Membership

BEDA is the largest design representation body in Europe.

We have 45 members from 25 countries within the geographical limits of Europe. They are all leading design promotion centres (usually funded by Government/public money) or professional design and trade associations (usually funded by the design industry of that country). Our professional design and trade association members represent hundreds of thousands of 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

designaustria

Our Vision:

Design Austria 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.

BELGIUM

Wallonia-Brussels Design Fashion (WBDM)

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, Business of Design Week in Hong Kong, and we invite to Belgium foreign design companies looking for collaborations with designers.

 

Our top 3 high profile projects:

Belgium is design – www.belgiumisdesign.be
‘Belgium is Design’ is a common label for the collective actions organized in Belgium and abroad by the following institutions: Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode, Flanders DC, and MAD. Each year many Belgian firms attend Milan Design Week, largely at Salone del Mobile’s fairground site. The fair and its expansive off-program in the city is the most important design event in the world, where producers, buyers, the press, and all those associated with the industry assemble annually. As such, Belgian governmental initiatives support their presence and try to stimulate new talent to connect to an international audience in this setting.

Belgium is Design is also present at Maison & Objet Paris.

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.

Two 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.

Milan Fashion Week – White Show

The Showroom Les Belges collective stand is present at the WHITE trade shows in Milan, a very popular event for buyers and the press during Milan Fashion Week.

Wallonie Design

Wallonie Design

Wallonia has an abundance of talented designers and dynamic companies. For this reason, the non-profit making organization Wallonie Design has been set up to inform, guide, connect, develop and make entrepreneurs and designers aware in order to turn design integration into a tool of economic, cultural and social development.

Our function? To be the LINK BETWEEN COMPANIES AND DESIGNERS

Our offer? Free and tailor-made services to encourage:

  • Companies to increase their development and their position through the contribution of design
  • Designers to develop their activities at the disposal of companies but also their own projects

We are at the disposal of students in design, of institutions/local authorities and of the general public as well.

In order to reach its goals, Wallonie Design :

  • Relies on a large network of specialized partners and on a list of professional designers
  • Puts at your disposal a series of resources aiming at a better integration of design

A department fully dedicated to ecodesign has been created within our structures in order to better frame the distinctive features and needs linked to taking the environment into account when creating or improving products/services.

Ecodesign is an approach which takes the environment into account during the design stage or the improving stage of a product (good or service) and may even lead to calling the product into question (value and functionality of the product).

Our services are free and are aimed at entrepreneurs, designers, and students in design, institutions and the general public.

Moreover, Wallonie Design works as an operator or partner of closely related projects such as RECIPROCITY design Liège, Boost-Up / Industries Créatives, WEDC, FRED. Shortly described below.

In concrete terms, our main services are:

Tailor-made follow-up : through answering questions and providing links with the rightpartners, we offer a tailor-made follow-up as regards: intellectual property, looking for a professional designer or a design agency, financial helps and incentives, companies, promotion bodies, supporting bodies for the launch of activities, prototyping centres, discovering of new materials…

Contact us!

Directory of designers : in order to connect SME and designers, our directory is both a practical tool for companies looking for future co-operations and a showroom for designers. A research by geographical area, by business segments, by specific expertise, etc. is available in this tool.

The events : every year, as promoter or associated partner we set up themed events (conferences, workshops, company visits) dealing with any types of subjects open to interest our audiences (intellectual property, eco-design, prototyping, visual identity,…)

Want to be informed? Follow our agenda.

Publications : our books, our shedding lights actions and thematic articles are developed to make you aware, to inform you, to guide you and are disseminated through different channels.

Information dissemination : the international, Belgian and Walloon news linked with design are disseminated through our newsletter and our agenda.

The not-for-profit organization was founded in 2005, on Jean-Claude Marcourt and Paul-Emile Mottard’s initiative, respectively Walloon Minister of Economy and Provincial Deputy in charge of Culture. Our not-for-profit organization is backed by Wallonia, the Marshall Plan 2.Green , Creative Wallonia and the Department for Culture of the Province of Liège.

 

SIDE PROJECTS

RECIPROCITY

Wallonie Design supervises Reciprocity (formerly called International Design Biennial in Liège which was first set up in 200?) which mobilizes thousands of participants, dozens of local institutions in Liège as well as international ones and above all numerous designers coming from all over the world on the theme of social innovation and more widely on the link between design and society. Paul-Emile Mottard, Provincial Deputy in charge of Culture has initiated it. Reciprocity more info

BOOST-UP INDUSTRIES CREATIVES

Wallonie Design is the operator of Boost-Up/Industries Créatives which consists of a call for projects to freelances, very small and medium-sized businesses of creative industries in Wallonia.

Into the bargain: a €40,000 funding to promote launching innovations. This is an initiative of the programme Creative Wallonia. Boost-up more info

Wallonia European Creative District

Following a call for projects of the European Commission, a consortium of partners from Wallonia has received the title of European Creative District for a series of actions aiming at demonstrating that co-operation between different industries can speed up the economic development of the Region. Wallonie Design is an integral part of this project through, as its main mission, setting up experimental actions aiming at bringing creative industries closer to the traditional economic world. Creative Wallonia more info

FRED

The FRED project (Fast Production & Eco-Design) has been set up to: reconcile cost-effectiveness with environment thanks to fast production and ecodesign. This operational programme of cross-border co-operation INTERREG, of which Wallonie Design is a partner, aims at increasing the competitiveness of SME in mechanical engineering, in special machines and in material deformation active in the Wallonie-Lorraine-Luxemburg region. This project is financed jointly by the European Union and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). FRED more info

CROATIA

Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK)

Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK)

Our Vision:

The Croatian Chamber of Economy is an independent professional and business organisation of all legal entities engaging in business. It was established in 1852, organised in European tradition and on the so-called continental model of Austrian and German chambers with compulsory membership. Every company registered with the Commercial Court is a member of the Chamber.

 

What we do:

The Croatian Chamber of Economy consists of the Headquarters in Zagreb and 20 county chambers. Among these, the Zagreb Chamber represents both the City of Zagreb and Zagreb County. Functionally, the CCE consists of 8 departments dealing with the respective branch of the economy, and it also includes 40 professional associations, 87 groups and 19 affiliations. Apart from this, within the CCE act five business centres, Permanent Arbitration Court, Conciliation Centre, Court of Honour and CCE Office for Areas of Special State Concern. The Croatian Chamber of Economy is run by the Assembly, Management and Supervisory Boards, President, who is elected by the Assembly, and five Vice Presidents. The members of the Supervisory Board and Assembly are elected from among reputable business people. Together with the Chamber’s working bodies, they promote, represent and protect their members’ common interests before governmental authorities home and abroad.

CZECH REPUBLIC

CzechTrade Design Centre

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)

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 116 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.

Estonia Design Centre

Estonia Design Centre

Is an NGO, a national promotional and development center for design. It fosters and connects the players in the field of design. We are partners to designers, entrepreneurs, public sector representatives and everyone else who wants to see Estonian design thrive.

Aim to make design more visible in our society, to increase design awareness and promote the use of design as a strategic tool.

FINLAND

Ornamo Art and Design Finland

Salla Heinanen
salla.heinanen@ornamo.fi
https://www.ornamo.fi/fi/

Our Vision:

The members of Ornamo Art and Design Finland are professionals in industrial design, fashion, textile and furniture design, interior architecture, craft art and textile art as well as researchers of design. Common to all are a good sense of form and strong knowledge of materials. Ornamo was founded in 1911, making it the world´s second longest established design sector organisation.

FRANCE

Alliance Francaise des Designers

Alliance Francaise des Designers

 

Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle (APCI)

Agence pour la promotion de la création industrielle (APCI)

Our Vision:
The APCI is part of the international movement that recognises design as a key factor in business competitiveness as well as economic, social and cultural innovation.

Its general objectives include:

  • Making companies aware of the role of design in the innovation process, in particular in sectors where design is still underdeveloped;
  • Informing the public and encouraging it to request well-designed products;
  • Developing the public authorities’ use of design to improve the quality of life;
  • Improving awareness of the design offer in France and supporting its development;
  • Ensuring the promotion of design in France and French design abroad.
The APCI develops permanent promotional and design actions and makes good use of its expertise and that of its networks, in France and abroad, in fulfilling specific actions on  its partners’ request or of its own initiative.

Its modus operandi: a small permanent team, working with expert networks.


What we do:
Created in 1983 on the initiative of the ministers responsible for industry and culture, to contribute to the bringing together of culture, research and industry, and having become entirely private in 1993, the APCI, in collaboration with its members and its partners, develops tools and group actions that provoked the economic, social and cultural aspects of French design in France and abroad.

Cité du design

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 Rhône Alpes region and the State-Ministry of Culture accompany the development of the Cité du design through their involvement in the COEP (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+
lille-design

lille—design

lille—design is a platform for design-based development for companies, local communities, and any other public or private structure, individual or collective, wishing to develop itself thanks to design tools. Their designer meetings gather 60+ designers and their business club 80.

GERMANY

Bayern Design

Silke Claus
claus@bayern-design.de
https://bayern-design.de/

Bayern Design

Our Vision:

The main goal of bayern design GmbH is to develop the sustainable enhancement of the design quality of Bavarian products and services so that the State of Bavaria becomes a premier site for innovation and design of international renown.

All programs and activies of bayern design GmbH are sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry for the Economy, Infrastructure, Traffic and Technology.

As the central contact for Bavarian companies – particularly for the middle market – bayern design compiles, coordinates and supports all design activities in Bavaria and promotes Bavaria as an important factor for success. In doing so, bayern design takes into consideration the regional economic competences of the seven government districts, demonstrating new perspectives for each of the industries and paving the way for the fruitful blend of design into corporate strategies.

bayern design is sponsored not only by the Bavarian State Ministry, but also by bayern design forum e.V., its supporting association, whose members come from the most diverse sectors in Bavaria. The majority of the members are medium-sized companies and agencies that benefit from each other through the design networks. Moreover, bayern design closely cooperates with the chambers of industry, commerce and crafts, with trade associations, educational institutions as well as several companies and individuals.

What we do:

bayern design is Bavaria’s platform for all the issues dealing with design – contact, consultant, initiator, coordinator and organizer. bayern design…

maintains and moderates professional interdisciplinary networks for all those interested in design
initiates and organizes events, exhibitions, speeches and trade-fair presentations
offers presentation opportunities in its attractive exhibition and event rooms in the Old City of Nuremberg as well as in the bayern design lounge on the Nuremberg fairgrounds
promotes education and further training in the design field
conducts research jointly with colleges and universities in the field of design as a competitive factor for medium-sized companies
develops competitions and design awards for the industrial and public sectors
coordinates state-funded design enterprises and projects
handles consistent public relations to promote the understanding of design as a factor for success

German Design Council

Lutz Dietzold
dietzold@german-design-council.de
http://www.german-design-council.de/

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.

iF International Forum Design

Mr. Frank Zierenberg
frank.zierenberg@ifdesign.de
https://ifworlddesignguide.com/

Vision

Since 1953 iF has been a capable and reputable provider of design services at the interface of design and economy. It is our aim to strengthen public awareness of design.

Mission

As an independent organization, iF has an important role as mediator between design and economy – a role that iF has fulfilled reliably and with the highest degree of integrity for many years. iF provides a fundamental contribution to the success of design services in an economic context and to the creation of public awareness of design.

What do we do?

We organize competitions, seminars, conferences, pitches, projects, exhibitions, do consulting, publish design books and -apps and much more

Who do we serve?

Members, manufacturers, clients, producers, creative, designers, architects, consultants and the general public.

International Design Center Berlin (IDZ)

Ake Rudolf
ake.rudolf@idz.de
https://idz.de/

Our Vision:

Design addresses far more than merely aesthetic issues. Responding to people’s actual needs, design methods serve to integrate functional, emotional and social aspects in the development of products, processes and services alike. As a driver of innovation, design plays a key role in addressing social, environmental and economic challenges.

What we do:

Founded in 1968, the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ) is one of Germany’s leading institutions for design promotion. IDZ members include more than two hundred design-oriented companies, agencies, institutions and creatives. Alongside events and formats for member networking, the IDZ organises projects and events at national and international levels in active exchange with representatives from politics, culture and science.

As a center of design expertise, IDZ offers consulting services and is an experienced partner in cooperative projects. Its member structure and international orientation offer a capable business network for the creative and design industries.

Our top 3 high profile projects:

UX Design Awards
Honoring Pioneering Technology Experiences

The UX Design Awards are a singular competition for user experience – a key added value in connected life and work. The UX Design Awards recognize excellent experience qualities in products, services, environments and future-oriented concepts in all areas of life. The competition is presented annually at the global consumer technology show IFA in Germany.

German Federal Ecodesign Award
The extent to which products influence the environment and our everyday culture is determined greatly by their design. The German Federal Ecodesign Award, which was launched in 2012 by the Federal Environment Ministry and the German Environment Agency, in cooperation with the IDZ, recognises innovative products and concepts that embody high ecological and aesthetic aspirations.

EcoDesign Circle
Ecodesign as a Driver of Innovation in the Baltic Sea Region

Ecodesign moves product design towards the circular economy and reduces pressure on the environment. The EcoDesign Circle project aims to increase the capacity of design centers, SMEs and lecturers in the field of Ecodesign. Within three years, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden will host exhibitions and workshops, offer consulting and education programs and create competence networks.

GREECE

Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA)

Christina Skoubridou
skoubridouc@e-kepa.gr
http://www.e-kepa.gr/frontend/index.php

Vision

Our vision is to make Greece a design led state by integrating design in public and private sector.

Mission

Promote economic development and competitiveness of the region.

What we do?

Business and Cultural Development Centre (KEPA) was formed in March 1991 by the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (FING) and Greek International Business Association (SEVE).
Since 1993, KEPA has proved its success as an Intermediate Management Agency for National and Community Programs at regional and national level.
The Centre’s efforts have made their mark by enhancing the competitiveness, of all types of business’. It has had a particular impact on Small and Medium Enterprises operating in Northern Greece, providing tangible support and assistance.

Competencies

KEPA can be described as :

a powerful regional structure that supports entrepreneurship;
a prestigious and highly reliable body, offering fast, transparent, flexible and efficient services with a fast turnover;
a focal point for businesses with regards to the implementation of development actions, and a basic information centre for funding opportunities under national and European programmes.
Experience

Throughout its long-standing operation, KEPA has acquired substantial experience:

a) Designing and tailoring specific actions that co-finance development activities, both on a geographical and sectoral basis;

b) Managing national programmesto support entrepreneurship and especially Small and Medium Enterprises-that are co-financed by the European Union under the Community Support Frameworks and the National Strategic Reference Framework for 2007-2013. These programmes concern the implementation of investments in the following sectors:

Energy-Construction-infrastructure -Manufacturing -Tourism -Environment-Trade -Tourism -Training -Service Provision.

Overall, KEPA has successfully managed 57 programmes to date for the implementation of 10,044 projects with a total budget of €1.34 billion, while also disbursing €611.5 million to Greek businesses for this purpose.

c) International development programmes and projects co-financed by the European Union

d) Preparing sectoral/branch studies and research for the diagnosis of the development features and activities of businesses;

e) Evaluating technical/economic and construction investment/business plans through the creation and use of suitable statistical and IT tools;

f) Drafting technical /economic reports and proposals for enterprise development programmes;

g) Implementing of energy inspections to certify the energy -related result of large energy investments.

Due to the above experience, KEPA executives participate in programme design and management committees, as well as a number of committees set up by businesses at local, regional and national level.

HUNGARY

Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation

Alexandra Nagy
http://magyardesign.org/

Our Vision:

Activities: publishing, exhibitions, symposiums, workshops, tenders.

 

The (public benefit) Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation was established in 1992 with the purpose of assisting the work of Hungarian visual and object-creating artists and teams who form the environment, safeguard cultural heritage and become one with it.

 

The Foundation organised exhibitions and national design tenders titled “Step into the future” in 1996, 1998 and 2000 in the Palace of Art and at the Art Gallery of the Pesti Vigadó. As a sequel to the Zsennye Design Workshop created in 1978, every year the Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation has organised the most significant forum of the theory and practice of national and international design, the Zsennye International Design Workshop sponsored by the National Cultural Fund. In the annual Design Weeks organised at the Budapest Technical University, the Foundation organises exhibitions and symposiums from the materials created in these Workshops, and they were also featured at the Fuga Budapest Center of Architecture in 2013. The Foundation, sponsored by the Hungarian Academy of Arts, organised an exhibition on the work stretching back 35 years at the Design Terminal.

 

The purposes of the Hungarian Design Cultural Foundation include the publication of books on design arts, like the one on the half century of Hungarian design written by Péter Lelkes in 2004 titled Art Designer, then in 2014, he also edited a book titled ‘Design35 (Zsennye, 1978–2013)’ realised with the sponsoring of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. A priority activity of the Foundation is to organise and conduct professional events and exhibitions, and to cooperate in creating historical and contemporary collections of design.

Hungarian Design Council

Anna Jankó
anna.janko@hipo.gov.hu
http://www.hipo.gov.hu/en

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.

What we do:

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 in charge of economy and development. The Chairman of the Council is the President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, Dr. Miklós BENDZSEL.

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.

Hungarian Fashion and Design Agency

Hungarian Fashion and Design Agency

The Hungarian Design and Fashion Agency is a state-owned non-profit 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.

IRELAND

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI)

Louise Allen
louise@dccoi.ie
https://www.dccoi.ie/

Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI)

Our Vision:

That Irish design and craft is recognised and valued worldwide for its excellence in craftsmanship, innovation and marketing.

What we do:

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI), which is headquartered in Kilkenny, is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness.

Our vision is that Irish design and craft is recognised and valued worldwide for its excellence in craftsmanship, innovation and marketing. Our mission is to promote and stimulate the creative and commercial potential of Irish design and craft and to work in collaboration with strategic partners in the ongoing development and growth of the sector. 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 Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.

We currently have over 75 member organisations and over 2,800 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). Our list of membership organisations includes design and craft Guilds, Associations, Networks and Societies (GANS). DCCoI’s shareholders are represented by member organisations and institutions whose membership includes voting rights at our AGM. www.dccoi.ie

Our top 3 high profile projects:

Irish Design 2015
Ambitious, wide-reaching and innovative, Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) is a year-long programme exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish Design in just about every form. Through our programme of events, we’ll work towards: Raising the profile of Irish design, at home and abroad. Increasing awareness of the value of design in all aspects of life. Building on the international reputation of Irish design. Encouraging links between local and global Irish designers. Showcasing the importance of design to success in business and as a driver of economic growth. Irish Design 2015 is part of the Irish Government’s Action Plan for Jobs. As part of this action plan, we aim to: Grow 1800+ new jobs in design. Create 200 new design companies. Support 300 SMEs to attend trade missions/shows. Stimulate a €10 million increase in exports. Reach an audience of 3 million. Encourage 50 SMEs to undertake design training. So far Irish Design 2015 run 502 national core and funded projects and events, 150 in Europe and 59 in the rest of the World with over 24.4 million audience for core events. Over 290 designers, studios and companies were showcased internationallly. 6300 designers, over 50 enterprises and 1600 business professionals have received design training. www.irishdesign2015.ie 

Showcase, Ireland’s International
Creative Expo, Established by DCCoI 40 years ago, Showcase
is the country’s largest international trade fair, generating €18 million in sales orders over four days for over 430 of the country’s leading designers, manufacturers and craftspeople. Showcase is promoted internationally by Enterprise Ireland through its network of offices around the world and the 2014 show welcomed over 4,900 buyers from Ireland and 17 countries. This strategically important trade fair gives Irish SMEs the opportunity to meet with international buyers at a fraction of the cost of travelling to fairs abroad. For many businesses it is their only conduit into the international market. DCCoI works very closely with its partners in Showcase and Enterprise Ireland to ensure that the show continues to grow and attract buyers from Ireland and abroad. www.showcaseireland.com

Fuse Clinics

The FUSE Product Development Clinics provide advice and support to Design and Crafts Council of Ireland clients who have developed craft related products for consumer markets. Through the clinics DCCoI:
• Develops an accessible model of support that will identify specific challenges in relation to design, product development, market research, trend-forecasting, production and manufacturing, export markets, merchandising, branding and PR, retailer and media relations.
• Provides a forum for design mentors and invited experts to develop relationships and identify how their expertise can provide solutions and contribute to the development of client enterprises.
• Enables DCCoI to identify and provide practical support to high potential clients to assist them to develop craft and design enterprises of scale.
• Invests in follow-on targeted 1-2-1 mentoring. Clinics provide practical advice on product development to DCCoI clients for commercial markets and help to develop well designed commercial products for retail at appropriate price points. Programme assists client enterprises to identify gaps in the market and respond to market trends, learn tips on how to build media interest in your brand and leads to the development of medium – long-term programmes for Client enterprises. 143 DCCoI clients have availed of Fuse Clinics support in 2014. www.dccoi.ie/craftspeople/overview-of-all-programmes-for-craftspeople

ITALY

Association for the Industrial Design (ADI)

Fabrizio Pierandrei
info@adi-design.org
http://www.adi-design.org/

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.

Worldwide:

Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione Visiva (AIAP)

Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione Visiva (AIAP)
Our Vision:

AIAP Associazione Italiana design della comunicazione visiva, aimed at promoting and spreading the use and development of the profession and the culture of graphic design. In fact, it may be associated with different modes of membership and distinct, all those whose business, professional research and study, takes place in the field of graphic design. The categories of membership all’AIAP reflect these two broad areas of representation, on one side the area proper training (professional members, senior and junior), the other area of cultural interest and/or training in the field of project graphics (student members, associate and supporter).

Founded in 1945 within the FIP as an ATAPI (Technical Association of Artists and Advertising), the AIAP starts over the years a process of maturation of the membership form and definition of the professional who wants to represent. In 1955 becomes AIAP (acronym will remain unchanged over the years, and originally meant the Italian Association of Advertising Artists), distinguished by the technical component of advertising.

What we do:

The AIAP is present throughout Italy, currently about 800 professionals and associates of visual communication. Alongside a series of the Steering Committees and Working Groups work on a regional scale.

The AIAP part because of its bylaws, the rules of access and ethics, consistent with the principles of Beda, among those organisations that already included in the database on the new professions of CNEL, will be officially recognised when they are in place for implementing rules of the law transposing the EC directive.

The publishing AIAP

In addition to the Guide to fees, public Aiap Graphic Design, a magazine that offers information on the activities of the association, but also insights into the culture of graphic design. It is sent free to members and is distributed outside the Association. Now the magazine has a new project, new double directors and is written in Italian and in English. It’s also available in a digital version (http://www.aiap.it/documenti/14207/77).

Both the Guide to Graphic design fees that can be purchased in the online library AIAP. This focus on publishing critical and defining the profession has always been pursued dall’Aiap. He promoted, in fact, until 1992 graphics, the first major review of theory, history and methodology published in Italy, the magazine has supported Aiap Calligraphy, an instrument of renewal and provincialization the debate on writing and typography. Currently, advocacy and supports Aiap Scriptures, Italian publishing series devoted to theoretical and critical reflection of the culture of graphic design. AIAP has also initiated a constant publication of catalogues and books of depth through the establishment of its own publishing industry: Aiap Editions, which today has a large catalogue of unique and original publications.

AIAP promotes its activities and pursues its objectives via numerous channels and besides that catalogs, publications, exhibitions, educational activities and the organization of events as AIAP Design Per, an International Graphic Design Week (http://aiap.it/designper) every year held in a different Italian cities (Naples 2009, Bologna 2010, Cagliari 2011, Treviso 2012).

Last but not least important for online communication. AIAP has the official website of the Association and supports www.aiap.it the magazine online aiapzine (http://aiapzine.aiap.it), ensued to SocialDesignZine a daily review of testimony, reports, comments, thoughts, news, graphics and typo tour on the project with its print editions Italic (Italic 01, 02) and Site Design Italic.

POLI.design

Our Vision:

POLI.design is a hinge between universities and business, between polytechnics and professional skills of people working with passion on the issues of the project and the promotion of design. On an operational level, is a flexible structure that brings together the research developed in the university with the demand of firms and the potential of individual practitioners.

POLI.design is a Consortium of Politecnico di Milano was founded in 1999 by Alberto Seassaro to boost the profession, research and creativity, providing new answers to a technological, productive and professional in constant evolution. Headquartered in Milan, unanimously recognized as the capital of design, Italian fashion and creativity. Is part of the Polytechnic, the first university in Italy to have actually affirmed the importance of industrial design at the university, inaugurated in 1993 the first undergraduate degree in Industrial Design.

What we do:

POLI.design, together with the Faculty of Design and the Department of Indigo (Department of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion), is part of System Design at the Politecnico di Milano.  The value consists of the distinctive Polidesign skills. In addition to the resources of the Faculty of the Polytechnic, which integrate the component architecture to engineering, the Consortium has the ability to involve external stakeholders in a systematic way, creating unprecedented synergy between academia, the professions and the market.  POLI.design  focuses on three areas of excellence:

Scientific and academic expertise represented by the Polytechnic;

Professional practice and the working world, which coalesce around the figures and professional associations that represent them;

Enhancement of human resources, thanks to the involvement of experts and training staff.

LATVIA

Latvian Design Centre

Dita Danosa
dita.danosa@gmail.com

Latvian Design Centre

The Latvian Design Centre brings members together to foster use of design for the growth of the economy and well-being of individuals and society.

LITHUANIA

Lithuanian Design Forum

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 30 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.

LUXEMBOURG

Design Luxembourg

Our Vision:

Design Luxembourg is the Luxembourg federation comprising all independent, working alone or in studio, in different areas of visual communication. Created in December 1995, Luxembourg Design is affiliated with the Confédération Luxembourgeoise du Commerce. (clc)

 

What we do:

The purpose of Design Luxembourg is more ideological. What counts is the desire to promote the values of design in the local market. The association aims to represent the profession vis-à-vis the general public and vis-à-vis the state, to emphasize its importance in daily life and industry. Industry in its own right, the design will in future have a fundamental impact on the economic image of Luxembourg and the country’s image at international level. Therefore it is essential to educate the public and the authorities and make them more attentive to these values.

The ambition of Design Luxembourg is to bring together all the creative assets in various fields of visual communication and design. And at all levels, from graphic design to photo-design, to product-design, web design, fashion-design-and exhibition design. Real platform where designers can meet, exchange ideas and work together, Luxembourg Design aims to bring together their knowledge to disclose the social and cultural values of design in general. International contacts, exchange of ideas and experiences with other organizations will allow members to consolidate their position and enhance their ideas.

With this framework, Design Luxembourg is in a position that allows him to defend the interests of its members and to promote the recognition and spread of professionalism and image of various professions related to visual communication. The goal is to encourage an open exchange between design and advertising, between professional and consumer, Design Luxembourg is planning various events for its members, such as conferences, contests, interactive forums, etc..

MALTA

Valletta Design Cluster

NETHERLANDS

Association of Dutch Designers (BNO)

Madeleine van Lennep
madeleine@bno.nl
http://www.bno.nl/

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

Our Vision:

Designers are valued for their cognitive and creative ability to approach problems and to develop concrete, tangible and validated solutions, leading to new products and services for both the consumer and business markets. In order to prepare for future societal challenges, disruptive solutions have to be found. For this, the design profession will have to encompass and apply new competences and knowledge.

This will contribute to the objectives:
• To increase private research funding in the sector
• To increase the number of participants in research and innovation
• And to enhance the cooperation with potential clients in the creative industry.

CLICKNL | DESIGN has developed a concise research and innovation agenda in consultation with practitioners and researchers, which will enable projects ranging from knowledge creation to implementation in market pilots.

A cooperation of representative design organisations leads CLICKNL | DESIGN. Design United, platform for Dutch Research in Design, coordinates the activities of CLICKNL | DESIGN.

Our top 3 high profile projects:

Setting the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda
CLICKNL | DESIGN has developed a concise research & innovation agenda in consultation with practitioners and researchers, which will enable projects ranging from knowledge creation to implementation in market pilots.

The research & innovation agenda focuses on impactful themes for:
• societal challenges of health and circular economy
• technological opportunities of big data and advanced manufacturing
• solution spaces of product service systems and test beds of living labs

Knowledge transfer through Events

CLICKNL | DESIGN organises knowledge transfer events, such as ‘DESIGN 8080’, where the Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda was presented and ‘World Usabllity Day’ where participants from knowledge institutes, creative industry and business come together and enjoy and participate in an effective mix of presentations and workshops, learning about the newest design methods and tools related to the Health domain.

Building Programs for Research & Innovation Programs
CLICKNL | DESIGN develops programs to allow for Knowledge Institutes to collaborate with designers and industry to gain insights and knowledge about behaviour, technologies and processes that can be applied in innovative design solutions. CLICKNL | DESIGN  informs the creative industry about calls for research projects and facilitates matchmaking for innovation.

Design is about the integration of the knowledge domains people, technology and business into working solutions. Through a user centred approach in multidisciplinary cooperation, this leads to design driven innovation. Design thereby contributes to solutions for societal problems.

What we do:

CLICKNL | DESIGN strengthens the design sector by:
• Setting the research & innovation agenda
• Supporting knowledge transfer
• Connecting industry and knowledge institutes

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
.

Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven in October since 2002. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2,600 designers to more than 350,000 (inter)national visitors. In more than 110 locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, workshops, debates and festivities. Emphasising on experiment, innovation and cross-overs, DDW concentrates on the design of the future and the future of design.

DDW 2019 | 19-27 October 2019 | Eindhoven (The Netherlands)

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 for the world of tomorrow.

By means of design embassies for the future, DDF, together with alliances of business, research and governmental partners and designers, investigates social challenges, such as climate change, food security, mobility and healthcare. Here new perspectives for the world of tomorrow are developed and showcased during Dutch Design Week.

Design Works: Increasing the design impact.

This programme brings designers and business together, it connects designers with companies, organisations and governments to jointly work on complex challenges and it supports designers in the development of their career.

 

POLAND

Gdynia Design Centre

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)

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

SERBIA

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)

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

Designers Society of Slovenia (DOS)

Our Vision:

The Slovene Designers Association (DOS) brings together top designers from a wide range of creative and design-related spheres. The core objectives of the society are promoting the profession, organising retrospective exhibitions and other public presentations of the society members’ work, and creating links between the profession and its users and customers.

 

What we do:

Designers within the society are organised into a number of sections: visual communications, industrial design, unique design, scenography, and costume design. Society members are kept up-to-date on competitions, exhibitions and festivals in the field. They also participate as judges for such competitions and tenders, with the DSS providing expert advice as early as the drawing up of competition terms and conditions. Members are professionally engaged in the sections through various activities such as organising exhibitions, issuing competitions, membership in expert panels, promoting foreign and domestic design festivals, running professional excursions, lectures and similar.

House Design Mgt & Innovation (Slo)

House Design Mgt & Innovation (Slo)

Established by the University of Primorska faculty of design, HDMI is involved in many projects (with other BEDA members), runs exhibitions and other promotional work, collaborates with companies and institutions.

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? 

26 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 Center (BCD)

Our Vision:

To position design as a strategic element in business excellence and a key factor in innovation, sustainability and improving people’s quality of life in the business world, in city design and in the spaces people share together.

Mission:

To encourage greater understanding and appreciation of design and its strategic value for companies and public bodies, strengthening the links between design and business in all spheres and positioning Barcelona as a design capital.

Bcd’s objectives are:

  • To promote the use and good management of design in the business sphere
  • To increase the use of design in company innovation processes; to advise companies and organisations through specific programmes.
  • To provide services for companies and organisations through specific projects
  • To become a reference and interlocutor in the field of design for the public administration, companies, institutions and similar organisations
  • To cooperate with different stakeholders in the field of business and design, both nationally and internationally
  • To position Barcelona as a design capital. BCD addresses its activities at various target groups, such as companies, professionals, the public administration and other stakeholders, both domestic and international.

BCD is a member of the following organisations:

  • BEDA, The Bureau of European Design Associations
  • Design for All Foundation
  • Design for the World
  • DMI, Design Management Institute
  • FEEPD, Federación Española de Entidades de Promoción del Diseño
  • ICSID, International Council of Societies of Industrial Design

What we do:

BCD, Barcelona Design Centre, promotes design as a strategic element for business excellence and as a key factor for innovation, and as a discipline that can improve people’s quality of life.

Legally established as a private not-for-profit foundation in 1973, BCD is a promotion and information centre devoted to all aspects of design in business. The first promotion centre of its kind to be set up in Spain, BCD has evolved in line with changes in the economy and society from the first, constantly adapting its philosophy and activities to the specific needs of the moment.

BCD promotes the value of design for innovation, recognised in the latest version of the Oslo manual (Eurostat-oecd). The manual no longer speaks only of technological and non-technological innovation, but about innovation in products, marketing, processes and organisation. Design as a clear innovation facilitator in these four new areas.

Professional Designers' Association (ADP)

Our Vision:

The ADP is an association of national, born in Barcelona in 1978 by the need to defend the interests of design professionals.

The make up, graphic designers, industrial, interior, companies, institutions and students interested in relate to and cooperate in defending their professional interests. The exchange between them and the Association enriches the group and help spread the design from a broader perspective.

The ADP has made pluridisciplinareitat one of the characteristics that define it better. Its members pertenyen any of the specialties sector: visual communication, product, theory, pedagogy, or “design management”.

Objectives

  • Defending professional interests of Designers objective
  • Dissemination of practices and rigorous quality professional objective
  • Dissemination and dignity of the profession in the social objective
  • Promotion of the design activity to the business
  • Advice to companies and designers aspects of professional practice design
  • Promote meetings with partners through events nature of professional holiday

The ADP promotes the cultural value and design professionals, aims to encourage its use in everyday business to ensure the exercise by the professionalism.

Organisation type: Trade Association
Website: http://www.adp-barcelona.com Visit our website
What we do:

The services offered by ADP to members cover the areas of information, advocacy, counseling, professional exchange, and international institutional relations. In some of these services also benefit the institutions, companies and the group overall design professionals.

These expanded services and activities designed to meet the needs of industry and resources of the Association. Some are provided directly by the ADP and others which are external to the Association for liaison and coordinator.

The ADP belong to different organizations that can provide coverage as broad representation at international level as state and local level.

  • Promotion
  • Advice
  • Tax and Legal Issues
  • Organization & Awards
  • Carrying out surveys
  • Institutional and Professional Relations
  • Jobs
Spanish Network of Design Associations (READ)

Spanish Network of Design Associations (READ)

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Design Association (SDA)

Our Vision:

In the future, the sda will have a stronger external presence as a major partner and joint organizer of competitions such as the Design Preis Schweiz or the Dyson Swiss Student Award. In other words, we take the promotion of young designers seriously and intend to be involved in policy discussions on the training of future designers at all levels. In our exchanges with European and worldwide design umbrella organizations we have seen that elsewhere, design is supported and recognized by the State – as a cultural and also an economic endeavour. We want to help the profession achieve the same recognition in Switzerland.

What we do:

We provide our members with expert support. As a competent counterpart, we act as an intermediary between the interests of the profession, the economy and politics.

The members of the Swiss Design Association (sda) are not just industrial designers. Some of them work in the related fields of communication design, interior design, exhibition design, graphics, craftwork, and textile and fashion design. Together, they cultivate exchange in Switzerland’s largest association of active designers.

UNITED KINGDOM

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

Our Vision:

As CABE and the Design Council come together, we’re well placed to give a strong voice to architecture and design. Uniting two world-class centres of design excellence, our merger reflects the widening role and influence of design. From the spoon, to the coffee-making machine, to hallway furniture, to the building, to the street, to the environment, to the neighbourhood, to the city, the power and potential of design is wonderfully evident. Away from physical ‘things’, services and systems can also benefit from a design-focused approach to problem solving. Our two organisations bring complementary skills and beliefs.

Starting life in 1944 as the Council of Industrial Design, the Design Council has a proven track record encouraging innovation. Similarly, CABE, the successor of the Royal Fine Art Commission, is the respected champion and enabler of design quality in the built environment. Together, as a leaner, more focused ‘enterprising charity’, we’re determined to put design at the heart of Britain’s social and economic renewal.

What we do:

Design Council is a charity and is recognised as a leading authority on the use of strategic design.

We use design as a strategic tool to tackle major societal challenges, drive economic growth and innovation, and improve the quality of the built environment. Our approach is people-centred and enables the delivery of positive social, environmental and economic change. We address all aspects of design including product, service, user experience and design in the built environment. We are the UK government’s adviser on design.

We work by connecting decision makers with the right design help to solve their problem. This can include helping them to build their own capability as users of design, or they might be helping us prove that design has a role in dealing with big national challenges. Either way, we couldn’t do what we do without partners and designers.

PDR - International Centre for Design & Research

Vision

PDR is a world leading design consultancy and research centre.

Mission

To provide high quality research activity alongside award winning, proven and highly experienced consultancy practice.

What do we do?

Research, Consultancy, Training, Knowledge Exchange

Competencies

Research, Consultancy, Training, Knowledge Exchange.

Distinctions

18 major international design awards, including red dot, iF, German Design Award, Good Design, core77 and International Design Excellence Award
ISO 9001:2008, IIP Accredited

Experience

Over two decades of a unique approach, blending leading, high quality research and highly experienced consultancy practice.