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BEDA European Design Forum

Published in Conferences
12 April 2017

BEDABEDA European Design Forum: What is the future of design support across Europe? 8 June, Vilnius.

BEDA is the authority for design in Europe. Once a year, we bring those that operate in and around the design industry together to focus on a big issue. In 2017, this one-day forum asks the question: What is the future of design support across Europe?

BEDA and the economic value of designThree of BEDA’s clusters relate to the economic value of design; we offer an overview of the importance of this area of work.

The creative sector is recognised as a significant economic driver within the EU; BEDA members lead several initiatives to measure and understand the extent of its impact. Through collecting and interpreting business data relating to design, this information can then be used to map the potential of integrating design and influencing policymakers at regional, national and EU level.

BEDA ManifestoBEDA and ERRIN have collaborated on the fifth edition of this key event, highlighting the influence of design and creativity on EU policy.

BEDA and ERRIN have once again collaborated on EU DESIGN DAYS 2016, whose fifth edition took place between 20th and 22nd September in Brussels; this year BEDA’s role was more substantial, with Robin Edman participating in the main round table discussion, and a BEDA-led Design Dialogue cocktail event.

BEDA GA, GA+We report on the recent BEDA GA and GA+, which took place in Limassol, Cyprus, at the end of May.

3b 15BEDA has appointed Mario López to manage delivery of the Design Europe 2021 project.

Starting in June 2015, Mario López joins BEDA as Programme Lead for the ‘Design Europe 2021 - Design for Cultural and Creative Growth’ project that has recently received funding from the European Commission.

BEDA_SqLogoBEDA’s reaction to new EU Rules on Public Procurement

The new rules on Public Procurement in the EU, adopted by the European Parliament on January 15th, include an encouraging emphasis on lowering thresholds for SMEs, by reducing administrative burdens, by discouraging unnecessary clustering and by encouraging the division of large contracts into smaller lots. Although BEDA welcomes this as a fresh and positive approach, it also regrets that none of the issues addressed in the BEDA Positioning Paper on Public Procurement are touched by the new Rules.

5_MichaelThompsonMichael Thomson, former President of BEDA, receives honorary Doctorate for Services to Design

Former BEDA President Michael Thomson was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts on 14 February from the University of Brighton for “his major contribution to the field of design.”

BEDA Tool Box

Published in Member News
1 August 2012

BEDA_ToolBox_ImgThe contents of the BEDA Tool Box are aimed at supporting and developing designers across Europe. They include useful documents developed by BEDA such as the Code of Conduct for Designers and the Policy of Free Pitching, based on Best Practice papers by ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations).

The Code of Conduct for Designers explains the international basis of ethical standards in relation to the practice of design. It gives an important overview of the responsibilities of the design profession, discusses payment and makes recommendations about advertising.

The Policy of Free Pitching draws attention to the problem of speculative pitching, which can undermine the value of design services. This subject is becoming more and more important, and this document offers guidelines for avoiding this situation.

The BEDA Competition Guidelines provide a framework for setting up and running an open design competition; this is not just for associations that organise or wish to organise these competitions, but also for designers entering competitions, as it provides information about fair and correct procedures.

The NACE Code for Design refers to the European industry standard classification system, which has been adopted for design activities in many European countries. This has been a very important step in formalising the structure of the profession, and in defining its economic measures.

BEDA hopes to increase its membership in coming months, so we hope that if you find the documents useful, you’ll support and promote the Toolbox within your country by sharing the link with your colleagues and professional partners.

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BEDA Tool Box

Congratulations to Vesna Brekalo

Published in Member News
15 November 2011


Vesna Brekalo of DOS, Slovenia and member of BEDA has been appointed a vice president of the Icograda Executive Board.

Delegates to the Icograda General Assembly in Taipei elected an historic Executive Board to lead the Council in its 50 anniversary term. Representing more than 200 organisations in 67 countries globally, the 10 person board will be led by Leimei Julia Chiu (Japan), who becomes Icograda’s first female President. For the first time in Icograda’s almost 50 year history, the board includes a majority of women members.

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European Design Leadership Board chosen

In line with the commitment taken in the Innovation Union, the European Commission launches in 2011 the European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII) to exploit the full potential of design for innovation.

The goal of the initiative is to:
- raise the awareness of design as a driver of innovation in Europe.
- enhance its role as a key discipline to bring ideas to market transforming them into user-friendly and apealing products, processes or services by enterprises and public services in the EU.

EDII Secretariat is based in Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

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