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Design Forum Newsletter

August 2017


Up with Finland, by utilising expertise in design and marketing! The panel discussion of Design Forum Finland and the Union of Sales and Marketing Professionals MMA at SuomiAreena in Pori in July gave ideas and inspiration for building a better future. All you need is visions, skills and courage!

The debaters were Carl Haglund from Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group; Mikko-Pekka Hanski of Idean Enterprises; futurist Elina Hiltunen; Riitta Huuhtanen from Kalevala Koru; Professor Sixten Korkman, and Miika Lipiäinen of Kyrö Distillery. The discussion was led by Ville Tolvanen of Digitalist Network.

The discussion (in Finnish, no subtitles) can be watched at MTV Katsomo. Raquel Benmergui acted as visual facilitator; her work was recorded, too, and you can watch it here.

Photo: Kalle Kataila

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Who will be the Young Designer of the Year 2017? This design prize, instituted by Design Forum Finland, will now be awarded for the 16th time, the receiver being a freelance designer from Helsinki. The name will be announced on Wednesday 6 September and the prize exhibition opens on Thursday at Espa Stage, Helsinki. The receivers of the Young Designer of the Year prize always show new, creative concepts and skills in design – this year, too.

Young Designer of the Year 2017
7–16 September 2017, Espa Stage, Esplanade Park, Helsinki
Mon–Fri noon–6pm, Sat noon–4pm, Sun closed


EcoDesign Sprint is a sparring program aimed at SME's and design agencies interested in circular economy and its possibilities. Its goal is to increase knowledge on the business models of circular economy, as well as develop products and services which are more sustainable. SME's and design agencies interested in the subject are now sought for; the open call opens on September 1st. The sparring project will take place at the end of 2017.


Design <3 Circular Economy is a one-day seminar about circular and bio economy and design as a booster of these two fields. The seminar is arranged by Carbon Sink Design Studio and EcoDesign Circle projects on Thu 14 September and it is part of Helsinki Design Week.

Design <3 Circular Economy 14 Sept 2017
Allas Sea Pool, Helsinki


VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been developing new bio-based materials from cellulose. Now the Centre is arranging a hackathon in Helsinki Design Week to find new ideas and solutions for these novel materials. Teams of 2–3 designers are invited to the competition; they will then have two days' time to work on new product ideas either for consumer or industrial use. The winners will be presented in a discussion event on 13 September.


TADA, the design and architecture week in Tampere, starts on Friday. This year's theme is cycle, as part of architecture and design – as life cycle, trends, changes in nature. The week's program is diverse, reaching from exhibitions to urban events, Open Studios and architectural seminars.

Tampere design and architectural week
25 August–1 September 2017