One the first professional design organizations to be established on a truly international basis (along with ICOGRADA and IFI), ICSID was founded as a non‐government, non‐profit‐making organization in 1957. By the early 21st century its membership had grown to more than 150 member societies in more than 50 countries, providing a network of information exchange through congresses, conferences, regional meetings, and publications centred on design. It is concerned with many aspects of the design profession, its process and relevance, including its role in society, business, planning, and the environment, as well as more specifically professional concerns such as intellectual property rights. The latter includes the bi‐monthly organizational newsletter and specific publications such as the World Directory of Design and Hall of Fame: Companies Searching for Excellence in Design. A Review of the Twentieth Century.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.