The Zlin Design Week festival will once again bring fresh air to the design field from 3 to 10 May. The inspiring program of the ninth year of the festival will introduce visitors to universal design principles at various locations in Zlín. For all interested, the festival provides a space for meeting and learning about how design influences our lives.
What does universal design mean? The Design for All exhibition will offer an overview of how universal design involves our lives, with several examples of specific solutions. “Our intention was to see the exhibition as a place where a clothing designer, a furniture company owner, an urban architect, and a local cultural enthusiast can meet, and the projects on display can pass on something to each of them,” says festival director Jitka Smolíková. The exhibition runs until 24 May in building 61 of the former Bata industrial complex. The ZDW Conference, which will take place on 9 May at the Impact Hub in Zlín, will bring know-how and fresh perspectives in the field of design, as well as in other sectors, in a hybrid form, i.e., on-site and online. The lectures, panel discussions, and workshops will also venture into the areas of products, services, and marketing.
Zlin Design Week also supports new talents who want to discover and develop new paths for design. Attention is drawn to inspiring disruptions of the status quo by the international “Best in Design” competition for creatives under 30. The finalists of the fourteenth edition of the competition will be featured from 3 to 31 May at the G18 Gallery and in the public space of Zlín. A new website helps teams to get started with the topic of universal design: it educates designers and marketers, the general public, and public municipalities.
The ZDW festival creates a platform for young designers, professionals, and the public to meet. The festival week will be special by installations in public spaces throughout Zlín, prepared in cooperation with festival partners and other designers. Visitors can broaden their horizons during discussions and workshops; can buy something from the offer of selected Czech and Slovak brands in a Pop-up Shop; and see other exhibitions such as Inspiration: Le Corbusier at Zlín Castle. There will be an accompanying cultural programme with various musical genres, dance performances, and projections. The parties of Zlin Design Week are an opportunity to celebrate design.