Barcelona Cultura

The reason we celebrate World Design Day

Every year, the second fortnight of April is full of celebrations and events, such as the Day of  Sant Jordi, World Earth Day and the anniversary of the birth of Joan Miró. But the Museum has another date marked in the calendar, World Design Day on 27th April. But why has the design world settled on this date?

Behind it, we find the International Council of Design (ICOGRADA), which was founded in London on 27th April, 1963. Since 1997, it has celebrated World Graphic Designer Day, but from 2012 it became the World Communication Design Day.

As an international council, it promotes knowledge, dissemination and the teaching of design around the world. In addition, it is closely linked to another great organisation, UNESCO. This year, it has the clear slogan: «World Design Day 2018: Kids can too!». And so we at the Museum will be making our own small homage to all those workers in the graphic arts, industrial design, illustration, product design and creativity in general. Follow all the activities on the ICOGRADA website or via the hashtag #worlddesignday.


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