Every year, the time period between 12 and 15 April is celebrated as the World Design Days. The purpose and idea behind these four days is to create awareness for design for all ages throughout the world. World Design Days aims to promote design for a better, brighter future where good designs serve to mankind through improvements in the quality of live by socio-cultural, economic, and environmental innovations.The World Design Scheme was announced by AOD – Association of Design and A’ Design Awards on 30 December 2012, as a gift to all creative, innovators, inspiring people and designers. The schema was communicated by a press release and conference to invited media members. World Design Days is an important opportunity to highlight the role of design and creativity in the world.World Design Days is a four day period annually, each day focusing on a different demographic and theme. The four days are indicated as 12 April - Design Futuristic Day, 13 April - International Creativity, Inspiration and Imagination Day, 14 April - World Design Day and 15 April – Designers’ Day.The first day, April 12th is highlighted as; Design Futuristic Day : A Day designated to celebrate conceptual and futuristic design works; this day is perfect for organizing design workshops and activities revolving around futuristic design themes, the target audience is youth and young adults. This day is intended to be a colorful event where concept designs and inspirational projects are praised.The second day, April 13th is marked as the International Creativity, Inspiration and Imagination Day: A very special day when creativity is praised; this day is an ideal excuse to make creative activities with kids and primary school children. This is a day, in which parents are suggested to teach design and creativity culture to kids, through activities such as drawing pictures with them, playing building blocks or brick games, or by visiting innovation themed museums.April 14th was decided as the World Design Day where the aim is to create awareness and drag attention to design value and issues. This day targets a mature audience and suggested activities include lectures, workshops and seminars.
Finally, the last day; April 15th is announced as the Designers’ Day; the purpose of this day is for designers to highlight and promote design as a profession and also to provide designers a day to celebrate and enjoy their profession more.Every year, between 12 and 15 April, AOD – Association of Design, invites all interested parties to organize events and initiatives around design to promote World Design Days. There are many suggestions for both institutions and individuals. Buying Designers gifts or throwing them parties in the 15 April, is one of my favorites.AOD also created a page called World Design Days’ Contributions Page, where they expect to publish your World Design Days poster designs, photos from activities, proclamations, acknowledgements, and anything else that you think is relevant. They are especially waiting forward to receive: Design a World Design Day poster designs in A3 Format - 420x297mm (4961x3508 pixels), Design World Design Day comics, jokes and fun drawings that could be shared with others .Suggested Events and Activities for Institutions are listed as: • Support this day by announcing it in your corporate website or magazine; logos and visual communication material are provided free of charge without any licensing fee requirements for this purpose. • During these four days, museums and paid-entry enterprises are suggested to provide free entrance or discounts to the visiting designers and their family. • Design Schools are suggested to organize a 4 day student exhibition to celebrate the World Design Days, art galleries and museums are suggested to provide space for designers to showcase their works. • Host and organize; lectures, workshops and seminars focused on design practices and principles; highlight the value of design, the role of design within society and provide know-how. • Municipal governments are suggested to officially declare 12 - 15 April as World Design Days, this could be done by the city mayor through a proclamation. • Participatory design activities, local talks, lectures, presentations, workshops and debates could be organized to create both awareness and as a cultural activity to promote design. • Design studios, universities, and design centers could organize open door days and tours during the World Design Days. • Organize local design competitions, contests and awards to promote design and to support young and upcoming designers through award prizes as subsidies • Create and publish a press release regarding the activities you would organize during the World Design Days. • Government entities and universities are suggested to distribute communicative and instructive materials regarding design value or place advertisements during these days. • Radio and television networks are suggested to prepare programs to highlight the importance of design and provide talk-shows or documentaries to educate the population. • Commercial entities and businesses are suggested to provide special discounts and packages that are available during the World Design Days. • Press members are suggested to provide more coverage within their magazines for articles, news and interviews regarding designers and their works. Suggested Events and Activities for Individuals include: • Spread the word through your own ways; announce the World Design Days at social networking sites, your webpages, your newsletter, at your workplace etc. • Buy a present or throw a party for your designer friends for the 15th of April – Designers' Day, and share your events to inspire others.• Use the World Design Days logos during your events • Take your kids to a design or arts museum on the International Creativity, Inspiration and Imagination Day at 13th of April. • Design a World Design Day poster in A3 Format - 420x297mm (4961x3508 pixels) and send to us by email, so that we could list your contribution.• Design World Design Day comics, jokes and fun drawings that we could share with others - the theme is: Design, Designers and everything else.. - This is especially one of my favorite points to get some fun, and I think this could help the viral spread of the world design days through social networks.Furthermore, To create further awareness, and to spread the fun, AOD has also created an online store that lists official merchandise for the world design days. There are some cute t-shirts, mugs and mouse pads that you might like.Identity and Logo package for The World Design Days contains 5 high-resolution logo icons with transparent backgrounds in PNG file format. In addition, uniquely made gray-scale versions are also provided in the bundle. Furthermore, the package also contains smaller size icons for web usage, optimized for file size. All the icons and logos are provided free of charge for editorial and news purposes. Right to make merchandise or commercial use is reserved and might require permission. Your contributions, questions and comments for World Design Days should be sent to the AOD - Association of Design, via email or through their contact form at worlddesigndays.com . They are especially looking for ideas to spread the word, and your event pictures among with any posters you might design for the world design days.We wish that the list of events held around the globe during World Design Days would continue annually to raise awareness about design worldwide from different perspectives, generations and demographics. If you wish to participate in these days, simply visit worlddesigndays.com and start by downloading the identity kit or by following the provided suggestions.Exerpt:Every year, the time period between 12 and 15 April is celebrated as the World Design Days. The purpose and idea behind these four days is to create awareness for design for all ages throughout the world. World Design Days aims to promote design for a better, brighter future where good designs serve to mankind through improvements in the quality of live by socio-cultural, economic, and environmental innovations.The World Design Scheme was announced by AOD – Association of Design and A’ Desig..