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.

The role of design and designers in creating growth and prosperity


Over 170 experts, policy makers, researchers and educators gathered at Helsinki City Hall for a day and half to discuss the future of design innovation.

The second day of the European Design Innovation Summit kicked off with a set of brief presentations outlining six views on the recommendations of the European Design Leadership Board. The presentations Read more >

Design has strong potential for growth in Europe


- Innovations are the base of Europe’s competitiveness and the heart of our industrial policy. Europe can only compete with quality, so we need to concentrate on high quality in our products and services. Both private sector and public sector need design innovation. SME’s in Europe will benefit of design as an instrument for growth,  Read more >

Design as a driver of European growth: the Design Leadership Board’s 21 recommendations to the European Commission


The role of European design should be enhanced on the global stage, and top expertise in design should be supported. Cooperation between strong design competencies, companies and the public sector should be developed to produce better services. Design should be embedded in innovation programmes and business incubators across Europe. Harnessing design as a tool for Read more >

Meet the speakers of the European Design Innovation Summit


Antonio Tajani

European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship from February 2010.

Recent positions

European Commission’s Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Transport from May 2008 to February 2010
Vice-Chair of the European People’s Party, elected at the EPP Congress in Estoril in 2002, re-elected at the EPP Congress in Rome in 2006 and Read more >

Enjoy over 300 events of the World Design Capital 2012!


During the WDC year the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Lahti and Kauniainen offer over 300 events that promote design.

Aalto University is an active participant in the World Design Capital 2012 with its Living+ program.

“The main theme of our programme is the design of living environments. We have gathered together more than 30 different projects, Read more >

Welcome words from the Leadership Board member


Design can make a difference in the society.

I warmly welcome you to the European Design Innovation Summit in Helsinki 17-18 September. The Summit will take place in the heart of the World Design Capital 2012, which is a notable sign of the importance of design’s role in the European society and in the European decision-making.

Never Read more >

The Agenda of the European Design Innovation Summit


City of Helsinki will host the Summit at Helsinki City Hall.
Photo: Mika Lappalainen/City of Helsinki

The Summit speakers are introduced here

Monday September 17, 2012

16.30  Registration

17.30  Opening of the European Design Innovation Summit
Mr Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission

18.00  Welcome to World Design Capital Helsinki 2012
Mr Read more >