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Observeur du Design

Published in Member News
5 December 2012

051212_Observeur The Stars of the Observeur du Design 13 are announced! 

Considered as the French National Design award, the Observeur du Design is a showcase for innovation and design. Organised by the APCI since 1999, every year it brings together and rewards the best designs (products, spaces and services) from all fields of activity, whether commercial, looking for a publisher, or prospective.

The Observeur du Design is open to companies and designers in all sectors, so that they may present their best, most innovative and recent designs during a four-month long exhibition in Paris.

Find out more about the stars here:

051212_Flanders Flanders needs to grow from being a traditional, efficiency-driven economy to become a more innovation-oriented economy, whether at a cultural, economic or technological level. To stimulate this evolution, five key Flemish organisations: Design Flanders, Flanders InShape, Flanders Fashion Institute, Designregio Kortrijk and Design Hub Limburg, assisted by Enterprise Flanders, have joined forces to create Design Platform Flanders.

Design Platform Flanders aims to outline a single strategic policy for Flemish design and to promote it nationally and internationally. The main objective is to develop a creative economy while maintaining a competitive industrial fabric, to generate increased added value for our companies, to stimulate exports, to create a strong image of Flemish design abroad, to encourage more sustainable and design driven innovation projects, and to generate more employment in the design sector.

The first steps in this direction were taken during the Interieur Biennial in Kortrijk.

* The platform organised DESIGN FUSION on 22 and 23 October 2012 in Kortrijk Xpo and BUDAfabriek. This event, where design experts can share knowledge with the general public through talks by renowned speakers and during interactive workshops, was organised together with Design Boost.

* In hall 5 of Kortrijk Xpo, four designer duos (an established name and a promising designer) set up home in Flanders Avenue.

* The project room of the designer duo Muller Van Severen was accomplished with the support of Design Platform Flanders.

* During the Biennial, Design Platform Flanders financed the booths of 16 promising Flemish designers at Ventura Interieur.

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Progetto grafico: Aiap's international magazine relaunched

Progetto grafico is an international graphic design magazine published by Aiap (Italian Association for Visual Communication Design).

The magazine was founded in 2003 and directed by Alberto Lecaldano until 2011. In 2012, Riccardo Falcinelli and Silvia Sfligiotti became the magazine’s editors.
 A reference point for the culture of visual communication design in Italy since its beginning, Progetto grafico has now undergone a renovation, including a new editorial style, new layout and full English translation.
 Progetto grafico aims to become a critical forum on graphic design; for that reason, a monographic approach was chosen, which makes it possible to analyse a number of topics in depth, including contributions from inside and outside the industry. Aside from the main section, there will be an “off-topic” section for articles on different themes.
 Progetto grafico does not aim to present news stories, but is an attempt to look at ongoing developments from the right distance.

The magazine will be issued every six months, once in spring and once in autumn. The first issue of the new series, PG21: Why Write About Graphic Design?, was published in July 2012. PG22: Common space, is fresh off the press; both are available for purchase through the Aiap website.

Information on international subscriptions can be found by clicking here

The topics of the next issues: PG 23: The use of images (spring 2013), PG 24: Graphic Design, History Italy (autumn 2013), PG 25: Writing and images in the domain of science (spring 2014).

Information for the submission of article proposals can be found by clicking here

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