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DMY International Design Festival Berlin: Making Good Design Accessible to Everyone

Nominated by Uleshka Asher

DMY is an independent international design network for contemporary product design. Based in Berlin, and operated as an NGO, they host the yearly DMY International Design Festival Berlin (IDFB) where both renowned and young experimental designers launch new products, prototypes and foresighted projects. It is Germany's biggest product design festival. The exhibition is accompanied by a wide program of symposia, designer-talks and workshops, that reflect on current topics of contemporary design and reveal future trends. This year DMY has also incorporated a Makers Lab at the design festival, one of the first 'Maker Fairs' in Europe, which will grant more attention and power to independent, upcoming, creative thinkers. The next DMY IDFB takes place onJune 9th-13th in Europe's largest connected building - the inoperative airport Tempelhof, which closed in 2008 and is now in the process of being re-used and re-designed for the area as a cultural and recreational space.

What I consider special about DMY is their non-commercial, experimental and independent approach. True to the spirit of Berlin, they make amazing things happen for basically no money. For example, their symposium offers an amazing selection of inspiring speakers of international fame for a tiny entry fee - under 10 euros! (Compare that to any symposium, even within Berlin.) That makes good design accessible to everyone. Also they strongly work with universities worldwide and promote young students, concepts and ideas.

I find it important to give some credit to this small group of people (15 employees only) who really fight hard to make a big international design festival happen. Big name jury members such as Jerszy Seymour, Hella Jongerius, Werner Aisslinger or Jurgen Bey, to name a few, support DMY voluntarily to give back to the design community.


Uleshka Asher is a writer always on the lookout for inspiring people who have something to say. She is also a regular Worldchanging Correspondent.


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