Events for foundation members

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:

Current dates at a glance.

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.

24 February 2022

Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions, Kulmbach, Germany
Behind Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions (GDTS) is the family-run Glen Dimplex Group from Dublin in Ireland, founded by Martin Naughton in 1973 and now a global market leader for electric heating solutions and domestic appliances.

10 February 2022

John Bache, Managing Partner VIM Group

John Bache is a brand expert with over three decades of international experience in brand management and brand transformation and will give an answer to the question "Why most rebrandings fail and how to do it better!". He explains why rebrandings often fail to deliver what they promise and what steps are needed to make your rebranding a resounding success.

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.

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 date in 2022

markilux GmbH + Co. KG, Emsdetten

Almost 50 years ago markilux began experimenting with materials, colours and shapes to give the awning product an attractive design. markilux does not chase after short-lived trends. Rather, it is more a matter of constantly refining the design, experimenting with new materials and substances. markilux will continue to use this philosophy to move away from the mainstream and develop awning models whose design will still appeal tomorrow.

Schedule and new date to be announced.

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.

Manufacture + Craft expert group

Dates to come

Design + Art expert group

Many brand-conscious companies regard their commitment to art and culture as an important part of their corporate culture. The reasons for motivation and implementation examples are as impressive as they are exciting - they should be deepened in the working group. The target group of the Design + Art Working Group are art-loving managing directors, owners, design and brand managers.

Dates to come

Design Forum DX — DAX

DX — DAX is a design forum of the German Design Council, it was founded in September 2017 and is concerned with all aspects of the digital transformation.


Dates to come


Impressions of past events:

Previous hosts of the events: