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 industry as a relevant location factor

With networking 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 between each other and with business and society. As a municipal initiative and part of the Hamburg Creative Society, design’s economic, innovative and sustainable potential is conveyed 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 design for Hamburg is significant – especially for the city’s ability to innovate and as a creative engine at the interface with other sectors. Designers build blueprints for the world of the future. I am happy that with the new name ‘Design Zentrum Hamburg’ and under the leadership of Frances Uckermann, a new resonant space for current issues and concrete products is being created under the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft’s umbrella. This place will make the relevance of design even more visible, both locally, nationally and internationally. I am convinced that the ‘Design Zentrum Hamburg’ will be a wonderful culmination point for 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 comprehensively. The fact that we are once again focusing on this sector with the Design Zentrum Hamburg is not least due to its extraordinary importance for the Hanseatic city. We look forward to a close exchange with the entire design ecosystem, as this is the only way we can develop successful, tailored offerings. I look forward to.”

In the 700 square meter exhibition and event space centrally located in HafenCity, the restart with the recording of the new program after the pandemic-related restrictions can be experienced from spring 2022.

Frances Uckermann, head of the Design Center Hamburg: “With the renaming, we are opening a new chapter. As Design Zentrum Hamburg, we want to significantly improve the industry’s visibility, network and promotion. Design is the key competence to meet the great challenges of our time – Hamburg has the potential to become one of the centers for 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 business location 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 when measured by the number of companies. The large number of recognized design offices and international agency networks exerts a great attraction on designers. With their skills and expertise in the various design disciplines, they also influence other sectors of the economy. State universities and private academies attract young people, including international ones, and thus create important laboratories for current design research.

Preview of the 2022 programme

With conferences, speaking formats, exhibitions and targeted funding programmes, the Design Zentrum 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 – Meeting for 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 slam
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)
29 March 2022 at 18.30

Hamburg Design Talk
One evening, one topic, two perspectives: Once a month, Design Zentrum Hamburg invites two speakers from the design industry to give lectures and project presentations about their work and design-related topics – from fashion design to typography.
Speculative design with Prof. Dr. Anke Haarmann/HAW and Karel Golta/Indeed
6 April 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, networking
22.-24. June 2022

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

Funding programs 2022

20 out of 21
What moves Hamburg’s next generation of designers, what questions do the city’s design universities deal with? Every year we exhibit the twenty best design theses. 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 future labor market.
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 big questions of our time – from sustainability to digitization to the climate crisis. The outstanding ideas, concepts, prototypes and projects receive financial support and are presented to the public in an exhibition. The award is accompanied by a supporting program of lectures, discussions and workshops.
September 2022

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Media inquiries

The Danish Culture and Media Agency
Enno Isermann – spokesman
Telephone: 040/428 24-207
Twitter: @hh_bkm

Isabel Neuendorf
Design Center Hamburg
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