IDZ Design Discourse invites guests and IDZ members to discuss design-related topics. Researchers, entrepreneurs and designers share their experiences and present different approaches. The Design Discourse is a public evening event taking place several times a year focussing on different topics related to design.

Thursday, 4/27/2017
6.30 pm–9.00 pm
IDZ Event

Design Discourse: The Future of Work
Part 1: Crowdsourcing

The event will be held in German.


Dr. Florian Alexander Schmidt
Designer, Researcher and Author of »Crowd-Design – From Tools for Empowerment to Platform Capitalism«

Ines Zimzinski
Executive Board of German Crowdsourcing Association; Lecturer of University of Arts Berlin and Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Consultant for Digital Publishing, Work 4.0 and Startups as well as Coordinator of Consultancy Network Crowdmate

Frank Eimer
Head of Business Development of Marketing Agency Catalyx – with a special focus on Crowdsourcing and Online-Listening

Prof. Axel Kolaschnik
Professor for Design and Branding, Management und Communication at University Mannheim; Partner of Design Studio TheRelevantSet; Adisory Board "Kreativwirtschaft" of BWM Investment Funds for Economic Development Mannheim

Moderation: Carl Frech
Professor for Design and Strategy at University of Applied Sciences Würzburg; Senior Advisor of School of Design Thinking Potsdam; Designer, Consultant und Partner of fuenfwerken Design AG; Co-Founder and Partner of Intuity Media Lab GmbH as well as Initiator and Managing Board of NEXT AT eG

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Thursday, 11/17/2016
7.00 pm–9.00 pm
IDZ Event

IDZ Design Discourse: Design & Refugees
How to create a second home?

By the end of last year, over 65 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. That means every 113th person was a refugee, seeking asylum or was internally displaced. How can design help to improve the living conditions and offer new perspectives to refugees? The discourse presents exemplary design projects by, for and with refugees – from service design solutions improving bureaucratic processes to architectural concepts for integrated living to educational programs and an easier access to the job market for designers.

Connecting refugees, designers and interested guests, the discourse tackles both, comprehensive questions of social design and its potentials as well as concrete and practical issues of how to get involved: How do you start a project, how to find allies? How do you get a funding? What are the biggest challenges and hurdles? What are desirable, future projects that meet the current needs?


Raphael N. Hemmer, GRAFT architects, Project Director of Heimat2
Ali Mahmoud, Designer, Art Director and Lecturer at *foundationClass, KH Weissensee
Laura Markert, Designer and Author of Fluchtatlas
Kussay Chichakly, Fashion Designer
Host: Lucas Verweij, Designjournalist

Register now and join us at betahaus Berlin, the entry is free.


betahaus Café
Prinzessinnenstr. 19-20
10969 Berlin


Entrance: 6.30 pm
Begin: 7 pm

* Source: 2015 of UN Refugee Agency

Wednesday, 11/11/2015
6.30 pm
IDZ Event

Design Discourse: User Experience Design
From Products to connected services

The event will be held in German.


Verena Augustin, Studio Director Berlin, IXDS
Lukas Golyszny, Founder and Managing Partner, Service Innovation Labs
Henrik Rieß, Creative Director, User Interface Design GmbH
Moderation: Lucas Verweij, Design Critic

Illustration: Edgar Prigoana-Müller

Thursday, 9/18/2014
7.00 pm–10.00 pm
IDZ Event

Design Discourse: Can design change the world?
Sustainable Design: Possibilities & Limits

The discussion will be held in German.

Holger Hampf, Executive Creative Director, frog design
Project: Revolver – Personal Wind Turbine
Lars Krückeberg, Architect, GRAFT, Project: Solarkiosk
Michael Volkmer, CEO, Scholz & Volkmer, Project: Zeit statt Zeug

Tuesday, 5/27/2014
IDZ Event

What multiplies if you share it?
Design expertise in times of DIY, Crowdsourcing and Open Design

The discussion will be held in German.

Prof. Birgit S. Bauer, Design Researcher and Critic, University of Applied Sciences (HTW)
Van Bo Le-Mentzel, Architect, Hartz-IV-Furniture
Victoria Ringleb, CEO, AGD (Alliance of German Designers)
Rupali Steinmeyer, Managing Partner, COO at Fuenfwerken AG

Thursday, 3/27/2014
IDZ Event

Beam me up, Scotty!
Mobility of the Future: Design Challenges

The discussion will be held in German.

Dr. Tim Lehmann, Architect and Urban Planner, Innovation Center fpr Mobilitiy and Social Change, InnoZ
Prof. Dr. Stephan Rammler, Social Scientist, Institute for Transportation Design, University of Fine Arts Braunschweig
Peter Wouda, Director Exterieur Design Volkswagen, Volkswagen Design Center Potsdam


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