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To celebrate its upcoming 60th anniversary, the World Design Organization (WDO) has launched the World Design Medal to recognise Industrial Designers who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of the profession.

“Developed in conjunction with our Board of Directors, the World Design Medal aims to showcase exceptional Industrial Designers from around the globe who are making a positive impact on our quality of life and driving change in our world through design,” said WDO Senator and CEO of Good Design Australia, Dr. Brandon Gien, who chairs the WDO Senate Selection Committee, charged with selecting the recipient of the World Design Medal.

The Senate Selection Committee is made up of former WDO Presidents as follows:

Brandon Gien of Australia, 2013-2015 President and Convenor of the Senate
Soon-In Lee of South Korea, 2011-2013 President
Mark Breitenberg of the United States, 2009-2011 President
Carlos Hinrichsen of Chile, 2007-2009 President
Peter Zec of Germany, 2005-2007 President
Luigi Ferrara of Canada, 2003-2005 President
Robert Blaich of the United States, 1987-1989 President

The call for nominations is open until 30 April 2017.


The winner will be announced on World Industrial Design Day, 29 June, and will be invited to travel to Torino, Italy on 14-15 October 2017 to accept the Medal and deliver an acceptance speech at the 30th WDO General Assembly.

For more information contact:
Ms. Augie Van Biljouw, Director of Communications, WDO or visit


About the World Design Organization
The World Design Organization (WDO), formerly the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1957 to promote the profession of industrial design. WDO advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming—World Design Capital®, World Design Talks, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status.