Circular Design Forum

Get in the loop!

Our first Circular Design Forum on June 14 brought together designers, scientists and experts from multiple countries at EUREF Campus in Berlin discussing sustainable design approaches. In panel talks & workshops, the speakers gave insight into circular economies, political frameworks and future-orientated business models. The speakers included Leyla Acaroglu, Arndt Pechstein and Anne Raudaskoski.

New Address

The IDZ has moved!

On 10 October we have left our offices at Potsdamer Platz and moved to Kreuzberg. Apart from the address, all contact details remain the same. Our new address is:

IDZ | International Design Center Berlin
Hagelberger Straße 52
10965 Berlin

Design Views

Additive Addicted

Don't miss our new Design Views exhibition at Kunstgewerbemuseum: In the work of design collective Additive Addicted technologies of digital manufacturing and the millennia-old material porcelain meet and interact with one another. This way, objects with delicate, highly complex structures that resemble textiles were developed.

Happy Holidays

from the IDZ-Team!

We would like to thank all our members and partners for the great cooperation and support in the past year.

We look forward to a continuation in 2020!

International Design Forum

InnoTrans – Global trade show for transport and mobility

On September 19, a conference on design relevant topics in the fields of »public transport & interiors« takes place during the world’s largest trade fair for mobility. Experts from multiple countries present visionary design approaches and user-oriented concepts.

Design Discourse

Boris Kochan & Ulrich Müller

We invited two eloquent and unconventional thinkers to the design discourse to illuminate the theme "Bauhaus" from different angles.

The Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID) and the IDZ jointly host this conversation. Discuss with us at the USM Showroom Berlin on 26 September. (Photo: Michael Bundscherer)

Berlin Poland

B2B Networking Exchange

On 10 and 11 October, Berlin based fashion labels and and full service production agencies as well as Polish clothing manufacturers are invited to attend a networking program at Metropolenhaus in Berlin. The Exchange will take place in the framework of our network project "Berlin Poland 2019-2020".


Awards announced

On Friday, 6 September, the winners of the UX Design Awards 2019 were honoured at a festive ceremony at the International Consumer Electronics Fair IFA Berlin. Thanks to all involved for celebrating with us!

Also at IFA, all #UXDA19-winners and nominees will showcased their projects in an exhibition until 11 September.

German Federal Ecodesign Award

Jury & Expo

In its meeting on 16 September, the #BPEcodesign19 jury nominated 31 projects out of 130 accepted submissions for the German Federal Ecodesign Award 2019.

The special exhibition at the Designers' Open in Leipzig from 25 to 27 October offers a last chance to see last year's prizewinners and nominees.


News from Africa

On 24 January, Rolf Mehnert from Fuenfwerken Design AG and UX expert Gunnar Krüger will present their experiences from their stay in Africa. Together with the Nairobi Design Institute they organized an interesting workshop in Africa. The topic: »Mobility in Nairobi«.

IDZ Meetup


How do workshops succeed and how does the format support creative collaboration?

On 21 February, Esther Schaefer (communication designer and trained process moderator) will share knowledge and experience from her four-year practical experience as a workshop moderator, giving insights into topics such as work culture, role as a moderator or briefing.

Berlin Showroom

Fashion Week Paris

From 27 to 30 September, the Berlin Showroom in the Marais district will once again open its doors for Fashion Week Paris. It will showcase the Spring/Summer 2020 collections of eleven Berlin fashion labels.

Berlin Showroom is part of the DACH Showroom founded in 2017. The cooperation with Austria (Austrian Fashion Association) and Switzerland (Mode Suisse) is in its fourth season.

EcoDesign Circle

Sustainability Guide

Which methods and processes can be used to find sustainable solutions? And how can actors from design, business and education learn from each other?

The »Sustainability Guide« provides information about ecodesign, circular economy and names sustainability experts from the Baltic Sea region.

German Federal Ecodesign Award

Exhibition finissage

On 25 November, Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze and the President of the Federal Environment Agency Maria Krautzberger honoured the twelve winners of the Federal Ecodesign Award 2019. You can find all the award-winning projects on the newly designed Award-website.

The application period for the Federal Ecodesign Award 2020 starts in January.

IDZ Meetup

Circulating Packaging Solutions

The focus of the Meetup on 6 June from 7 p.m. is on compostable and recyclable packaging solutions.

Hannes Füting of IDZ-member formfüting, one of the founders of the start-up Superseven, reports on the history of his company and his work as a product designer in the field of sustainable product development.

Berlin Poland

Workshop on Finances in Fashion

Fashion designers and companies are cordially invited to register for the workshop "Financing and Promotion in the Fashion Industry" in Berlin. The deadline for registration is 30 August.

The aim of the workshop on 6 September is to provide Berlin-based companies with easier access to financing and promotion opportunities..

50 Years IDZ

Design in Focus

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.

IDZ Impulse evening

Empathic conversation

(Work) discussions activate joint creative potential and ensure more fun and quality in joint work. But what lies behind them?

The Impulse evening on 22.08.2019 starting at 7pm pursues this question. Andreas Viedt, co-founder of the brand and design agency wirDesign, reports in a keynote lecture.

IDZ News

New board elected

At the general meeting on 20 June, a new board of directors was elected. In the constituent meeting on 23 August, Karsten Henze was confirmed as Chairman of the Board and Prof. Pelin Celik was elected Deputy Chairman.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our current and retired board members for their great honorary commitment to the IDZ!

Cornelia Horsch

† 24 August 2019

"Being able to fall asleep when one is tired and being able to let off a weight that has been lugged for a long time, is a delight, a marvellous fact."
(Hermann Hesse)

We say goodbye to the long-time director of the IDZ, our always inspiring colleague and dear friend Cornelia Horsch. With her positive attitude to life, her humour and her unbridled energy, she has left a lasting impression on the IDZ.

UX Design Award

Public Choice 2019

Vote now for the #UXDA19 Public Choice!

Take this opportunity and vote for your favorite project until October 31.

We wish all nominees every success in the voting!

Transforming People & Places

Transforming People & Places

Successful Start of the new event series

The kick-off event of the new event series took place at the end of November. Jointly initiated by IDZ and our corporate member, the Berlin creative agency Archimedes Exhibitions, the series creates a space for exchange and discussion between designers and the residents of our city.

We are very much looking forward to the continuation!

Hybrid Design - Augmented Reality for designers

On 12 December, the EU-funded AURORA School for ARtists is holding together with IDZ a one-day workshop on augmented reality for designers.

The course will take place at Sophienstraße 22a in Berlin-Mitte.

UX Design Awards 2020

Apply Now!

From now until 15 April, companies, agencies, UX professionals and young designers worldwide can submit their experience solutions for the #UXDA20.

Two new categories – “New Talent” and “Vision” – complement the UX competition this year.

German Federal Ecodesign Award

Call for tender 2020

Companies, students and lateral thinkers are once again called upon to apply with innovative services, concepts and products for the Federal Government's highest award for ecological design.

Applications are accepted until 6 April 2020.

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About IDZ

Design is a people-centered approach to create positive change.

New Address as of 10 Oct. 19!

IDZ e.V.
Hagelberger Str. 52
10965 Berlin

50 Years IDZ

Design in Focus

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.