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World Industrial Day celebration goes online




In celebration of the annual World Industrial Day, the World Design Organization  has organized creators worldwide to commemorate the occasion with global theme “Designing for Everyday Life”.

The Benildean Industrial Designers, a student-organization of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts has launched “World Industrial Design Week 2020: Today and Beyond,” its first-ever online commemoration on Monday, 29 June to Friday, 3 July 2020.

The five-day event will feature a series of talks, workshops and exhibits that tackle various design approaches while putting the spotlight on the form and function of daily products and services.

The activities will likewise help the participants understand the process of working and designing to cope with the changing times.

“Everywhere we look and go, industrial design (ID) is there. From the smallest button or paper clip you can find, from the gadgets and technology we use to access in our daily grind, to the large scale of products and systems such as cars to airplanes, all of those are made possible through industrial designers,” Benilde Industrial Design Program chairperson Romeo Catap Jr. shared.

“Everyday life moves on with the unheralded use of industrial design, which makes life easier and beautiful. We do not design just for the science, form or function of things, but also for the purpose of making life easy through product solutions.”

Discussions include “Experience Design”’ by learning experience designer Mark Meily, “Design Engineering” by multidisciplinary designer Mirei Monticelli, “Game Principles to Design Products for Fun” by experience designer Yuri Zaitsev, “3D Printing” by industrial designer Dennis Sandil, and “Redesigning New Spaces to the New Normal” by interior designer-educators Karol Antonio and Lea Gatpandan.

Catap likewise believes that this year’s series of activities will fuel the participants with inspiration, appreciation and challenge to become “hungry and better designers.”

“Inspiration, which stems from the needs of our society as well as success stories, especially in this time of the pandemic. ID has never been more alive through design ideas and production as seen through home-made to mass-produced products that addresses the safety of the common person against the coronavirus,” he noted. “Appreciation in the sense that industrial designers are the quiet advocates of innovation in the world and last as having the challenge to be problem seekers rather than just be solution seekers, especially in this world where problems are now unpredictable and that the world needs more heroes, one of which would be design innovators.”

Also included in the line-up are lectures on “Empathy in Chaotic Times” by Quotient Design Research founder Michael Barry and Quotient Design Research collaborator and design researcher Michelle Jia, “Designing Everyday Products” by A2 Design Lab chief design officer Augusto Ayo, and the application of Canva app in the everyday life by Canva Philippines head of Design Angelo Cuyegkeng, who will also share his expertise on editing and graphic design.

Educators Henry de Guzman and Joselito Goh will share the fundamentals of Arduino, an open-source prototyping platform for building electronics projects, while social innovation designer, design researcher and Penfill. Co. Ltd. founder Plan Tancharoen will impart her expertise to guide the participants in the different approaches they can take as a designer.

Young artists can explore and enhance their skills through online workshops on Adobe Premiere Rush and Adobe XD by Adobe certified expert Rollan Bañez, Product Photography by Richardson Velasco of Velasco Photography, Adobe Spark by Technical Evangelist Gabriel Baga, and Personal Branding by Adobe Creative Insider ambassador and chief advocate Sarah Medilo.

Young designers are likewise challenged to showcase their designs for the trying times in UnravelxErgocon 2020, a design competition in partnership with the Industrial Management Engineering Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of the Philippines and the De La Salle University.

Meanwhile, an interactive exhibit that highlights how sustainable materials can be transformed as possible solutions for current and future social issues will be on view at EMOD: A Circular Future.

The event is open to the public. Interested participants can register at

For more information, visit the official Facebook account @BenildeanIndustrialDesigners.