International Conference on Design for Social Development: Revisiting 1979 Ahmedabad Declaration on Industrial Design for Development

Feb. 14-15, 2019 NID Gandhinagar Campus, Gujarat

The historic Ahmedabad Declaration on Industrial Design for Development-1979 will be completing its fourth decade in January 2019. To commemorate 40 years of this seminal declaration, NID in association with the World Design Organization (WDO) announces a two day International Conference on Design for Social Development during Feb. 14-15, 2019. It’ll be held at NID Gandhinagar Campus. The declaration was jointly made by UNIDO and ICSID (now WDO) in close cooperation with NID, Ahmedabad way back in 1979. On this occasion the conference will revisit the vision enshrined in the declaration and restate it in the light of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); a huge opportunity for design intervention which the design fraternity around the world may like to embrace.

Eminent design thinker, Director of The Design Lab at the University of California and author of the acclaimed book ‘Design of Everyday Things’ Don Norman will be the keynote Speaker. Other eminent international speakers will include: Mugendi M'Rithaa, Senator, WDO and educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Srini R. Srinivasan, President-Elect, WDO and CEO, Lumium; Alpay Er, Board Member, WDO and Educator at Ozyegin University (OzU) , İstanbul; Thomas Garvey, Board Member, WDO and Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ontario; Lalitesh Katradadda, Co-founder Google India Founder, Google Map Maker. Besides the international speakers, Director NID, Prof. Pradyumna Vyas and other experienced senior faculties of NID will also be addressing different sessions.

Participation is invited from designers, academia, students, industry, government and other concerned. Those interested may register online in due course. Registration date will be announced shortly. Keep watching this space for registration and further information.