Design Talks Design expertise in Hesse

Design Research in Conversation

The German state of Hesse has a long tradition of design, with a wealth of companies, institutions and personalities who have made – and continue to make – international design history. Design is an economic factor here, the importance of which is reflected in the activities and success of the creative industries in Hesse. The German Design Council, based in Frankfurt, is once again exploring current issues in the design sector, where design intersects with production and sales, in a series of events to promote design in Hesse.

This year, the event series is being organised and moderated for the first time by the newly established Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA) at the German Design Council. Drawing on concrete case studies from the fields of medicine, mobility and digitisation, the event series offers insights into the world of design research. Design research should not be regarded as a self-contained discipline, rather, it can also help to illustrate the value added in terms of the commercial success that companies can generate from design research.

The Institute's director Stephan Ott will lead through the various event dates. To the last event


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Design Talk – hands on! Sustainability in practice

14. Dezember 2021

The topic of sustainability is more present than ever and is as complex as it is multi-layered. Under the title "Hands on! Sustainability in Practice", the Design Talk Conference 2021 dealt with how the diverse challenges surrounding sustainability and climate change can be successfully mastered.

Which regulatory issues need to be considered at EU level, which locally? Do companies already take sustainable design and sustainable working conditions sufficiently into account in product development? What is the current legal situation in Hesse? The different perspectives of business, designers and science are taken into account.

In practice-oriented presentations, the speakers offered insights into practical approaches to solutions around the topics of supply chains, circular economy strategies or sustainable design in product development.

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