April 2022

IDZ Event

Call for Speakers – International Design Forum #IDF22
Specialist conference at InnoTrans 2022, the global trade show for transport technology and mobility


The International Design Center Berlin (IDZ) invites experts from research, design and business to participate in the "International Design Forum" #IDF22. Focusing on cross-sector cooperation and user-centred design in the mobility sector, the specialist conference is part of the official convention program of InnoTrans, the leading international trade fair for transport technology and mobility (20 – 23 September 2022).

Please find more information on available speaker formats and possible topics here.

IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award | Call for entries 2022
Those who combine environmental and climate protection, innovation and excellent design could apply until 18 April.


Companies of all sizes and from all sectors, designers, students and creative minds in Europe were invited to submit their concepts, services and products for the highest state award for ecodesign in Germany by 18 April.

More information about the award at: bundespreis-ecodesign.de/en

IDZ Event

#UXDA22: Open for Submissions!
Make it count! The second of the two 2022 UX Design Awards Calls for Participation is open for submissions. Enter your best work by 31 May 2022!


Details on how to enter and the competition dates are available on the Awards Website.

Saturday, 4/9/2022
Member of IDZ

see 15 Conference
The see-Conference presents at Schlachthof Wiesbaden current trends on the topic of “Visualization of Information” and thus provides insights into areas such as design, architecture, performance, film, art, technology, research and communication.


Alongside data visualisation, the see-Conference today focuses increasingly on sustainable concepts and, therefore, on how illustration can enable society’s truths to prevail over the flood of information. At the same time, visitors at see take home more than a free t-shirt: It inspires them.

Our speakers are inspirational, always opening up new perspectives on how to effectively communicate about the impact of today’s actions on the society and environment of future generations. Interdisciplinary leading creative minds and thinkers from the fields of design, art, architecture, journalism, philosophy, technology and business take centre stage. And they all share a common vision: They want to make a contribution to society at a high aesthetic level.

Limited number, available until 31.01.2022

Early-bird ticket – 99 Euros
Reduced early-registration rate

Early-bird ticket for students – 49 Euros
Reduced ticket price /

Wednesday, 4/13/2022
5.00 pm–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

Deep Dive Award Winners | ESB Generation & Trading Real-Time Visualisation Application
In their presentation Peter Delaney, Product Director at WONDR and Mariana Spagnuolo, Design Lead at WONDR walk us through their award winning project „ ESB Generation & Trading Real-Time Visualisation Application “.


Please Register for this Deep Dive here on Zoom.

The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) Real-Time Visualization (RTV) application is a dashboard of complex power generation data from every power station in Ireland, including renewables. ESB is a utility focused on providing competitive and sustainable energy solutions the Irish public. RTV facilitates the management of energy generation and trading and allows the business to make real-time decisions for trading energy.

UXDA Jury member Lisa Gerkens about the project:
»This project brings different tools and solutions together as a single source of truth. At its core lies the stakeholder management to establish clear goals and KPIs, the involvement of different users in the development process (c-suite as well a specialized Engineers) and iteratively validated solutions. Its impact allows a more efficient use of energy. The design puts a lot of attention to visualization according to type of data to enable quick understanding for the user.«

The Deep Dive will be moderated by Ake Rudolf, Head of Strategy / Award Director at the International Design Center Berlin (IDZ).

Wednesday, 4/27/2022
5.00 pm–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

Talent Track: Award Winners | Sophie Rolshoven
In her presentation, industrialdesigner Sophie Rolshoven walks us through heraward winning project „Luis Hug“, developed as part of herfinal project at HTW Berlin | University of Applied Sciences


Please Register here on Zoom

Luis Hug is a multisensory product enhancing creativity, relaxationand independency for people with special needs. By offering an intuitive interface it provides great flexibility without compromising the simplicity of use. This interactive sound device empowers users, no matter their possibilities to experiment with their sounds. Integrated sensors will automatically adapt the sounds to the users demands by analysing body data. Giving everyone the opportunity to operate it on their own.

UXDA Jury member Tapani Jokinen on the project:
»Luis hug is a agreat example of how technology can serve humans and provide empowerment. The concept would truly enable people with special needs to extend their way of expressing themselves in a creative and playful way together with their families and friends. It offers lots of possibilities and provides the feeling of developing oneself, of taking part in society and of sharing feelings and experiences with others.«

Thursday, 4/28/2022
7.00 pm–10.00 pm
IDZ Event

IDZ Project Space Warming
Exclusive event for IDZ members only


Happy to celebrate in our new venue in Berlin-Mitte.

Thanks a lot to the German furniture company WILKHAHN for providing their furnishings so generously.

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May 2022

IDZ Event

#UXDA22: Open for Submissions!
Make it count! The second of the two 2022 UX Design Awards Calls for Participation is open for submissions. Enter your best work by 31 May 2022!


Details on how to enter and the competition dates are available on the Awards Website.


Berlin Design Week 2022
A physical BNDNWK is planned again for 2022, and will be accompanied by an online program. The guiding theme is “Higher Purpose”.


How will we shape our future? Like many others, we have been asking ourselves over the past year what path to take after the Corona crisis. We believe that now is the time for transformational change and new perspectives.

The great challenge of our time is to develop concepts that reduce our consumption – and with it our production, use of resources, and pollution – while improving our quality of life in a sustainable way. In doing so, we must consider different aspects: Environmental and climate protection, social equity, the economy, global networks and connectivity. What we need is innovation in production and the economy that does not compete with this idea – creativity is not limited to design, it also applies to science and technology.

As such, design can observe, mediate and provide solutions, it can define problems and also solve them. With this year's focus Higher Purpose, you are invited to think and define this "better future" and present ideas on how we can make it happen.

The application deadline is 18. March 2022. All information on the application process, selection criteria and costs can be found on our website, under APPLY.

Friday, 5/13/2022
7.00 pm–11.00 pm
IDZ Event

otl aicher 100:“there is no computer that calls for freedom”
Artificial intelligence and ethics - following on from Otl Aicher's essay “kulturen des denkens” (cultures of thinking)


Welcome: Prof. Jeanine Meerapfel, filmmaker and president of the Academy of Arts and Prof. Karsten Henze, Chairman of the Board of the IDZ.

Excerpts from the films "Designlegende HfG" (1988) and "Otl Aicher, der Denker am Objekt" (1991) of the edition disegno of Peter Schubert Filmproduktion, publisher FSB

Discussion between Peter Schubert, film director and producer and
Wolfgang Reul, door handle philosopher at FSB

Lecture: Prof. Dr. Byung-Chul Han, philosopher, cultural scientist and author

Panel discussion with:
Lukas Brand, theologian, author of the book "Artificial Virtue. Robots as Moral Actors"
Lorena Jaume-Palasí, philosopher and founder of "The Ethical Tech Society"
Yasemin Keskintepe, art scholar and curator of the exhibition "Artificial Intelligence. Machines - Learning - Human Dreams" at the German Hygiene Museum, Dresden

Moderation: Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger, communication scientist, Executive Director of the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society

In German language | Admission free

Please observe the current instructions and hygiene rules of the Akademie der Künste. You are required to wear an FFP2 mask in the entire Academy building.

Akademie der Künste, Plenary Hall at Pariser Platz
Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin

Transportation: S+U Brandenburger Tor, Bus 100, 300

May 13, 2022, 7 to 9 p.m. (admission from 6:30 p.m.)
Afterwards: Get-together

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Thursday, 5/19/2022
5.00 pm–6.30 pm
IDZ Event

German Ecodesign Award | Online Talk “There is another way”
How does sustainable consumption succeed?


In our online talk, three winners of the German Ecodesign Award show how sustainable consumption can succeed. We talk to them about the role design plays in solving current challenges and how their projects have developed since receiving the Ecodesign Award. In addition, Lisa Frien-Kossolobow, expert for sustainable consumption at the German Environment Agency, will explain the environmental consequences of our consumption decisions and what we can do in our everyday lives. Afterwards, there will be a moderated exchange between the speakers and the audience.

The talk will take place as part of SPOTLIGHT ON. The series of events of the German Ecodesign Awards focuses on former winning projects and their underlying themes in lectures, talks and workshops.

The talk is free of charge and will be held in German.


Touring exhibition "Future is now!"
As part of the Coburger Designtage, the German Ecodesign Award will be showing the current winners from 24 to 29 May 2022.


On the upper floors of the Parkhaus Mauer in the middle of Coburg, visitors can expect an unusual location that will not only be brought to life by our touring exhibition, but also by a diverse programme consisting of workshops, lectures, concerts and much more. With the megatrends "connectivity" and "neo-ecology", the Coburger Designtage focus on topics that will change our society and design in the long term.

June 2022


Berlin Summer University of the Arts
The Berlin Summer University of the Arts will again offer a wide range of creative online and face-to-face courses from June to October.


The workshop program of the Berlin University of the Arts is aimed at artists, advanced students and graduates of all artistic disciplines. An international team of lecturers and teachers introduces participants to the methods and discourses of contemporary art in a diverse and experimental way.

More info can be found here.


German Ecodesign Award | Touring exhibition "Future is now!"
The touring exhibition of the German Ecodesign Award will be on display at the Circular Design Week Tirol from 20 June to 1 July 2022.


Just like last year, the German Ecodesign Award will be visiting Austria also this year. At the Circular Design Week Tirol, the exhibition "Future is Now!" focusing on the winners of 2021 will be presented in Innsbruck from 20 June to 1 July. The exhibition will be framed by inspiring lectures, exciting workshops and information events on the topic of the circular economy. The latest information on the programme and the link for free registration can be found here.

Saturday, 6/25/2022
7.00 pm–10.30 pm
IDZ Event

otl aicher 100: “of course a car is also a sign”
Retrospective of Otl Aicher: Kritik am Auto, Munich 1984


The IDZ continues its series of events with a retrospective of Aicher's exhibition and book "kritik am auto - schwierige verteidigung des autos gegen seine anbeter" [criticism of the car - difficult defence of the car against its worshippers].

7:00 p.m.
Welcome by Dr. Martin Mäntele, Head of the HfG Archive, Ulm

7:15 p.m.
Florian Aicher will begin by reporting on his collaboration on the exhibition and the book "kritik am auto". At the same time, he tries to relate criticism, as formulated by Otl Aicher in 1984, to the current scene.

Panel discussion:
Under changed conditions, what Otl Aicher formulated in 1984 applies today: "the concept alone obviously doesn't do it to get a good car." Today, we are concerned with how the car must be designed to be less dominant in the interaction with other means of transport and appear more compatible with the city. But also how senseless traffic can be avoided and desired mobility made possible. Questions that the panel will address.

Peter Wouda heads the Volkswagen Group Future Center Europe in Potsdam and, with his team, designs visionary studies for the VW Group. He tries to design answers for the future challenges from an industry perspective.

Prof. Lutz Fügener is head of the Design and Mobility course at the Faculty of Engineering at Hof University of Applied Sciences in Selb. For many years, he has been one of the best-known lecturers in Germany, training automotive designers. At the same time, he has repeatedly appeared in public with critical positions on the development of the car and the industry's priorities.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gebhard Wulfhorst, the holder of the Chair of Settlement Structure and Transport Planning at the Technical University of Munich, takes up the criticism of undesirable developments in mobility at the level of urban and transport planning. Traffic that does not arise in the first place through cleverly planned cities and regions also does not cause undesirable aspects.

Florian Aicher and the journalist and author Stephan Ott will jointly moderate the event.

Visitors can gain first-hand impressions of the architecture of the HfG and study some of the exhibition panels from 1984, which the HfG archive will set up in Ulm, the host of the event. In addition, "delta 1," the prototype of a sports car from 1967, will be on display in its original form. Created as a "study object for lightweight construction principles" by Henner Werner, Michael Conrad and Detlef Unger, graduates of the HfG Ulm, the car was presented in Aicher's book.

In German language. Admission free

Ulm HfG, Am Hochsträß 8, 89081 Ulm, Germany

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 7 to 9 p.m. (Admission from 6:30 p.m.).
Afterwards: Get-together

Wednesday, 6/29/2022
5.00 pm–6.00 pm
IDZ Event

UX Design Awards Talent Track: Award Winners
In his presentation, designer Tien Han Huang will show us how he created his award-winning project „Smart tights for stroke patients“.


Nxti is developed for stroke patients suffering from hemiplegia. The textile muscle supports the muscles of the lower limb so that patients can stay in the correct position and rehabilitate themselves. Thanks to a variety of sensors in the clothing, patients can also monitor the condition of their muscles. The vibration motors will vibrate if the user puts his body weight on one side for too long and should show the user which muscles to activate accordingly.

UXDA-Jury member Tapani Jokinen on the project:

“Nxti is a great example of how new technologies can empower patients to self-rehabilitate at home. The combination of body movement sensors, vibrations for feedback and an easy-to-use mobile app provide intuitive user guidance. The concept enables patients to self-improve and to better adapt to workout programs. All important parts are removable and replaceable, prolonging the life cycle of the device.”

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