22 September 2005


Oslo, Helsinki, Gothenburg, Copenhagen
22-28 September 2005

In September 2005, designers from all over the world traveled to the Nordic countries to take part in the Era 05 World Design Congress.

The Era 05: World Design Congress was conceived with the ideal that design as a creative force can help address the challenges we face and help us to cope with a rapidly changing and increasingly complex environment. This event was geared towards the membership of major international organisations within communications design, industrial design and interior design and architecture. The event attracted creative minds and decision-makers from the design community as well as certain external key interests, including business managers, politicians and social scientists.

The Era 05: World Design Congress explored the challenges that face design and designers in the new era, where personal and organizational behavior and ambitions change rapidly. The event was a forum for debate on the commercial and social impact that design and designers have within a cross-disciplinary framework. The focus was on providing inspiration for action rather than concrete solutions. The congress was an early step in a long-term process of change.

900 delegates from around the world took part in the congress; industrialists, academia and politicians in addition to members of the international design community. The congress started in Oslo, Helsinki and Gothenburg and continued in Copenhagen, where it came to a close.

The final program in Copenhagen consisted of 126 speakers and moderators from 27 countries who made 148 presentations over the course of three and a half days. Events included:


September 22 - 24, 2005
Era 05 Oslo - Design without Borders
Era 05 Helsinki - Joining Forces
Era 05 Gothenburg - Design in Everyday Life

Joint Congress

September 25 - 28, 2005
Era 05 World Design Congress in Copenhagen

After the Era 05 Congress, the the three parent organizations (ICSID, IFI and ICOGRADA) all held general assemblies in Copenhagen on 29-30 September.

During the ICOGRADA 21 General Assembly, held in the Bella Center in Copenhagen, Denmark, voting members of Icograda elected an Incoming Board of Directors for the 2005-2007 term.

The Congress was commissioned by the international design organizations ICSID, IFI and ICOGRADA, and developed by 16 leading Nordic Design Organizations.

Read the Congress review from Communication Arts.