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Call for Nominations: The World Design Impact Prize

The World Design Impact Prize is an innovative and interactive design prize dedicated to recognising, empowering and stimulating socially responsible design projects and initiatives around the world.

Established by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), the Prize was created to honour industrial design driven projects that use design and/or design thinking to make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and/or environmental quality of life.

Nominated projects should demonstrate responsible industrial design, innovation, progress and impact.


The World Design Impact Prize honours industrial design driven projects that use design to make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and/or environmental quality of life, reflecting Icsid’s vision statement. Prize entries should be industrial design driven projects involved in socially responsible design, such as local efforts where positive change is created through community or civilian participation in the issues that affect them.

The involvement of other design disciplines is encouraged, however it must be evident that the driving force of the project is a component of industrial design. Furthermore, entries should demonstrate and showcase the expanding ways in which design can make a positive impact on the world, including fields such as design thinking, the design of systems and experiences, humanitarian design, co-design, problem solving through design, and other design driven practices.

Nominated projects should demonstrate the following:

  • Responsible Design
    Support Icsid’s vision to create a better world through design
  • Innovation
    Highlight the expanded field of industrial design in the 21st century
  • Progress
    Potential to help promote the advancement of design on a world stage
  • Impact
    Be able to provide evidence of causing a significant positive impact on the community of interest


The showcase of the overall winner will be held around the 2011 IDA Congress and Icsid General Assembly, and will culminate in a Prize Presentation. Furthermore, there will be an extensive showcase of the winner through all Icsid communications channels.


  • Only Icsid Members as of the first day of the call for nominations/submissions, 22 February 2011, can submit a nomination for the World Design Impact Prize.
  • Any Icsid Membership requests that are provisionally approved by the executive board during the nomination process, 22 February – 10 May, will be permitted to participate in the nomination process. Both provisional and ratified Icsid Member organisations are welcome to participate.

How to enter?

Submit your nomination on the official website.

Entry fee

All Icsid Member organisation official contacts and liaisons are permitted to nominate projects for the World Design Impact Prize at no cost.