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The Design Society is an international "non-governmental, "non-profit organisation whose members share a common interest in design.The Design Society is a charitable body, registered in Scotland under the "Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, number SC 031694[1]. The DesignSociety strives to contribute to a broad understanding of all aspects of design and to promote the use of results and knowledge for the good of humanity[2]. The Design Society’s flagship event is the biennial International Conference in Engineering Design (ICED).



The Design Society was founded in 2000 building on the previous activities of the Workshop Design Konstruktion (WDK) group, especially the organisation of the ICED series of conferences held since 1981[3][4]. The WDK group was an informally constituted international association based on a common interest in engineering design and founded in the early 1980s on the inspiration of Professors Vladimir Hubka, Mogens Myrup Andreasen, and Umberto Pighini[5][6].

The Design Society took over activities and responsibilities of WDK in 2001[7]. The Design Society was constituted as a Charity under Scottish law and was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and Not Having a Share Capital under UK law (Companies Act, 2006).


Membership in The Design Society is open to persons with recognised design qualifications and experience in the fields of "design research, design practice, "design management, and "design education. The Society is governed by a Board of Management which is responsible for managing all business of the Society. The Board of Management comprises five members of the Society elected democratically by the Society’s members at General Meetings, and officers include including the President, Vice President and Secretary.

The Design Society also has an Advisory Board that advises, guides and supports the Board of Management (BM) in developing and furthering the objectives of the Society. The Advisory Boards' members are elected democratically by the Society’s Members at General Meetings, which take place every two years during the ICED conferences.

The current serving officers (2017-2019) are Panos Y. Papalambros (President), Timothy McAloone (Vice-President), Claudia Eckert (Secretary), Georges Fadel (BM Member), Gaetano Cascini (BM Member), and Yukari Nagai (Advisory Board Chair)[8].



ICED: International Conference on Engineering Design[edit]

ICED Conference Details
Title Place Date Theme (with link to Index of Proceedings)
ICED19 Delft, The Netherlands August 05-08, 2019 Responsible Design for Our Future

(Paper Submission Open August 1, 2018)

ICED17 Vancouver, Canada August 21-25, 2017 Resource-Sensitive design
ICED15 Milan, Italy July 27-30, 2015 Design For Life
ICED13 Seoul, Korea August 19-22, 2013 Design For Harmonies
ICED11 Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark August 15-19, 2011 Impacting Society through Engineering Design
ICED09 Palo Alto, California August 24-27, 2009 ISBN 978-1-904670-05-6
ICED07 Paris, France July 28-31, 2007 ISBN Proceedings CD : 1-904670-02-4
ICED05 Melbourne, Australia August 15-18, 2005 ISBN 1-904670-00-8 (CD)
ICED03 Stockholm, Sweden August 19-21, 2003 ISBN 1-904670-00-8
ICED01 Glasgow, Scotland August 21-23, 2001 ISBN-10: 1860583660


The Design Society, in collaboration with "Cambridge University Press, publishes the journal Design Science. The journal welcomes possible collaboration. The published articles are on the topics listed below and open access (published under a "Creative Commons licence)


The Design Society’s members are actively engaged in a wide range of design topics, as reflected in its Special Interests Groups (SIGs) and its conference publications.[9] These include the topics below (highlighted for ICED 2019 in Delft, Netherlands):

Design for healthcare[edit]

Design for sustainability[edit]

Data-driven design[edit]

Next generation systems[edit]

Design and mobility[edit]

Design methodology[edit]

Design processes[edit]

Design Management[edit]

System Design[edit]

Service Design[edit]

Design methods and tools[edit]

Human behavior in design[edit]

Design creativity[edit]

Design education and lifelong learning[edit]


  1. ^ "OSCR | Charity Details". OSCR. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 
  2. ^ "ICED 2019 – 'Responsible Design for our Future' at IDE". TU Delft. Retrieved 2018-05-16. 
  3. ^ "ICED 2015". incluD-ed: European Network on Inclusive Education & Disability. May 17, 2018. 
  4. ^ International Conference on Engineering Design; Hubka, Vladimir; Eder, W. E, eds. (1981). Results of ICED 81: International Conference on Engineering Design in Rome 1981 = Ergebnisse von ICED 81 : Internationale Konferenz über Konstruieren in Rom 1981. Zürich: Edition Heurista. "ISBN "3856930078. 
  5. ^ D. F. SHELDON (1994) Vladimir Hubka and the Workshop DesignKonstruktion School, Journal of Engeering Design, 5:2, 91-92, DOI: 10.1080/09544829408907874
  6. ^ Hubka, Vladimir; Eder, W. Ernst (2012-12-06). Design Science: Introduction to the Needs, Scope and Organization of Engineering Design Knowledge. Springer Science & Business Media. "ISBN "9781447130918. 
  7. ^ Mogens Myrup Andreasen (2011) 45 Years with design methodology, Journal of Engineering Design, 22:5, 293-332, DOI: 10.1080/09544828.2010.538040
  8. ^ Society, The Design. "Board of Management". The Design Society - a worldwide community. Retrieved 2018-05-17. 
  9. ^ Papalambros, Panos Y. (July 2015). "Design Science: Why, What and How". Design Science. 1. "doi:10.1017/dsj.2015.1. "ISSN 2053-4701. 

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