Membership

BEDA is the largest design representation body in Europe.

We have 54 Members from 28 countries within the geographical limits of Europe. The Members are leading design promotion centres (usually funded by Government/public money) and professional design and trade associations (usually funded by the design industry of that country). According to the BEDA Design Report 2.0 (2018), our professional design and trade association members represent, in turn, somewhere in the region of 800,000 individual designers across Europe.

What do we all do?

Between us, we account for the majority of all design activities undertaken at a national and regional level across Europe. Our Events Calendar highlights just a few of the exciting activities taking place to promote design, to educate companies about the benefits of design and to raise the awareness of the impact of design in our every daily lives.

Where can I find more information?

Between us, we also publish a huge amount of material that covers everything from national surveys and scoping reports to policy documents and thought leadership pieces. Why not subscribe to BEDA’s e-news to be kept up to date with what is going on across Europe.

BEDA Members

AUSTRIA

designaustria
Severin Filek

designaustria

Our Vision:

designaustria is Austria’s first choice for design. Founded in 1927, is Europe’s third oldest design organisation. Working to maintain more than 1,300 members from various sectors for Austria as a design nation. The combined knowledge here is extensive and far-reaching international network accordingly.

Creative Industries Styria (CIS)

Creative Industries Styria (CIS)

BELGIUM

Flanders DC
Tom Suykerbuyk

Flanders DC

Flanders District of Creativity is the single point of contact for entrepreneurs in the creative industries in Flanders. Flanders DC is a non-profit organization, supported by the Flemish Government. We actively inform, coach, promote and inspire creative entrepreneurs who want to build or grow their business. Return on creativity is what we’re after.

Return on Creativity
Making a profit from your creativity can be a piece of cake. But most of the time, it’s a proper challenge.
In the creative sector, it takes more than talent or a kick-ass product to gain a foothold or to build a profitable business – no matter how unique, inventive or brilliant your ideas. So every now and then, a little guidance will come in handy.

Enter Flanders DC!
Flanders DC informs and gives advice
Flanders DC is the reference organisation for every entrepreneur in the creative sector. We are a neutral source of relevant information, but we do have a mind of our own. Are you determined to turn your idea into a successful business? We help you make informed choices and assist you every step of the way.

Flanders DC unites and inspires
Flanders DC has a huge network and is an avid supporter of cross-pollination. Our high-profile events act as an incubator for surprising and constructive collaborations, while our workshops and seminars feature inspiring experts who have plenty of knowledge and hands-on tips and tricks to share.

We organise every two year the conferences Fashion talks en Creative Ville.

Flanders DC opens doors abroad
Flanders DC wants to provide easy access to the market and all its opportunities by offering creative entrepreneurs in fashion, design or gaming a chance to participate in international fairs and business trips.

Flanders DC offers recognition
Flanders DC is a powerful and energetic organisation that does its utmost to put the spotlight on home-grown products, companies and people with awards like the prestigious Henry van de Velde Design Awards, the Belgian Fashion Awards, our online magazine and the ‘Ik koop Belgisch-J’achète Belge’-campaign. We believe the world deserves to know about your work.

Flanders DC networks
Flanders DC is the initiator and coordinator of the international Districts of Creativity Network and is member of BEDA (The Bureau of European Design Associations), the World Crafts Council (WCC), the United Fashion Europe association and the United Fashion project. We are partner in many regional, European an international network.

Flanders DC is convinced that the creative sector will become the driving force of our economy: it’s resistant to automation and immune to the temptation of cheap labour. That’s why Flanders DC wants to be a breeding ground where (aspiring) creative entrepreneurs and organisations can generate a sustainable Return on Creativity.

Wallonia-Brussels Design Fashion (WBDM)
Laure Capitani

Wallonia-Brussels Design Fashion (WBDM)

Our Vision:

Wallonie-Bruxelles Design/Mode (WBDM) is a governmental agency for the promotion of design and fashion, which aims to increase the international reputation of designers from Wallonia and Brussels.

Organisation type:

Design Promotional Centre

Funded by:

Government funding through AWEX (Wallonia Foreign Trade & Investment Agency), Wallonia-Brussels International and Ministry of French-speaking Community.

Type of members:

Designers and design companies

What we do:

Through a constant participation in major tradeshows, exhibitions and conferences, WBDM’s mission is to increase networking and business opportunities for Belgian design and fashion talent in the international market. For instance, we exhibit at Milan Furniture Fair, Maison&Objet Paris, New York Textile Month, and we invite to Belgium foreign design companies looking for collaborations with designers.

Our top 2 high profile projects:

Belgium is design – www.belgiumisdesign.be
The BELGIUM IS DESIGN project promote Belgian design around the world and it is an initiative of the following institutions: Flanders DC, MAD – Home of Creators and Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode. This joined-up approach has been active since 2011, stimulating and developing initiatives to showcase Belgium’s designers,manufacturers and producers in foreign markets. Belgium is Design’s strategy takes shape through recurring presentations at key events, such as the Milan Design Week or the Maison&Objet fair in Paris. It is enriched by occasional participation in other events that allow us to approach new markets or promising opportunities for the international development of Belgian companies.

WBDM Fashion Programme

This fashion programme focuses on talents and companies that are keen to speed up their commercial development and improve their brand image. Four financial prizes are awarded every year as well as personalized coaching for six designers, allowing them to work with the specialist consultants recruited by WBDM. This assistance helps them to be better prepared for international markets, whether in terms of strategy, commercial positioning, communication or image.

Wallonie Design
Clio Brzakala

Wallonie Design

Wallonie Design is the Walloon (Belgium) reference organisation that facilitates the use of design to bring about innovations and anticipate changes in society, for the benefit of all. We promote design as a driving force for sustainable and economic development. Our objective is to increase the use of design and its methods within Walloon companies.

Our mission

-To facilitate the integration of design in Walloon companies, institutions and public authorities.

-To encourage exchanges between schools and companies in order to improve the adequacy of training to the needs of the market and to the evolution of design professions.

-To stimulate the reinforcement of designers’ skills.

-To improve the design ecosystem in Wallonia and federate its actors.

-To advise political decision-makers in order to make design a factor of growth and well-being.

-To enhance the value of design and its professions and to promote them.

CZECH REPUBLIC

CzechTrade Design Centre
Zuzana Sedmerova

CzechTrade Design Centre

Our Vision:

The CzechTrade agency is an official contact partner for those foreign companies looking for qualified Czech-based suppliers of products, providers of services or investors.

What we do:

The Czech Trade Promotion Agency/CzechTrade was established by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic in May 1997. Our main objective is to promote the internationalization of Czech companies by facilitating their cooperation links with foreign enterpreneurs.Agency’s Headoffice is located in Prague. By the end of 2010, it operates 33 foreign offices in 37 countries worldwide. The network of the CzechTrade´s foreign offices provides practical assistance to Czech exporters abroad, and represents unique contribution to the promotion of the Czech exports.Key values

Partnership with the customer
Teamwork as a requirement for developing corporate know-how
Professionalism and high ambitions
Open and effective communication
Identifying with the agency

DENMARK

Danish Design Centre
Christina Melander

Danish Design Centre

Our Vision:

The Danish Design Centre was founded in 1978 by the Danish Design Council with the purpose of improving the competitiveness of Danish industry by means of design investments. Since 2000, the Danish Design Centre has resided on HC Andersens Boulevard in the heart of Copenhagen in a building designed by Professor, architect Henning Larsen.

Why does the Danish Design Centre seek to improve companies’ competitiveness?
The primary basis for Denmark’s design policy – “DesignDanmark” – is to improve Danish companies’ value growth through an increased use of design. The ambition is to bring Denmark back into the international design elite, thus improving Denmark’s competitiveness. The Danish Design Centre plays a key role in implementing the design policy, in part through efforts and activities aimed at Danish companies.

What we do:

The Danish Design Centre carries out a variety of activities such as workshops, inspiration and feedback meetings, courses, conferences and exhibitions. Through these activities the participating companies gain a deeper understanding of the potential of design as a tool for innovation.

The Danish Design Centre also carries out an active international branding effort for Danish design focused on profiling contemporary Danish design and Danish design competences. The goal of these efforts is to promote international awareness of Danish design and of Denmark as a design nation and to establish Danish design as a brand that is capable of attracting investments and clients to Denmark.

Who is the target group for the Danish Design Centre?
The Danish Design Centre’s primary target group is buyers of design services, that is, Danish companies and the public sector. Our secondary target group is members of the national and international public who are interested in design.

What happens on HC Andersens Boulevard?
The Danish Design Centre resides on HC Andersens Boulevard in the centre of Copenhagen. In addition to offices, the building contains a shop, a café and a conference centre, which forms the setting for the Danish Design Centre’s many activities. Every year, the Danish Design Centre hosts several exhibitions of Danish and international design. The exhibitions focus on the potential of design as an industrial and business competence and a tool for innovation with the capacity to improve the competitiveness of Danish companies.

Our partners in this effort
The Danish Design Centre works closely with local organisations and individuals around the country, including the Business Link centres and the design ambassadors, who all work to disseminate knowledge about the use of design to companies in the five regions of the country. In addition, the Danish Design Centre cooperates with knowledge and research institutions in Denmark and abroad, Danish trade associations, and design centres abroad with the purpose of generating and disseminating knowledge about design processes, user-driven innovation, international trends, new materials etc. The Danish Design Centre also maintains a close ongoing dialogue with Danish designers and design companies. On 20 May 2008, INDEX: was established as a subsidiary of the Danish Design Centre.

ESTONIA

Estonian Association of Designers (EAD)
Ilona Gurjanova

Estonian Association of Designers (EAD)

Our Vision:

Estonian Association of Designers (EAD) is an association connecting and representing Estonian designers, with an aim to support design in the broader sense of the concept. The organisation established in 1989 today brings together 162 experts in product, furniture, fashion, textile and graphic design, the so-called cream of our creative industry. EAD focuses on improving the professional skills and vocational knowledge of designers and stands for the rights of its members.

The main purpose of EAD, however, is to ensure the high quality of its members’ professional skills and compliance with the code of ethics.

Estonian Design Centre

Tiia Vihand
Director
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Estonian Design Centre

Estonian Design Centre (EDC) is a non-profit organization, established in 2008. The mission of the EDC is to support strategic design implementation in the business and the public sector and to nurture an innovative and cooperation-oriented environment for the development of design. EDC also coordinates the network of Estonian design agencies that includes agencies of communication design, product design, strategic design, service design, digital design (including UX/UI, gamification, etc.), circular design.

FINLAND

Ornamo Art and Design Finland

Salla Heinanen
Executive Director
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Ornamo Art and Design Finland

Ornamo Art and Design Finland is the voice, community, and support network that helps designers at different stages of their careers to achieve a broadly respected and recognised professional identity. The members of Ornamo are professionals in industrial, service and strategic design, fashion, textile and furniture design, interior architecture, craft art and textile art as well as researches of design and design businesses.

Our vision:

Designers are in prime positions in organisations due to the critical skillsets they possess and the high regard they are held in by the society. Our mission is to advance and sustain life by raising designers to an influential position in society.

Ornamo was founded in 1911, making it the world´s second longest established design sector organisation.

FRANCE

Alliance France Design

François Caspar
In charge of European matters
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Alliance France Design

The Alliance France Design (AFD) is the first multidisciplinary trade union of designers in France, a common foundation for independent, firm owner or in-house designers of all disciplines (messages, products and spaces). The AFD publishes the designers’ Code of ethics and helps its members to deal with legal issues. The AFD remains to be the best partner for designers’ professional organizations in Europe, in order to communicate on economic, environmental and cultural challenges of design and to define common actions.

Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle (APCI)

Lucille Galindo
General Secretary
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APCI – Promotion du design

Created in 1983 on the initiative of the Ministries of Industry and Culture, the APCI is the national association for the promotion of French design, recognized as being of general interest. Its objective is to promote the transformative power of design in all its dimensions, whether systemic (strategies, organizations, management) or experiential (services, spaces, interfaces, objects), to all audiences, and in particular to companies.

It participates in the international influence of French design (among other things with the help of the wonderful tool of the Designer(s) du design exhibition, for which it owns the scenography and the right of duplication), contributes to the definition and steering of a national design policy by participating in the National Design Council, supports and animates a network of regional players by piloting events such as France Design Week and by creating a network of Design Labs. It is also committed to the employability of young designers by organizing the Forum Design, mode d’emploi.

Its members and partners include public authorities, companies (from large groups to start-ups, including SMEs and ETIs

Cité du design

Isabelle Vérilhac
Head of Innovation and International Affairs
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Cité du design

Our Vision:

The Cité du design, public establishment set up in 2005 by the Saint-Étienne City and its agglomeration Saint-Etienne Métropole, aims to develop the uses and the benefits of design by increasing the meeting opportunities between professionals of the area, companies and private individuals.
This young institution fits the whole reconversion process of a city that has been the leader of the Industrial Revolution for two centuries. Product of the Saint-Etienne history, the Cité du design was born of a local will and a strong dynamism, initiated in particular by the Saint-Etienne higher school of art and design – ESADSE (former regional school of fine arts – ERBASE), that created the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial in 1998.
Furthermore, Saint-Étienne Métropole, the city of Saint-Étienne, the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region and the State-Ministry of Culture accompany the development of the Cité du design through their involvement in the EPCC (Public Institution of Cultural Cooperation), a new legal tool that translates public partnerships and boost the deployment of its activities. This new organization has been active since 2010 January.

What we do:

The Cité du design structures its activities around strong and transversal sets of themes which each serve a democratization of design. Whether it improves the uses and lifestyles, it optimizes the use of energy, it accompanies the transformations of housing or facilitates the development of health and mobility, design puts the human being at the heart of its reflection.As a platform of reflection on practices, needs, uses, the Cité du design demonstrates how design contributes to the emergence of new dynamics into contemporary fields, be they social, economical, political or cultural.The main objective of the Cité du design is to take an active part in the development of economic, touristic and cultural attractiveness.

DESIGNERS+

DESIGNERS+

Designers+ is a key actor of design in Auvergne Rhône Alpes region. Our members are mostly independant designers and small agencies.

Our missions are :

– Develop greater communication and collaboration among design professionals

– Support our members in their skill improving approach
– Communicate on our members’ expertise and increase their visibility

– Develop adapted tools and a framework for developing innovation and anticipation

– Promote our region’s assets through action and project initiation

Institut Français du Design

Anne-Marie Sargueil
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Institut Français du Design

Since 1951, the Institut Français du Design (IFD) has been producing experiences on the values and meaning of design, and exposing talents, know-how, exemplary practices, and also visionary personalities, in search of a sustainable and desirable world.

Valesens

Régine Charvet Pello
Sensory expert for Valesens, designer
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Valesens

Our Vision:

PROMOTION AND ENHANCEMENT FOR DESIGN AND SENSORY TECHNOLOGIES
Created in 2005, the ambition of Valesens is to lay the foundation of an innovative competency on our territory in order to improve its attractiveness, using its DNA of good life, well-being and life quality.

SENSORY ECOLOGY AND DESIGN
Valesens wants to create a kind of non punitive sensory ecology to empower each other and improve the daily living. By qualifying the usage perception, the sensory ecology upgrade the product conception and the use of primary resources by reducing and replacing them.

To this end, Valesens has gathered several actors as designers, local firms, artisans,
funlab, school…in order to create a working group on a territorial waste and recovery industry. Sensory ecology brings together circular, creative and social economy.

What we do:

– DIFFUSION of sensory innovation and sensory design
– PROFESSIONNAL NETWORK and CULTURAL EVENTS around design and sensory technologies
– MEETINGS to create and build collaborative energy
– TRANSMISSION of a french know-how and tradition: «art de vivre» and sensory design
– THIRD PLACE: the sensory design center is open to share this specific expertise with designers, industry, students, public authorities, general public.

GERMANY

Bayern Design

Nadine Vicentini
Managing Director
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bayern design GmbH

Our Vision:

With great curiosity and open mindedness, a strong believe in the transformative power of design and architecture, we act responsibly towards society and the climate in the identification of topics and collaboration in our networks.

What we do:

bayern design is the competence center for knowledge transfer and collaborations around design in Bavaria. With a variety of different projects, we underscore the importance of design and the key role it plays in managing economic, social and sustainable change.

We support the implementation of the Free State of Bavaria’s design funding and promote the networking of designers and stakeholders from all disciplines, companies, universities, institutions and associations.

Since 2012, bayern design hosts Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW), the largest event of its kind in Germany, for designers and their clients.

bayern design maintains and moderates professional interdisciplinary networks, and organizes events, exhibitions, and trade-fair presentations. It offers presentation opportunities, promotes education and further training in the design field, and conducts research jointly with colleges and universities. In addition, bayern design develops competitions and design awards for the industrial and public sectors, coordinates state-funded design enterprises and projects.

The center is sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy and by bayern design forum e.V., its supporting association of medium-sized companies and agencies.

Deutscher Designtag

Frederike Kintscher
Head of Council Europe & International Affairs
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Deutscher Designtag

The Deutscher Designtag e.V. (DT) is the umbrella association of national professional associations as well as institutions of design in Germany. It operates at the interface between design, politics and economics.

The DT represents 360,000 designers and 60,000 design companies in Germany with a turnover of around 20 billion Euros to the government and administration of the Federal Government, the Federal States and the European Union in all general design policy matters.

The DT advocates the design profession interests in political authorities, for example in the Deutscher Kulturrat (DK), the umbrella association of the federal cultural associations in Germany and in this sense in the Kompetenzzentrum Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft des Bundes. It promotes understanding of design and stands for the value that design contributes to the development of companies, organizations, society and culture.

As an »enzyme for innovation« (Paola Antonelli), the design industry is one of the most agile and dynamic industries in Germany with disproportionately high rates of growth and a high degree of digitalization. According to the monitoring report of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, it is one of the most successful sub-sectors of the cultural and creative industries, which now ranks third in gross value-added in Germany, after the automotive industry and the mechanical engineering.

As an umbrella organization the Deutscher Designtag e.V. (DT) is largely characterized by voluntary work based on the honorary commitment of its delegates and other volunteers sent by its member organizations. In clear demarcation to the strategies and activities of its member organizations, the DT addresses superordinate political issues that benefit from a joint representation by an umbrella organization towards society, culture, economy and politics.

The DT, the leading organization in the design sector in Germany, represents 12 member organizations:

  • Allianz deutscher Designer (AGD) e.V.
  • bayern design GmbH
  • BDG Berufsverband der Deutschen Kommunikationsdesigner e.V.
  • Deutscher Werkbund e.V. • Forum für Entwerfen e.V.
  • Forum Typografie e.V. • Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte e.V.
  • HACE-Stiftung • Hessen Design e.V.
  • IDZ | Internationales Design Zentrum Berlin e.V.
  • Illustratoren Organisation e.V. (IO)
  • Typographische Gesellschaft München e.V. (tgm)
  • Universal Design Forum e.V. • Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer e.V. (VDID)
  • VDMD – Netzwerk für Mode.Textil.Interieur.Accesoire.Design e.V.
German Design Council

Lutz Dietzold
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German Design Council

Our Vision:

The Foundation German Design Council was formed in 1953, driven by the BDI (Federation of German Industries) and by resolution of the German Parliament, to meet the increasing demand from business, politics and research for information on the subject of design.

What we do:

Today, the German Design Council is one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and knowledge transfer in the field of design. The circle of members currently comprises more than 300 companies, who together employ over 3 million people.

GREECE

Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA)

Angeliki Barakli
Head of KEPAs EU projects department
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Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA)


Vision

Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA) is a non-profit private legal entity, founded in 1991 by the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SBE) and the Greek International Business Association (SEVE), with the aim of implementing and managing European and national programmes or parts thereof for the benefit of private initiative.


Mission

Since 1993, KEPA is the oldest Intermediate Managing Authority for National and Regional programmes for the establishment and the modernisation of SMEs. Since its establishment, KEPA has successfully implemented over 100 programmes/actions and managed more than 30.000 projects/business plans, with a total budget of above 3 billion euros.


What we do?

In 2011, KEPA decided to expand its activity by developing an internal European Projects Department, in order to incorporate all the knowledge and expertise raised out of the organisation’s participation in EU funded projects. KEPA’s focus is targeted in 3 main pillars: Design Thinking, Microfinance and Social Economy. Through its participation in several projects so far, KEPA has gained significant experience and know-how in the specific sectors, while it also participates as an active member to several European Networks (EMN, MFC, BEDA). Up-to-date, KEPA has successfully participated in 30 EU funded projects, with a total budget of around 21 million euros.

In 2017, KEPA started the initiative of Hellenic Design Centre (HDC), the first and most experienced organisation in Greece that provides integrated Design support services to private and public sector organisations, to assist them in problem solving and in driving innovation into services and processes by putting people in the centre. Since its establishment, HDC has been offering training and support services to a number of SMEs, public authorities and civil society organisations. Moreover, it has been promoting Design as a driver of growth and competitiveness of SMEs and in the economy in general.

HUNGARY

Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation
Ferenc Sebestény
President

Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation

Our mission:

The Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation lists among its priority activities the organisation of professional seminars, symposia, workshops and exhibitions, the management and implementation of project proposals, publishing, and contribution to the creation of historical and contemporary collections of design. Established in 1992, the Foundation has aimed at the support and promotion of artists and art collectives in their efforts to shape the visual environment and to promote the cultural design heritage of Hungary.

In addressing the challenges and objectives of the Foundation, president Dr. Ferenc Sebestény claims: „Design has ceased to be the private affair of a privileged few and has turned into an open and accessible attitude offering and engaging everyone in active participation, content creation, and in defining global development trends. Considering the future-shaping power of design, it is inevitable for concerned design professionals to encourage increased communication with the society and decision-makers, and to seek for greater inclusion in the discussion of short and long-term strategic issues.”

Activities:

Since 2005, the Foundation has been the main organizer of the annual Zsennye International Design Workshop, the most prominent forum of Hungarian and international design theory and practice. Products and achievements of the workshops have been recurring subject to exhibitions and symposia at the annual Budapest Design Week. In the frame of 2018 Budapest Design Week, the Foundation organised the international design conference „JÖVŐ MOST / FUTURE NOW” in Pesti Vigadó, with the participation of more than 150 design professionals. A series of exhibitions organised in 2020-2021 and made available as an online collection has fostered the introduction and dialogue among leading and debutant designers. In recognition of its efforts, the Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation was presented with the HIPO Millennium Award in 2021.

International presence:

As a member of BEDA since 2019, the Foundation has contributed to the New European Bauhaus movement with the organisation of exhibitions, workshops and seminars. These programs have been carried out in collaboration with partners including the Hungarian Design Council as well as leading academic institutions of design.

Hungarian Design Council

Anna Jankó
Project manager
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Hungarian Design Council

Our Vision:

The Hungarian Design Council (HDC) is a governmental advisory body that promotes the awareness of design as a powerful tool for progress, and the role of designers in society and industry. The Council facilitates co-operation and interaction among design-related organisations.

Mission
The objective of the Hungarian Design Council is to contribute to improving the quality of life and the competitiveness of the national economy with the tools of design. With our concerted efforts we want to create a flourishing country in the centre of Europe where citizens live in an attractive and healthy environment, respect and cultivate their traditions, assert their cultural identity and are aware that design is an important part of their well-being.

Members
The members of the Hungarian Design Council are outstanding professionals of design, of related institutions and professional fields. The 15-member-body is appointed for a three-year period by the minister for innovation and technology. The Chairman of the Council is the President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Gyula Pomázi.

Duties
The Hungarian Design Council is responsible for drawing up of the harmonised government strategy of the development of Hungarian design, and participates in its implementation, with consulting, as well as the agreement of interests and options. The HDC creates and directs comprehensive work programmes to promote the national design culture. The annual activity of HDC is regulated by Government Decree no. 266/2001 and by a three-year work programme. Read more

Main projects
The Council’s main annual projects are the Hungarian Design Award and the Moholy-Nagy László Design Grant and the Budapest Design Week.

Hungarian Fashion and Design Agency

Zsófia Bata-Jakab
CEO
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Hungarian Fashion and Design Agency

The Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency is a state-owned non-profit organization that represents the players of the industry with the aim of actively encouraging, embracing and supporting Hungarian fashion and design businesses. The agency is dedicated to unlocking the potential of Hungarian designers and helps them to evolve from emerging to internationally established brands, enhancing export to strengthen and to develop the national manufacturing background, as well as to cultivate the creative and professional knowledge that preserves tradition.

ICELAND

Iceland Design and Architecture

Halla Helgadóttir
Managing Director
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Iceland Design and Architecture

Iceland Design and Architecture aims for progress in design and architecture in Iceland focusing on sustainable development. Its role is to facilitate and promote design of all kinds as a vital aspect of the future Icelandic society, economy and culture.

Iceland Design and Architecture provides designers, companies, the public, international partners, and the media with services and advice pertaining to design in Iceland.

Iceland Design and Architecture manages a news service, oversees promotions, and stages events, lectures, symposiums, and numerous collaborative projects between Icelandic and foreign partners. Iceland Design and Architecture works to build a base of knowledge regarding needs and opportunities in the fields of design and architecture and is continually developing new projects, collaborations, and ideas for promoting these fields.

Iceland Design and Architecture owns and produces DesignMarch, DesignTalks, the Icelandic Design Awards, manages the Icelandic Design Fund, funded by Government. The platform pushed for the making of an Icelandic governmental design policy, Design as a Driver for Future. In addition, the center works to increase collaborative and promotional projects, which have included Design in Nordic Nature, Sustainordic, Nordic Sustainable Cities, Nordic Design Resource, WE LIVE HERE.

Iceland Design and Architecture is owned by the Association of Icelandic Architects, the Icelandic Society of Furniture and Interior Architects, the Federation of Icelandic Landscape Architects, the Association of Icelandic Product and Industrial Designers, the Icelandic Association of Ceramic Artists, the Association of Icelandic Fashion Designers, the Icelandic Textile Guild, the Icelandic Goldsmith’s Association, the Association of Icelandic Graphic Designers and is partly funded by the Ministry of Culture and Business. Affairs.

IRELAND

Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI)

Rosemary Steen
Chief Executive Officer
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Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI)

Our Vision:

The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. Our vision is that Ireland is recognised and valued for its culture of design and craft.t of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.

What we do:

We provide a range of programmes, supports and services for designers and craftspeople, learners and teachers, retailers and gallerists, shoppers and collectors, media and partner organisations in order to raise the standard and profile of Irish design and craft. Our activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.

We currently have 55 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. You can view the Public Directory of Craftspeople where you can search for registered makers (who have opted to be listed in the public craft directory) by name, county, product and discipline as well as samples of their work. See also our list of membership organisations which includes design and craft Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS). DCCI’s shareholders are represented by member organisations and institutions whose membership includes voting rights at our AGM.

Institute of Designers in Ireland

Charlotte Barker
CEO
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Institute of Designers in Ireland

Our Vision:

The IDI is a membership association of Irish designers who promote and advocate for Irish design. We are committed to advancing the value and impact of design – inspiring, supporting and learning from one another along the way.

What we do:

The Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI) was established in 1972 to lead design in Ireland, by associating in a single professional institute as the recognised national, EU and international association and representative body for qualified and qualifying designers in Ireland.

We organise on local and national levels to promote and advocate for Irish design. The IDI represents and supports creativity within a wide range of disciplines across the full spectrum of Irish design.

ITALY

Association for the Industrial Design (ADI)

Fabrizio Pierandrei
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Association for the Industrial Design (ADI)


Our Vision:

Since 1956, ADI – Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (Association for the Industrial Design) brings together professionals, researchers, teachers, critics, journalists around the main topics of design: project, energy consumption, recycling and training. ADI has a leading role in the development of the industrial design as a cultural and economic phenomenon.

purpose is to promote and implement the most conducive conditions to the design for goods and services, through the cultural debate, the dialogue with the institutions and the provision of services.

to ADI, design is the culturally aware project, it is the interface between the individual and collective demand and the producers supply.

The association is involved into products design, services design, visual communication, packaging, interior design and in the design for the environment.

is the way to create a relationship between products and users through research, innovation and engineering. It gives functionality, social values and cultural meaning to the goods and services distributed on the market.

What we do:

In Italy:

  • it brings together more than 1.000 members all over the Country; members are involved into both the initiatives of Milan’s headquarter and into local events;
  • it is a member of the Council for the professions not regulated by the CNEL (National Council for the Economy and Labour), helping to establish a legal framework for the public recognition of designer profession;
  • since 1962, ADI has owned and managed the Compasso d’Oro Award, the oldest recognition of design in Europe, and its Historical collection, which collects winning objects and their documentation, promoting historical research and setting up in-depth exhibitions.

World wide:

Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione Visiva (AIAP)

Fabiana Ielacqua

Vice President

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AIAP Associazione italiana design della comunicazione visiva

Our mission:
For over 75 years, AIAP has brought together visual communication professionals in Italy, promoting and supporting the profession and the culture of graphic design and visual communication. The role of AIAP is to enhance and better define the contemporary communication designer’s field of action, responsibility, and skills.

What we do:
It was established in 1945 with the name of ATAP; in 1955, it became AIAP (Italian Association of Advertising Artists), marking its will to be designated as the first national association to promote graphic and visual culture. Following various changes, in 2011, the Association’s name was finally changed to the actual Italian association of visual communication design.
To achieve its aims and goals, AIAP is active in several areas like organizing events (e.g. the International Graphic Design Week named Design Per), workshops, conferences and exhibitions, and consulting public administrations and companies in organizing contests.
The Association publishes the magazine “Progetto Grafico” – the unique graphic and visual design magazine in Italy (both in Italian and English) —books and catalogues, and since 2012 promotes the AIAP Women in Design Award (AWDA, https://www.aiap-awda.com/).
In 2009 the Graphic Design Documentation Centre (AIAP CDPG) was established to collect a historical archive and enhance research in that field.
AIAP was one of the founding associations of ICOGRADA (International Council of Graphic Design Associations, now Ico-D) in 1963.

LATVIA

Latvian Design Centre

Dita Danosa
Director
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Latvian Design Centre

Latvian Design Centre is a non-governmental organisation that works to advance the use of design in Latvia by connecting and engaging design ecosystem members and promoting Latvian design locally and abroad. Latvian Design Centre was founded in 2018 with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.

The mission of the Latvian Design Centre is to facilitate the development of design in Latvia by promoting the use of design as a strategic tool for economic growth and innovation, environmental sustainability, well-being of the society and the individual, as well as strengthening of cultural identity and nation brand.

The Director of the Latvian Design Centre is Dita Danosa, an experienced creative industries strategist and educator.

Latvian Design Centre is involved in design policy making, research and education, it holds events that inform and bring together companies, designers, end users, and policy-makers, as well as participates in and initiates cooperation and strategic partnerships with other design organisations. With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Latvian Design Centre runs an online platform for creative industries FOLD (www.fold.lv). It highlights the best works in design, architecture, fashion, and other creative fields and publishes daily news in Latvian and English.

Most notable activities of the Latvian Design Centre include Tactile Baltics, an exhibition of Baltic design as part of the London Design Festival 2021, co-organised with Lithuanian Design Forum and online platform NID, hosting a series of stakeholder discussions on the Design Strategy of Latvia 2021–2027, and laying the foundations for cooperation with Latvian Association of Architects and Latvian Association of Landscape Architects for the promotion of the New European Bauhaus in Latvia. In 2021, Latvian Design Centre began implementing its first European Strategic Partnership project — Design and Creative Thinking Toolkit Development — together with partners from Latvia, Estonia, and Denmark.

Latvian Design Centre is a member of the Bureau of European Design Associations (BEDA) and an official partner of the European Commission’s New European Bauhaus Initiative.

LITHUANIA

Lithuanian Design Forum

Vytautas Gurevičius
Chairman of the board
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Lithuanian Design Forum

Association Dizaino Forumas (Lithuanian Design Forum) seeks the acknowledgement of design as a catalyst for the development of modern society and a factor for sustainable economical growth, the deeper use of design in production, communication, public life and other sectors.

What we do:

Established in 2006, Lithuanian Design Forum works on representation of Lithuanian design in its’ homeland and abroad. Our main project is DESIGN WEEK LITHUANIA festival, which is the biggest design event in Lithuania and has already been held for the past 11 years. The festival takes place on the first full week of May in six different cities of Lithuania – capital Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Telšiai and Anykščiai. Both local and international design ideas are presented during the festival thus helping to keep up date with the latest design trends and local market insights.

In 2012 Lithuanian design prize GERAS DIZAINAS (Good Design) was initiated by Lithuanian Design Forum. By the tradition, the Award ceremony is staged during the DESIGN WEEK LITHUANIA in Vilnius. The purpose of this contest is to celebrate the most successful Lithuanian design ideas and collaborations with local businesses. The winners are selected by international jury and awarded with contest prizes or diplomas. Participation is free.

Our latest project – DESIGN LITHUANIA exhibitions cycle – is successfully travelling across the Europe and presenting various Lithuanian designers as well as our country at the most important design events. The exhibition has already been showcased in London (UK), Stockholm (Sweden), Minsk (Belarus), Brussels (Belgium), Riga (Latvia), Helsinki (Finland), Caen (France) and Paris (France).

For maintaining a strong relationship with local design market, Lithuanian Design Forum has a membership option – more than 40 designers and design companies have already joined our association and actively participated in our projects. Close communication with our members helps us to work on design policy issues and come up with wise solutions for design field in Lithuania.

Vilnius Academy of Arts - Design Innovation Centre

Vilnius Academy of Arts – Design Innovation Centre

LUXEMBOURG

Design Luxembourg

Julie Conrad
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Design Luxembourg

Design Luxembourg brings together the different design disciplines to make political, business and cultural decision-makers as aware as possible of designers and their skills. This involves the recognition of design as a key driver of the country’s economic growth and sustainable development. Every two years, Design Luxembourg organises the Luxembourg Design Awards and will be the main partner to host the European Design Festival in 2023.

MALTA

Valletta Design Cluster (Valletta Cultural Agency)

Aidan Celeste
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Victoria Camilleri

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Valletta Design Cluster (Valletta Cultural Agency)

Our Vision:

The Valletta Design Cluster (VDC) within the Valletta Cultural Agency is a community space for cultural and creative practice situated in the renovated Old Abattoir in Valletta. The VDC supports design and entrepreneurship having a positive social impact, taking collaborative creative approaches as the key to achieve benefits for individuals, communities and society at large.

What we do:

The VDC aims at bridging gaps which may feature in the current cultural and creative ecosystem by actively engaging with practitioners working on initiatives targeting cultural and social wellbeing. We encourage the application of design-thinking, multi-disciplinarity and cooperation as tools for community development. Our community members consist of Valletta residents, students, designers, artists, freelancers and SMEs, public bodies, academics, techies, food lovers, civil society activists and NGOs, and more. The VDC provides facilities, expertise and opportunities to its communities.

NETHERLANDS

Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)

Madeleine van Lennep
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Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)

Our Vision:

The Association of Dutch Designers, known by its Dutch abbreviation BNO. The BNO represents designers and design agencies in the Netherlands. We promote their business, social and cultural interests. We bring together over 2,500 individual designers, as well as 200 design agencies and design departments within companies.

What we do:

The Association of Dutch Designers (BNO) promotes the business, social and cultural interest of designers in the Netherlands. Its most important task is to provide support and advice to members in performing their profession. As part of that effort, the BNO constantly seeks to deepen and broaden the design profession. On top of that, the BNO turns the national and international spotlight on the achievements of Dutch Design.

It may be a less visible side of its work, but the BNO is also very active in championing the economic interests of its members. We remain in touch with and work together with government organisations, educational institutes, as well as other trade groups representing self-employed workers, employees or employers in the Netherlands and abroad. Finally, we encourage and facilitate business and social contacts among our members, as well as between other organisations.

CLICKNL

Bart Ahsmann
Managing director
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CLICKNL

The creative industry is a driver of innovation. It delivers human-oriented solutions for societal challenges. To be able to continue to deliver that impact, CLICKNL, Top Consortium of the Dutch top sector Creative Industries, enhances the creative professional’s knowledge base. In doing so, we strengthen the sector and the innovative capacity of the Netherlands.

To that end, CLICKNL, together with experts from the creative industries and knowledge institutions, is drafting the Knowledge and Innovation Agenda for the creative Industries. This agenda outlines what knowledge is needed to prepare the creative professional for the future and to which issues the professional can and must contribute.

Accordingly, different parties make resources available for research and innovation. CLICKNL itself also has the PPS grant at its disposal, which is used to fund, among others, field labs, for short-term industrial research.

To share all knowledge, experience and inspiration, CLICKNL organises events such as the yearly Design Research & Innovation festival DRIVE, during the Dutch Design Week.

Dutch Design Foundation

Ingrid van der Wacht
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Dutch Design Foundation

Our Vision:

Dutch Design Foundation (DDF) is optimistic and believes that the problem-solving capacity of designers can improve the world. That’s why DDF offers designers opportunities, support, publicity and a platform. DDF organizes events like Dutch Design Week, World Design Embassies and Dutch Design Awards and is active far beyond the Netherlands. Through debates, lectures, exhibitions and gatherings staged all year round, DDF provides a platform for talented, entrepreneurial designers, helping to disseminate their ideas and work. DDF aims to strengthen the position and impact of Dutch designers and to show how designers around the world are shaping a positive future. To achieve this, DDF manifests itself in four roles: Matchmaker (connecting designers to clients), Accelerator (accelerating the research or creation process), Podium (offering an international platform in various ways), Inspirator (we inspire change makers with explorations of the future).

Our top high profile projects:

Dutch Design Week: Experiment, innovation and cross-overs in design
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Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven in October since 2002. Ranked by some design media in the top 10 of design festivals of the world. It brings works and ideas of more than 2,000 (inter)national designers to thousands of (inter)national visitors – professionals and fans. In more than 100 locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, workshops, debates and festivities. Emphasizing on experiment, innovation and cross-overs, DDW concentrates on the design of the future and the future of design.

Dutch Design Awards: An ever-growing collection of outstanding Dutch design.

Dutch Design Awards (DDA) are the national awards for design and have been leading in the interpretation of excellent Dutch design for years. The Dutch design community is invited every year to submit its best work for a Dutch Design Award in various categories, including Habitat, Design Research, Product, Service & Systems, Young Designer and Best Commissioning.

World Design Embassies: New perspectives on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

By means of design embassies for the future, DDF, together with alliances of business, research and governmental partners and designers, collaborate on scenario’s that cope with societal challenges, such as climate change, food , liveable cities, water, circular + biobased building and healthcare. For several years partners create scenarios to new perspectives for the world of tomorrow, that are showcased during Dutch Design Week.

What if labs: Increasing the design impact.

What if Lab challenges businesses and governments and the design world to unite and come up with specific answers to current issues. What if Lab is about exchange: possible clients in government and business get the chance to work closely with professionals in design and designers get the chance to work on large, more complex challenges. Both parties broaden their network at the same time.

 

POLAND

Gdynia Design Centre
Gdynia Design Centre

Ewa Chudecka
Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia
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PPNT Gdynia | Design Centre

PPNT Gdynia | Design Centre founded by the city of Gdynia as part of Pomeranian Science and Tech Park in 2011. Coordinate multiple initiatives relating to design, work on international projects, run educational initiatives, exhibitions and design promotion activities like Gdynia Design Days festival. Promote strong relations between designers and entrepreneurs.

Association of Industrial Designers in Poland (SPFP)

Bogumiła Jung
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Association of Industrial Designers in Poland (SPFP)

Our Vision:

The Association of Industrial Designers has existed since 1963.

Its aims are:

  • the promotion and diffusion of knowledge about industrial design
  • to promote concern for a high professional and ethical level of industrial design
  • to represent the community of industrial designers in liaison with various bodies
  • to comment and give opinions concerning professional design practice
Media Dizajn

Monika Klein
President
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Media Dizajn

Our Vision:

Media Dizjan is a facilitator of the cluster initiative in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship. We bring together companies, business institutions, public institutions and NGOs in order to increase the productivity of creative industries in our region.

What we do:

Our goal is to create an open, innovative ecosystem that gives space to acquire new competences, initiate cross-industry cooperation and create international networks. We work together to provide innovative solutions and implement creative industries in business, science and society. The cluster does not have members in the traditional sense, but is a network of constantly cooperating entities – about 100 entities in total.

Zamek Cieszyn

Magdalena Chorąży-Suchy
Director
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Zamek Cieszyn

“Zamek” means “a castle” – and we’re a unique castle which functions as a design centre. Castles symbolize stability and memory, whereas design embodies modernity and change. Could anything be more selfcontradictory? And yet, we have existed since 2005 in a small town on the Polish-Czech border, promoting good design and showing how to make good use of it. We cooperate with companies, NGOs, and public institutions – wherever innovative thinking is in demand. We support any activity that can improve the quality of life, also backing social innovators who design solutions for elderly people and persons with disabilities. What is more, we help companies adapt to ongoing changes and we accompany young people in the first steps on their career paths. By organising specialist courses, we teach how to use design thinking in practice. We constantly search for new areas of development for traditional handicraft techniques and natural materials. Feel invited to visit our exhibitions and the oldest historical landmarks of Cieszyn Silesia!

PORTUGAL

esad—idea, Research in Design and Art

José Bártolo
Scientific Director
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esad—idea, Research in Design and Art

Our Vision:

esad—idea is the R&D unit of ESAD/College of Art and Design, rated as “Very Good” by Foundation of Science and Technology (FCT). Understanding research as a fundamental means of scientific, technological and social innovation, esad—idea develops research in fields of industrial, communication, interior and urban design, curatorship, history and design theory.


What we do:

The research importance in education, culture, community and business, are consolidated through a wide range of national and international partnerships, establishing several design bases, located at ESAD, Matosinhos Market Design Incubator and Casa do Design.

The preponderance attributed to the dissemination of knowledge and the mediation of scientific research has led esad–idea to develop major events to promote portuguese design, such as the Porto Design Biennale. Over the last 5 years, esad–idea has accomplished more than 100 R&D and service delivery projects, working with more than 50 partner entities (research units, universities, companies and municipalities).

SERBIA

Belgrade Design Week

Jovan Jelovac
Founder
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Belgrade Design Week

Our Vision:

TO DEVELOP A YEAR-ROUND ONE-STOP NETWORK FOR THE ENTIRE SEE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, PROVIDING A CONTINUOUS CONNECTION WITH GLOBAL CREATIVE INDUSTRIES.

Our VISION is simple and organic, and firmly rooted in the current successful DNA of BDW: we are working hard to widen the extent of a seven-day festival into a more complex, year long continuous role of being the premier one stop partner for building a society of knowledge in SEE. To achieve this, we are further and deeper developing connections on two levels: firstly with all surrounding regional centres, as well as secondly with leading global design-hubs, ensuring a 365 days/year active two-way exchange of projects, ideas, collaborations.

We not only help developing a network of creative cities worldwide, but in the process produce effective new tools such as websites, blogs, seminars and knowledge centres such as libraries and series of ongoing events, all the way to opening a permanent regional design museum in Belgrade.

BDW exists to be the bridge between the creative industries and the business world, the global design scene and the local and regional impetus, the private economy and the government administration, and last but not least, the connection between our famously passionate audience and the leading global creative minds of the 21st century.

Our successfully developed VISION would firmly place Belgrade and Serbia as well as the whole SEE region on the global creative map, and ensure BDW’s role as global partner to leading institutions and events devoted to building a better society with help of creative industries.

What we do:

WHO we are is the annual meeting point of South East Europe’s creative industries, in Belgrade, Serbia, now in development to become a year-round one stop solution for the creative community.

WHAT we do is make the connections between some of the foremost creative minds on the planet, their ideas, their products, their processes, and you.

HOW we do this is by producing a world class conference and a cutting edge regional design show, while making time for our guests to explore the gourmet and nightlife capital of the region – Belgrade.

WHEN we started in 2005, we envisaged a private, non-profit event funded in equal part by reputable national government and international institutions, commercial sponsors and visitor’s box office sales. Since then, we have been included into top ten creative events in the world by leading global opinion makers.

WHERE we help is in showcasing object and graphic design, architecture, branding, advertising, music, digital media, TV, art, publishing, film, fashion, media and all other forms of design related business.

WHY we exist is to connect the creative industries and the world of business without bias, and allow Belgrade to fulfil its regional creative potential. As a measure of our success, ask Daniel Libeskind: after his lecture at BDW 2008 he walked away with the commission to design the master plan for Belgrade’s new waterfront development.

SLOVAKIA

Slovak Design Centre (SDC)

Maroš Schmidt
Director
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Slovak Design Centre (SDC)

Our Vision:

Slovak Design Centre is a state allowance organization established by the Ministry of Culture SR in 1991. The mission of SDC as the only professional organization for this field is to gather, store, and spread information about design, to initiate and create platforms for development and support of design in SR, and to suggest conceptions of design development. SDC cooperates with designers, companies, agencies, public administration, professional international organizations, and schools specializing in design.

What we do:

To fulfill these aims SDC organizes different activities:

  • national competition National Prize for Design, since 1993,
  • exhibitions of industrial and graphic design both in the Slovakia and abroad,
  • SDC publishes the magazine Designum (since 1994 every three months, since 2004 bimonthly), and publications about design,
  • competitions of graphic and industrial design, alone or in cooperation with institutions and companies,
  • builds the informational system Dizajn, the archives of design, a directory, and a database of designers, SDC runs a library specialized in design and accessible on line,
  • administrates a web page with an extensive offering of actual information from abroad for professionals as well as the non-professional public, and for the media,
  • offers consultancy and advisory service, prepares seminars and lecturers on different issues of design in Slovakia, cooperates with foreign institutions and professionals,
  • SCD is a member of the international professional association ICOGRADA and BEDA, promotes, researches and maps design.

SLOVENIA

FACULTY OF DESIGN, Independent Higher Education Institution (HDMI)
House Design Mgt & Innovation

Manca Zver
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FACULTY OF DESIGN, Independent Higher Education Institution (HDMI)

HDMI coordinates and unites innovations economic interests based on national strategic objectives and creative industries. HDMI also organizes exhibitions, round tables, workshops where companies and young talents can come up with great ideas. The house offers trainings with the participation of foreign experts from professions of design management and sustainable development.

Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR)

Tina Pezdirc Nograšek
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Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR)

Vision  

RRA LUR is an internationally renowned development agency, which enhances Ljubljana Urban Region’s competitiveness and increases the quality of life in the region through superb knowledge, innovative projects, products and services with high added value.

Mission

RRA LUR detects potentials in the region, as well as plans and co-creates its sustainable development.

What do you do? 

RRA LUR supports sustainable development of Ljubljana Urban Region (LUR) – the biggest and richest region in Slovenia. Together with 26 municipalities of the Central Slovenian Region and other stakeholders it provides developmental, educational, financial, entrepreneurial, environmental and social infrastructure needed for the region’s development. All RRA LUR’s activities are targeted at developing (innovative) services, products, and processes that improve the quality of citizens’ lives.

RRA LUR’s priority tasks include: strategic planning and implementation of projects (agency also provides information and offers advisory services regarding project preparation and implementation to its stakeholders), preparation and implementation of development programs (RRA LUR acts as coordinator), formation of development networks, and promotion of LUR nationally and internationally.

Active in promoting entrepreneurship (with a special emphasis on social innovation) and job creation, the agency also won national recognition for ‘Improving the Business Environment’ as part of the European Enterprise Promotion Awards 2014 for its Regional Creative Economy Centre (RCKE) – an office within RRA LUR that supports development of creative sectors.

Who do you serve? 

25 municipalities of the Central Slovenian Region, creatives, entrepreneurs (with a special focus on young entrepreneurs and SMEs), education and research institutions, NGOs, citizens.

SPAIN

Barcelona Design Centre (BCD)

Isabel Roig
Executive Director
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Barcelona Design Centre (BCD)

Our Vision:

We understand design as a factor of transformation for competitiveness, sustainability and a positive impact on society, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2030 Agenda).


Mission:

We support innovation, creative talent and the promotion of Barcelona design worldwide. We are the strategic partner in design to create joint value with companies, entrepreneurs, professionals and entities. Barcelona Design centre’s Strategic Plan focuses on the following spheres: innovation and sustainability of organisations (companies and entities), support for creative entrepreneurship, promotion of the Barcelona brand in the creative sphere and the internationalisation of local creative talent (design inspired in Barcelona), challenges of society and the United Nations sustainable development goals, the 2030 Agenda.

ADP_Catalunya, The Association of Professional Designers from Catalonia.

Manel Martínez i Espuny
Board President
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ADP_Catalunya, The Association of Professional Designers from Catalonia.

The ADP.cat is a non-profit association, which was born in Barcelona (Catalunya) in 1978. We are a “multidisciplinary” entity of designers. It is made up of graphic, industrial, interior designers, companies, institutions, and students interested in interrelating and collaborating to defend the interests of design professionals.

The ADP.cat promotes the cultural and professional value of design, aims to encourage daily use in the business sector with professionalism.

Spanish Network of Design Associations (READ)

Kike Correcher
BEDA delegate
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Spanish Network of Design Associations (READ)

Our vision:

READ is a Spanish non-profit organization with nationwide activity and international projection, established for the coordination and integration of the national community of designers. Currently it includes twelve associations: AAD, Andalusian Association of Designers; ADCV, Association of Designers of the Valencian Community; AGA, Association of Graphic Designers of Asturias; Cuenca Design; DAG, Galician Association of Designers; di-Ca, The Association of Professionals and Design Companies of the Canary Islands; DiEx, Association of Designers of Extremadura; DIMAD, Designers Association of Madrid; DIP, Association of Advertising Design and Communication Professionals of the Region of Murcia; DIS, Association of Graphic Designers of Soria, EIDE, Association of Designers of Euskadi and Navarra and La Exprimidora, Association of Designers and Creatives of Castellón.. Bringing together a wide range of designers from all across the country, represented by the regional associations that make it up, READ is committed to digitalization, co-creation, “glocal” activity, professional excellence and a triple bottom line perspective (social, environmental, and financial).

What we do:

Our shared goals are: spreading the culture of design, promoting and making the activity of our sector more visible, strengthening the position of the design professionals and contributing to the transformation of the economy, establishing more competitive and efficient relationships and fostering social encounters. READ organizes ENAD, a yearly national meeting on design that changes its location every two editions and gathers professionals and experts around a proposed subject, and also kick-starts many other projects on education, research, policy, promotion and ethics.

SWEDEN

Swedish Design Society

Helena Godotter Karlberg
President
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Swedish Design Society

The Swedish Design Society is the voice of Swedish design drivers and ambassadors.

We want to contribute to a sustainable development of the society – economically, socially and environmentally – by inspiring companies and organizations as well as Swedish municipalities to use the design process in development work.

In order to have a deeper knowledge exchange and more design activities throughout the country, the Swedish Design Society has a number of thematic nodes – one for students, one for designers, one for regional development and for the academia.

What we do:
The Swedish Design Society arranges various activities such as workshops, meetings, courses, conferences and exhibitions. Through these activities the participating members gain a deeper understanding of the potential of design as a tool for innovation.

The Swedish Design Society also supports SVID, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation, in the development of the design area.

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Design Association (SDA)

Dominic Sturm
President
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Swiss Design Association (SDA)

Our Vision:

The Swiss Design Association is the competence center for comprehensive knowledge transfer in the design industry in Switzerland. The association represents the interests of those professionally involved in design. We define design as a comprehensive, integrated development and creation process. A forward-looking process that is focused on the needs of the users of services, products, spaces, systems or processes and generates added societal, economical and cultural value.


What we do:

The SDA unites all those involved in the design process who share this understanding. We support our members in content-related, legal and entrepreneurial issues, promote internal networking and facilitate the exchange between national and international players from the fields of business, education, politics and culture.

TURKEY

Turkey Design Council

Furkan Demirci
Board Member
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Turkey Design Council


Our Vision:

Turkey Design Council aims to contribute Turkey’s social and economic development with design-oriented approaches. It promotes young designers and provides a basis for the production of qualified design. It creates design awareness for a better world. Turkey Design Council discusses social and economic visions together with interdisciplinary design thinking and practices. Through this process, it accomplishes its duties as an NGO by gathering public and private actors with sustainable methods.


What we do:

The council carries out its activities under four main headings: urban, education and research, media, culture and industrial collaborations. It conducted urban projects that spread all around Turkey. Also, since its establishment, Turkey Design Council has been carrying out studies aimed at raising design awareness at an early age. In this direction, workshops and trainings are organized to help them develop their imagination, abilities and motor skills. For this reason, it is collaborating with Finland-based design school Arkki. One of the most outstanding media project s of the council is iskele.co. Having started its broadcasting life in June 2020, iskele.co is a design-driven video content platform. The platform, which aims to facilitate access to the resources available in the design world and to present them to designers as a selection, contains many local and foreign contents.

Within the scope of Media and Culture Studies, we are working towards making design accessible to everyone and laying the groundwork for everyone who has ideas about it. We develop projects that bring Turkey’s ancient arts to the present, as well as creating spaces which enable artists to produce. In April 2021, we initiated an EU project titled ‘’From Ancient Anatolian Crafts to Contemporary Designs’’ as coordinator financed under the “Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU–II (CCH-II) in partnership with Brumen Foundation (Slovenia) and Traditional Arts Association (Turkey). It is aimed to spread the examples of ancient values combined with contemporary designs in Turkey and Europe within the scope of this project, which was launched to carry the Anatolian crafts at risk of disappearance into the future by means of intercultural cooperation. Another important cultural project is with Istanbul Airport. İGArt is an art program that aims to increase the visitor experience by transforming Istanbul Airport into one of the city’s qualified culture and arts areas. Also, we organize workshops and design trainings at different scales in order to contribute to the development of pioneering individuals who will lead change and to raise design awareness for people of all age groups. We are conduction ‘Strategic Design and Management Certificate Program’ with Istanbul Technical University to provide the designers with information about the basic concepts and techniques related to the management and business world.

Turkey Design Council is located on the upper floor of the Kuzguncuk Pier in Istanbul. İskele Design Platform was established in 2018 as a public area that allows gathering, learning and producing with interdisciplinary design approaches. It aims to sensitize society to value added of design and creates awareness about this subject. It makes design accessible to everyone, thanks to its comprehensive program of events and libraries that make the economic and social impact of the design visible. Talks, screenings, workshops and trainings are organized in İskele to interact with professionals and students, to stimulate imagination and diversify their perspective. Also, the council established a “design library” in Kuzguncuk. In this library, we aim to have the resources that students and all designers who are trained in design can benefit from, and bring young people and children to design at an earlier age, and create interest and excitement in them.

UNITED KINGDOM

Design Business Association (DBA)

Deborah Dawton
CEO
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Design Business Association (DBA)

Our Vision:

The Design Business Association exists to promote professional excellence through productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry to champion effective design which improves the quality of people’s lives.

What we do:

The DBA is the trade association for design in the UK. It represents about 400 design consultancies across all of the different design disciplines to governemnt, assists its members with business issues and provides them with training to develop their skills and competencies. It has just launched a new corporate membership scheme for businesses that commission design and want to maximise their ROI from it.

Our top 3 high profile projects:

Design Effectiveness Awards

The DBA’s annual Design Effectiveness Awards are both prestigious and authoritative, the only award scheme that uses commercial data as a key judging criteria. Year after year, winning case studies demonstrate that successful projects require the integration of the design brief with business aims and objectives from the outset…

DBA Members Directory
The DBA Directory makes buying design simpler and more effective, giving clients the opportunity to gain better value for money from the outset. With so many design companies to choose from, businesses need to find an agency that will match their needs perfectly and quickly. The Directory provides a searchable database that pulls together a PQQ equivalent depth of information that enables clients to fast track their procurement processes, and access a range of agencies they might not otherwise have been able to find. Buy design, better…click here

Events on design business management
The DBA runs a series of stimulating events and debates around the UK that focus on both long-standing and emerging issues relevant to the design community.
We also offer: Training courses for designersWebinars Legal advice Business advice…

Design Council

Minnie Moll
Chief Executive
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Design Council

Our Vision:

Set up in 1944 by Churchill’s war cabinet to support Britain’s economic recovery after World War II, the Council of Industrial Design, as we were then known, had the founding purpose of promoting ‘by all practical means the improvement of design in the products of British industry’.


What we do:

Over years later, our work has evolved and we announced in Autumn 2021 a strategic shift to Design for Planet to achieve a sustainable, climate-first future. The shift in focus recognises the fundamental need for us all to redesign our lives to save our planet, and champions the power and responsibility of designers to shape a better world.

Through Design for Planet, Design Council will rally designers to bring about the societal shifts needed to accelerate the government’s transition to net zero and ensure the planet will thrive for future generations. The organisation will give a platform to visionaries from the sector who are leading the way in sustainability, and support others in the industry to imagine a better world, create the resources for it and catalyse change.

PDR - International Centre for Design & Research

Piotr Swiatek
Project Manager – Design & Innovation Policy
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PDR – International Centre for Design & Research

PDR is an an award-winning centre of expertise within Cardiff Metropolitan University concerned with the effective use of design as a tool for innovation in the private and public sectors.

Since 1994 we create innovative, user-centred and sustainable solutions for organisations ranging from start-ups and SMEs to blue chips, governments and public institutions across the world. PDR lead and collaborate on projects funded by AHRC and other UKRI programmes, various EC programmes, charities, industry, and government to examine and improve policy, management and practice related to product and service design. Our team have specialist knowledge in conducting world-class, high impact applied research with citizens and developing creative approaches to engagement to drive innovative and sustainable products, services, systems & experiences.