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Announcement of takween's Product Design Fellowship Exhibition 2022

Written by takween on 04/10/2022

Emerging Product Designers Exhibit Latest Projects During takween’s Fellowship Exhibition

Celebrating the end of a 7-month training, mentorship, and internship program focusing on the development of locally-made physical and digital products.  

Amman – After completing takween’s intensive training and mentorship Product Design Fellowship program, 26 young and mid-career designers from Jordan will exhibit the final outcomes of their 7-month journey in a celebratory exhibition between October 11 – 15, 2022. 

takween’s Product Design Fellowship was created in 2021 as a proactive effort to aid designers and creatives in Jordan after the COVID-19 pandemic. In its second iteration, the Fellowship was expanded to include two specialized streams for product design. The first stream sheds focus on physical product design, including the development of consumer products, was facilitated by Jordanian designer Qusai Malahmeh. The second stream focused on digital product design, such as creating digital services through apps, websites and UI/UX design, was facilitated by Jordanian designer Ala’a Ali. 

The program included an intensive 102-hour diverse modular learning program focusing on the intersections of economic, social, and environmental sustainability in product design. Subjects tackled were among others entrepreneurship, design ergonomics and service design or financing and sustainable design thinking. The modules were presented by experts working within the Jordanian or regional ecosystem. 

Each fellow was then matched with trailblazing local businesses and organizations working in the field of digital or physical product design. The fellows engaged in an immersive 200-hour internship with takween’s partners and gained hands-on experiences dealing with clients, design challenges and the development of products and services.

Fellows were also connected with expert mentors, who throughout the training program, were guiding the young designers through their personal ventures into developing the final original products. The results of the whole program, including the end products, learning journeys and experiments will be put on full display during takween’s upcoming Product Design Fellowship Exhibition.

Dates: 11 – 15 October, 2022
Location: takween, 31 Mu'Ath Bin Jabal Street, Amman
Opening ceremony: 11 October 2022, 5 PM - 9 PM
Visiting hours: 12-14 October 2022, 11 AM - 8 PM
Closing: 15 October 2022, 11 AM - 5 PM   

The exhibition is curated by Liyan Al-Jabi from Arini. 

Internships were offered at 01inventions, 360moms, Bravo Bravo App, Children Museum, FabricAid, Jazri Studio, Jawaker, Little Ones, MenaLab, Media Plus, Online Fashion Club, PiPharma, Shamal Start, Sitech, Syntex, Tadamon, Techworks, The Solutions Unit, Turquoise Mountain, and Waragami. 

Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.

takween is an integrative creative program which aims to support designers and creative entrepreneurs in Jordan through a series of learning opportunities and community-building initiative. It was initiated as a collaboration between Goethe-Institut and platform in 2018. 

The project “Cultural and Creative Industries” is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. It improves employment and income opportunities for creative professionals in six partner countries; Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa and operates mainly in the music, fashion, design and animation sectors. In addition to promoting the development of entrepreneurial, digital, creative and technical skills through training programmes, the project aims to strengthen the framework conditions and the ecosystem of the cultural and creative industries..