As always, we’ve got lots of news to share with you in our February bulletin.
The call for entries for the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award Focus Open 2022 has been announced and we’re looking forward to receiving lots of submissions with innovative design solutions from all over the world again.
Plus, we’re presenting a fascinating talk on the topic of design criteria in flux on our YouTube channel (Designkriterien im Wandel – German only). We’re also telling another Success Story – this time about Tübingen-based company Rökona, a prime example of just how sustainable the textile industry can be in 2022. And as a special highlight, you can visit our Success Factor Design exhibition in Karlsruhe, which is now open. Last but not least, we’ve got a special tip for you:, the new innovation reader (German only).

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Our jury loves innovations, courage and fresh ideas

Once again, companies and professional designers from all over the world are invited to enter their newest and most innovative design solutions for the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award, Focus Open 2022. Even startups and newcomers have the same chances of taking part in the award as established design agencies and companies.
The competition aims to promote and assist the annual prize winners with the marketing of their innovations and shine a light on tendencies and innovative solutions in design.
Win Gold, Silver, a Special Mention – or Meta – plus feedback from an independent jury and a publicity boost in the form of our yearbook, exhibition and online presentation.

Click here for the current call for entries, registration and all further details.


Three-part series of talks on art & design

The series of joint events between the Landesmuseum Württemberg, the state’s arts and crafts association BdK (Bund der Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg) and the Design Center Baden-Württemberg began on 2 February 2022.
It kicked off with a talk entitled 30 Years of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award – Design Criteria in Flux between Stefan Lippert, managing director of UP Design Studio, and Christiane Nicolaus, director of the Design Center Baden-Württemberg.

The event on 2 February sold out quickly and was a complete success.
The Design Center Baden-Württemberg would like to thank all the guests who attended in person and everybody who watched the stream. We’d also like to say a special thank you to Stefan Lippert of UP Design Studio for his informative lecture and the fascinating talk.

In case you weren’t able to join us, the entire live-streamed video is now available on demand on our YouTube channel (German only).

More information, in particular about the coming events in this series of talks, is available on our website.


We always work on several topics at once

Rökona produces technical textiles in Tübingen and invests heavily in products with a sustainable impact – including warp knits made entirely of polyester rather than of several different materials. A conversation about recycling, innovation, and the right moment for innovation.

Find out more on our website.


Karlsruhe Administrative Region and Design Center Baden-Württemberg are showcasing award-winning design solutions with a high degree of innovation

A premiere at Karlsruhe Administrative Region’s exhibition venue: with the Success Factor Design exhibition, the Design Center Baden-Württemberg is presenting innovative and successful design to the public at Rondellplatz in Karlsruhe for the first time. Last year, the stricter pandemic-related restrictions in place at the time meant it was only possible to “visit” the exhibition online in the form of a virtual 360-degree tour.

Sylvia M. Felder, president of Karlsruhe Administrative Region: “We’re proud to be able to present Success Factor Design to the public – a new format that gives people with an interest in design the opportunity to gain a deep insight into the world of product design.”

The exhibition runs from 11 February to 13 March 2022
Open daily from Monday to Sunday, 11.00 – 18.00
Admission is free.

Find out more here.


A new tech newsletter

Media that provide design-specific information have become a rarity. That gap is now being filled by – which has set itself the goal of expediting the transfer of knowledge from research to practice. (German only) calls itself an “innovation reader” and is in search of new developments and ideas with relevance for design. In other words: new technologies, materials, processes, methods, research projects and mindsets. launched in January, initially as a free newsletter published at the end of the month. In the medium term, the newsletter will transition into a more extensive reader. is a project by the two design and technology journalists Martin Krautter and Armin Scharf.

To subscribe to the newsletter and find out more about the concept, click here.