The German Design Museum Foundation is organised as a lively, interdisciplinary movement which guides the discussion about a new design awareness in order to find joint answers to key questions. How should design be communicated, collected or exhibited? How can we develop new and sustainable ways of funding design?
We set our agenda when our formation was discussed in 2011. Renowned designers, museum managers, entrepreneurs, gallery owners and collectors accepted the invitation extended by the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council to discuss ideas and different viewpoints for a future German Design Museum Foundation. The range of opinions has remained wide and varied to the present day - from the virtual museum right up to building a museum that exhibits collections and temporary exhibitions.
Designers and staff from our foundation deliver talks at congresses and symposia at regular intervals about the areas of focus of our funding programmes. We get involved in discussions about ways of ´making art and culture more accessible, for instance, at the "Children to Olympus Congress" organised by the Cultural Foundation of the Länder (the German Federal States).
We build bridges also by organising design workshops on the subject of inclusion. This led to an interactive board game which the students designed themselves. It is designed as an invitation to anybody who finds it perfectly normal to be different.
Design can offer people a home. With the "My home is your home" workshop, we help children and young people of different cultures to make new friends in their new surroundings.
We publish discussions and specialist articles. This has led to innovative publications such as "Klimafieber" (Climate Fever) published by the Federal Environment Agency. The entire 68-page workbook was designed by children in a design workshop. The publication "Art in Schools in Baden-Württemberg" demonstrates how creativity has the potential to solve additional design problems.
The willingness to become involved in discussions includes a lively dialogue with the media. We inform journalists nationwide and extend an invitation to participate in workshops, exhibitions and round table discussions.
By becoming involved, you can help shape the discussion and turn the image the public have of design into a meaningful debate.