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Next in Design: Creative Design Forum Chengdu 2019 by iF

The third "International Design Forum Chengdu by iF" in November was a great success - with over 400 guests. It took place during the "Chengdu Creativity and Design Week" and parallel to the grand opening of the iF Design Center Chengdu.

Design center Chengdu - read more!

11 well-known experts of the industry from around the world were invited at the event to lead participants in tackling the hottest trends of the industry. The forum was centered around the theme of “Next” and three major directions in which talks were held - Creative City, Lifestyle Trends, and Lifestyle Industry & Trends. For the first topic "Next - Creative City", key leaders of design centers, organizations and world renown curators will talk about urban development models of creative cities, and also, among others, explore Chengdu as a creative city.

In the second session, the invited speakers and trend experts have covered the topic "Next - Lifestyle Trends" and talked about how design changes people's lifestyle and their tastes and needs? How does design help the development of the Leisure and Tourism Industry? They also talked about future trends in the creative lifestyle sector.

The last session was a panel discussion, the experts in different industries digged deep into the development of future creative lifestyle industries and the accompanying shift under the topic of “Next - Lifestyle Industry and Trends”.

See all speakers in detail below!

Creative Design Forum Chengdu 2019 by iF | Tickets

02_IDF Chengdu 2018

Time: 9 November 2019
Venue: Century City- New International Exhibition and Convention Center Chengdu

Tickets can be purchased at the following two tickets points:

Download the e-brochure and an overview of all speakers:

Creative Design Forum Chengdu 2019 by iF | e-brochure PDF | 5.31 MB

Creative Design Forum Chengdu 2019 by iF | The Speakers PDF | 3.38 MB

The Moderators

Ralph Wiegmann, iF CEO

Forum Host/Moderator for Session 1&2
Ralph Wiegmann | CEO, International Forum Design GmbH

Ralph Wiegmann is the Managing Director of iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hannover (Germany). Thanks to his global activities and his decades of experience, on the Asian continent in particular, he is a popular speaker at conferences, intimately familiar with the design scene and very knowledgeable about programs focusing on Asia, making him a highly experienced networking partner. Prior to this, Ralph worked for Deutsche Messe AG as a project leader and leading executive from 1981 to 1995. He is a former board member of ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) and, in his capacity as iF Managing Director, plays a decisive role in advancing the international reputation and ensuring the successful organization of the iF DESIGN AWARDS.

Dingbang Luh, Chair Professor, Guangdong University of Technology

Moderator for Session 3/Panel Discussion:
Prof. Ding-Bang Luh | Chair Professor, Guangdong University of Technology

Prof. Ding-Bang Luh received his PhD from Illinois Institute of Technology in 2000. He has been teaching at Department of Industrial Design (ID), National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) for 25 years. Major work experiences include Dean of Creative Design College, Asia University, Head of ID and chairperson of Institute of Creative Industrial Design NCKU, and President of Chinese Institute of Design. Currently he is serving as President of Taiwan Design Innovation Management Association, and Chairperson of International Service Innovation Design Association.

The Agenda

08:40-09:20 - Registration
09:20-09:30 - Opening

Session 1: Next - Creative City

Mr. Ralph Wiegmann | CEO, International Forum Design GmbH

09:30-10:10 - Mr. Pichit Virankabutra | Director, Creative City Development Department, Creative Economic Agency (CEA)
10:10-10:50 - Mr. Kimitaka Kato | CDO / Executive Director, Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP)
10:50-11:30 - Ms. Alexandra Klatt | Co-Founder / concept manager / program manager, Berlin Design Week
11.30-12:10 - Mr. Kari Korkman | Founder / CEO, Helsinki Design Week

12:10-13:40 - Lunch Break

Session 2: Next - Lifestyle Trends

Mr. Ralph Wiegmann | CEO, International Forum Design GmbH

14:00-14:40 - Mr. Jackson Tan | Creative Director, BLACK
14:40-15:20 - Ms. Zuzanne Skalska | Founding Partner, 360Inspiration + Co-founder, Future(s) Thinking Group
15:20-16:00 - Ms. Minchelle Wen | Co-founder, Dear b&b

16:00-16:20 - Tea Break

Session 3: Next - Lifestyle Industry & Trends

Prof. Ding-Bang Luh | Chair Professor, Guangdong University of Technology

16:20-17:20 - Mr. Chih-Kang Chu | Founder & Design Director, Chu Chih-Kang Space Design + Mr. Franz Chen | CEO, Franz Collection Inc. + Mr. Ligang Zhou | CEO, Bole Design + Mr. Zhixing Fan | Chief Growth Officer & Partner, Shanghai Yitiao Network

17:20-17:30 - Closing remarks: Mr. Ralph Wiegmann | CEO, International Forum Design GmbH

Promotional Video of the CDFC 2019 by iF

About Chengdu Creativity & Design Week

Since 2014, the Chengdu Creativity & Design Week has been successfully held in five years. It has attracted nearly 3000 creative designing institutions and many professional designers from more than 30 countries (regions) and collected about 130,000 awarding works. It exhibited over 150,000 creative works, had over 2 million visitors and prompted an integrated development of creative design and the city. According to the “Chengdu Culture Creativity Index 2018” from Toutiao, the attention paid to Chengdu Creativity & Design Week ranks in the top three in similar activities all over China.

The 6th Chengdu Creativity & Design Week will focus on the innovation and creation of graceful and fashionable oriental life aesthetics, and continue to build and improve the "Three Platforms":

  • cultural and creative industry display exchange and results transformation platform;
  • cultural industry, design industry, fashion industry and copyright industry economic cooperation and trading platform;
  • cultural and creative life platform of the audience and the citizens.

In addition, it serves as an important exchange display window for Chengdu to create a global culture & creativity city. The event consists of the pillar activities and other auxiliary activities such as the Golden Panda Tianfu Creative Design Award, Chengdu Creativity & Design Industry Exhibition, Chengdu Creative Design Forum by iF.

Read more about the Grand Opening of the iF design center Chengdu on 7 November 2019 during the Chengdu Creativity & Design Week.