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.
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 >
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Design Auction is a new auction for design objects in the Netherlands and is part of The Venduehuis, a 200 year-old Auction House in The Hague.
RECIPROCITY design liège is the new name of the International Design Biennial in Liège, which will take place for the sixth time from 5 – 28 Read more >
- Design has value of its own and it is a functional tool for growth and creation of jobs, which is heavily on the agenda in the Europe 2020 strategy. Design innovation will be strongly included in the Industrial Policy Communication, that the European Commission is going to adopt early October, said Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Read more >
- 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 >
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 >
European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship from February 2010.
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 >
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 >
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.
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Welcome to Helsinki, the World Design Capital 2012! European Design Innovation Initiative Summit is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.
Here are some suggestions what to do while in Helsinki before, during and after the EDII Summit 17-18 September, 2012. Enjoy Helsinki and what it has to offer!
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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
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 >