This magazine’s website offers an online search function for design colleges and academies as well as job offers and job-wanted ads.
A detailed online directory of German universities with information on their training focus; listed according to Bundesländer. It also offers a link list on the theme of design.
Trade fair for fashion, furnishings, jewellery and lighting design
The young German design scene never fails to come together in autumn for the Leipzig Designers Open. What was once a more-or-less local event has become a young, international meeting-place for creative designers, thanks to the fair’s close cooperation with the Grassi Museum of Applied Art (see below).
This festival is organised by DMY Berlin, once the young people of the predecessor festival Designmai, and takes place each year in spring. Young, celebrated creative designers present the newest developments in contemporary design, and Berlin designers network with the international design scene.
An international trade fair for tool and mould construction, design and product development, focusing on industrial design.
International fair for applied art and product design
An international crafts trade fair focusing on design at the IHM.
An international furniture trade and communications platform; from leading-edge desiger furnishings to classical living space ambiente.
A trade fair encompassing the spectrum of lifestyle and its trends, divided into the areas of Modern Living, Emotion, Joy, Passion, and Function.
Magazine of the German designers’ umbrella organisation with current information on design and economic news.
Trade magazine on furnishings, lighting and decorative objects, reports on trade fairs and contemporary design.
Magazine on architecture, design, interior architecture, decoration and garden design.
Apart from architecture and engineering, the db deutsche bauzeitung also writes on interior architecture and design.
Online edition of this trade magazine with information for design collectors.
Magazine on design and architecture, with data bank search on design institutions, universities and academies, professional associations, museums, German and international trade magazines. Edited by: Rat für Formgebung (German Design Council).
Information on the areas of product and interior design
Since 1957, form has reported on themes and trends in the international design scene; with special focus on current developments in industrial design, graphics design and multi-media.
Magazine with articles on the history and theory of design.
Magazine on illustration, comics, street art and cartoons
This magazine offers comprehensive reporting on national and international handicrafts and design trade fairs, exhibitions, artists and their works, actions by institutes and organisations, and announces competitions.
Presentation of exclusive designer models in all areas of interior decoration, special focus on furnishings and lighting.
The monthly international edition (German/English) presents outstanding works in the areas of graphics design, illustration, photo design, new media, corporate design, packaging, advertising, and typography. It also introduces novum – World of Graphic Design Newcomer and pinpoints current trends.
Magazine for media design
International magazine on architecture, living space and design.
Internationally oriented information platform on design. The IDZ sees itself as a service provider for everyone interested in design. Events, exhibitions, lectures, workshops.
Link list of the Berlin International Design Centre (Internationales Designzentrum Berlin – IDZ)
Link list of important associations in Germany by designlinks.de
The Deutsche Werkbund e. V. was founded in 1907 by architects, artists and politicians, and is an authority on aesthetics and technical norms in Germany. Links to nine regional Werkbund centres.
Link list of the Berlin International Design Centre (Internationales Designzentrum Berlin – IDZ)
An expertise centre for communication and knowledge transfer in the area of design, founded in1953. Exhibitions, conferences, competitions, consulting and information.
With its own department of design, this museum presents objects of formal and ceremonial usage from Europe as a whole from the Middle Ages to the present.
Applied arts from 1900 to the present on 1,600 m² of exhibition space, an important Art Nouveau collection.
History and influence of the Bauhaus (1913–1933). An important school of 20th century architecture, design and art. A comprehensive collection documenting the school’s history and all aspects of its work.
The history of and works by the Bauhaus artists are presented in Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus Academy. The Masters’ Houses are nearby. Part of UNESCO’s World Cultural heritage since 1996.
The Bauhaus Museum has one of the world’s largest Bauhaus collections, displays about 500 representative works, and provides insights into the art and development of art schools in Weimar from 1919–1925.
The firm’s museum offers insights into the history and process of BMW design, among other things.
The Braun GmbH’s collection in Kronberg, Taunus, conveys the history of this manufacturer of electric household appliances with respect to technology and design in a permanent exhibition. Alternating exhibitions illustrate individual aspects.
Internationally oriented museum specialising in the epoch of Art Nouveau, Art Déco and Functionalism (1889–1939).
Internationally oriented covering the period from 1900 to the present. With over 70,000 objects from the areas of industrial design, graphics design, photography and arts and crafts, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich is one of the world’s leading museums of 20th century applied art. Permanent and temporary exhibitions in the Pinakothek der Moderne (i.e. museum of modern art) in Munich, in the Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design (i.e new museum – state museum of art and design) – in Nuremberg as well as in Weiden.
The museum, opened in summer 2009, is devoted to the history of the former family-owned and -run Dornier enterprise and aeronautics. Models of the famous Dornier airplanes offer insights into the development stages of airplane construction and design.
Important collections in the areas of textiles, jewellery, advertising and design. Focus on the Middle Ages.
The collection encompasses objects of everyday life and design objects from the DDR/SBZ. The collection with its approx.160,000 objects, books and photos has belonged to the Haus der Geschichte Foundation since 2005. The collection is presently only open for research purposes.
The Kragstuhl Collection of the furniture company Tecta, located in Lower Saxony, documents the development of the “chair with no back legs” to its final form as the “free-swinging” chair.
MARTa Herford is a forum for young and contemporary creative work which seeks to investigate the close and complex relationships between art, design, architecture and industry. The collection, under development since 2001, makes reference to the museum’s special orientation.
The company museum offers insights into the history of Mercedes-Benz automobile development and design on the basis of personal, racing and record-breaker cars. Alternating exhibitions offer in-depth treatments of this history.
The museum of the household appliance manufacturer Miele presents the history of the company and its products within the context of overall developments in society.
European painting and sculpture from the Middle Ages to the present. The museum also offers comprehensive collections of arts and crafts, glass arts, design and art of the 20th century as well as a graphics collection.
European and non-European arts and crafts from their beginnings to the present. Collection focus: objects from the 1920’s and 1930’s and ceramics from the second half of the 20th century. Following a comprehensive remodelling of the entire museum complex, all collections are being reopened until 2010. Starting in 2010, the collection “From Art Nouveau to the Present” will conclude the programme.
Art from the Middle Ages to the immediate present and a high-profile design collection starting in 1900.
With over 30,000 exhibit objects. East Asian, Islamic and European art, book arts, arts and crafts and applied graphics from the Middle Ages to the present.
The collection Fashion and Textiles encompasses about 60,000 objects, from ancient Egyptian grave goods to pieces by Yves Saint Laurent, Wolfgang Joop and Issey Miyake. Extensive textile and embroidery collection, changing special exhibitions.
The museum offers an important collection of European applied arts and has two locations: the Cultural Forum and Castle Köpenick. It presents the applied arts from the Middle Ages to the present.
History of arts and crafts up to and including modern industrial design. Specialising in: Dresden Art Nouveau, machine-made furniture by the German workshops of Hellerau.
This museum – with its core “Archive of the German Werkbund” – presents the results of German industrial mass production.
The museum of the Hessian furniture manufacturer Thonet presents a collection of bent wood furniture from the 19th century to the present. 150 years ago, the company founder Michael Thonet revolutionised the furniture trade with the production method of the Coffee House Chair No. 14.
Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design (i.e. New Museum – State Museum of Art and Design), Nuremberg
An international museum of contemporary art, with two collection areas: design (from the collections of the Munich Neue Sammlung – see above) and international contemporary art. The design collection is being continually expanded.
PAN Kunstforum Niederrhein, Kunst- und Designmuseum (i.e. PAN art forum Lower Rhine, museum of art and design), Emmerich
The Kunstforum is interdisciplinary in its conception and focuses on poster art, and also on painting, sculpture, installations, video new media and performance.
Approximately 80 vehicles and numerous mini-exhibits in this auto manufacturer’s museum provide insights into the history of the company and its products. Special exhibitions offer in-depth treatment of individual aspects.
An exhibition of contemporary international design products that have been awarded the red dot award, on 4,000 m² of exhibition space.
A private cultural institution, active world-wide. The museum offers changing special exhibitions, researches and imparts design in its many and varied expressions: focus on furnishings and interior design. Also offers an archive and a specialised library.
The company museum is devoted to all products of this brand as well as unique exemplars and prototypes. Special exhibitions contribute to making a part of German automobile history accessible.
Up-to-date blog focusing on Berlin, providing articles on exhibitions in Berlin and competitions throughout Germany. In addition interviews and tips on events that may well be a bit off the beaten track of design.
The network Create Berlin views itself as a meeting place for creative designers and their projects and ideas in Germany’s capital. Its Berlin office and showroom is an interface for design, press and politics. Create Berlin also curates and organises projects originating in Berlin internationally.
Info page for creative designers, with news from the areas of design, typography, photography, paper and printing.
designlinks.de offers an extensive editorial collection on the themes of graphics design, design theory, competitions and much more. Clearly arranged links to competitions and training options, magazines, universities and academies, and professional associations on the themes of web design, graphics and screen design.
Internationally oriented blog from Cologne informing readers daily about new works, trends and visions in the design world. Designers introduced are presented and are given a type of profile in which additional information is indicated.
Designwissen is an information data bank aimed at educators, school children, students and interested persons. It offers texts, images and videos on varios aspects of design, with primary focus on teaching design in schools.
An interdisciplinary design platform promoting exchange among designers and artists. DMY Berlin organises the annual International Design Festival in Berlin and represents the German capital throughout the year as the “City of Design” (UNESCO) through its exhibition projects.
The Allianz deutscher Designer (AGD) presents major German design competitions.
The online service Designer in Action also offers links to smaller competitions, trade fairs and events (see above).
The Design Award is the Federal Republic of Germany’s highest official design award, that is offered by the Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology. Under the title, Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, the prize has been awarded annually starting in 2006 for outstanding achievements in the areas of product and communications design as well as to a design personality.
DP3D is awarded for successful transfers between a brand‘s identity and brand design regarding products and spatial representation.
form, one of the most important magazines for design, offers a survey of competitions under the heading „Competitions.“
This prize is awarded annually in the categories of “Communication Design” and “Product Design”.
Exhibition and award for the most talented young designers at the Internationale Möbelmesse imm (i.e. international furnishings trade fair) in Cologne.
Competition for ideas and design for interior walls.
Awarded annually to manufacturers and designers for pioneering and professional design ideas.
Junior Design Award for young talent and established designers.
International competition for students of visual communication.
The red dot design award is an international competition whose logo, the red dot, serves as a symbol of good design. The competition is awarded in three categories: product design, communications design and design concept (annually in Singapore since 2005).