Design as a societal issue: the Hessian State Award for Universal Design.

A competition that highlights the societal significance of universal design. The Hessian State Award for Universal Design is aimed at companies, agencies, architects, designers and institutions that make a special contribution to universal design. It is awarded every two years by the Hessian Ministry of Finance, the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and the Hessian State Chancellery, Hessian Minister for Digital Strategy and Development. Boris Rhein, Minister-President of Hesse, is patron of Hessian State Award. The German Design Council is responsible for organising and running the competition. As part of the competition, the ministries also present a young talent award aimed at students and graduates of design-related courses at universities.

Website of the Hessian State Award for Universal Design

Conference - Tuesday, 4 Oktober 2023, Berlin

Conference Design Abilities - Design for an Inclusive Society.

The Hessian State Prize for Universal Design invites you to the Design Abilities conference at the Hessian State Representation in Berlin.

When: Tuesday, 04 October 2023 at 2.00 p.m.
Where: At the State Representation, In den Ministergärten 5, 10117 Berlin.

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Design Abilities – Design for an Inclusive Society

14.00 p.m.: Start

14.30 p.m.: Panel 1 - Change action by design
• Hélène Fontaine, Designer, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle (Saale)
• Helena Kiefer, Designer, University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt
• Prof. Dr. Tom Bieling, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach

The participants of the Hessian State Prize Universal Design 2022 have shown with their thoughtful products how everyday life can be made easier. Conventional and never questioned processes in daily life can be made easier through thoughtful design. Ideally, design contributes to an improvement in the quality of life for all. The participants can provide specific information on this and broaden the view from the micro level of product design to the macro level of social design. The discussion raises awareness of the possibilities of socially responsible design processes.

3.30 to 4.00 p.m. - Break

16.00 p.m.: Panel 2 - Simple design for complex problems
• Anne Bansen, Designer, Berlin
• Kimia Amir-Moazami, Designerin, Design Academy Eindhoven
• Prof. Dr. Philipp Oswalt, University Kassel

The current transformation tasks of our society can also be supported at the level of social systems with the help of socially responsible design. Be it in housing or urban development, in communication between doctors and patients or in intercultural exchange - everywhere design can help to break down physical or immaterial barriers.

17.30 p.m.: Umtrunk im Garten der Landesvertretung



Impressions of the 2022 jury session