SVID, The Swedish Industrial Design Foundation aims to improve the awareness within the private and public sectors of the importance of design as a competitive tool and to encourage the integration of design methodology into their activities.
SVID was founded in 1989 by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), SIND (later known as the Swedish National Board for Industrial and Technical Development, or NUTEK, now Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), and the Swedish Society of Crafts and Design (Svensk Form).
The board of SVID consists of representatives from the IVA, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Svensk Form and The Support Association for the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation. At the time of its foundation, SVID's focus was on industrial design: hence the name. Today, SVID works along the lines of a much broader spectrum to demonstrate design as a force for development for the private and public sectors. Its target groups include industry and commerce, local government, designers, universities and colleges.
SVID operates across the country from its own regional offices and partner offices with a range of local players. Due to the contacts established with SVID and the advice it provides, businesses gain guidance on how design could be procured and integrated into their development activities. SVID also conducts regional and national projects in collaboration with selected partners in which design methodology and knowledge constitute the forces that drive developments.