The International Design Foundation was established in 2010 to manage, coordinate and execute the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project. The World Design Capital initiative promotes and supports the cultural, social and financial uses of design. The title is assigned every other year by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid).
The Board of the International Design Foundation was in charge of managing the foundation’s organisation, funds and operating principles, and maintaining, promoting and coordinating the aims, functions and programme of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project. In addition to the board, the foundation had a committee of 45 members, all opinion leaders and experts in their diverse fields, supporting the management of the WDC project and offering perspectives from the society as a basis for decision-making. The International Design Foundation continues operations on a limited scope after the World Design Capital year 2012.
The brand identity for the International Design Foundation was designed by Kokoro & Moi to follow closely the guidelines set by the work done for World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project with an austere and robust approach.