Design Currency 2010 is presented by the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) in partnership with the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda).

Icograda. Leading Creatively.
Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) is the world body for professional communication design. Founded in 1963, it is a voluntary network of independent member organisations concerned with graphic design, visual communication, design management, design promotion, design education and design journalism. Its representation covers 67 countries and regions around the globe.

Icograda promotes communication designers’ vital role in society and commerce. Our vision, mission and core values are collectively embodied in the statement leading creatively and manifested through our Members’ diverse activities to use design as a medium for progressive change. Icograda maintains international affiliations with UNESCO, UNIDO, WIPO, IFRRO and ISO. Since 2003, Icograda has been a partner in the International Design Alliance (IDA).
Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)
The GDC has been Canada's professional association for visual communications since 1956. The GDC has nine regional chapters, and two affiliates—the Société des Designers Graphiques du Québec and the University & College Designers Association.

The GDC develops and supports standards of professional practice regarding confidentiality, contracts, conflict of interest, intellectual property rights, hiring practice, fees, competitions and pro-bono work. Its members adhere to a Code of Ethics, designed for the benefit of designers and clients, and acknowledging the responsibility to the community, the client, other designers and the environment.

The GDC advocates for recognition of the value of Canadian design to government, business and the public. It is a member of the Trade Team Canada-Cultural Goods and Services working group and through Icograda, represents Canadian designers at the international level.


Organising Committee for Icograda Design Week in Vancouver

Russell Kennedy, President  2009-2011
Don Ryun Chang, Past President 2009-2011
Brenda Sanderson, Icograda Managing Director
Michal Steckiw, Project Manager
Fareed Ramezani, Membership and Communications Manager

Rod Roodenburg MGDC, GDC Ntl President
Matt Warburton FGDC, GDC Ntl Vice President, Communications Chair
Mark Busse MGDC, GDCBC Past-President
Marga Lopez MGDC, GDCBC President
Melanie MacDonald, GDC Ntl Administrative Director