24-26 October 2011
Theme: Design at the Edges
The congress theme had the following meanings:
- The edge between the design practices and other fields having a stake in design, including: science, technology, government, business and non-governmental humanitarian organisations;
- The edge between design disciplines, especially industrial, communication and interior design/architecture – what do they share in common and what sets them apart;
- ‘Cutting edge’ work and ideas in design and in other fields: radically new, controversial, experimental, pushing the boundaries of the discipline.
To address the theme – Design at the Edges – the following fields were identified for their global relevance and having a stake in design:
- Economic development
- The Internet
- International Migration
The programme aimed to:
- Focus on how design can mediate between edges of fields with a stake in design;
- Inspire creative design concepts within these fields;
- Induce more dialogue between designers and other fields that have a stake in design;
- Promote the value of design and explore design-led approaches as an enabler of innovation.
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Host member organisation: Taiwan Design Center
To promote the development of the cultural and creative industry, the Taiwanese government in 2003 had established its national design centre. Taiwan Design Center became officially operational in 2004 and has been positioned as an integrated platform to promote creative design. Its main mission is to upgrade original creativity of Taiwanese designers, promote international design exchanges, upgrade market competitiveness of Taiwanese industries, help enterprises build up their own brand, raise value-added of the said industries, and tell the world that the era of “Designed in Taiwan” has arrived. www.tdc.org.tw/en_index.htm
Supporting member organisations:
Taipei being selected as the venue for the inaugural congress prompted the establishment of the Taiwan Design Alliance (TDA) in August 2008 as a non-profit organisation. TDA intends to actively engage Taiwanese design in a global context, making its voice heard in the international design community. TDA comprises: China Industrial Designers Association (CIDA, Taiwan), Chinese Society of Interior Designers (CSID), Graphic Design Association of the Republic of China (GDA), Taiwan Graphic Design Association (TGDA), Taiwan Poster Design Association (TPDA), Kaohsiung Creators Association (KCA), and Taiwan Design Center (TDC). The establishment of TDA will help pool the resources of Taiwan design associations and organisations, and oversee Taiwan’s cultural and design policies as a force in the private sector.