Every year in October, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. DDW is the biggest design event in Northern Europe, where thousand of designers present their work and ideas. Despite these uncertain times the event will carry on in a different form, with 'Up Close and Personal' as this year's main theme. We as DesignLab University of Twente look forward to participate again, to showcase projects related to five contemporary topics in design, determined by Design United.
Design United, the 4TU research centre of design, consists of representatives who work at the universities of technology in the Netherlands: University of Twente, TU Delft, Wagingen University and Eindhoven University of Technology. DesignLab is part of the team that represents Design United during DDW, and involved in the organisation of this year's programme.
There's a strong connection between Dutch Design Week and Design United's mission: bridging the gap between design research and the design community. The main goal of Design United during DDW is to promote a range of discussions with a new generation of designers ‘through’ their designs. What are their ideas and visions about our future, which ethical dilemmas do they face, and how might they solve them?
In a series of five successive days, these discussions will be centered on five contemporary topics in design: Hybrids, Eco-logica, Living matter(s), Silent Power and Crisis! Discussions will be brought to the audience through a Talk Show before a live studio audience in an intimate setting, and streamed online. Other activities that capture DDW2020 will follow.
Dutch Design Week concentrates on the design of the future and the future of design. The main objective is to show how designers from around the world shape a positive future and to strengthen the position and meaning of Dutch designers. DDW organises and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities to a worldwide audience.
University of Twente is one of the educational partners of Dutch Design Week. Last year, the interactive dining table was one of the projects that caught the attention of many visitors. It was developed by UT researchers Juliet Haarman and Roelof de Vries, co-created by DesignLab. Read more about DDW 2019 and UT's contribution in the article 'Radioactive and interactive: UT projects at Dutch Design Week'. (Source: UToday)
For the latest developments and information on UT's contribution to Dutch Design Week 2020, visit utwente.nl/ddw2020.