Dids Macdonald, chief executive officer of Anti Copying in Design (ACID), has been admitted into the Design Week Hall of Fame.
The accolade was announced during the Design Week Awards 2016, held at the Honourable Artillery Company Gardens in London on June 14.
The Hall of Fame is a lifetime achievement award recognising continued services to the design industry over a career. Dids was honoured for championing design law reform. She joins such design luminaries as Sir Jony Ives, Paul Priestman, Margaret Calvert, Dinah Casson, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby and Sir John Sorrell, CBE.
Dids has over 25 years’ experience within the design industry, initially owning an interior design company and latterly as a designer-maker. She launched ACID because her products were consistently copied.
ACID began informally in 1996 as a round table action group and has developed into a not-for-profit trade organisation representing thousands of designers within the creative industries. Dids lectures widely on intellectual property issues, both nationally and internationally.
In June 2015 Dids was included in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
On receiving her award, Dids said: “I’m hugely honoured and very proud to be invited to enter the Design Week Hall of Fame by such a talented group and amongst such august names. My special thanks, too, are to Design Week who consistently champion the value of design excellence and the importance of intellectual property, keeping it high on radar.”