About the festival
Gdynia Design Days (GDD) is a top Baltic design festival. Each edition of GDD serves as a pretext to discuss topics related to broadly-understood design in the context of changes taking place around us. The exhibitions, workshops, lectures and debates we offer concern topical subjects in the field of technology, process design, ecology, design, fashion, architecture, urban development and craft. Through what we do, we connect the design world with the world of business. Gdynia Design Days is an event addressed to professionals and to everyone who is fascinated by design and interested in finding out more about the changes taking place in dynamically developing societies.
Theme of the festival
We live in profound time of change. Now, more than ever before, we need mindfulness and focus on values. Global crises in food, water, and resource scarcity seep into our everyday lives, also in Poland. We cannot solve new problems by old methods. The time has come for action. How will you participate in changes? What will you do to avoid a dark future scenario?
The way to get out of chaos is to deepen relationships with other people and nature. We should focus on the common good to create a sustainable economy based not on growth but on social well-being. We make thousands of decisions every day. Are we able to be thoughtful enough so that our consumer behaviour influences what is available on the market toward sustainability with a smaller impact on ecological degradation?
During Gdynia Design Days we will show that good design can become an effective tool for solving complex problems. We’ll present interesting solutions which encourage producers to be more responsible for the common good and empower consumers with knowledge to consciously impact the environment. Let’s check where overconsumption has led us. This is our chance to reflect on the importance of water in our culture to better use its resources wisely. Data will be presented as a new, valuable currency while we also convey the threats related to the lack of ethics in the digital world.
This year's festival is an opportunity to take action and stimulate creativity. Today is when we need smart, functional, lasting solutions to improve our reality and change the future.
Be the cause of the change. Attention! Attention! It's time to design!
Mission and Vision
We believe that design can be an instrument of change. We want to inspire business, designers and our audiences to act, using design as a tool for efficient and sustainable growth. We are convinced that an open mind and a mindful approach may lead us to new solutions, which are so desperately needed today.