The Japan Industrial Designers’ Association (JIDA) is the sole national organization for industrial designers in Japan, and was founded by 25 members in 1952, during Japan’s period of reconstruction shortly after the end of World War II. As early as 1957, JIDA became a member of the international industrial design organization ICSID, following which Japan’s economic development and rapid industrial progress led to the expansion of the Association.
One of its major activities in its 50-year history include hosting the ICSID International Conference in Kyōto in 1973, and again in Nagoya in 1989. It would be fair to say that these International Conferences played an important part in laying the groundwork for the development of Japan’s industrial design.
In addition to marking the 60th anniversary of its founding, in 2012 JIDA was designated a “Public Interest Incorporated Association” by the Prime Minister, as a new public interest corporation system came into effect. JIDA’s membership comprises full members, who may be freelance designers, in-house designers who work in the corporate sector, or those involved in design education or promotion; supporting and associate members; and student members who are majoring in design. With the change in status to a public interest association, JIDA is doing everything in its power to achieve the vision it upholds, which is to aim for the creation of a spiritually fulfilling living environment and culture, and to contribute towards the sustainable development of society.