Exhibition Zlin Design Week

The Zlin Design Week Exhibition comprises projects that fully represent the essential idea of Zlin Design Week. The two parts of the Cooperation theme are depicted primarily by the cooperation of university studios and participatory design.

The Exhibition represents a selection of innovative projects through which universities enter the business sphere or the public space. The second part presents cooperative projects of students and universities on both local and international scales.

Curator: Romana Veselá

Exhibition Together: Stories about cooperation

Design is a collaborative process by its very nature, as the final result is preceded by the work of a wide range of experts from the disciplines like arts, technology, marketing, or even politics.

Creative group OKOLO prepared minute educational videos that contain a confrontation of real objects with an abstract means. They also represent their formal and functional quality. The group is putting ambitions in this project to create a comprehensive collection of moving pictures.

Curator: Adam Štěch

Exhibition ZDW – part Product

Backpacks, furniture, fashion, go-karts, drink sets, books, toys. This and many other products accompany us through the world of young design, a world that reflects issues of need, functionality, sustainability, ecology, tradition – in short, everything that resonates in it today.

The product part is very extensive and deals with design that makes our everyday life better. A design that allows us to enjoy its use, things that are necessary and beneficial to people. Things we call  the most modest design this year.

The three sub-themes of this section are tradition, sustainability, and visual identity, and they need to be viewed in different perspectives.

Visual identity embodies the faces of cities, competitions, theatre posters, and digital applications. Tradition is a kind of return to the roots in material, technologies, and approaches. The sustainability part consists of projects that upcycle materials and consider the impact on our planet.

Exhibition ZDW – part Experiment

The second part of the exhibition called Experiment refers to the future. It refers to projects that consider the current potential of technologies, materials, and knowledge, but also to what we need and do not have. These are not experiments in the true sense of the word, but rather exploration of possibilities, search and boundaries. Exhibited projects could be described as visions of what we may achieve.

This part also has its subchapters called identity, sensory perception, and participatory projects.

The identity section pays attention to the immediate surroundings and tries to capture them in an original way. Part of sensory perception connects projects aimed at supplementing, amplifying, or replacing our typical sensory perception. Participatory projects are co-created directly with their clients.

Mimosphere Exhibition

Zlin Design Week Mimosphere is an exhibition of young art and design with the theme of cooperation being handled in the most creative of ways.  It spans from large-scale student projects worked on throughout universities to photogenic cycles reflecting and influencing the lives of communities. Mimosphere introduces a colorful palette of possibilities of cooperation, sharing, and experiencing things based on the natural instinct of artists and designers to live and create. It shows its audience the enormous scope in which cooperation can be perceived.

Independent projects Exhibition


The International Biennial of Theater Poster has been organized by the Wanda Siemaszkowa Theater for over thirty years. The biennale presents a platform for the presentation of current tendencies and styles in poster creation. Theatre, as a space in which literature, music, fine arts, dance and film are mixed, is the natural environment for biennial exhibitions.


From the first year of the competition, students have had the same task: to create a comic book story on any topic on one to four pages. Entries are judged anonymously by a five-member jury that announces the three best entries from Czech and Slovak universities. The main prize for the winners is a trip to the largest European comics festival in the French city of Angoulême.


The Zlin Design Week Exhibition also includes the best diploma theses, which are associated under the name Graduation Projects – an international platform for cooperation between institutions and organizations from the Visegrad Group supporting and facilitating the use of design. The platform aims to present the potential of Polish creative industries and designers and also to support its development through cooperation with design institutions and universities from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

The platform derives from the yearly review of the best diploma works – Graduation Projects – organized by Zamek Cieszyn, the design 2+3D quarterly, and partners from the V4 countries. Since 2017, it has been initiating sharing projects, exchanging knowledge and experience among graduates of design universities, and strengthening cooperation in the field of design between Polish universities and between the countries of the former Eastern bloc. 

The exhibition has invited more than 10 internationally renowned art colleges and universities from the United States, Australia, Germany, Spain, Poland, etc. to participate. The excellent works of teachers and students from these institutions are also exhibited in this exhibition.


As a part of the Zlin Design Week Exhibition, you can see works within the C-IDEA Design Award – an annual jury design competition that aims to recognize and promote visionary talent in a wide range of design categories. The categories include communication design, industrial design, interior design, fashion design, architecture, and new media.

The C-IDEA Design Award hopes to create more opportunities for outstanding designers. It wants to rely on higher quality communication, cooperation at exhibitions, ceremonies and international events.

C-IDEA DESIGN AWARD 2019 is a non-profile international student competition, which received 1,783 entries from 37 countries in 2019. More than 2,000 students from 406 universities joined and 39 well-known designers and experts were invited to individually evaluate all the participants‘ work.