Every year in October, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. DDW is the biggest design event in Northern Europe, where thousands of designers present their work and ideas. Despite these uncertain times DDW carried on. However, in an online form. University of Twente participated once again and showcased projects related to contemporary topics in design, determined by Design United. DesignLab's focus areas Responsible Design and Citizen Science were also represented: during the DRIVE festival, Waag Talks and via blog posts. Here's an overview of UT @DDW 2020!
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 University of Twente is part of the team that represented 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 was 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? The resulting event consisted of five big societal themes, tackled via five livestreamed talks, which took place from 19 to 23 October. Missed the talk shows? Re-watch the livestreams. You can also read the eMagazine and watch videos of each one of the contributors.