Design CANTEEN, a platform that serves up various flavours of design throughout the year via podcasts and discussions. Inspiring guests, from the Czech Republic and abroad, designers and designers, as well as people from other fields. Those who use design and design principles to help solve everyday challenges and societal problems. Their ideas, insights and experiences will be brought to you in the Design CANTEEN.

It all started on Facebook

Design CANTEEN started as a Facebook group for all those who didn’t want to lose their dose of design during the quarantine period. The hunger for good design and the desire to meet each other gave birth to a platform where creatives can share their projects, ask for the opinion of others and connect with people in their field, even those they wouldn’t meet in everyday life.

Everyone is welcome to join the community – so if you’re hungry for new connections outside of your field, or just want to keep up with the latest happenings in the design world, feel free to join!

Design of all tastes Podcast

Throughout the year, Design CANTEEN invites interesting guests who have something to offer the world of design. Through our podcast, you will discover new perspectives on design practice, meet young and progressive creatives and innovators from the Czech Republic and abroad, and learn how design can change the world for the better.

Tune in to our podcast and discover how far design can reach in our lives.

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Design CANTEEN is once again moving its podcast studio to Zlin Design Week. Several episodes will be recorded live throughout the week and you can be there. The goal is to show multiple points of view on one topic, so the individual episodes take the form of panel discussions. And what would a canteen be without coffee and something good to go with it.

Friday, may 10

FUTURE IS DESIGN: The role of design in the times of uncertainty

The role of designer is becoming more and more complex. But how will the role expand and change in the future? Can us as designers use our creative skillset and analytic minds to help to face challenges of greater scales? What skills, knowledge and practices should we know in order to be able to help society? What is the role of a designer in the times of uncertainty?

When: Friday, May 10, from 16:30 to 17:30
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the ENG language

BEST IN DESIGN: From the jurors’ perspective

The fifteenth edition of the Best in Design competition brought another packed batch of young and talented creators who have something to say to the world of design. And what do the judges themselves say about their ideas? What was it like choosing the absolute winner? What criteria must the most successful designs meet? And how do the judges perceive the youngest generation of creators and their qualities?

When: Friday, May 10, from 18:00 to 19:00
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the ENG language

saturday, may 11

In 2050, up to 68% of the population will live in urban areas. Cities provide us with jobs, serve as cultural centers, and for many, fulfill all their needs. But are our cities ready for the challenges that the future will bring? Are we building cities that are sufficiently adaptable? Is the urban space inclusive and supportive of the needs of all its inhabitants? Can cities transform according to the demands of a technologically and digitally oriented future?

FUTURE IS FOR ALL : Democratic cities and accessible public space

Can public space truly be for everyone? What should be the basic civic amenities that ensure the prosperity of all urban users? What obstacles and barriers reduce the accessibility of cities, and why do we encounter them at all? We will talk about the vision of cities where citizens can speak and co-create the form of public spaces.

Discussion panel is combined with brunch.

When: Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 to 11:30
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the CZ language

FUTURE IS RESILIENT: Materials, methods and visions for the cities of the future

What does “resilience” mean in the context of urban environments? Is it about materials, new technologies, or engineering solutions that can contribute to making our life in cities enjoyable even in 50 or 100 years? Can greater integration of urban spaces into nature help us to reduce the emissions that accumulate in cities? And from what and how should we construct public spaces to make life in them as pleasant as possible?

When: Saturday, May 11, from 14:00 to 15:00
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the CZ language

FUTURE IS TECH: Digital transformation in the public sector

Digital solutions surround us in everyday life at every step. With a smart app, we can lower the blinds in our windows, order a taxi, or set a timer for our favorite dish. However, in the public sector and services, digital integration often poses a problem. Can design contribute to the transition to digital solutions that are user-friendly and do not neglect certain groups of citizens? Is it possible to minimize the impact of technologies on the planet? And what is often overlooked from a design perspective in public services?

When: Saturday, May 11, from 15:30 to 16:30
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the CZ language

sunday, may 12

CZECH DESIGN MEDIA: What do current trends dictate for the future of design?

Who determines the direction of the world’s design development? Can Czech creators respond to international trends? And how has design changed in recent years through the eyes of those who follow the development and trends of design every day? We will be asking representatives of Czech design media, who will share with us current insights from the media bubble and their personal tips for young designers who want to conquer the world and keep up with the times.

When: Sunday, May 12, from 13:00 to 14:00
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the CZ language

KUMST: What are the thought of the designers of “tomorrow”

Is it materials, innovative practices, or interdisciplinary collaboration that will ensure design will stand up in the future? What does the designer need to consider to ensure that the design is not just a superficial object but a beneficial product for the needs of the target user? And is it even possible to make a living from creative work when the demands on designers are ever-increasing? This and much more will be shared by designers working under the creative hub KUMST, which supports creators with physical space as well as mentoring and practical tips for the commercial application of their designs.

When: Sunday, May 12, from 14:30 to 15:30
Place: Building 44, Svit complex (Vavrečkova 7029, Zlín)
The discussion will take place in the CZ language