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11. Norwegian Design Council (NDC)
NDC offers advice and support on design issues to Norwegian companies. Other services include designer referrals from a database of 250 designers as well as seminars and lectures on design.
Added: 2006-07-17   Region: Norway       
 Admin comment: NDC was established in 1963 by the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry and the Norwegian Trade Council to promote design as a competitive tool in market-oriented product development and market communication.
One of the NDC's main promotional activities is the annual Award for Design Excellence and the Honours Award for Design Excellence given to products and corporate identity programmes. Other awards include the International Design Award, Classic Award for Design Excellence and the Young Talent Award.
12. BEDA - The Bureau of European Design Associations
BEDA exists to ensure permanent liaison between design organisations - the professional societies, promotional, educational, research, social and design management networks - and the authorities of the European Union.
Added: 2006-07-16   Region: Spain       
 Admin comment: Communicating the value of design and innovation for Europe. The organisation's objective is to develop long-term policies on design for Europe, to promote the use of design across the continent and by so doing, to help industry compete in world markets.
13. DesignSingapore
The DesignSingapore Council, set up since August 2003 by the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, is the public organisation for promotion and development of Singapore design.
Added: 2006-05-09   Region: Singapore       
 Admin comment: Design changes and improves lives, inspires creativity and new forms of expression. It also enhances business competitiveness in today’s crowded marketplace. DesignSingapore is Singapore’s response to these propositions and opportunities. As a national initiative, DesignSingapore aims to place Singapore on the world map for design creativity.
14. Shahneshin Foundation
Nonprofit organisation – based in Zurich is an international independent centre for design, education, research, and promoting the future-thinking through educational and promotional events: awards, competitions, exhibitions, lectures, research and more
Added: 2006-05-09   Region: Switzerland       
 Admin comment: The Shahneshin Foundation as an international organisation is attempted to bring together academics, practitioners, theoreticians, and students in a diverse array of disciplines including art and design community in dialogue-form forum that intend above all to alert of current invisible and future problems as well as the social activism and design, responsible practice of thought and decision, and citizenship.
15. Raymond Loewy Foundation
Dedicated to preserving the image and heritage of the famed industrial designer, Raymond Loewy. Promoting contemporary industrial and consumer design through exhibitions, publications, awards to designers and scholarships to design students.
Added: 2006-05-05       
 Admin comment: The Raymond Loewy Foundation supports the design community by conducting educational programs for design professionals, awarding grants/donations to established designers (Lucky Strike Designer Award) and donating scholarships to design students (Lucky Strike Junior Designer Award).
16. DIA - Design Institute of Australia
The DIA is the organisation working for the future of the design professions in Australia.
Added: 2006-05-05   Region: Australia       
 Admin comment: Promotes the value of design and designers to industry, business, government and the community. Includes lists of awards, news, resources and member services.
17. Better by Design
Better by Design is a movement to build New Zealand's awareness of and expertise in design-led business. Our mission is to help New Zealand companies make world class design a bigger differentiator for their products and services in export markets.
Added: 2005-10-28   Region: New Zealand       
18. APDF - Association of Professional Design Firms
Founded in 1985, the Association of Professional Design Firms [APDF] is comprised of leading firms that specialize in identity, communication, package, new media, industrial and commercial interior design.
Added: 2005-09-19   Region: USA       
 Admin comment: The Association of Professional Design Firms is an organization dedicated to elevating the standards of professional business practices for design consulting firms through education and the exchange of knowledge.
19. The Works International Visual Arts Society
The Works International Visual Arts Society advances the development, awareness and appreciation of art and design in Canada and provides artists, designers and the public a forum for exchanging ideas.
Added: 2005-09-15   Region: Canada       
 Admin comment: The Works Art & Design Festival, is the most unique, free event of its kind. It attracts artists, designers and patrons from around the world – boosting the city’s energy and imagination for 13 days each summer. The best in cutting-edge design, digital art and new media technology are showcased alongside traditional visual art mediums in galleries transformed from alternative spaces.
20. BCD - Barcelona Design Centre
BCD is a private non-profit foundation, which was set up in 1973. Our mission is to promote design as a key factor for company innovation and competitiveness, as well as a discipline improving our life standards.
Added: 2005-09-01   Region: Spain       
 Admin comment: A design centre is an organisation devoted to the public promotion of design, emphasising its economical, social and/or cultural value, through workshops, seminars, publications, awards or exhibitions.

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