International Design Day is a global event that is celebrated annually on 27 April. However, the celebration by the Faculty of Design & Built Environment (FDBE) at First City University College was brought early to 18 April 2023 because of the Hari Raya festive break.
The purpose of celebrating International Design Day is to raise awareness about the importance of design in solving problems, shaping products, and creating better experiences for people. The theme for this year’s celebration is “peace.love.design!” which was inspired by the activism in environmentalism, social equity, collective movements, and radical change that took place in the 60s.
Dr. Debbie Gan, the Deputy Dean and Associate Professor of FDBE, expressed that this year’s theme for the International Day celebration highlights the importance of design in bringing about positive changes. She remarked “While the theme was inspired by various forms of activism, International Design Day also serves as an occasion for designers, design organizations, and enthusiasts to gather and acknowledge the accomplishments of the design industry”.
“We take pride that we have consistently celebrated the International Design Day every year, and we have received strong support from our staff and students in making the celebration significant and meaningful”, she added.
Students of the FDBE Design Club were all excited to celebrate the occasion on-campus. The Club held a bazaar at the South Foyer and conducted two workshops, namely “Claytivity” and “Lucky Bracelet” to mark the celebration.
One of the highlights of the event was the “Exhibition of Harmony” organized by Fashion.Firstcity, which showcased photographs taken by Mantani Gee and Erich Yap, as well as dolls created by Colton Ma. The exhibition will be available for viewing at Horizons (Level 2) from 18 April to 12 May.