Designers Around the Globe Mark #WIDD2016

Designers around the world marked the International Council of Societies of International Design's World Industrial Design Day 2016 with social media buzz using #WIDD2016, and in person with celebrations at work and on campus. IDSA Professional, Student and International members; Board members; and Ambassadors posted how they celebrated the occassion, with events ranging from a cookout at Auburn Univeristy to parties at design studios across the globe, embracing design in all forms:

Alex Lobos, IDSA, @lobosdesign: "Good design is like a bridge... it connects people to the things that matter to them. #WIDD2016 @IDSA @Icsid"

Paul Hatch, IDSA, @paulhatch1: #WIDD2016 @IDSA Has it been a year already? It's World Industrial Design Day!! I didn't receive any gifts, though..."

Chris Livaudais, IDSA, @givinggravity "How am I celebrating World #IndustrialDesign Day? Well, by making things better & improving the way we experience this world! #widd2016"

Eastman Innovation Lab, @Eastman_EIL: "Today we celebrate #YouthinDesign-the future movers & #makers. #design industry. #leadership #education #widd2016!"

@Whipsaw_inc:"Whipsaw celebrates World Industrial Design Day with a food truck lunch for our employees-so fun! @Icsid #WIDD2016"

@IDSAatlanta: "Happy World ID Day! This year's theme: "Youth in Design." What rising stars are you impressed by? @Icsid #WIDD2016"

@AU_CADC: "@IDSA @AUindd @givinggravity We had a great time at the #WIDD2016 cookout!"

Patent law firms, corporations and government agencies also chimed in. Well wishes came from countries such as Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherland, Venezuela and many more.

This year's WIDD theme was Youth in Design, hailing the contributions, attitudes, values and skills of young industrial designers. See how IDSA's 2016 Student Merit Award winners are making an impact.

Icsid's 2016 WIDD Youth Ambassador is Yolandi Schreuder, a 2012 graduate of South Africa's Cape Peninsula University of Technology and co-director of XYZ Design. She says she caught the ID bug at an early age.

"I had an innate connection to design objects, such as furniture, lighting, etc., that I used to admire in décor and design magazines. I never knew that the career of industrial design actually existed at that age, but knew it wasn't interior design or architecture that I wanted to do. When I was 15 years old, I went for an aptitude test, and industrial design came out on top. The rest is history." Read more about Schreuder and what she believes are the major challenges for young designers, especially female designers, today.

Icsid also posted this video to raise awareness of ID among the public:: "What is Industrial Design?"