A design week is formed by a series of events, exhibitions, conferences and other activities related to design and other fields where design plays a key role. Typically Design Weeks are officially recognized by the local government, regional or are city focused, but are not limited to.
Who can be a member?
Only official design week organizations can become a member, not an individual. A legal representative of the organization must register as a main contact.
What if there is another our design week that is the larger and officially recognised design event in our city, but ours is still a unique and a quality offering?
A committee will review your application, speak to your local regional representative and determine if you are eligible for membership.
What if we organize only once in the few years?
Only design weeks that are programmed with regular intervals – be it a year, two years or three years – can become a member. We look for consistency in our network and quality in our members.
What makes this design organization different than the other existing orgs?
World Design Weeks is the first organized network specifically for design weeks. It’s the first and only of its kind with a mission to enhance global collaboration, to share of knowledge, resources, and best practices and to facilitate the exchange of products and ideas, sustainable development, and growth of individual design weeks/festivals/events. World Design Weeks aims to elevate the global conversation, understanding, education and connection of people with design. WDW is the largest network for design week events assembling the most compelling contact list of contacts and data.
How do the regions/different design weeks collaborate?
Collaborations between Design Weeks can come in many forms, however many work together on regional or local collaborations. While all activities support the WDW organisation, design weeks are encouraged to create projects at the regional level to respond to the local needs and aspirations of members. The regional WDW board members will meet regularly and inform the board of progress and developments. The three regions currently are: Asia/Oceania Region, the Americas Region, the Europe/Africa Region. You can always reach out to your regional rep for information about getting more involved, ideas, needs or serving on a committee.
Who will in the end determine whether I can be a member?
All applications will be reviewed by the WDW Membership Approval committee which is made up of International Board of Directors and volunteer committees.
What if I am not approved, can I apply again?
Yes, you are welcome to apply again if at first your application is not approved. The committee will give you a brief run-down about why you were not approved which might include incomplete information, event doesn’t qualify as an official design week, event isn’t consistent in its occurrences, unresolved legal issues, etc. In some cases, the applicant’s situation might change over time and can reapply.
What if I cannot attend any of the in-person meetings or summits?
It is important for the network to stay connected, its what makes us a strong organization. If you cannot attend the summits or meet-ups, feel free to send a representative in your place. If that is not possible, stay in touch with your regional reps, attend regional meetings or volunteer for a committee to stay involved in other ways.