With DDW Talks, the Dutch Design Week guides you towards exemplary designers and innovative practices. A great opportunity to get inspired, all for free.

Start your DDW-day early! Before the exhibitions open you can kickstart your day with some major players in the design field and their young heroes. In the afternoon, a thinker and a maker are invited to share their experiences about their practices and will join efforts to understand underlying currents in the future of the design field. Prepare to stretch your mind!

The DDW Talks take place in the Klokgebouw Entresol. Everyday at 10:00-10:50 and at 12:30-13:15. 


Klokgebouw Entresol

Saturday 21 October

10:00 - Design and disaster, is it a match?


As design is evolving beyond designing chairs, designers urge to find new ways of expression. Should designers deal with questions of equality, social responsibility and what welfare? Can design prevent disaster? Ruben Pater and Márton Kabai share their thoughts.

Speakers: Ruben Pater / Márton Kabai
Moderator: Emma Lucek
English spoken event
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12:30 - Why talk about design?


What can we learn about society and future developments through talking about design? Can we learn from niche developments and crazy experiments? Should the research and development get centre stage in a museum in order to reach a bigger audience?

Speakers: Rive Roshan / Saskia van Stein
Moderator:  Emma Lucek
Dutch spoken event
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Sunday 22 October

10:00 - Did someone design my experience?


Taking the train in the morning, buying butter milk, going voting and even receiving a flowery birthday card from your grandad all contribute to your experience of life. To what extent should design be in control of that? Harald Lambert of Essense shares his experience.

Speakers: Harald Lambert - Essense / Gordon Tiemstra - Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken

Moderator: Olle Lundin
Dutch event
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12:30 - Limited edition or commercial production?


The work of very eccentric and artistic designers is becoming mainstream. What does this niche work mean to a larger audience, what do we learn?

Speakers: OS ∆ OOS / Mary Hessing
Moderator: Marsha Simon
English event
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Monday 23 October

10:00 - Who decides how to design?


‘Ah damn, the blender broke, should we buy a new one?’. Would you rather produce your own household products or buy them off the shelf? Join this talk to discuss user standards, production cycles, material choices and transport!

Speaker: Jesse Howard
Moderator: Olle Lundin
Dutch event
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12:30 - What is the impact of digital design?


We are moving away  from the physical realm to the digital realm. This impacts on design, too. What does it mean to be a “contemporary” designer. Annemartine van Kesteren, curator at museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will pick apart the work of Bastiaan de Nennie, whose practice lies between the URL and IRL (internet-speak for In Real Life).

Speakers: Bastiaan de Nennie / Annemartine van Kesteren
Moderator: Emma Lucek
Dutch spoken event
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Tuesday 24 October

10:00 - Data: new enemy or new gold?


If blockchain and big data are so important that they will change our lives, why is it so difficult to relate to them? In this talk Richard Vijgen and Superposition will unpack some ideas relating to the age of information.

Speakers: Richard Vijgen / Superposition
Moderator: Olle Lundin
Dutch spoken event
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12:30 - How to design for a bright future?


Ingrid van der Heijden will share with us the process and thinking on ameliorating public spaces of creating the interactive passage in Tilburg by Dutch Design Award nominee The Cloud Collective. Tamar Shafrir, a researcher from Het Nieuwe Instituut will join us in trying to understand what it takes for people to feel at home in a city? What can design and architecture innovation do to help?

Speakers: Ingrid van der Heijden - The Cloud Collective / Tamar Shafrir
Moderator: Marsha Simon
English spoken event
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Wednesday 25 October

10:00 - What is social design, anyway?


How can design play a role when life gives you lemons? Should it facilitate a sustainable social community or should it mind its own business? On this morning Petra from Social Label will report from the engaged part of the spectrum while BYBORRE will guide us into technological textiles.

Speakers: Social Label / BYBORRE 
Moderator: Olle Lundin
Dutch spoken event
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12:30 - From the ideological to the physical


What role do design and architecture play in the change of democratic systems? In what ways do architecture and design influence politics?

Speakers: David Mulder van der Vegt - XML / Rudy van Belkom
Moderator: Marsha Simon
English spoken event
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Thursday 26 October

10:00 - How can design play a role in democracy?


Can we leave politics to politicians or should Mark Rutte open the doors to a redesign of the parliament? To understand the potential of rethinking the foundations of the nation, we have invited Nynke Tromp to lay bare some of the options at hand.

Speakers: Nynke Tromp / Joep Serrarens
Moderator: Ioana Stanescu
Dutch spoken event
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12:30 - How can robots help animate our future?


Should we allow technology to help us? Or should we be afraid that learning from machines will diminish our humanity? In what way do designers deal with these topics? Do they realise what they are doing to their audience?

Speakers: Lennart Roosendaal - IC3D Media / Henrique Nascimente - Me You and the Robot
Moderator: Emma Lucek
Dutch spoken event
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Friday 27 October

10:00 - Graphic design, out-dated or not?


Architectural plans, drone survival guides, infographics and book-covers — graphic design comes in many shapes. The invited experts will broaden your thinking of contemporary graphics.

Speakers: Hansje van Halem / Cyanne van den Houten
Moderator: Olle Lundin
Dutch spoken event
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12:30 - What is the social relevance of design today?


How can graphic design help people understand difficult topics and how has this changed since the topics we deal with as a society have become more complicated? What is the social relevance of design today?

Speakers: Bas Timmer - Sheltersuit Foundation / Nadine Botha
Moderator: Emma Lucek
Dutch spoken event
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Saturday 28 October

10:00 - Can someone please design my relationship?


Whether it’s about intimacy, sexuality or the experience of ageing, designers can play a valuable role in challenging taboos, creating dialogue and setting the agenda. Here are two designers who can walk the walk.

Speaker: Tom Loois
Moderator: Ioana Stanescu
Dutch spoken event
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12:30 - Can design help? Design! Help?!


Graphic design might be the most communicative modes of design. Should we turn to designers to solve the problems of the world?

Speakers: Bernard Lenger / Dennis Elbers
Moderator: Marsha Simon
English spoken event
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Sunday 29 October

10:00 - Why should I trust design?


How are you supposed to find your way to this talk? Wayfinding services have been growing around us through print, infrastructure and technology. But how does the phone know how to communicate with its user? Who translates maps? And who’s responsibility is it when we get lost?

Speakers: Jaap Knevel / Rijk Boerma
Moderator: Olle Lundin
Dutch spoken event
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12:30 - Design – a material approach?


Eager to leave a negative carbon footprint, artistic designer Eric Klarenbeek discovers how by using, for the first time ever, 3D printing live mycelium, we can sustainably and locally produce our designs. (What will Marcus Fairs think about this?)

Speakers: Eric Klarenbeek / Marcus Fairs
Moderator: Emma Lucek
English spoken event
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