Helpful resources and links to key design bodies

British Industrial Design Association

“British Industrial Design Association membership is a benchmark of creativity and best-practice for professionals and graduates working in product, interaction and service design.”

“BIDA is a not-for-profit organisation, run for members, by a voluntary, elected board of designers. Collectively we are committed to improving creative skills and knowledge. We advocate the benefits of good design education and practice to business, government and it’s agencies.”

Design & Art Direction (D&AD)

“D&AD is an educational charity that represents the global creative, design and advertising communities. Since 1962, D&AD has set industry standards, educated and inspired the next generation and, more recently, has demonstrated the impact of creativity and innovation on enhancing business performance.”

Design Council

“We are the national strategic body for design. We believe design can help people to do what they do, better. We’re funded by the UK government, and we promote the use of design throughout the UK’s businesses and public services. We demonstrate that design can play a vital role in strengthening our economy and improving our society.”

Design Management Institute

“At the Design Management Institute we connect design to business, to culture, to customers — to the changing world. We bring together educators, researchers, designers, and leaders from every design discipline, every industry, and every corner of the planet. The results are transformational. Design that delivers competitive advantage. Design that raises the bar of performance, fit, and feel. Design that touches the heart and mind. Design that creates a unique and memorable bond. Design that changes the world.”

International Council of Design

“International Council of Design (ico-D) is the world body for professional communication design. Founded in 1963, it is a voluntary assembly of organisations concerned with graphic design, visual communication, design management, promotion, education, research and journalism. Icograda promotes communication designers’ vital role in society and commerce and unifies the voices of graphic designers and visual communicators worldwide.”

The World Design Organization

“The World Design Organization 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.”

Product Development & Management Association

“The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Our mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organisations in product development and management. This is accomplished by providing resources for professional development, information, collaboration and promotion of new product development and management.”

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