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Friday, 20 May from 5 pm

International cooperation is becoming increasingly important. But how does intercultural cooperation work? What challenges must be mastered, what opportunities open up? Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Design Networking Hub was established in 2021 as a cross-border knowledge and networking platform for designers, architects and creative professionals to support international cooperation projects in the field of design.

The German Design Council and the German Design Museum Foundation, in cooperation with The Nomad Magazine, will present the Hub in a panel discussion at the Munich Creative Business Week on 20 May 2022:

The event “Design Networking Hub – let’s connect!” will address the following questions: How can solutions for social challenges be designed on an intercultural level? And can an international community be activated to enable an equal exchange of knowledge and skills? Speakers from the cultural and creative industries will address these questions and more in the panel discussion and look forward to a lively exchange with the audience. The event will be moderated by journalist Yoko Choy.

Exchange at eye level

An important concern of the Design Networking Hub is the exchange at eye level, because all participants should learn from each other and develop together. In order to make the information offered as user-oriented as possible, a pilot group of five German and five Kenyan young designers/architects was put together to work in small teams through the entire process of a bilateral cooperation project. In the areas of mobility, housing and digitalisation, they are jointly developing new product and business ideas or non-profit concepts.


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Wednesday, 18 May 07:30 pm – 11:00 pm

The Grantler’s Corner 2022 continues the discourse on the role of design research in a multi-perspective manner. While last year’s event addressed the question of which academic structures are needed to raise the profile of design research and further establish it as an independent, scientific discipline, this year’s Grantler’s Corner is dedicated to the professional opportunities for designers who conduct research: Where are the interfaces to the research areas in companies and institutions? To what extent do suitable positions have to be generated first, or is the only alternative to founding one’s own start-up in order to do justice to the new professional profiles? How can the potential of design research be communicated and made visible to other disciplines? What needs can be met in research and business? What future-oriented fields of work and research can be generated from this? What skills do designers who want to work in design research need? The discussion is aimed at designers and representatives from business, research, education and politics.

The guests:
Prof. Dr. Annika Frye, Professor of Design Science and Research at the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design.
Lynn Harles, design scientist at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation in Berlin and doctoral student at the Bauhaus University in Weimar
Dominik Langhammer, Director of Design Global Oral Care Innovation at Procter & Gamble Service GmbH
Prof. Andreas Muxel, Professor for Physical Human-Machine Interfaces at the Hybrid Things Lab at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences
Stephan Ott, Director Institute for Design Research and Appliance of the German Design Council
Moderation: Dr. Oliver Herwig, Journalist

The informal discussion format Grantler’s Corner was initiated by Sarah Dorkenwald and Hannes Gumpp. Grantler’s Corner is derived from the Bavarian word Granteln and the ideal of the democratic Speakers’ Corner and addresses current topics in the design industry.

The format is sponsored by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy.


More on the topic

Further articles about the Design Networking Hub on ndion.de

To the homepage of the Hub

More about the Grantler’s Corner


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