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Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011


The Icograda Design Education Manifesto, a key legacy of Oullim, is a core document that defines Icograda's position on design education. The Manifesto advocates that design education must be a learning-centred environment, enabling students to develop their potential in and beyond academic programs.

The Icograda Design Education Manifesto was developed in 2000 as collaboration by an international group of designers. Participants represented a geographically, politically, economically, culturally, and socially diverse cross section of the design education community. Prof. Ahn Sang-Soo (South Korea) led the project which was translated into seventeen languages and presented at the Icograda Millennium Congress Oullim 2000 Seoul.

2011 Manifesto Update

The 2009-2011 Icograda Executive Board resolved to mark the 10 anniversary with an update of the Manifesto. This update was intended to help steer design curriculum and equip faculty and students to handle current and future issues in design education. Its form and content addressed the participatory, social nature of academic exchange in today's online community, shaped by technological advances.

10-year Anniversary Event

Shandong University of Art and Design hosted a four-day event in Jinan (China), on 1-4 November 2010 to celebrate the 10 anniversary of the Manifesto. The event included workshops, exhibitions and a two-day conference exploring the 'Future of Design Education' with both educators and industry leaders. On 3 November, Ahn Sang-Soo (South Korea), Audrey G. Bennett (United States) and Omar Vulpinari (Italy) facilitated a workshop to draw out key issues in design education around the world.

Manifesto steering committee

Following the workshop, 23 members of the Icograda network were invited to form the Manifesto steering committee, led by Co-chairs and Co-editors Icograda President Elect Omar Vulpinari and Audrey G. Bennett. Each member contributed a 1000-word essay on the future of design education. These essays formed the basis of the Manifesto update.
  • Gui Bonsiepe (Germany/Argentina/Brazil/United States)
  • Rodolfo Capeto (Brasil)
  • Halim Choueiry (Lebanon)
  • Katia Colucci (Italy)
  • Liz Danzico (United States)
  • Meredith Davis (United States)
  • Hugh Dubberly (United States)
  • Steven Heller (United States)
  • Jamer Hunt (United States)
  • Jacques Lange (South Africa)
  • Saki Mafundikwa (Zimbabwe)
  • Dave Malouf (United States)
  • Victor Margolin (United States)
  • Min Wang (China)
  • JP Odoch Pido (Kenya/Uganda)
  • Sharon Poggenpohl (United States/Hong Kong)
  • Maria Rogal (United States/Mexico)
  • David Sless (Australia)
  • Lita Talarico (United States)
  • Teal Triggs (United Kingdom)
  • Prof. Kirti Trivedi (India)
  • Dr. Dori Tunstall (Australia)
  • Prof. Dr. Sc. Fedja Vukic (Croatia)

Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011 launch

The Manifesto 2011 was translated and individually designed by six teams of design mentors and pupils - one for each official UN language:
  • Arabic: Halim Choueiry and Nelly Baz
  • Simplified Chinese: Wang Min and Song Hao
  • English: Audrey G. Bennett and Andrew Rarig
  • French: Guy Schockaert and Julie Lay
  • Russian: Alexandra Sankova and Anna Kulachek
  • Spanish: Santiago Pujol and Daylin Valladolid Pérez
These six versions of the Manifesto, supported by 22 expert essays, are published as the Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011 book, designed by Fabrica. The Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011 was launched at the Icograda General Assembly 24 on 27 October 2011 in Taipei, Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).

Above: The Icograda Design Education Manifesto in each of the six UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Images courtesy of Fabrica.

The Manifesto was distributed to Icograda members at the Icograda General Assembly 24.

Download the Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011 [PDF - 10.77 MB].

For more information contact:

Icograda Secretariat
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Montreal, Quebec
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