Design Switzerland is initiated by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Future Forward

Responsible and Circular Design Workshop

1 April 2022 | Switzerland

1 April 2022

Future Forward - Responsible and Circular Design Workshop

From 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

P15 By La Werkstadt
Johann Aberli Strasse 15
2503 Biel

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Registrations are essential. The subscriptions are open until 15 March and the confirmation will be communicated end-March. As space is limited for this workshop, seats will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.

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The in-depth one-day future design thinking workshop, with sessions from building connections, sharing experiences, knowledge and tools, positive outlook and future engagements will be held on 1 April 2022. The day will give you more insights in terms of Material Sourcing, Responsible Design and Circular Economy as well as Sustainable Practices in creative industries.

Target audience: Designer and design studios in all design disciplines  up to 7 years after graduation or foundation of the studio
The workshop is conducted in English.

Programme 1 April

The recent crises offer immediate opportunities to seek solutions through circular systems, transparency, responsible and sustainable action, and regenerative approach.
Circular thinking means smart, strategic use of resources and interconnecting systems to achieve circularity to regenerate materials. What value can we add to the industry with a new generation of creative power? Re-defining the status, the skills and mindset of design professionals is crucial. Essentially, we need to dissect the long-standing roles and business models and fully exploit the directions for the next generation adopting a more innovative and entrepreneurial outlook with environmental impact, social responsibility, and active consumers at heart. It is time to create the new systems for post-Covid creative industry!

We are excited to facilitate this interactive workshop for all designers sharing experiences, discussing challenges, and encouraging positive outlook and future engagements.
This guided session offers a unique opportunity to participate in a think-tank like set-up, engage in peer learning and share experiences on key topics.

12.30 pm LUNCH + Peer networking (location tbc.)
Join us for a vegetarian lunch nearby and exchange with fellow-designers.

Join us for an insightful session on materials in fashion and beyond. As designers and also consumers, we must understand where raw materials come from, their environmental, economic and social impact. Up to 95% of the impact of the product is written into the design stage. Materials are often the starting point for the more conscious and responsible approach. Designers hold the power to make better, more impactful choices through design and material. Learn more on alternative materials, sourcing and how to measure materials and product impact.

Sign up for a 15 min.-slot with Katarina to discuss your individual project.

Contact: Helen Muggli. Design specialist, Pro Helvetia

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal ( by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.