Industrial Design

Designing goods that do good.

Calling all Industrial Designers! Be there and speak up when the WDS Congress brings together 6 major design disciplines with the mission of charting a new way forward for a future driven by design.

Delegates are invited to speak up and take an active role in the Congress by submitting a proposal in answer to the 108 provocative topics. Panels, workshops and sessions will focus on the transformative power of design and explore a new vision of the designer as a creative leader in society, business, culture and governance.

With the participation of the International Council of Design, the Association of Canadian Industrial Designers and the Association des Designers industriels du Québec, the Congress promises to be the world’s premier gathering of visionaries and trailblazers in design.

Industrial Design Topics

108 open and provocative questions drive the Congress program and have been designed to stimulate answers from all design-related disciplines.
    Here are some of the topics that relate specifically to Industrial Design:
  1. 4 Design, manufacturing and environmental challenges
    The design and production of new products⁄projects call for consideration of environmental challenges by designers and their clients. However, taking into account the position of the designers in the design and manufacturing process, how can they create a space of resistance and present relevant solutions for the environment? How can the designer find a balance between economic pressure and urgency to act in an eco-responsible way?
  2. 5 Responsible design and sustainable society
    Responsible design integrates the concepts of eco-design and sustainable development in the creation process. How can this concept of eco-design be brought to the consumer and distributor level? What are these actors’ responsibilities towards products from outside this approach?
  3. 59 Beauty and Identity: A humanist approach
    Beauty is a subject of debate in design. If, at the dawn of the emergence of modern design, beauty evoked the need to introduce a form of humanism in industrial production, it has too often been relegated to its cosmetic dimension. How can beauty be reinvested in its humanist dimension in design, and how can it bring the very foundations of the social responsibility of design with it?
  4. 73 Designers in decision-making processes
    The designer’s role throughout the market is transforming. Today there is wide recognition that designers have the knowledge and skills to inform the decision-making process on the whole by identifying and framing issues, which is above and beyond their capacity for simple technical resolution. How can the designer’s input help trigger a shift towards products, services and experiences that are better suited to meet the needs and aspirations of targeted populations and improve their quality of life and well-being?
  5. 77 Sustainable products, low-cost products
    ‘Low cost’ products are too often designed with the simple goal of reducing costs to a minimum without respecting environmental values. What processes or innovative conceptual approaches could avoid such a compromise and offer sustainable and low-cost products?
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Call for Proposals

Deadline August 6th 2017

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