Published on : Wednesday, June 7, 2017
This year, the theme for Helsinki Design Week is Q&A – Questions & Answers. The annual design festival will take over Helsinki from September 7 to 17, 2017. Looking for questions and answers highlights the fact that good design always entails good thinking. Since quite a while, the value of design has surpassed making mere objects and included insight and questioning the obvious.
The theme encourages designers towards open-mindedness, vision, exploration and discovery. Criticality is important, and so is openness before options. The theme tackles social questions that impact the future.
How can design be used to build better cities and a better society? How could design-thinking benefit new areas? These are the right questions and the answers that come up will remain relevant in the future. The theme includes topics like urban development, education and learning, sustainable development, spaces and houses, as well as entrepreneurship and collaboration in the creative fields.
Another important dimension is internationality. Helsinki Design Week has kicked off and chairs a new World Design Weeks networks in a time when international interactivity faces new challenges and questions. Populism, nationalism and protectionism emerge in many countries, but new ideas and innovations require openness, engagement and tolerance to develop.
This coming September, Helsinki Design Week will be looking for answers in hundreds of events spread over the city for seven days.