The Japan Industrial Designers’ Association was founded by 25 members in 1952. It is the sole national organization of industrial designers in Japan. We marked our 50th anniversary in 2002, and continue to develop new activities.
JIDA was among the first to join ICSID, an international organization of industrial design. JIDA has expanded with the rapid post-war advancement of its industrial sector of the Japanese economy. It was approved by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (present Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) as a public interest corporation in 1969 and has expanded its activities to contribute to society extensively through establishment of the vocation of the industrial designer and enlightened design promotion activities.
Major activities in its 50-year history include hosting the ICSID International Conference in Kyo?to in 1973 and again in Nagoya in 1989. Activities have also extended to reach a broad range of nations overseas. Recently as its 50th anniversary event, JIDA has held various design forums and an exhibition on the history of Japanese industrial design, and has continued to initiate various activities to contribute to the promotion and development of design.
The JIDA membership is composed of freelance designers, in-house designers and other members involved in design education and promotion, but JIDA has recently started inviting students majoring in design and people who are interested in design to participate as friends of the association in various activities.
Industrial design has played an important role in Japan’s postwar industrial revival. It is time, in the 21st century, to combine the wisdom of designers to solve new global issues and contribute to the realization of a recycling society with “beautiful and affluent living,”.
JIDA appreciates your understanding and support.