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InDeAs - India Design Association
'InDeAs is an association for addressing the interests of the design community in India.
InDeAs is a pan-India networking, showcasing and events platform for India's design community. The association intends to promote and create awareness about the design profession in the country. InDeAs was inaugurated during the 'Icograda Design Week' held at Mumbai, India in Feb 2007

ADI Association of Designers of India
ADI is a network representing professional interests of Indian Design community, creating a meaningful interface between design professionals, people as users, the industry, education institutions and the policy makers.

Aksharaya is a platform for letter conscious people. It is an organization of designers, educators, researchers and students, who are driven by a passion for Indian scripts, calligraphy and typographyIndian Design community,

CCI - Crafts Council of India
'The Crafts Council of India is a voluntary, non - governmental organisation, working in the craft sector, for the welfare of crafts persons and the development of handicrafts. CCI was established in 1964 by Smt. Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay and has its headquarters in Chennai. CCI is the apex body with a network of 14 affiliated State Councils.'

COA - Council of Architecture
The COA constituted by the Government of India provides for registration of Architects, standards of education, recognized qualifications and standards of practice. An Architect to practice in India must register himself with COA

IIA - Indian Institute of Architects
'IIA is the national body of Architects in the country with more than 15000 members. The Institute has a major role to play in promoting the profession of architecture by organising and uniting in fellowship the Architects of India to promote aesthetic, scientific and practical efficiency of the profession both in Practice and in Education.'

IIID - Indian Institute of Interior Designer
Indian Institute of Interior Designers was born to organize the profession of Interior Design and its practitioners in India. It is India’s professionally recognized body of Interior Designer.

FDCI - Fashion Design Council of India
'FDCI represents the interests of fashion designers. It nurtures the growth of this industry, helps develop the needs of the industry, and provides a platform for Indian fashion designers.'

FFSI - The Federation of Film Societies of India (FFSI)
Federation of all functional film societies in India. Works to co-ordinate the circulation of films and guide the up-coming member units in the movement in India.
Website details of
FFSI in Kerala

ISE - Indian Society of Ergonomics
Indian The Indian Society of Ergonomics is the professional body representing ergonomics / human factors professionals in India. It is affiliated to the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) and nominates members to its committees.

NIF - National Innovation Foundation
Establised with a
goal of providing institutional support in scouting, spawning, sustaining and scaling up grassroots green innovations and helping their transition to self supporting activities.
Related Society:
Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable                          Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI):
                         details at:

SIDI - Society for Industrial Designers in India
address: Care 43, Neel Kamal, Pedder Road 400 026, Mumbai (Bombay), India
This society is not active anymore.

TASI - The Animation Society of India
Provides a platform for promoting exchange of creative and technical information in the Indian animation industry
details at


ASIFA - International Animated Film Association
The International Association for the development, dissemination and knowledge of animation. Bill Dennis of Toonz Animation India is the ASIFA Advisor and Liason to Animators in Developing countries.

ICOGRADA - International Council of Societies for Graphic Design
The International Council of Societies of graphic Design promotes the cause of design internationally. The society has a network of design schools.

ICSID - International Council of Societies for Industrial Design
The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design promotes the cause of design internationally.

IIDA- International Interior Design Association
IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of more than 10,000 Members and more than 30 Chapters around the world committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge.

IIID- The International Institute for Information Design
The International Institute for Information Design was founded to develop research and practice in optimizing information and information systems for knowledge transfer in everyday life, business, education and science.

ISA - International Sign Association
The International Sign Association's Electronic Communication Network assists sign manufacturing companies in the daily complexities of owning and operating a sign manufacturing company.

ITAA - International Textile and Apparel Association
ITAA is a global organization of textile, apparel, and merchandising scholars and researchers in higher education. ITAA is
devoted to generation and dissemination of knowledge about the production, design, marketing, and consumer evaluation of textile and apparel products.

SEGD - Society of Environmental Graphic Design
The web site is for designers, fabricators, students and educators involved in the field of environmental graphic design.
Environmental Graphic Design ncludes signage, wayfinding systems, mapping, exhibit design, themed environments, retail spaces, sports facilities and campus design.

Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association International
The site has a bulletin board, help line, news current events
and new product announcements.

UIA- International Union of Architects
The UIA represents over a million architects throughout the world through national architectural associations that form the UIA Member Sections.

Country Specific Organisations:

British Design Council

The Design Council enhances prosperity and well-being in the UK by demonstrating and promoting the vital role of design in a modern economy

Industrial Designers Society of America
IDSA is the voice of the industrial design profession in USA.

American Institute of Graphic Arts
AIGA, is committed to furthering excellence in communication design as a broadly-defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force.

Japan Design Foundation
JDF is committed to International Design Business Promotion Projects with the aims of promoting design-related activities through global exchange programs.

Korea Institute of Design Promotion
KIDP promotes the field of design and has engaged in a variety of activities to assist in the advancement of the design industry of Korea.


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