The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) has announced the first-ever World Design Impact Prize dedicated to recognizing, empowering and stimulating socially responsible design projects and initiatives around the world.
"We at Icsid truly believe that the World Design Impact Prize has the potential to be a great vehicle for social, cultural, economic and environmental progress throughout the world," stated Icsid President Dr. Mark Breitenberg. "This new prize concept will create an international platform to encourage and promote projects that are solving actual social and humanitarian problems using the processes of the expanding field of industrial design."
A unique characteristic of this prize is the international selection process. Over 160 Icsid Member organizations will vote to determine the winner through a collective internal selection, developed to involve local and regional communities. The selection process will bring together a tremendously accomplished group of leaders, pioneers and educators from the international industrial design community.
"For the past three years Icsid has worked hard to create a project that will advance responsible design around the world, draw on the unrivalled expertise of our members and include the participation and interaction of the public," said Breitenberg. "With the involvement of individuals working to improve their communities through design, Icsid Members and design enthusiasts worldwide, Icsid will take a great leap towards its vision of creating a world where design enhances quality of life."
The World Design Impact Prize will culminate in the announcement of the Prize winner at the XXVII Icsid General Assembly on 27-28 October 2011 in Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), immediately following the inaugural 2011 IDA Congress held on 24-26 October.