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 (deadline 6th April) and the UX Design Awards (deadline extended to 15th May) are also continuing. Perhaps you would like to take the opportunity to pause for a moment and review your current work - perhaps you will find a project worthy of an award!

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. Last Friday, the initiative organised a video conference with experts, which was be broadcast live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The recording is available on Facebook.

Investitionsbank Berlin offers liquidity support for Berlin SMEs, the Berlin Senate suggests setting up a grant programme for all solo self-employed persons in Berlin.

The professional associations will also provide comprehensive information about offers for self-employed people in the design sector. The Allianz deutscher Designer (AGD) also offers web conferences and consulting. Webinars are recorded and available free of charge to all interested parties (approx. 24 hours after the end). The Designers' Morning Talk, which the AGD will hold weekly until further notice, will keep you informed about current developments. The next Designers' Morning Talk will already take place on Friday, 20 March, 10 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. You can find further information at

The BDG Berufsverband der Kommunikationsdesigner is already in its third week monitoring nationwide how corona affects our industry. On the website of the BDG 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 colleagues from the Landesverband der Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft Sachsen and the AGD are collecting feedback from self-employed people and companies throughout Germany on the economic effects and are passing on helpful information. Please take part in the survey on the impact of the Corona crisis on your business. The short survey takes max. 4 minutes and is online until 31.03. online.

The survey provides special information on assistance for artists and self-employed persons from Berlin's cultural and creative industries Creative City Berlin.

You can also find information on this topic on the homepage of Hessendesign e.V..

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.



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