Lithuanian Design Forum has been selected as the ambassador for the European Commission’s (EC) Design for Europe programme in Lithuania.
Design for Europe is the public name of the EC’s ‘European Design Innovation Platform’ (EDIP). The three-year, €3.8 million programme aims to help people use design to accelerate innovation across Europe – boosting economic growth and job creation.
Lithuanian Design Forum was chosen because of their broad local market knowledge and impressive network of contacts.
As an ambassador, Lithuanian Design Forum will be responsible for increasing the reach of the programme in Lithuania – helping to share Design for Europe messages and resources across the region. Lithuanian Design Forum will also provide a local voice for the project and help source content from Lithuania – such as design-led innovation case studies – for use on the Design for Europe web portal.
Lithuanian Design Forum will join a number of Design for Europe ambassadors who are being appointed in each of the 28 EU member states.
Annabella Coldrick, Design for Europe programme coordinator and Director of Policy and Research at Design Council said: “Design for Europe aims to showcase to business and public services the benefits they can achieve by integrating leading-edge design. Our network of ambassadors will be vital in helping us extend the reach of the project and ultimately help more of Europe’s enterprises to understand how design can help them provide better products and services and increase the standard of living for EU citizens.”
Audronė Drungilaitė, director of Lithuanian Design Forum: “Over the past 25 years since its independence, Lithuania has been transforming into a modern European country. As part of this transformation, we have a huge interest in expanding our design capabilities. I strongly believe that with help from the well experienced partners in Design for Europe we can create a better future, and that this cooperation will help us to spur on the uptake of design in Lithuania.”
Design for Europe is being delivered by a 14-strong pan-European consortium, led by Design Council in the UK***. Central to the project is the Design for Europe web platform – designforeurope.eu – which brings together knowledge and examples of design-led innovation from across the EU.
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*** The Design for Europe consortium partners are Design Council, Lancaster University, Birmingham City University, Estonian Design Centre, Nesta, Invest Northern Ireland, KEPA, Politecnico di Milano, La 27e Région, Danish Design Centre, Luxinnovation, ARC Fund, European Network of Living Labs and dŠola.