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.

German Design Award 2025

German Design Awards 2025

Submission start

It's that time again - the big German Design Awards are entering the next round and opening its registration and submission portal. Every year, the internationally recognised Design Awards honour top-class submissions from the fields of product and communication design as well as architecture.


Focus on circular design
Starting this year, companies and designers can submit their projects in an additional category called "Circular Design". This category recognises particularly innovative solutions that implement the current objectives of the circular economy and provide inspiring impulses.


New category – AI
To visualise pioneering developments in architecture through the influence of artificial intelligence and digital design methods, designers and developers can submit projects, service designs and virtual architectures in the "AI in Architecture and Metaverse Space Design" category from this year onwards.

 

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Collaborations in Design

CUMULUS ASSOCIATION

We are delighted to be part of the global community of the Cumulus Association. The organisation sees itself as a dynamic ecosystem that promotes knowledge exchange and collaboration in art and design, as well as research and practice. Our membership was approved by the Board at the "Preferences in Design" conference in Budapest a few days ago, alongside other international universities and design institutions. We are contributing our international network of newcomers and are looking forward to future collaborations.

 

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Tassilo von Grolmann

2.000 books for the Design Library!

Tassilo von Grolman

A generous donation from product designer Tassilo von Grolman has given our design library a new addition! The donation contains around 2.000 books - including rare editions and a large collection of design publications from Japan, which von Grolman acquired at auction during his many travels.
For us, this is a gift of incredible value that is in the best of hands here. The books are currently being catalogued by our librarian and will soon be accessible to the public.


The foundation's own library offers a comprehensive and valuable knowledge platform on all aspects of design and its neighbouring fields. Thanks to continuous updating, in-depth cataloguing and rarities from the collection, e.g. from the 1950s and 1960s, it has become a valuable and appreciated place for experts and design enthusiasts.


> Tassilo von Grolman and Lutz Dietzold (CEO German Design Council) in the design library

 

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ndion.de podcast in conversation with Jette Hopp

Episode 37 - How does architecture tackle modern challenges?

The new ndion Podcast

The ndion.de podcast #37 - "How does architecture tackle modern challenges?" is out!

In conversation with Jette Hopp, director of Acquisition & Business Development Europe at Snøhetta.

Norway’s Snøhetta has designed countless architectural masterpieces around the world, and Jette Hopp, Director of Acquisition & Business Development Europe, tells us about specific projects, achievements and future challenges. In conversation with host Martin Pauli, Hopp explores the evolving role of the architect as integrator, emphasizing the need to address the complexities of construction, materials, and sustainability. Hopp is optimistic about the future, but also aware of the huge responsibility architects have to meet climate targets.

Listen in now!

 

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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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Issue 2024 - connect. collaborate. continue.

The Major German Brands - Available now!

This year's edition is now available and was presented in a festive setting at the Design Gala at Soho House in Berlin.


In this year's edition "The Major German brands - connect. collaborate. continue." we draw attention to the increasing relevance of knowledge-networked and collaborative approaches in transformation. In this way, industries often open up into new spaces and open up far-reaching opportunities for brands today. The focus of the eleventh volume is on brands that position themselves for the future in a solution-oriented way and dare to approach transformations with an open mind.

 

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Frankfurt is World Design Capital '26!

And The German Design Council is Partner

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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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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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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On ndion.de - the content platform of the German Design Council - you will find weekly news and articles from the exciting fields of design, brand and innovation. Discover a wide range of articles, podcasts and interviews, portraits of personalities, newcomers and companies as well as international trends:

Press

In our press area you will find all current press releases from all our fields of activity.

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