occasion of its 50 anniversary, WIDD is an annual event to recognise the profession of industrial design.

The theme for 2013 is industrial design is ‘open’. It aims to showcase the inclusive, tangible and, above all, ubiquitous presence of industrial design in everyday life, from products through to services. Designers and the general public are encouraged to engage in the event through workshops, exhibitions, symposiums, webcasts and citywide programs that provide free admission to museums.

Industrial design impacts on everyone in society. From the products we use to the services we employ – in terms of both function and form – it’s about finding solutions to help make life easier. As such, WIDD is for everyone. It’s an opportunity for industrial designers to be celebrated, and for non-designers, it provides the chance to see how design impacts our daily experiences and to recognise the benefits of quality design.

This year, 10 cities have proclaimed an official World Industrial Design Day, and events will take place in 20 countries across every continent. As well as the traditional big players in industrial design, such as Italy, Germany, Taiwan and the United States, smaller and emerging design centres and nations will be represented, including Paraguay, El Salvador, Canada, Latvia, Ireland, South Africa and Malaysia.

Celebrate WIDD in Australia
In Australia, the Design Institute of Australia with hold a joint exhibition with the Southeast University-Monash University Joint Graduate School in Suzhou, while the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane is hosting a full day of activities, including a design competition and cocktail reception.

In Melbourne, the Victorian Industrial Design Practice Group is running a design-industry networking event at the Mountain Goat Brewery, while Perth’s Form Designs will salute “nature’s greatest industrial design project”, AKA the humble egg, at a breakfast event.

Visit the Icsid events page for further information.

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