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2018: The new iF Design Foundation
In April 2018, the non-profit iF Design Foundation was established. Its aim is to promote design and its social significance, free from commercial pressures and restrictions. This new foundation replaces iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. (iF e.V.), which operated from 1953 until 2018. The iF Design Foundation is based in the German city of Hannover.
The story of iF
Through its design awards and social engagement, iF e.V. and iF International Forum Design GmbH (iF GmbH) have built an outstanding international reputation for the iF brand. The new iF Design Foundation will build on this, actively developing a more versatile mission.
In 1953, the renowned German industrial designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld wrote an article for the first iF yearbook about the fundamental principles of design, in which he highlighted its social significance. Sixty-five years later, these principles form the basis of our new foundation.
Our mission is to support scientific research and education, culture, social engagement, environmental awareness, and sustainability. The iF Design Foundation will provide financial support for selected design projects as well as initiating its own projects – free from commercial pressures and restrictions. We will initiate and organize in-house projects, conferences, and much more.
In addition, the iF Design Foundation will cooperate with other design-oriented foundations and non-profits in order to pool resources, develop and realize joint projects.
The outcomes of the foundation's activities will be regularly documented and published.
There are few professions that undergo such fast-paced change as that of designers. That’s why the iF Design Foundation is dedicated in this and in the coming year to the topic of the “future of design education”. In ten hearings lasting several days, it wants to go around the globe with experts from industry, universities of various disciplines and NGOs to describe and discuss a possible picture of the tasks of the designers of the future and the requirements profile for their training and education.
A catalog of 80 widely diverse questions based on an international study serves as an inspiration and guideline for the hearings. At the end of 2019, the findings of all the international hearings and a final conference will be summarized and published in a White Paper.
The first hearing took place from 13 to 15 March 2019 as part of the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) at Lake Tegernsee.
Further conferences in 2019 are planned in Helsinki, Toronto, Curitiba and Johannesburg.
The iF Design Foundation will prinicipally support projects in the following thematic fields:
The board of the iF Design Foundation consists of:
>> Applications possible from 2019 <<
Project applications may be submitted at any time during the year. The management board of the foundation will make funding decisions at least twice annually. If funding is sought for a project that will run during the current calendar year, the application ought to be submitted no later than 31 March. Please bear in mind that each submission will need to be viewed, evaluated and processed. It is therefore not possible to reach speedy decisions on prospective funding outcomes. We ask for understanding in this respect.
A limited number of companies will act as patrons of the foundation, ensuring regular and committed dialogue on issues of future engagement. The annual donations of these patrons will also help to sustain and expand the influence of the iF Design Foundation.