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Design Fusion 2013

Published in Conferences
14 December 2013

18_DesignFusionEvery year, Design Platform Flanders organizes Design Fusion, an afternoon of lectures by leading international speakers from the design world.

These include John Thackara (FR) on design processes for a sustainable future; Jane Chen (CA), the founder of Embrace; Liz Sanders (US), founder of Make tools; and Michel Bauwens (TH), expert in the peer-to-peer principle as an economic alternative for the crisis. They will conduct the debate, led by moderators Nik Baerten and Joannes Vandermeulen, around the theme of Conflict & Design. Design Fusion will be rounded off with a networking session that also marks the opening of the Design Triennial.

Design Fusion will take place on 14 December 2013 at 2 p.m. at C-mine, Genk.
Entry is free, but you are required to register at


John Thackara (FR) 

Jane Chen (CA) 

Liz Sanders (US) 

Michel Bauwens (TH) 


Nik Baerten (B) 

Joannes Vandermeulen (B) 

Health and Design for All

Published in Events
25 November 2013

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Symposium  “Health and Design for All”
25 November  2013
Cité du design, Saint-Etienne, 26e Entretiens Jacques Cartier

After the success of “Medical Design, inventing care solutions for tomorrow” in 2012, the Cité du design  continues with international symposiums on medical design for the 2013 Entretiens Jacques Cartier.

Service Design Network conference

Published in Conferences
18 November 2013


Service Design Network conference in the UK for the first time!

The Global Service Design Network, in partnership with Service Design Network UK Chapter, Design Wales, PDR and Nile will be hosting this year’s Service Design Global Conference in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales.

The annual conference, previously held in Paris, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Berlin amongst other cities, is coming to the UK for the first time on the 18th, 19th and 20th November 2013. The stunning Wales Millennium Centre will be housing a fantastic series of talks, presentations and workshops around the theme of Transformation Through Service Design.

More and more Service Design practices and customer-led approaches lie at the heart of good transformational programs; by fully understanding how service design connects with all areas of an organisation, service design can support transformation on a much larger scale and achieve greater impact. This is why we will be debating, sharing and learning about ‘transformation through service design’ at the 2013 Global Service Design Network Conference.

Speakers confirmed so far include:
- Joel Bailey, Head of Service Design at Capita
- Mark Catchlove, Head of Insights at Herman Miller
- Maria Jose Jorda Garcia, Retail Banking Innovation partner at BBVA
- Ben Terrett, Head of Design at Government Digital Service and Cabinet Officer for the UK Government;
- Clive Grinyr, Director of customer experience at Cisco
- Matt Garrood, Director of Digital Planning & Innovation at EE;

Paul Thurston from PDR and co-chair of SDNC13 says, “I am really excited that such a prestigious conference is coming to Cardiff. We are looking forward to welcoming our Service Design colleagues from across the world.”

Early bird tickets are now available until the 31st July 2013 through the conference website:

For more info contact: Diana Oliveira
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Tel: +44 (0) 2920 417 018
Address: PDR, 200 Western Avenue, Cardiff, CF5 2YB

12_DMDKEvent Announcement: German Brand and Design Congress 2013

There is an increase in global competition: emerging markets are rapidly catching up and initiating competition on a global scale, which is subsequently making it more difficult for small and medium-sized companies to assert themselves internationally in the long term. Therefore, ensuring sustainable success now and in the future requires a well thought out strategy, which focuses both on the design and brand – particularly in the B2B sector of capital goods. 



Successful Regional Industrial Design Conference in the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office

A successful Regional Industrial Design Conference was organised by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) in cooperation with the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Budapest, on 2 and 3 October 2013.

The Conference fitted in with the 10th Design Week Budapest, the most prestigious event of the Hungarian design community. It covered the topics of design protection and design promotion to enhance innovation.

The participants of the two-day conference heard presentations about the work performed by the OHIM and the WIPO concerning design protection and promotion, about the initiatives intended to raise awareness of design as a driver of innovation in Europe and about the Hungarian national and international design protection systems, including the planned Design Law Treaty currently under negotiation in WIPO.

In his speech Mr António Campinos, President of OHIM, presented the study Intellectual Property Rights intensive industries: contribution to economic performance and employment in Europe, which was carried out jointly bythe European Patent Office and the OHIM with the assistance of the European Commission, and was presented on 30 September 2013. The study includes information on the IPR-intensive industries and their contribution to economic performance and employment at EU level and an analysis at Member State level. He emphasized that in Hungary the IPR-intensive industries show an above-average weight in the economy: they contribute 45.1% of the GDP and 27.2% of employment.

Mr Téophile Margellos, President of the Boards of Appeal of OHIM, presented the legal practice of the OHIM regarding Community Designs through the case law of the Boards of Appeal of the OHIM. He presented several examples from case law in connection with appreciation of the individual character of a design, the concept of “informed user” according to the Council Regulation (EC) No 6/2002 on Community designs, and supported his speech with relevant practical examples.

Dr. James Moultrie, Senior Lecturer in Design Management, University of Cambridge, presented the Eurodesign project, coordinated by the Barcelona Design Centre, with consortium members HIPO-HDC, Design Austria, the Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (all BEDA members), Copenhagen Business School and the University of Cambridge.

The aim of the project is to prepare a study on the economic value of design – as a means of user-centred innovation – as well as to formulate related guidelines and instructions that contribute to a broader acceptance and application of design both at decision-maker level and in the economy.


The detailed programme and the presentations of the Conference can be downloaded here.

06_EDBD13As a BEDA Centre of Competence for Design & Business Dialogue, designaustria organised the fourth European Design Business Dialogue (EDBD) in May this year. For the first time the conference took place at two locations – Vienna and Graz.

Under the theme »Design for success« the EDBD 2013 focused on striking examples from representatives of leading international companies such as Airbus, Pfizer, Kone, Eternit or Roca. The speakers used their presentations to enter into a design–business dialogue with the conference participants in order to demonstrate clearly how companies and organisations can benefit from deploying design in the right way.


Cité du design seminar

Published in Conferences
20 November 2012


Medical Design, inventing care solutions for tomorrow

Cité du design, Saint-Etienne within the framework of the XXVth Entretiens Jacques Cartier

Design gives a new look on medical techniques and holds an outstanding potential of innovation. At the interaction of human being and object, design creates products and services adapted to the person, and contributes to improve the comfort of the patient’s environment. Design obviously cannot have therapeutic effects as it is generally understood, but it is a mean to make the disease less alarming ; it enables to consider new modes of care, prevention and support for the patients and their family, in particular at home. This symposium proposes to develop the issue of medical design as an innovation driver to:

• Collaborate with research, innovating in the field of medical technologies (artificial organs, implants or biomaterials, etc.);
• work on the comfort and improvement of treatments for the patients, or imagine new diagnosis and intervention devices for doctors and medical staff;
• reconsider the notion of care and invent the context of evolution for the forthcoming medical practices.


For more information about the conference, including full details of speakers, programme and registration form click here

Name: Camille Vilain
Tel: +33 (0)4 77 47 88 58
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4_HelsinkiCitiesOn 24 May 2012, the new Helsinki Music Centre hosted the Cities for All Helsinki Conference, the annual conference of EIDD – Design for All Europe, which this year took place within the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme, and attracted participants from all over Europe.


2nd DESIRE Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Design Eindhoven University of Technology, The Neterlands, October 19-21, 2011

The conference is organized by the DESIRE Network, which is an Initial Training Network funded by the European Commission, Framework 7 under Marie Curie Actions Programme. The network aims to advance the current understanding of creative design processes applied in scientific and technological problem solving.

Design by Fire Conference

Published in Conferences
14 October 2011


Conference on Interation Design

The Design by Fire Conference provides a stage for inspiring professionals to share their passion for interaction design with peers, refueling knowledge and competence to cope with the challenges of IxD's professional practice.

The conference is named after Andrei Herasimchuk's weblog The name ‘Design by Fire’ is a variation on the expression ‘Trial by Fire’: a test of one's abilities to perform well under pressure.

The conference features a full day of inspirational and pioneering sessions for anyone who practices interaction design, information design or experience design. Like last year, we have 200 seats available.

When: Friday 14 October 2011
Time: 9.30am - 6.30pm
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands
For more information:

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