Later this month is World Industrial Design day. This recognition was first established in 2007 as a way to draw attention to the importance of the profession at it’s contribution to society.
Here is an excerpt from the ICSID site describing the recognition:
World Industrial Design Day (WIDD) is an international day of observance in recognition of the profession of industrial design. First declared on June 29, 2007 on the occasion of Icsid’s 50th anniversary, World Industrial Design Day has been established as an occasion to mark the development and evolution of industrial design throughout the course of its history.