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This bilingual (German/English) publication presents some of the best examples of ecodesign from Austria, Ireland, Germany and England.

Ecodesign provides a means of establishing a long term vision of company's future products and operations. In general, ecodesign in an enabling force to shape more sustainable patterns of production and consumption for the world.

The publication 'best practice sustainable products' has been developed as part of the EU-project Creative Trainer II. bayern design has been a participant in this project.

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New Aiap Board

Published in Member News
14 February 2013


The New Aiap Board for the triennium 2013 – 2015.

Daniela Piscitelli
was confirmed in her position as Aiap President, elected by the Aiap Member Assembly, held in Treviso last September 30th.

Members were voted by the Association Board, the Vice-President and the General Secretary and were assigned the Operating Departments. The Aiap new Board, elected from 2013 to 2015, is as follows:

Daniela Piscitelli
/ President / Institutional Department, Senior professional member
Cinzia Ferrara / Vice-President / International Affairs Department, Senior professional member
Gabriele Maci / General Secretary / Education Department, Junior professional member

National Border:
Andrea Innocenti / External Relations Department, Senior professional member
Giovanni Latino / Profession Department, Senior professional member
Carla Palladino / Research Department, Senior professional member
Roberto Pieracini / Internal Relations Department, Honorary member

The Aiap President, Daniela Piscitelli is reconfirmed in her second term for the period 2013-2015. She is an architect and graphic designer, working in this capacity since 1990, and she has been an Aiap member since 1991. A researcher since 2004 at the Faculty of Architecture of the Second University of Naples, she carries out research assignments and teaching in the Master of Science in Industrial Design and is a member of the Board for the International Department of Research in Design and Innovation.

She is joined by Cinzia Ferrara, reconfirmed in her position as Vice President, Gabriele Maci, as General Secretary, and the councilors Andrea Innocenti, Giovanni Latino, Carla Palladino and Roberto Pieracini, Aiap President for the period 1991-1993.

In this way, Aiap continues in its purpose of enhancing the culture of design and its professional diffusion through specific activities and moments of analysis, reflection and training. We do this in the belief that producing culture for the profession, through a strong model of associative quality, can help design professionals to relate to the changing scenarios of labour and the market.

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Hungary’s Design Council

Published in Member News
12 February 2013

15_HungarianDesignHungary’s Design Council and Parliament in design and innovation talks

The Hungarian Design Council invited the Hungarian Parliament’s Innovation and Development Select Committee to hold a discussion on Hungarian design and the opportunities for national innovation. The venue was the Museum of Applied Arts, which had recently played host to the Hungarian Design Award exhibition.  

The venue was chosen for a good reason: the Hungarian Design Award 2012 exhibition, which has displayed works with a major emphasis on innovation, provides an excellent opportunity to attract the attention of professionals and the general public, as well as participants in the economic sector, in industry, and R+D decision-makers to the value-creating potential of design. It also raises awareness in regard to the importance of design in innovation policy. These must be regarded as priority issues at national and EU levels since the creative industries that are developing at a dynamic pace may well contribute to the strengthening of the economy.

In his introduction Dr László Pósán, the chairman of the committee, stated that an R+D+I-based renewal built on technological innovation is crucial for increasing competitiveness. Now only those innovative projects that can link together the most diverse professional areas and communities can be truly successful economically.

Dr Miklós Bendzsel
, the invited advocate for the creative industries, said, “According to estimates, Europe’s close to 410,000 qualified designers contribute to the generation of an annual 36 billion EUR revenue.” He added that, “…the creative industries and design have potential not only on a European but also on a national level. The creative industries are regarded as a key sector in Hungary; therefore, they should be strengthened and further developed. By exploiting the innovation power of design the large companies and SMEs, which are the driving force of the Hungarian economy, could gain numerous advantages. In order to facilitate this process, besides international relations and support from Brussels, a stimulating domestic environment is also necessary.”

In his speech Mr Bendzsel, who is the president of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and the Hungarian Design Council, briefly introduced the operation and scope of activities of the Hungarian Design Council – which supports creative industries development – highlighted its most important objectives, and, linked to its achievements, quoted some model examples illustrating the diversity of design and the stimulating power of innovation. In his international overview Mr Bendzsel talked about the 21 strategic recommendations made by the European Design Leadership Board published in September 2012, which represents one of the key milestones in recent European design strategy initiatives to date.

Design Fees CalKulator

Published in Member News
12 February 2013

11_CalKulatorCalculate design fees using the and build win-win professional relationships.

Both designers and clients can subscribe to the CalKulator  

The (CK) is an online design pricing guide that has been created for both design professionals and clients wishing to establish a fair and lasting professional relationship. It contains the results of a unique international survey of 643 projects, deadlines and design fees from 12 disciplines and 85 domains of design, and compares national and international markets in 45 countries of Europe, America and Asia, in 30 currencies.

The helps designers to price their creations and positioning within their market; it also facilitates the calculation of copyrights. The CK allows them to adjust their hourly rate, to position or re-position their activity effectively and to prepare their estimate.

The helps companies to evaluate their value within the design market and allows public authorities to evaluate fair compensations for public procurement. The CK allows them to estimate a realistic budget for a quality project, to gain respect with regard to intellectual property, and to build a win-win professional relationship by facilitating convincing and long-lasting results.

The Calkulator was born from European cooperation 

The idea of creating a common tool to help designers in pricing their work came up in 2005 in Oslo, during a discussion between the leaders of the Alliance Française des Designers (AFD), the Alliance Deutscher Designers (AGD), Design Luxembourg, and the Union des Designers en Belgique (UDB), after BEDA’s 2005 general assembly.

Work on the started in 2006 and it was first released in French and English in 2008 by AFD’s sister association, Moneydesign, which manages the site financially. Moneydesign works with International Labour Organization (ILO) and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It can become a partner of any design association, such as those already mentioned or the Asociación Diseñadores de Madrid and Grafia in Finland.

The CK was translated into Chinese in 2009 and into Spanish in 2011, and will appear in Finnish in 2013. Next could be Italian, Swedish, Polish or Portuguese...Translations are implemented by Moneydesign but provided by professional associations wishing to become partners. An association like this automatically receives a discount code for their members.

On the one can find a couple of examples of price calculation. Feel free to try them out and to send your feedback to François Caspar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Design Effectiveness Awards

Published in Member News
7 February 2013

6_DBA_AwardsDesign Effectiveness Awards at the Design Business Association

The Design Business Association has announced the winners of this year’s DBA Design Effectiveness Awards at a ceremony attended by 450 guests in London on 7th February.

The prestigious Awards celebrate the significant impact design can have on business success and this year a record 61 winners were recognised across a range of disciplines from packaging to product design.

16 Gold, 24 Silver and 21 Bronze awards were presented along with 3 special awards. The Grand Prix is presented to the project demonstrating the most significant and impressive evidence of design effectiveness, and this year was awarded to Brand42 and The Daily Mail Group for MailOnline. After the redesign, MailOnline became not only the UK’s but also the world’s biggest newspaper website with revenue up 455% from £4.5million in 2008 to £25million in 2012.

Blue Marlin and client Cadbury Kraft Foods India were presented with the International Export Award for Cadbury Bournvita’s brand expression and packaging redesign, and Elmwood extended their lead at the top of the DBA Design Effectiveness League Table for an impressive fourth year.

As the Chairman of the Judges, Andrew Summers of Design Partners says, “These Awards are vitally important in demonstrating the critical contribution good design plays in business, government and society.”

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The Finnish Designer Awards

Published in Member News
18 January 2013

13_Finnish_designer_awardsThe Finnish Designer Awards ’13 highlight public design and art

The Finnish design organisations Ornamo and Grafia announced The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 on 18th January in Helsinki. The professional touch left by the six award-winning designers can be seen in Finnish society e.g. schools, hospitals, public transport and service systems. The awards also highlight the strength of quality design underpinning Finnish industry.

Competitiveness and growth targets steer designers’ work in industry - but independent designers have also presented their own public projects whose purpose is to enhance wellbeing. The Finnish Designer Awards ’13 expose the diversity of the design field in Finland.

Finnish Designer Awards ’13:

  • Textile Artist of the Year Maiju Ahlgrén
  • Fashion Designer of the Year Saila Härkki
  • Ceramic Artist of the Year Outi Leinonen
  • Industrial Designer of the Year Reijo Markku
  • Interior Architect of the Year Päivi Meuronen
  • Graphic Designer of the Year Kasper Strömman 

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Henry van de Velde Awards

Published in Member News
15 January 2013

9_VandeVelde_awardsHenry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2012

The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels are an annual highlight in the Design Flanders calendar, leading the way in Flanders and beyond. The design awards, which have been presented every year since 1994, honour young talent, established talent, a company, ecodesign and extraordinary products. They are an initiative of Design Flanders. The prize-giving ceremony took place on January15th 2013 at the Flemish Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.

The Henry van de Velde Label is a quality label for Flemish design. The label recognises the authenticity, innovation, creativity, finish and added value of the product and functions as a quality guarantee for the general public.

Four Henry van de Velde Awards were presented at the prestigious ceremony: the Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, the Young Talent Award 2012, the Company Award 2012 and the Public Award 2011. Two OVAM Ecodesign PRO Awards were also presented at the same time: the award for ‘Product on the market’ and the award for ‘Product in development’. The winners of the Henry van de Velde Awards receive a cash price and a trophy, a design made by the Belgian artist Helena Schepens.

The award ceremony was attended by Kris Peeters, Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Minister for Environment, Nature and Culture. The ceremony goes hand-in-hand with an exhibition, which runs from January 16 until the 2nd March in De Loketten of the Flemish Parliament. The doors are open to anyone who would like to come and view the prize-winning products.

In 2013, Henry van de Velde would have celebrated his 150th birthday. The Henry van de Velde Awards & Labels 2012 herald the start of the Henry van de Velde year. The special exhibition ‘Henry van de Velde – Passion, function and beauty’ will open later this year at the Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels to celebrate this extraordinary architect.

2012 Henry van de Velde Award Winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Ever Meulen (Brussels) 
  • Young Talent: Maarten De Ceulaer (Brussels) 
  • Company: Indera (Dilsen-Stokkem) 
  • Public 2011: Cyclo, carpet, by Christophe Vervaeke for Papilio (Prado Rugs) 
  • Ecodesign Product on the market: Beams, aluminium radiators with accessories, by Wim & Bob Segers (Studio Segers) for Vasco 
  • Ecodesign Product in development: Quinny Jet, mobility solution for a new generation, Studio Peter Van Riet & Quinny Team for Quinny


Published in Member News
15 January 2013

GuySchockaert Guy Schockaert, (1949-2013)

André-Yves Coenderaet, President of UDB and BEDA member asked us to announce the decease on 11 January 2013 of his good friend, colleague and UDB member Guy Schockaert known in the design world as Mr. ICOGRADA. (Guy served on the Icograda Board from 1993 to 2001, and was Icograda President from 1997 to 1999.)

Born November 6, 1949, Guy was a passionate and generous man in everything he did. His biggest passion however was the "letter". As a typographic and book designer he passed on this passion to his students national and international.

He has worked  both in industry and cultural institutions in Belgium and worldwide in order to take the profession of designer to new levels of understanding. He was a much appreciated jury member.

Red Dot Award

Published in Member News
1 January 2013

14_RedDotCentral activities of Design Zentrum NRW: supporting young professionals and inspiring children and youth

Each year, in the course of the “red dot award: product design”, fifty free applications for up-and-coming talents are given away by the Design Zentrum NRW. This is a great chance for young professionals to participate in one of the most prestigious and largest design competitions in the world, together with established designers.

Since access to the industry is usually quite difficult for creative newcomers, i
t gives them the chance to receive credit for their work and to communicate their success. Participating in the competition thus does not only give them a start in the world of design, it is also a great opportunity to strengthen the trust of potential clients in their creative achievements. 

In the “red dot award: communication design”, experienced designers are also called upon to prove their knowhow. The best work of a young communication designer is given the “red dot: junior prize” and the winner receives a prize of 10,000 euros – one of Europe’s most highly remunerated cash prizes for creative minds in design.

In addition to its red dot activities, the Design Zentrum NRW is also involved in the EU project PROUD (People Researchers Organisations Using Design for co-creation and innovation) which aims to make Europe a better place by co-designing for all and by all. With regard to the added value of design thinking and design, the PROUD partners work on innovative solutions for today’s problems. In this context, together with its partners, the Design Zentrum NRW develops learning and teaching programmes for design museums. They focus on children and youth as well as on establishing the museums as inspiring places and inspiration sources for learning and research.

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Picture (credit: red dot): In 2012, Mathias Hahn was the first young professional to accomplish the feat of winning a “red dot: best of the best” within the “red dot award: product design” category. He received the competition’s highest single accolade for his table and floor lamp Jinn.

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:

Contact BEDA  Koloniënstraat 56, 1000 Brussels (Belgium) t. (+32) 2 217 39 77  f. (+32) 2 217 99 72
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