Aiming to nurture the next generation, which is courageous in challenging conventions, the International New Designers Workshop encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration amongst academic institutions, industries and public sector, and each workshop is made up of members from different disciplines, genders and cultural backgrounds.To this end, over 350 students of architecture, industrial design, visual communication design, multimedia, as well as young professional in-house designers from companies and writers from design-related magazines from 48 nations have participated in this multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary workshop.

In October of 2008, the City of Nagoya was appointed to (*)UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network of Design. This year’s Workshop is thus our first event as part of this Network. 2008 Workshop participants will include individuals from other appointed UNESCO cities, such as Shenzhen, China; Santa Fe, USA and Aswan, Egypt.

The theme this year is “Roots Finder- Design DNA”. Students and young designers from around the world will strive to understand cultural diversity and approach indigenous design by working to visualize the charm of Nagoya to create brand value based on indigenous identities. For the young generation, establishing a unique identity is in need of urgent attention. We believe that by offering an opportunity for young designers to develop an awareness of the rich culture and traditions amongst us, a spirited, fresh perspective and a strong identity will come to life.

Leimei Julia Chiu, Director, International Design Center NAGOYA

*UNESCO's Creative Cities Network: The Network was launched in 2004 to promote UNESCO's goal of cultural diversity. It is designed to promote social, economic and cultural development in urban areas in both developing and developed regions. Applicant cities share UNESCO's goal, and want to promote their local creative scenes. The Network's seven themes are literature, music, design, gastronomy, cinema, media arts and crafts and folk art. The current Network numbers 14, including Nagoya and Kobe.

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How will we be able to produce and enhance our own distinctive cultural identity? Students and young designers from Japan and abroad will explore, reinterpret and redefine unique features found in Nagoya, and come up with a solution to an innovative type of souvenir, a Nagoya brand, or a portrayal of Nagoya’s culture.

When Saturday, December 6th, 2008, 2:00-6:00 p.m
Where Excel Room, International Design Center NAGOYA 6F Design Center Bld.,18-1,Sakae 3-Chome,Nakaku,Nagoya 460-0008 JapanCapacity, 48 persons[map]
Communication English/Japanese simultaneous interpretation available
Admission Free

Registration ended.

*Registration closes: 2008.11.27 (TR)
For inquiries/registration
  • International New Designers Workshop Organizing Committee,
    International Design Center NAGOYA
  • Tel: +81(0)52-265-2105
  • Fax: +81(0)52-265-2107
  • E-mail:

*Program is subject to change without prior notice.

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Greetings from UNESCO

I would first like to extend my sincere compliments to the City of Nagoya for organizing the International New Designers Workshop, allowing us to experience the fresh practises of the advancing design field, and for their ongoing support to the artistic creativity of emerging young talents.

I would also like to express my heartfelt congratulations to Nagoya city for their nomination as “UNESCO City of Design”, appointed by the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koichiro Matsuura, last October 16th.

This is hardly the first time Nagoya has hosted an international programme as a leading design city. However, this workshop is even more meaningful to us, as I believe, it is the first occasion that they are organizing an event as a UNESCO Creative City.

UNESCO particularly salutes Nagoya’s long-standing commitment to fostering a sustainable design culture and empowering creative community-building across different sectors. With the participation of young designers and students from different parts of the world, this event clearly manifests the city’s devotion to further nurture a creative environment rich with diversity. It also demonstrates the prominent role that design plays in unfolding a spirit of openness and dialogue within today’s multi-cultural societies. In fact, the cooperation between UNESCO and Nagoya has not been developed just recently. Through the ongoing collaboration with Japanese professional design community, the international design competition DESIGN 21, launched in 1985, has continued to promote cultural understanding and the sharing of ideas and values between young creators. This is a matter of particular concern to UNESCO since the contributions of arts and creativity have proven to be immeasurable in encouraging a healthy environment of mutual respect and building a culture of peace.

As such, our Organization has constantly been engaged in communicating a holistic vision promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and human creativity. I should therefore like to offer my warmest wishes to the organizers of this event and to all those who have granted us this rare opportunity to appreciate the remarkable strength of unique artistic values and practises, especially derived from intercultural exchange.

Georges Poussin
Chief, Section for Creative Industries for Development

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Greetings from the City of Nagoya

The 2008 Workshop will be the city’s first event as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network of Design. This international workshop is designed to cultivate human resources and people-to-people exchange. It contributes to UNESCO’s initiative by developing links with cities around the world to celebrate and protect cultural diversity and enhance creative industries. Workshop participants will expand the wave of exchange and pursue social solutions from a global perspective by going into town and holding dialogues with Nagoyans. Our hope is that its outcome will help realize a sustainable society that envisions multicultural coexistence.

City of Nagoya

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The design workshop is open to young designers and students from around the world. In this six-day workshop, participants are divided into groups, challenged with a particular theme, and given time to come up with a distinctive design solution that overcomes the barriers of nationality, genre and language. The goal of the workshop is to support young creators in developing their abilities and broadening their international perspective, encouraging them to break the mold, while helping them expand their personal, face-to-face networks. This workshop has been held annually since 2000.

Project Name

A Project of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network International New Designers Workshop 2008
New Designers Workshop 2008 Roots Finder - DESIGN DNA


Roots Finder - DESIGN DNA


Monday, December 1st ? Saturday, December 6th, 2008

Monday, December 1st Participants present their cultures and traditions.
Tuesday, December 2nd and Wednesday, December 3rd Participants conduct field research in Nagoya.
Thursday, December 4th and Friday, December 5th Participants organize and review their solutions.
Saturday, December 6th Teams make their final presentations.


Award winners of NAGOYA DESIGN DO! 2008.Delegates from UNESCO's Creative Cities Network, including Santa Fe, USA; Aswan, Egypt; and Shenzhen, China.Youth UNESCO Laboratory Nagoya. Designers and students from 15 universities in nine countries/regions: Japan, Australia, China, Egypt, Lithuania, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA. The universities are Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, Aichi Sangyo University, Daido Institute of Technology, Musashino Art University, Monash University, Nagoya City University, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya University, Nagoya University of Arts, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences, Nagoya Zokei University, Nanzan University, Soul National University, University of Stellenboch, South Africa and University of Pretoria, South Africa.


International New Designers Workshop Organizing Committee (City of Nagoya and International Design Center NAGOYA)


Leimei Julia Chiu Director, Global Communications, IdcN

For inguires

  • International New Designers Workshop Organizing Committee,
    International Design Center NAGOYA
  • Tel: +81(0)52-265-2105
  • Fax: +81(0)52-265-2107
  • E-mail address:

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Press Release

Press release(Pdf)

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