World Design Day takes place on April 27 every year. It marks how design can change the world. Design has far-reaching impacts on our daily lives — much more than we realize. It exists in beautiful things around us — décor, artwork, landscaping. Design elevates the mundane, too. From flyers and roads to the chairs we sit on. Have you ever stopped to appreciate the high-tech sports gear you wear? Or the pedestrian path that makes walking such a pleasure? That’s the beauty of good design. It’s meaningful, inspirational, and exists all around us.
History of World Design Day
For most people, design is an ambiguous term. What appeals to one person or not is highly subjective. However, brilliant design will always achieve three core objectives. It is memorable, inspirational, and educational. The idea behind World Design Day came from Kim Paulsen, V.P. of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ico-D). The first edition was held on April 27, 1995, but it was named World Graphics Day then.
The initiative recognizes how design makes everyday life both beautiful and meaningful. The day celebrates all design aspects — aesthetics, form, and function. It also promotes several areas of design — visual communication, graphic design, awareness, promotion, management, and training worldwide.
World Design Day aims to inspire and raise general awareness of the value of design. Far from an abstract concept, design can change the world. History has ample examples. Great design is everywhere in our immediate environments. We only need to pause and take notice. Think innocuous objects like the stairs, tiles on the ground, or the packaging of our favorite items.
We know that design makes things look good. But in its various forms, the ultimate aim of the design is to improve the quality of life. It can dismantle barriers and make the world accessible to everyone. From wheelchairs that help you stand to phones that connect you to loved ones – good design makes life beautiful and the impossible achievable.
On World Design Day, designers everywhere celebrate their profession. The day calls on designers to harness their talents to improve public well-being. To channel their abilities to innovative solutions that meet the needs of their families, friends, and local environment.
World Design Day timeline
The evocative power of illustration comes to life in Albrecht Dürer’s “The Apocalypse.”
René Descartes first develops analytic geometry with the x-axis and y-axis.
Architecture and fashion styles evolve into organic expressions of texture and color.
John and Thomas Knoll develop Photoshop and sell the distribution license to Adobe Systems Incorporated.
World Design Day FAQs
What is World Industrial Design Day?
World Industrial Design Day is an international celebration that takes place on June 29 each year. The day recognizes the establishment of the World Design Organization®.
What is a Design-day?
Design-day is associated with H.V.A.C. or heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Design-day refers to an H.V.A.C. system’s maximum conditions and time of optimal humidity and temperatures.
Who is an industrial designer?
Industrial designers create products for medical, industrial, and commercial use. They also design prototypes and models for mass production
World Design Day Activities
Spread the word
Announce it to the world. Share information across social media, newsletters, web pages, or groups.
Appreciate your designer friends
Tell them how awesome they are! Maybe even buy them gifts or throw a party.
Visit museums or art centers
Celebrate with a fun day trip to your local museum. Take the kids along for an inspiring art appreciation session.
5 Facts About Graphic Design That Will Blow Your Mind
The birth of logo design
Logo design dates back to the 13th century, when the Egyptians used images and symbols for expression.
The term was first used in 1922
William Addison Dwiggins coined the term in his publication called “New Kind of Printing Calls for New Design.”
Fonts that made history
The printing of the U.S Declaration of Independence used the Carlson font.
The first watermark
In 1282, the first watermarks were introduced in Fabriano, Italy.
Typography emerged in Germany
Johannes Gutenberg, a German inventor, invented movable, mechanical-type printing in Europe.
Why We Love World Design Day
Giving creators their due
Design tells stories of people, places, brands, charities, and much more. Great designers are integral to our existence. World Design Day celebrates their talents.
A beautiful, more interesting life
Design conveys what cannot be articulated in words. It infuses beauty and new thought into how we engage with the world around us.
Great design is all around us. From grand architecture to objects in nature — inspiration is everywhere for anyone who seeks it.
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