designaustria – Austria's first address for Design

designaustria represents the interests of currently some 1,300 members from various design backgrounds. The knowledge bundled in the organization is complex and widely networked.

designaustria represents the Austrian design scene on both national and international levels, seeking to highlight its achievements. designaustria raises awareness for Austrian products and services and thus contributes to strengthening Austria as an industrial location. As a platform, designaustria encourages discussion and opens up new possibilities for designers. The commitment of every single individual counts: “We design Austria”.

designaustria is based at designforum Wien – the exhibition and networking forum for designers and design enthusiasts in Vienna’s MuseumsQuartier. Through exhibitions, communication, publications and public relations designaustria strengthens the awareness of design in the country and highlights the benefits of design in society and economy.

designaustria organizes the Joseph Binder Award and the Romulus Candea Prize and since 2001 has been entrusted by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economics with conducting the National Design Prize.


designaustria is excellently connected to all of the relevant schooling and training facilities and partner organizations in Austria and is represented in numerous advisory boards and commissions. Similarly, designaustria can resort to a large global network through its collaboration with international associations and institutions, as well as its long-time membership with:

BEDA Bureau of European Design Associations
EIDD Design for All Europe
EIF European Illustrators Forum
ICO-D International Council of Design (formerly ICOGRADA)
WDO World Design Organisation (formerly ICSID)
IIID International Institute for Information Design


Founded in 1927 as “Bund Österreichischer Gebrauchsgraphiker – BÖG”, designaustria is Europe’s third oldest design organization. At the time, commercial art began to break free as an independent discipline from the visual arts. As the term “graphic design” became globally established, the association was renamed Grafik-Design Austria (GDA) in 1985. In 1992, the name was changed to designaustria in order to reflect the association’s comprehensive embrace of the design profession’s interests.

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