European Design Innovation Blog

Welcome to the official blog of the European Design Innovation Initiative (EDII), hosted by the EDII Secretariat. On this site you can find interesting background information and latest news regarding the EDII, the European Design Leadership Board and the Design Innovation Summit.

“I think my message to the general public would be to not stand for anything that’s less than perfect”


Deborah Dawton, a member of the European Design Leadership board, is the chief executive of a trade association in the UK that represents the design industry. She’s also the president of BEDA, which is the Bureau of European Design Associations.

“My involvement in the Design Leadership board is because of my role in BEDA. If the Read more >

Enjoy the design and art exhibitions around the Europe!


At the End of the Rainbow

Until 3 March 2013
Helsinki School Group Exhibition at the Felleshus of the Nordic Embassies in Berlin

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, the Finnish Embassy in Berlin and Gallery TAIK are proud to present a group exhibition of five of the most promising artists from the very Read more >

SEE – Sharing Experience Across Europe


One of the aims of the Design Leadership Board was to find ways to raise awareness of design across Europe in business, policy and the field of wellbeing. The SEE Platform (Sharing Experience Europe) is a network of 11 European partners, which engages national and regional governments to integrate design into innovation policies. It is Read more >

Meeting the Design Leadership Board Suggestions


In September the members of the European Design Leadership Board handed their report to the Vice President of European Commission Antonio Tajani during the design Innovation Summit in Helsinki. The report contained 21 recommendations about how to raise the profile of design in European business, industry, public sector and wellbeing. In the end of November the Read more >

Design plays a role in the Industrial Policy Communication of the European Commission


The European Commission has issued an Industrial Policy Communication aimed at boosting the competitiveness and output of Europe’s manufacturing sector. The focus of the communication is in actions needed to enable growth and economic recovery for Europe. Design innovation is one key driver of the Industrial Policy Communication and part of the third industrial revolution.

Europe’s Read more >

What skills for the designer tomorrow?


The EDII Secretariat invited the leaders of Cumulus association to reflect on the report of the European Design Leadership Board. The authors of the following article are Prof. Christian Guellerin, president of Cumulus and Ms. Eija Salmi, secretary general of the association. Cumulus the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media was Read more >

“Design can make a difference in growth and prosperity”


- The biggest achievement for the European Design Leadership Board will be that the perception of design will change. Design is no longer luxury, not only high valued cost thing. So today and tomorrow design is involved in everybody’s life, says Gerin Trautenberger, member of the European Design Leadership Board.

Gerin Trautenberger has worked since 1992 Read more >

“Leadership Board triggers a positive snowball effect”


- Design should be applied in many more sectors and different situations, and at the same time we need to remember what it is that makes design unique – the ability to visualize, to make abstracts concrete, to influence people’s behavior, says Christian Bason, member of the European Design Leadership Board.

Christian Bason is the Director Read more >