Icograda World Design Congress 2009, Beijing

From 24-30 October 2009, the biennial Icograda World Design Congress, in association with the 1st Beijing Design Week, will be held in Beijing, China for the first time.

Some 100 carefully selected speakers and thousands of delegates from around the globe will gather in a cross-disciplinary Congress, offering five days of exchange and dialogue within the international design community. A series of exciting talks, exhibitions, events, concerts, performances and fringe activities will be held in October based on the theme “Xin.” Some of the most sought-after figures of the design and visual art industries, including Jan van Toorn, Sol Sender, Patrick Whitney, Pan Gongkai, Kohei Sugiura, David Kester, Ruedi Baur, Xu Bing, Troika, N55, Joachim Sauter (Art+Com), Ric Grefé (AIGA), Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto), Brian Collins, Michael Rock (2x4), David Carson, David Small, Qiu Zhenzhong, and Dunne & Raby will grace the stage to address delegates from around the world.

Key events include the grand Opening Ceremony at the National Center for the Performing Arts (NCPA), and the International Design Conference and Icograda Education Network (IEN) Conference at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). Exhibitions include “Lifescope: Design Design! Live Life!” at Beijing World Art Museum, “Design as a Second Productive Force” at the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC), the 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Award (ADAA) Exhibition (following its award-giving ceremony on 26 Oct) at CAFA Library, and “Chinese Graphic Design in the 20th Century: A Documentary,” “Beijing Typography 2009,” and “365: AIGA Annual Design Competitions Show” at CAFA Art Museum, amongst others.

For the full line-up, please visit our website: http://www.beijing2009.org/index-eng.htm, or subscribe to our newsletter - http://www.beijing2009.org/newsletter05.htm - to receive regular news and updates.

We hope to see you there!