Call for Entries – German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017
Wanted: Forerunners of Ecodesign – outstanding sustainable products, services and concepts. Already in its sixth year, the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2017 is looking for visionary ideas: As the highest distinction of Ecodesign in Germany, the award recognizes outstanding sustainable products, services and concepts.
Design Forum Finland share the results of the Fennia Prize 2017, won this year by the Merivaara Corporation.
Design is part of the business operations of the most successful companies. The results of the Fennia Prize 2017 design competition, announced 19 January 2017, explicitly indicated that the use of design brings advantage in international success and helps create a strong and distinctive brand. The Fennia Prize Grand Prix of €10,000 was awarded to Merivaara Corporation, a company that has made use of design in its product development for several years.
Design or Die is a collaborative program to help educate and provide new skill sets for Finnish designers and design students.
Design education providers must be able to respond to the shifting needs of the job market and wider society. The immaterial value generated by design is increasingly important as material values decline, and it is important that designers have the skills that reflect this development.
KEPA, Luxinnovation and MBB start a new Horizon 2020 project on design support programmes for SMEs.
Design for Europe partners KEPA (Business and Cultural Development Centre) and Luxinnovation together with MBB (Malta Business Bureau), ambassador of DfE in Malta, will start soon a new Horizon 2020 project with the name DesignShots.
A tribute to Gavin Cawood of PDR, a driving force behind the SEE network which involved many BEDA members.
It is with admiration and fondness that we remember Gavin Cawood who passed away at the end of November 2016. Gavin worked at PDR (International Design and Research Centre) at Cardiff Metropolitan University for 21 years.
We asked BEDA members about their experience of the 6th edition of EU Design Days, held this September in Brussels.
We asked participants about the highlights of the EU Design Days event for their organisations:
Laure Capitani of Wallonie Bruxelles Design Mode said that she benefited from access to a range of agencies supporting design/innovation, to be able to exchange information, best practice, and points of view; this leads to growth of personal networks.
Three of BEDA’s clusters relate to the economic value of design; we offer an overview of the importance of this area of work.
The creative sector is recognised as a significant economic driver within the EU; BEDA members lead several initiatives to measure and understand the extent of its impact. Through collecting and interpreting business data relating to design, this information can then be used to map the potential of integrating design and influencing policymakers at regional, national and EU level.