The ICOGRADA archive comprises posters, library holdings, and a significant body of documentation relating to the administration of the organisation and its activities.
International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) Archive
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 1837 DES/ICO
- Dates of Creation1963 - [ongoing]
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description145.11 linear metres of documentation and publications including c. 1500 posters and c.800 books and journals.
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Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (ICOGRADA) has been the professional world body for graphic design and visual communication since it was founded in London in 1963 with Willy M de Majo as its first President. A voluntary grouping of more than 70 independent associations from 45 countries, it has a strong educational remit and promotes the role of graphic design in both society and commerce.
As the world's non-governmental and non-political representative and advisory body for graphic design and visual communication, ICOGRADA serves the international community of graphic designers. Its aims have remained consistent since its foundation, and it seeks to raise the standards of design, professional practice, and ethics; raise the professional status of the graphic designer; further the appreciation of designers' professional achievements; extend design's contribution to understanding among people; promote the exchange of information, views, and research; contribute to design education - theory, practice and research; coordinate matters of professional practice and conduct; establish international standards and procedures; hold congresses, conferences, seminars, and symposia; publish and distribute information concerned with graphic design.
The Icograda Executive Board comprises members nominated by the Member associations. The organisation is managed by a Secretariat which moved from Brussels to Montréal, Canada in 2005.
Professional design organisations join Icograda as Full Members with voting rights. Promotional or technical organisations join as Associate Members with voting rights. Non-voting Members include: Patron Members, who contribute financially; Subscriber and Education Members, engaged in education, the raising of standards, or design research and practice; Corresponding Members, residing in a country not represented by a Member organisation; and Affiliate Members,international organisations concerned with professional practice in fields related to graphic design.
ICOGRADA has consultative status with the Council of Europe; UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization); UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organization); and WIPO (the World Intellectual Property Organization). In 1999, Icograda was one of the founding members of Design for the World (DW), a non-profit multi-disciplinary organisation formed to solve global social, humanitarian and habitat problems through design.
The archive is arranged as follows:
ICO/1 Inauguration, Constitution and Legal Status
ICO/2 Executive Board
ICO/6 Congresses and General Assemblies
ICO/7 Biographies and Tributes
ICO/8 Marketing and Publications
ICO/9 Audio and Visual Resources
ICO/10 Education and Events
ICO/11 Finance and Administration
Conditions Governing Access
Researchers wishing to consult the collection should make an appointment. Telephone 44 (0)1273 643217 or email email@example.com
Transferred to the Design Archives by the governing body of ICOGRADA in 2003.
Other Finding Aids
Listing on Filemaker database available for consultation at repository.
Collection level record created in 2007 and amended by Sue Breakell, 2010. System of Arrangement amended by Ellen Taylor, July 2014.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission must be sought to publish any material from the collection. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The material at Brighton derives from numerous sources including the Council's former Secretariat in Brussels as well as archival material previously deposited at the University of Reading and Bolton College of Art and Design.