Originally entitled the Korea Design Packaging Centre, KIDP's underlying aims were to stimulate Korea's export trade through the promotion of better standards of design in Korean products and to improve the quality of design in daily life. In addition to cooperating with local and national government across a wide range of design activities, the Institute fostered design development in the business and industrial sectors. KIDP has also been responsible for the organization of the Korea Industrial Design Exhibition (first mounted in 1966) which has become the country's most important design exhibition. In common with many other design promotional organizations in the industrialized world the Institute launched its own design award scheme in 1985—the ‘Good Design’ or GD Mark. Underlining key features of the Institute's mission, the GD Mark provided an additional means of drawing well‐designed products to the attention of the consuming public and of further emphasizing to manufacturing industry the economic significance of better standards of design at home and abroad. At the turn of the century another awards scheme was set in place: Korea Millennium Products (KMP). From 1999 KMP status was awarded for innovative, well‐designed, and technologically sophisticated products. By this time Korean design developments had accelerated: in 1998 a Comprehensive Plan for Promoting Industrial Design was established, followed by the 1st Korea Industrial Design Convention in 1999, the significance of which was emphasized by the attendance there of the president of Korea. The Institute was also active in the international arena, hosting major industrial design conferences. These included the Icograda Millennium Congress, Oullim 2000 Seoul (organized jointly by ICOGRADA, KIDP, the Visual Information Design Association of Korea, and the Korean Society for Experimentation in Contemporary Design) and the ICSID 2001 Seoul Congress, Exploring Emerging Design Paradigm, Oullim. In 2001 the Korea Design Centre was constructed and included a Design Innovation Centre and Exhibition Hall, as well as other facilities to promote a greater understanding of design and design culture.
See also Design Awards.
Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.