The German Design Council is one of the world's leading centers of expertise on design. As a service provider for businesses, we offer a unique forum for trans-disciplinary knowledge transfer on brand and design.
We support corporations in their brand and design development efforts and communicate the added value of design, both in Germany and beyond its borders.

London Design Biennale

The London Design Biennale will be held from 7 to the 27 September 2016 at Somerset House.
The theme for 2016 is "Utopia by Design" With significant support provided by the Department for Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the German Design Council is responsible for the German contribution. 
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Distinctive. Ingenious. The major German brands. 2016

The latest edition of Distinctive. Ingenious. The major German brands. 2016 will be published on 15 September. By now you can pre order it.
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Welcome new members!

The German Design Council is pleased to announce the following new members:
Aliseo GmbH, Candela Lichtplanung GmbH, FUMA Hauszubehör GmbH, Hülsta-Werke Hüls GmbH & Co. KG, NOMOS Glashütte/SA Roland Schwertner KG, Ophardt R+D GmbH + Co. KG Ophardt-Maritim, RUF-Bett International GmbH & Co. KG, Schüller Möbelwerk KG, serien Raumleuchten GmbH, Wanzl Metallwarenfabrik GmbH, Weidmüller Holding AG & Co. KG und WENKO-WENSELAAR GmbH & Co. KG.

All foundation members in an overview

Design Explorer - The App for excellent design

From bathroom fittings to websites and even cars - the Design Explorer mirrors current trends and developments in the world of product and communication design.
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XXI. Triennale Milano - Hands On Studio

From 2 April to 12 September 2016 the 21st Milan Triennale will take place under the title “Design after Design”. With significant support provided by the German Foreign Office, the German Design Council and the Deutsches Design Museum Foundation are setting up a design studio for young people called Hands On to coincide with Triennale 2016.

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The German Design Council has launched a brand competition in the form of the German Brand Award which presents prizes to ground-breaking brands, sustainable brand concepts and brand developers. Only companies which have been nominated for the award can take part in the competition. Further information

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Award 2016

Automotive Brand
Contest 2015


German Design Award 2016 - Konstantin Grcic receives the Personality distinction

Konstantin Grcic represents the undogmatic contemporary German design throughout the world in an unparalleled manner and the jury of the German Design Award 2016 has honoured this achievement by selecting the Munich-based designer for the Personality distinction.

German Design Award 2016: The newcomer finalists

German brand monitor 2015

The German brand monitor is Germany's biggest study on trends and factors of success of modern brand management.
Publishers of the study are the German Design Council and GMK Markenberatung. 

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Extract of the study (German). 

Aus "Schüler entdecken Design" wird "Entdecke Design"

Eine starke Bewegung braucht ein starkes Leitmotiv: Unter dem Motto "Entdecke Design" lädt unsere bundesweite Bildungs- und Kulturinitiative Kinder und Jugendliche ein, in praxisorientierten Workshop-Programmen die Welt des Designs für sich zu entdecken und in eigenen Arbeiten umzusetzen. Stärker ansprechen und fördern wollen wir künftig auch junge Erwachsene und Pädagogen im Rahmen spezieller Fort- und Weiterbildungen.