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.

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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Newcomer 2024

German Design Awards

Newcomer of the Year 2024: Nicolas König

At the festive award show on 26 January 2024, the German Design Award not only celebrated the winners of groundbreaking and innovative design achievements, but also announced the "Newcomer of the Year" 2024 Nicolas König.

The German Design Council Foundation has been promoting German design talent with the "German Design Award Newcomer" in a separate category since 2012. This year, Deutsche Telekom AG is once again sponsoring the prize money totalling 25,000 euros.


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Episode 34 - Beyond Aesthetics: What is the Role of Design?

The new ndion Podcast

The podcast #34 - "Beyond Aesthetics: What is the Role of Design?" is out!

In conversation with John Maeda, visionary thinker, designer and educator. Forbes named him one of the most influential people of the 21st century, and Wired magazine wrote that Maeda is to design what Warren Buffett is to finance ...

Listen in now!


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Eurobike Award 2024

Call for entries

EUROBIKE is recognized nationally and internationally as the most important bicycle and mobility trade fair.

The EUROBIKE AWARD honors the most relevant and innovative products and concepts in the industry. At the 32nd edition of the trade fair from 3 to 7 July 2024 in Frankfurt am Main, the winners will be highlighted on site and in the media and will be chosen at an awards ceremony.

The registration portal for the EUROBIKE AWARD 2024 is now open.


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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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ndion - the content platform of the German Design Council - provides a wide range of content from the field of design, brand and innovation. A wide range of articles, interviews, podcasts and videos provide information on all topics of relevance to design and brand management.


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

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