As Germany’s leading authority on design and brands, the German Design Council works to promote society’s awareness of design and supports companies on all matters relating to brand and design development. We provide a forum for interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and give our members a competitive edge: independently, internationally and competently.

Frankfurt is World Design Capital '26!

The World Design Organization™ (WDO), based in Montreal, Canada, announced that Frankfurt and the RheinMain Region will become World Design Capital for the year 2026.

Frankfurt RheinMain was nominated with the content concept Design for Democrcacy. Atmospheres for a better life, along with Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was one of the two finalists selected by the WDO's international committee, which represents all continents, and prevailed with its concept.

The German Design Council is a partner of the initiative and, together with the implementation company under the direction of Prof. Matthias Wagner K, is delighted about the well-deserved project award.


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German Design Graduates Show 2023

German Design Graduates Show 2023 - Dare to Design

Exhibition at the MK&G, Hamburg

Exhibition until 8 October 2023

Under the title "Dare to Design", the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MK&G) presents 53 outstanding graduates from 23 renowned German design and art colleges in the fields of product and industrial design. Initiated and curated by German Design Graduates of the German Design Council, the presentation offers an overview of the most current positions of young design from Germany like no other exhibition. The annual group exhibition is hosted for the first time at the MK&G.


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GDC Summit 2023

GDC Summit 2023

On 9 November 2023 at the Porsche Museum, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen

Are cross-sectoral cooperation and collaborative approaches the key factors for successful innovation processes in companies? Is this what a promising work culture of the future looks like? Under the theme "connect. collaborate. continue." the GDC Summit 2023 explores these questions.

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Studies and reports

Reports and Studies

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"The Value of Design"

Here you will find a compilation of reports and studies from recent years that deal with this topic.


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Mono Residency - German Design Graduates

German Design Graduates x MONO

40 years of MONO and 10 perspectives

Ten art and design objects, developed by young designers of the German Design Graduates, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mono Tea. The closing event of the "Mono Residency" and exhibition will take place on 5.7.2023 in Berlin.

As ambassador of the German Design Graduates, Mono initiated the "Mono Residency", which is aimed directly at young designers.

In 1983, the family-owned company Mono launched the first Mono teapot together with the designer Tassilo von Grolman. In the following decades, it became a design icon. The 40th anniversary is the occasion and theme of the first edition of the "Mono Residency". Mono invited participants to play, intervene, deconstruct and recontextualise. By exploring the materials of the Mono teapots and their iconic look, the designers developed new perspectives on the classic. The result of the project is ten creative individual pieces - ten art and design objects that take up the materiality and typology of the Mono teapot and stand for themselves through their originality and strong aesthetics.

Photo: Nadia Morozewicz

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The third german design debate

70 years of the German Design Council!

2023 is the anniversary year

»70 Years of the German Design Council – 70 Years of Design Culture«

The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the German Design Council took place on June 22. 2023 in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt. It was celebrated traditionally celebrated with the international event Third German Design Debate "Creating Community", which was also open to the public.

The event is designed to promote collaborations and interdisciplinary interdisciplinary networking, which are playing an increasingly important role in design increasingly important role for design processes. Speakers from design, business, science, politics and culture were again expected, science, politics and culture. This time the speakers were

Francesca Bria
Kate Crawford
Sunny Dolat
Hartmut Esslinger
John Maeda

Recordings of the Third German Design Debate - Creating Community is available on our website and on our Youtube channel.

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Walk The Talk

New dates

We have new dates for you with exciting topics - take a look, remember and register now!

Our popular format Walk The Talk is an exclusive online event for our foundation members. In this format, we facilitate a short and content-rich exchange on the topics of brand, digitalisation, design and innovation. Guests from well-known names in industry and business give a keynote speech and then answer the participants' questions.

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ndion podcast Episode 31

Episode 31 - Are children the better designers?

The new ndion Podcast

The - Podcast #31 – "Are children the better designers?" is now online.
In conversation with Florian Baumgartner, innovation and design thinking expert, co-founder of Creative Kids.

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*This article is only available in German.

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