Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) was originally entitled the Korea Design Packaging Centre. KIDP’s underlying aims were to stimulate Korea’s export trade by promoting better design standards in Korean products and improving the quality of design in daily life.
The Institute promoted design development in the business and industrial sectors and engaged with local and national governments on a wide range of design activities.
Korea Industrial Design Exhibition
The Korea Industrial Design Exhibition, first held in 1966 and has since grown to become the country’s most major design exhibition, was also organised by KIDP.
‘Good Design’ Award Scheme
In 1985, the Institute, like many other design promotion groups worldwide, created its design award scheme, the ‘Good Design’ or GD Mark. The GD Mark served as an additional means of bringing well-designed products to the general public’s attention and underlining to the manufacturing industry the economic importance of higher design standards at home and abroad, highlighting essential characteristics of the Institute’s purpose.
Korea Millennium Products (KMP) Award
Another rewards programme, Korea Millennium Products (KMP), was established around the turn of the century. By this time, Korean design had advanced significantly: in 1998, a Comprehensive Plan for Promoting Industrial Design was established, followed by the 1st Korea Industrial Design Convention in 1999, which was highlighted by the presence of Korea’s president. Since 1999, KMP classification has been given to innovative, well-designed, and technologically sophisticated products.
Promotion of Industrial Design
The Institute also hosted significant industrial design conferences on an international level. The Icograda Millennium Congress, Oullim 2000 Seoul (organised jointly by ICOGRADA, KIDP, the Korean Society for Experimentation in Contemporary Design, and the Korean Society for Experimentation in Contemporary Design), ICSID 2001 Seoul Congress, Exploring Emerging Design Paradigm, Oullim were two of them. The Korea Design Centre, which opened in 2001 and comprised a Design Innovation Centre, Exhibition Hall, and other facilities to foster better design and design culture knowledge, was built.
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