Design is an influencer—its impacts and crossovers are manifold. The education of design, however, is the springboard for stirring change and growth; it is the driving force for the progress and development of the creative economy.
Designfold is a conference focusing on exploring alternative narratives of individual journeys in the design field, starting from education and training methodologies and ending with understanding the successful impact of design as a vital economic driver of the creative industries. The departure point for the conference is inspired by the multiple impacts design has. In English, the suffix -fold is used to indicate multiplicity, and design's impact is manifold.
Designfold is a regional platform uniting educators, trainers, mentors, and design professionals from Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, and Germany. Throughout the conference, participating guest speakers and attendees will have the opportunity to connect, exchange new perspectives, share experiences, and learn from one another. In that way, Designfold seeks to foster the acquisition of new practices and insights that will contribute to the growth and development of the regional design community.
Tilla Theiss (DE), Salma Al Qatawneh (JO), Amani Qaddoumi (JO), Nadine Tuhaimer (JO), Felix Dietsch (DE), Hussam Hasan (JO), Sarah Rita Kattan (LB), Dr. Farah El Zein (LB), Sara Dsouki (LB), Ahmad Humeid (JO), Jana Aridi (LB), Khadijah Abdul Nabi (IQ), Ravin Rizgar (IQ), Saad Salim (IQ), Tuqa Rammahi (IQ), Michele Braidy (LB), Marc Engenhart (DE), Imke Grimmer (DE), Ohoud Kamal (JO) and Sahar Madanat (JO).
FANTASMEEEM is a program initiated by the Goethe-Institut Libanon adopting a holistic approach towards fostering creative entrepreneurship as well as encouraging collaborations and knowledge sharing in the design industry in Lebanon.
With its KHAN AL FAN project, the Goethe-Institut Iraq is promoting the emerging market of cultural and creative industries, the entrepreneurial and political perception of the sector, and the development of employment prospects in Iraq.
takween is an integrative creative industry hub which aims to support designers and creative entrepreneurs in Jordan through a series of learning opportunities and community-building initiatives. The hub has been initiated as a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut and platform27 in 2018.
Images by Emad Zyoud