About the Design Society

The Design Society is an international non-governmental, non-profit making organisation whose members share a common interest in design. It strives to contribute to a broad and established understanding of all aspects of design, and to promote the use of results and knowledge for the good of humanity.


The objects of the Society are to promote the development and promulgation of understanding of all aspects of design across all disciplines by


The Design Society was founded in 2000, taking on the previous activities and responsibilities of the Workshop Design Konstruction (WDK) Society, especially the organisation of the International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED) series of conferences, which had been running since 1981. Since 2000 the Society has organised ICED conferences in Stockholm, Melbourne, Paris, Stanford, Copenhagen, Seoul and Milan with the 2017 event planned for Vancouver. It has also expanded with members from forty countries and with further very popular events such as the Engineering and Product Design Education conferences and the International Conference on Design Creativity among many other activities. The Society is very active in publishing papers and proceedings on design topics, and it has a developing portfolio of other design resources available to members including a repository of theses and collaborative agreements with a number of design research journals.

The Design Society concentrates on activities that transcend national boundaries, and, where possible, will seek to complement national activities.

The Design Society is constituted as a Charity under Scottish law and is incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee and Not Having a Share Capital under UK law (the Companies Act, 2006). The Articles of Association state the rules governing how the Society is to be run as a company, and incorporate the terms of the original Constitution. If you would like a copy of the Articles, please email the Society's administrator at admin (at)


The Design Society is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, number SC 031694.
Its Administration Address is:

The Design Society
24 Dark Lane
United Kingdom, BS48 3NS

Tel: +44 (0)1275 851579

The Society is governed by the Board of Management.

To contact the Board of Management, please send an e-mail to: president at designsociety dot org


The Design Society is a member of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR).