Knowledge and Education

Knowledge exchange plays a central role for us as the German Design Council. First-hand knowledge: our events give you an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences, and our publications provide high-quality content.

The foundation’s library offers a valuable, wide-ranging knowledge platform for all aspects of design and related areas. Established in the 1960s, the holding library is a member of the Association of Frankfurt Museum Libraries and makes extensive design knowledge available to the general public.

The Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA) at the German Design Council acts as an interface, intermediary and advisor for the different exponents from theory and application-oriented practice. As a representative of design research, the institute sees one of its tasks as bolstering non-academic research through design, which still has little recognition in classic acadamia.

The German Design Museum Foundation promotes design as a key component of education and culture, science and industry. Our aim is to raise interdisciplinary design awareness among a wide audience, to stimulate and further develop creativity, to impart knowledge and breathe life into it. Promoting, teaching, collecting, discussing: The work performed by our foundation pursues these goals nationwide by organising workshops, symposia and exhibitions.

We also provide up-to-date knowledge on the topics of design, brand and innovation on our content platform ndion. There you will discover portraits of personalities, newcomers and companies, international design and brand news, cross-industry innovations and trends. Through a variety of articles, interviews, podcasts and videos, you will stay informed about all topics that are relevant in the context of design and brand management. You can regularly find new job advertisements from the design and branding industry in the ndion job exchange. The weekly newsletter keeps subscribers up to date on the latest news, jobs and events. 

We bring you together with the right people for a better exchange of knowledge and experience!