Be there

Our members of the foundation German Design Council can take part in exclusive events. These include the Design + Innovation expert group, at which the host company offers valuable insights into its work. Brand managers get together for a frank discussion of real-world case studies on the Brand Management expert group.

There are the following working groups:

GDC - Walk the Talk

The new online talk deals with topics around brand, digitalisation, design and innovation. After a keynote speech, our guests will answer the questions of the participants connected via video chat.

The event is open to decision-makers from the management and CEO level.


27 April 2023 / 11.00 - 12.00 p.m. "Operational brand management", with Robert BOSCH GmbH

6 July 2023 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. “Virtual learning and Experiencing complex products”, with UP Designstudio

3 August 2023  2.00 - 3.00 p.m. „The Power of Design”, with Adam Matheis GmbH & Co. KG and Christian Zanzotti

7 September 2023 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. “Corporate Identity”, with Anja Komorr-Kroeker, Head of Corporate Identity, Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA

25 January 2024 / 3.00 - 4.00 p.m. “Brand Identity through Design“, with Patrick Speck, Leader LIXIL Global Design, EMENA

1 February 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "From the idea to the (finished product for the) customer“, with Jan Delfs, Head of Global Design, Vorwerk SE & Co. KG

14 March 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "Autumn/Winter 25/26 Colour and Materials – Trends and Inspiration", with Lauren Chiu, Head of Colour and Material Trends, Stylus Register now!

21 March 2024 / 2.00 - 3.00 p.m. "Circular economy as a driver of transformation", Martin Böhringer, Marketing Director, Object Carpet GmbH Register now!

Expert Group Design for Circular Economy

The expert group Design for Circular Economy gives member companies the opportunity to exchange ideas on the transformative power of design: The role of circular design as a fundamental building block for economic efficiency and competitive advantage and the environmental issues that can be solved with it are the focus of our expert circle.

Participants will gain deeper insights from industry best practices. In this way, the series of events offers space for knowledge exchange and a platform for discussing current issues around the topic of "Circular Economy".

>> 19 January 2024 / 10.30 – 15.30 p.m., Leverkusen

Register now!

Brand Management expert group

The Brand Management expert group is open to those responsible for design, corporate design and brands at manufacturing companies that are members of the German Design Council. This is where those responsible for brands discuss practical examples at eye level or introduce best-practice examples. Participants become acquainted with the company hosting the event, while receiving valuable insight into the respective design and brand strategy.

The meetings are hosted by different foundation members each time and occur once or twice a year.


>> New dates to come

Design + Innovation expert group

The Design + Innovation expert group is an informal communication forum for all member companies of the German Design Council. The focus is on cross-industry networking and exchange. Participants gain interesting insights into the host company and discuss current challenges in the field of design and innovation. Company tours and impulse lectures round off the proven event format.

The half-day meetings take place twice a year with various foundation members.


>> New dates to come

Branding + Design Right expert group

This expert group discusses current changes in case law and their effects on day-to-day work. In addition, the event format offers the opportunity to bring in one's own questions and discuss them not only with a specialist expert but also with colleagues from the circle of founders.


>> New dates to come

All current dates

07.09.2023 WALK THE TALK | 02.00-03.00 pm With Drägerwerk AG & Co. KGaA
12.10.2023 Design-Gala Soho House, in Berlin
08.11.2023 Annual Founders' Meeting studiokurbos, Stuttgart
07.12.2023 WALK THE TALK | 02.00-03.00 pm With Object Carpet GmbH "Transformation"
13.12.2023 Foundation Members Dinner Ritzis Restaurant, Stuttgart
19.01.2024 Expert Group | 10.30 AM - 3.30 PM Design for Circular Economy, Leverkusen
25.01.2024 Walk The Talk | 3.00-4.00 pm “Brand Identity through Design“ with LIXIL Global Design
26.01.2024 Awards Show Award ceremony and announcement of newcomer finalist, Gold Winner exhibition
26.01.2024 Members' lounge At the German Design Award Show, Kap Europa
01.02.2024 WALK THE TALK | 2.00-3.00 PM "From the idea to the (finished product for the) customer" with Vorwerk SE & Co. KG
16.04.2024 IAIP Awards ceremony Awards ceremony in Milan

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