First things first: you still have until 16 April to enter your innovations for our FOCUS OPEN 2021 international design award. For this month’s newsletter, we interviewed one of the latest Focus Open prize winners, but see for yourself! Young designers still have time to sign up for the Mia Seeger Prize 2021. And in our latest Design Story, we talk to Kathrin Schüle of büro s Visuelle Gestaltung about sustainable communication design.

Enjoy the read!
The Design Center team

Baden-Württemberg International Design Award

Shine a spotlight on your design expertise!

Win good arguments for your communications and perfect publicity!

The registration deadline is 16 April 2021.

Never before has professional design been so important and so much a matter of course as it is today. The Baden-Württemberg state award Focus Open provides an annual and transparent roundup of what’s state of the art when it comes to design, innovation and sustainability. In 2021, Focus Open will once again be rewarding new products, services and concepts for their innovativeness and design quality.

With Focus Open, startups, newcomers and founders have the same chances of winning an award for their exciting projects as established design agencies and companies do!

Win Gold, Silver, Special Mention or even Meta, plus feedback from an independent jury and a publicity boost in the form of our yearbook, exhibition and online presentation.

Details of this year’s competition are available here.
Registration deadline extended until 16 April 2020

Mia Seeger Prize 2021

Attention young creatives!

As part of its mission to promote young designers and with the support of the Hans Schwörer Foundation and the German Design Council, the Mia Seeger Foundation is calling for entries for the Mia Seeger Prize 2021 with prize money of €10,000.

The key conditions of entry are as follows:
Under the motto “benefiting more than the individual”, the prize will be awarded to product designs (finals projects, coursework or other works) dating from 2019 to 2021.
The competition is open to students and graduates of design-related courses at German colleges and universities.
In keeping with the motto, the social benefit of the design is a key factor in its assessment. However, the criteria also include usability, aesthetics, newness and environmental compatibility.
The call for entries closes on 23 April 2021 – the deadline for their receipt by the Design Center Baden-Württemberg.
Due to the corona crisis, the judging will take place without models so please only submit digital documentation.

A question of networking

Design quality isn’t a question of size – as Kathrin Schüle demonstrates with her office for visual design. At the same time, she can turn to a tried and trusted network of specialists – and when it comes to digital concepts, her husband, a freelance software and IT specialist, is on board too. That makes for compelling implementations.

An interview about design, sustainability, the feel of visual communications and operating as a one-person company.
Read more here.