Designxport becomes Design Center Hamburg

With a new name, a sophisticated program, a revised corporate identity and expanded communication channels, Design Zentrum Hamburg now emphasizes the city’s commitment to the industry as a relevant location factor.

With network meetings, workshops, conferences and funding programs, Design Zentrum Hamburg will offer support to the design industry and designers in the Hanseatic city and create opportunities for exchange with each other and with business and society. As a municipal initiative and part of the Hamburg Creative Society, the economic, innovative and sustainable potential of design is communicated even more intensively to partners in science, business and civil society and made visible.

Dr Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media: “The relevance of the design for Hamburg is important – especially for the city’s ability to innovate and as a creative engine at the interface to other sectors. Designers build drawings for the world of the future. I am pleased that with the new name ‘Design Zentrum Hamburg’ and under the leadership of Frances Uckermann, a new resonant space is created for current issues and concrete products under the umbrella of Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschafts. This place will make the relevance of design even more visible, both locally, nationally and internationally. I am convinced that ‘Design Zentrum Hamburg’ will be a wonderful culmination of the design scene and the location of the creative industry in Hamburg. “

Egbert Rühl, CEO of the Hamburg Creative Society: “Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft sees itself as a service provider for professional creative people in the Hanseatic city, with our operational offer we support the industry and its actors extensively. The fact that we are once again focusing on this sector with Design Zentrum Hamburg is not least due to its extraordinary significance for the Hanseatic city. We look forward to a close exchange with the entire design ecosystem, because that is the only way we can develop successful, tailor-made offers. I look forward to.”

In the 700 square meter exhibition and event room in the center of HafenCity, the restart of the recording of the new program according to the pandemic-related restrictions can be experienced from the spring of 2022.

Frances Uckermann, Head of Design Center Hamburg: “With the renaming we open a new chapter. As Design Zentrum Hamburg, we want to significantly improve the industry’s visibility, networking and promotion. Design is the key skill to meet the great challenges of our time – Hamburg has the potential to become one of the centers of this new, innovative and sustainable design culture. With this in mind, I look forward to many exciting events, an interested audience and a positive response to the many activities and ideas in the design industry in Hamburg. ”

Design in Hamburg

Hamburg is an important national place of business for industry. Over 13,000 designers live and work here. With around 4,500 companies in the Hanseatic city, the design industry is at the forefront of the creative industries measured by the number of companies. The large number of reputable design offices and international agency networks exert a great attraction on designers. With their competencies and expertise in the various design disciplines, they also have an impact on other sectors of the economy. State universities and private academies attract young people, including international ones, thus creating important laboratories for current design research.

Preview of the program 2022

With conferences, speech formats, exhibitions and targeted funding programs, the Design Center is well positioned to meet the diverse needs of the industry. The focus will be on topics such as innovation and sustainability, training and further education or the search for the best talent.

A view:

HHai – Meetup. Artificial intelligence and creative work
Artificial intelligence and design – Meet designers and their clients about the creative potential of artificial intelligence. A hybrid event with lectures, discussions and workshops in collaboration with the Department of Design at HAW-Hamburg / Prof. Peter Kabel and the research project
21.-22. March 2022

portfolio sludge
What makes a good portfolio? At the regular portfolio slam, design students and career starters present their portfolio on stage in front of an audience. You will receive constructive live feedback from a specialist jury and find out what experts are looking for when viewing a portfolio.
Portfolio Slam # 4 Game Art (In collaboration with PAGE)
March 29, 2022 at 18.30

Hamburg Design Talk
An evening, a topic, two perspectives: Once a month, the Design Zentrum Hamburg invites two speakers from the design industry to give lectures and project presentations on their work and design-related topics – from fashion design to style.
Speculative design with Prof. Dr. Anke Haarmann / HAW and Karel Golta / Indeed
April 6, 2022 at 19.00

Circular design Deep Dive
Local and international experts use best practice and visionary projects to show how the economy can be made circular. An event in collaboration with Fab City Hamburg eV, funded by the EU as part of the Interfacer project. Lectures, panel discussions, workshops, networks
22.-24. June 2022

Fabrics of the future – innovative textile design
In the exhibition, in lectures and in workshops, the broad spectrum of textile design and the diverse potential in the field of tension between digitalisation, sustainability and production will be presented. From fiber to yarn, from yarn to fabric, from textile to code.
July 1 – 10, 2022

Financing Programs 2022

20 out of 21
What moves Hamburg’s next generation of designers, what questions are the city’s design universities dealing with? Every year we exhibit the twenty best design dissertations. We present young perspectives and offer young designers a stage. The exhibition is accompanied by a support program, where we invite you to exchange ideas with agencies and companies about talent recruitment and the labor market of the future.
April / May 2022

Silver lining award 2022
For the third year in a row, we honor Hamburg designers from all disciplines who develop solutions to the great questions of our time – from sustainability to digitalisation to the climate crisis. The winning ideas, concepts, prototypes and projects receive financial support and are presented to the public in an exhibition. The Silver Stripe Award is accompanied by a supportive program of lectures, discussions and workshops.
September 2022

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Media inquiries

The Danish Agency for Culture and Media
Enno Isermann – Spokesman
Phone: 040/428 24-207
Twitter: @hh_bkm

Isabel Neuendorf
Design Center Hamburg
To the press area.

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