Great challenges – and better times – ahead

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Dear Friends and Partners,

Some governments have already begun planning for the post-Coronavirus world. This is yet another vital challenge which we hope will be tackled successfully. These days, it is important to focus on something positive as we all long for an end to the pandemic.

While most members of the iF team continue to work from home, we have started our engines again and are inviting our creative and industry partners to make an even greater contribution to meeting old and new challenges.

>> The iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE showcases our philanthropic engagements all over the world. We have now doubled the prize money for projects “supported by iF” to € 100,000.

>> The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals determine the categories of the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD. This helps students to better understand how they can contribute to meeting the world’s greatest social challenges. We want to encourage them to use design as a tool for positive social change. We hope that many graduates will feel inspired to become “social entrepreneurs”, setting up their own studios and companies. We have raised the prize money for this student award to € 50,000.

>> The iF Design Foundation has concluded all of its regional conferences – the final one took place in Johannesburg. Now it is time to evaluate the contributions and exchanges from those conferences and to plan our final conference and a white paper on “The Future of Design Education”. This will be published at our iF design award night 2021.

>> The iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 is already online. Though we may not yet be in the mood to celebrate, we are looking ahead to better times when we can again gather to acknowledge and applaud excellent design and those behind it. We booked the venue this week: As we had intended for this year, we will host you at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, 10 May 2021. We have also redesigned the award process, and will communicate details of the new format to you a week from now; alternatively, you can view it online.

>> Berlin Design Week will be our close partner for this event, offering various opportunities for you to present your design programs and philosophies from 7 to 16 May 2021. We will also host a stimulating panel discussion, a lecture program, and more.

Please stay healthy and well. We value your partnership more than ever and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Yours warmly,

Ralph Wiegmann
CEO | iF International Forum Design GmbH
iF International Forum Design GmbH