Pro­ject de.sign is a gra­phic design lecture series orga­ni­zed by four Euro­pean cul­tu­ral insti­tu­tes and embas­sies in Pra­gue – Goethe Insti­tut, Insti­tuto Cervan­tes, Nether­lands Embassy in Pra­gue and Embassy of the State of Israel.

The event was estab­lished in 2011. The main goal of the pro­ject is to intro­duce to Czech audi­ence extra­or­di­nary and influ­en­tial designers from the Nether­lands, Spain, Ger­many and Israel. Every year, there are four lectu­res in Pra­gue plus lectu­res in uni­ver­sity towns in the Czech Repub­lic (Brno, Ústí nad Labem, Plzeň). Some of the spe­a­kers also had workshops or exhibitions.

The lectu­res series became a very popu­lar event espe­ci­ally among stu­dents and young gene­ration of designers as it pro­vi­des an excellent insi­ght into the wor­king pro­cess of designers with dif­fe­rent cul­ture bac­kgrounds. Among the designers spe­a­king in Pra­gue were David Tar­ta­ko­ver, Fons Hickmann, René Knip, Isi­dro Ferrer, Oded Ezer, Diego Fei­jóo, Trap­ped in Suburbia, Sven Voel­ker, Mario Lom­bardo, Yaron Shin – Jew­boy, Toor­mix, Mau­reen Moo­ren, Chris­toph Dunst, Bas Jacobs, Octa­vio Pardo and Ben Nathan.

The ent­rance to pre­sen­tati­ons is free and all the lectu­res in Pra­gue (either in Goethe Insti­tute or Goethe Insti­tute) are inter­pre­ted to the Czech lan­gu­age and recor­ded on video. The recor­dings of the pre­sen­tati­ons are avai­la­ble at SlidesLive.com web­site. The designers are selec­ted by cura­tor Filip Bla­žek, local gra­phic designer and typographer.

The fourth sea­son of de.sign was focused on gra­phic designers who are spe­ci­a­li­zed in type design and the fifth year will be focused on illustration, this year’s event will be cura­ted by a spe­cial guest Lud­mila Favar­din from the pub­lishing house edi­tion lidu.