International Design Center Berlin (IDZ)

International Design Center Berlin (IDZ)

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.




Design Views - New exhibition series celebrating IDZ jubilee
Category: Members news

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of International Design Center Berlin.

UX Design Awards 2018 - Submission Deadline Extended
Category: Members news

The submission deadline for the UX Design Awards has been extended until 20 April 20 2018. The extension offers precious additional time for businesses, design consultancies and agencies worldwide to submit user-centric products, services and concepts to the competition. The UX Design Awards focus on user experience as a key asset in a connected world.

Call for entries: German Federal Ecodesign Award 2018
Category: Members news

Outstanding products, services and concepts focusing on environmental compatibility, good design and transparency can be submitted for the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2018 until 9 April 2018. Submitted projects must be available or planned to be released on the German market.

"Circular Design Forum" on 14 June 2018, EUREF-Campus Berlin
Category: Members news

The "Circular Design Forum" is an international conference on circular economy and ecodesign. Organised by the International Design Center Berlin in cooperation with partners from the Baltic Sea Region, the conference will take place on 14 June 2018 at the EUREF Campus in Berlin. It will be part of this year’s Open Source Circular Economy Days Berlin.

UX Design Awards 2018 - Last month to register
Category: Members news

The UX Design Awards are a singular competition, focusing on user experience as a key asset in a connected world. 

B2B-Networking Exchange including manufacture visits in Łódź
Category: Members news

On 22 and 23 March 2018 the International Design Center Berlin will host a two-day networking programme in Łódź. The "Berlin Poland" event intends to connect smaller- and medium-sized Berlin fashion labels with Polish clothing manufacturers.  

SAVE THE DATE: Circular Design Forum in Berlin, June 2018
Category: Members news

On 14 June the International Design Center Berlin will host a conference on Circular Economy and Ecodesign at the EUREF Campus in Berlin. Alongside workshops, lectures and talks, the conference will present the exhibition "Reconsider Design".

Reconsider Design exhibition
Category: Members news

Arctic Design Week, which took place from 19 to 25 February in Rovaniemi, Finland, put the focus on circular economy and design with a varied programme that included several events on sustainable design. The exhibition "Reconsider Design", which is part of the EcoDesign Circle project, is coordinated in Finland by Design Forum Finland and will be on show at Science Centre Pilke until 11 March 2018.

Call for Entries: Good design has nothing to hide German Federal Ecodesign Award 2018
Category: Members news

For the 7th time, the German Federal Ecodesign Award is looking for outstanding products, services and concepts that consistently focus on environmental compatibility, good design as well as transparency. Contributions can be submitted online until 9 April 2018.