The effects of the corona pandemic are becoming more apparent every day. On this page we will collect information and tips that might be of interest to you: cancelled events, links, tips and advice on how to deal with the situation, dates for info events and webinars, etc. Of course we also keep you up to date with our newsletter and social media.

The IDZ continues to operate normally, although most of our colleagues will be working from home for the time being. You can find our contact details on our team page.

Our two competitions, the Bundespreis Ecodesign (entries closed 6 April) and the UX Design Awards (entries closed 15 May) are still on. Both awards are currently in the nominations-phase.

Interesting Links

Many companies and solo self-employed persons in the cultural and creative industries are particularly affected by the effects of the coronavirus. An overview of government support and financial aid can be found on the website of the federal initiative for cultural and creative industries. It also publishes a regular report analysing the extent to which the cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. In the Culture and Creative Industries check-in, experts from the industry will assess the situation from their point of view, point out new developments and support offers and answer your questions on the topics of Corona and Culture and Creative Industries. The check-in will be held on the social media channels of the initiative every Fridays from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The IDZ is co-author of an open letter of the Deutsche Designtag to Federal Minister Peter Altmaier, which points out the special situation of the solo self-employed in the field of design and demands an improvement of the aid measures.

Employees of IDZ company member fuenfwerken have founded Mamuna, a "provisional" company that can supply the cultural and creative industries (but also other companies) with disposable masks at a very low price and at the same time support those who particularly need our help at the moment.

Despite unusual circumstances, the ION DESIGN-team has developed a marketable face shield from the home office in a few weeks. The Face Shield consists of 80% recycled PET and is manufactured using a punching process. No assembly of different parts is necessary. The stability results from the folding curves of the material. The one-piece design makes production quick and easy. For high volumes, production is very economical. Are you interested or do you have any questions? The developers are looking forward to an e-mail!

The initiative Sanitary Space 2025, launched by Plex, is exploring how it will be possible to work together in the future without having to forego education, work and private contacts. The platform gives companies the opportunity to present products and solutions that make a healthy stay in rooms and buildings possible. Companies like TOTO, WimTec, JAB Anstoetz, DAW (Caparol), Wilsonart (Resopal), Airsteril and Buzil have already agreed to support the project.

In her workshop "Online meeting moderation for beginners", communication designer and process moderator Esther Schaefer presents ways to facilitate proximity, creativity and productivity in online work meetings and workshops. In her ideas workshops she offers online workshops on specific issues as well as online training on creativity, design thinking, moderation and positioning.

Otl Aicher made his mark in the truest sense of the word with his pictograms developed for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. They are regarded as milestones in the history of design and have become an integral part of our daily communication. For this system, Stiehl/Over/Gehrmann has developed pictograms that can be used free of charge to illustrate hygiene rules of conduct. The hygiene pictograms can be ordered free of charge for one year.

nachhaltigunternehmen supports medium-sized companies in applying for subsidies in the corona crisis. "Our aim is to guide you safely through the crisis and to ensure that you receive the maximum subsidy amounts as quickly as possible without red tape. We help to control the financial range and be prepared when the acute crisis is over." The consultancy for sustainable management founded by Manuela Teinert is a member of the IDZ.

Katja Runge, IDZ member and founder of afilii, international platform for child-friendly design, promotes creativity, good humour and family ties in the times of the Corona crisis with the new non-profit initiative - with amazingly simple game ideas. Runge is supported by designers* from many cities and countries, from Berlin to Halle, from Japan and Iran to Poland and New Zealand. Most of them are currently in their home offices with their families. Creative game ideas are always welcome!

IDZ member Ilka Eiche is initiator of the project "network creative aid. designer helfen." , which starts immediately. The independent network, consisting of design experts from different professional backgrounds, supports the currently bearing and overburdened industries, the public sector and the economy, e.g. in stagnation, confidence and service strengthening, crisis communication and all topics concerning brand and communication. But which also supports its own creative industry. Helping people to help themselves. Designers help designers. Ilka Eiche would be pleased if as many active doers as possible contacted her via mail (

Investitionsbank Berlin has suspended the application for liquidity support for Berlin SMEs until further notice.

The Bundesagentur für Arbeit has compiled a Corona-Virus FAQ to answer the most important questions about basic security (Arbeitslosengeld II).

Every working day, IHK Berlin publishes its Corona newsletter with current information and links in order to support entrepreneurs in Berlin in the best possible way in the current situation. You can subscribe to it here.

The EU platform "Creatives Unite" collects EU-wide initiatives and information in the cultural and creative sector in response to the COVID crisis in one place.

The professional associations also provide comprehensive information about offers for self-employed people in the design sector.

The newsletter dp:news of the Deutscher Designtag provides information and analyses, positions and comments on design policy events - every two to three weeks during the Corona crisis. You can subscribe to the newsletter here. DT is currently asking all owner-managed design and communication agencies with more than nine employees that belong to the SME sector to participate in this survey on the economic impact of the pandemic.

The Allianz Deutscher Designer (AGD) offers information, web conferences and consulting. The Designers' Morning Talk, which the AGD will hold weekly until further notice, keeps you up to date on current developments. You can find further information at Just in time for World Design Day on April 27th, the AGD has started its solidarity campaign "Einfach helfen". Einfach helfen is a platform where everyone can donate money to help designers affected by the consequences of the Corona crisis.

More than 6,600 cultural and creative professionals took part in a nationwide survey conducted by the Landesverband der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft Sachsen and the AGD on the effects of the Corona pandemic on their self-employment in the period 09.03. to 31.03.2020. The evaluation of the survey can be found here.

The BDG Berufsverband der Kommunikationsdesigner is carrying out a nationwide industry monitoring to gain an overview of the extent to which the economic losses caused by the corona crisis will affect the the industry in the course of the pandemic. On the website of the BDG on the subject there are many useful tips and a collection of links to the offers of the individual federal states. The BDG has set up the Facebook group Designer Quarantine for a daily exchange of information, which is primarily aimed at independent communication designers.

The initiative Creative City Berlin informs on its website especially about help for artists and self-employed people from the cultural and creative industries.

We will continuously add further information here and look forward to your suggestions on further helpful websites!

Cancelled Events


HTW Graduate Show: Cancelled!
HTW Industrial Design Programme shows Bachelor's works

Please note: Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus the HTW Graduate Show has been cancelled.

The Industrial Design Department of the Berlin University of Applied Sciences will be presenting the results of this year's Bachelor's theses from April 2 - April 8, 2020 in the Reinbeckhallen Schöneweide. The GRADUATE SHOW presents over 50 product concepts and visions of the future in the fields of mobility, health, society and technology.

Experience a vivid exhibition with models and interactive media. Part of the work is characterized above all by intensive cooperation with industry and organizations. Be surprised by the answers of our students to the questions of tomorrow.



Friday, 4/17/2020
6.00 pm–10.00 pm
IDZ Event

The Human Scale: How to Create a Happy City?

On April 17th 1970 the IDZ was opened in Berlin-Charlottenburg. With an event on the topic "The Human Scale: How to Create a Happy City?" we want to continue the debates of that time exactly fifty years later. The twenty thinkers, poets and designers involved at the time, including such illustrious names as Eugen Gomringer, were joined by only one woman, a young architect. On April 20, 1970, she participated as a panelist in the discussion on "The participation of the citizen in the problems and decision-making processes in urban planning and urban renewal”. We are particularly pleased that Prof. Dr. Ingrid Krau, the young architect of that time, will give a lecture at our event and share with us her thoughts on the human scale today.

Please save the date! Further information on the programme will be published shortly.

Where? Stadtwerkstatt, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 11, 10178 Berlin
When? Friday, 17 April 2020, from 6 p.m.
Admission: Guests: EUR 10, Reduced: EUR 5. For members of the IDZ the entrance is free.



Thursday, 4/30/2020
6.30 pm–9.00 pm
IDZ Event

Postponed until later this year: Transforming People and Places II
How will we live in the future? How do we create cities worth living in for happy and healthy residents? Can design influence attitudes and thus encourage us to rethink our mobility? In our second event in our "Transforming People and Places" series, which we have launched together with Archimedes Exhibitions, we will be taking a close look at the role of design in transforming cities into humane and sustainably liveable urban spaces. Be part of the debate on the opening evening of Berlin Design Week in our "ask me anything" session with Peter Wouda, Design Director of the Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe and a surprise guest! Transforming People and Places "Urban Mobility II: Redesigning the Asphalt" Thursday, 30 April 2020, 18.30 - 21.00 hrs followed by: Dance into the May warm-up with drinks & music Archimedes Exhibitions, Saarbrücker Str. 24, 10405 Berlin Translated with (free version)



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As part of the IDZ's 50th anniversary, students of the Industrial Design and Communication Design courses at the HTW Berlin interviewed designers, scientists and entrepreneurs on the current role of design and their vision for its future.