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The Institutionalization of the Industrial Design Profession in Turkey: Case Study - The Industrial Designers Society of Turkey

This paper reviews the process of institutionalization in industrial design through an analysis of the Endustriyel Tasanmcilar Meslek Kurulusu [Industrial Designers Society of Turkey] (ETMK) since its establishment in 1988. From 1994 onwards, the ETMK has been the leading institution in promoting industrial design through the organization of design exhibitions, design awards and support of design competitions. Using the ETMK's documentation and insights from the author as the ETMK President, this paper analyses the policies and strategies adopted or generated by the industrial design community when organizing events and developing opinions on design-related issues brought by external stakeholders. The paper concludes by identifying the strategies and policies of the ETMK in its institutionalization process and suggesting new strategies for further developments in the near future.