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 (entry deadline is April 12) and the UX Design Awards (call for participation is open March 9-May 31) are on!


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.

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.


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 www.play-at-home.org - 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!


At the Investitionsbank Berlin, Liquidity assistance for Berlin SMEs can be applied for.

The Federal Employment Agency has compiled a Corona-Virus FAQ to answer the most important questions about basic benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II).

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

Professional associations also provide comprehensive information about services for the self-employed in the design sector.

The newsletter dp:news of the Deutscher Designtag brings information and analyses, positions and comments on design-political events - during the Corona crisis every two to three weeks weekly. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.

The German Cultural Council summarizes the current events, positions, handouts, measures and more for you in the "Corona versus Culture" Newsletter for all affected artists, cultural businesses, public and private cultural institutions, but also for interested politicians and journalists.

The Alliance of German Designers (AGD) offers information, web conferences and advice. The Designers' Morning Talk, which the AGD will hold weekly until further notice, will keep you up to date on current developments. For more information, visit agd.de/termine/agd-designers-morning-talk.

For up-to-the-minute exchanges, he BDG Berufsverband der Kommunikationsdesigner has set up the Facebook group Designer Quarantine, which is aimed primarily at self-employed communication designers.

The Creative City Berlin initiative provides information on its website specifically about relevant funding programs and support measures 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!

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