hosted by the central academy of fine arts (shown above), the biennial icograda world design congress will be held in beijing, china for the first time. from 24-30 october 2009, some 100 speakers and thousands of delegates from around the globe will gather in a cross-disciplinary congress, with communication as its central theme ‘XIN’.

icograda world design congress beijing 2009

‘XIN’ represents a primitive means of communication – literally signifying human speaking, and hence is a message /letter in chinese. it has come to encompass many more dimensions. under this theme, the 2009 congress will explore contemporary issues surrounding communication design through presentations, discussions and pre-congress workshops.

keynote speakers jan van toorn (the netherlands) sol sender (US) patrick whitney (US) kohei sugiura (japan)

parallel session speakers huda smitshuijzen abifares (lebanon) studio pip & co/andrew ashton (australia) peter bankov (russia) david barringer (US) ruedi baur (switzerland) pierre bernard (france) brian collins (US) sheila levrant de bretteville (us) base design (belgium) kiko farkas (brazil) peter hall (US) dan hill (UK) zuzana lednická (czech) laurence madrelle (france) victor margolin (US) achyut palav (india) peet pienaar (south africa) david pigeon (australia) rick poynor (UK) qiu zhenzhong (china) dexter sinister/david reinfurt (US) michael rock (US) helmut schmid (germany) david small (US) hilton tennant (south africa) troika (UK) michael vanderbyl (US) yao dajuin (china, taiwan) yoon ho seob (korea)

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