Design Institute of Australia

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(established 1983)

Formally designated as the Design Institute in 1983 this design promotional organization grew out of the Industrial Design Institute of Australia (IDIA) founded in 1958 by the Society of Designers for Industry (SDI). The latter was the first Australian professional design organization, founded a decade earlier in Melbourne in 1948. Members of the Interior Designers Association of Australia (also established in 1948) also joined the IDIA, followed, in 1965, by members of the Society of Industrial Designers Australia. In 1967 IDIA took on a more international orientation, becoming a member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID, founded 1963). In the following decade, from 1979 to 1984, the IDIA published Design in Australia, edited by Ron Newman. In 1982 the IDIA took another step in terms of international visibility by joining the International Federation of Interior Designers/Architects (IFI) and, in the following year, was renamed as the Design Institute of Australia (DIA). Increasing its visibility and influence, in 1998 the DIA merged with the Australian Textile Design Association (ATDA) and the Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA). Three years later the DIA awarded the ‘Selections’ awards for furniture and product design for the Australian Design Awards.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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