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Formal reception

Stockholm City invites all foreign conference participants and an equal number of Swedish counterparts to a formal reception in Stadshuset (the City Hall). This is the same hall as used for the Nobel Prize dinners. It will include a buffet  and a guided tour of the city hall.

Time: 18:00-20:00, Sunday May 18


After the ceremony all participants are invited to the official Winners Party at the Sodra Bar. The event is organized by Corbis, Scanpix and European Design

Ed-Awards Ceremony

Stockholm City invites all foreign conference participants and an equal number of Swedish counterparts to a formal reception in Stadshuset (the City Hall). This is the same hall as used for the Nobel Prize dinners. It will include a buffet  and a guided tour of the city hall.

Time: 18:00-20:00, Sunday May 18

The European Design Festival restarts in Tallinn 2022

It might be that we have been forced for the last two years to stay on the virtual sphere, but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t working on getting back on track. With this in mind Tallinn has been chosen as the city  that will welcome the European Design Festival in June 2022.

The prestigious event, which gathers hundreds of communication designers from all over the European continent (and beyond) is set to resume after a two year break, made necessary due  to the ongoing pandemic. It consists of exhibitions, talks, design walks, workshops, conferences, social events and of course the European Design Awards gala.

“We always go for cities that have a vibrant design scene but at the same time are the kind of  destinations that people are excited to visit” says Mr Demetrios Fakinos, the European Design Festival director and added “Tallinn is such a place: an attractive, innovative city that is immersed in the great nordic design culture. I’m sure that with the help of our local partner, the Estonian Design Centre, we will offer an inspiring event that will make everyone happy to  attend”.

The Head of Estonian Design Centre Ms Tiia Vihand asserts: ‘‘We believe that European Design Awards Festival has a significant impact on local design community, as well as helps us to spread the word about the impact of design in our society generally. We feel very honored and excited that next year we can host the event in Tallinn.‘‘
‘‘We are also grateful for City of Tallinn for their contribution and willingness to bring European Design Awards to Tallinn,‘‘ emphasizes Ms Vihand.

The ED-Festival has since 2007 been hosted in cities like Stockholm, Zurich, Rotterdam, Helsinki, Istanbul, Vienna, Porto and Oslo, to name a few. Its mission is to celebrate European  design, facilitate designers to meet, be inspired and build networks, but also to help promote  the design discipline to wider audiences. “Being selected to host European Design Awards in 2022 is a great recognition to Estonia as an excellent location for international high-level conferences and events. We are extremely proud that Tallinn will be joining the outstanding lineup of EDAwards hosts cities and we are ready to impress the international design community!“ adds Kadri Karu, Managing Director of Estonian Convention Bureau.


*Photo credit: Tõnu Tunnel

Official announcement of the European Design Awards 2021 results

It might be that again we are not allowed to have a real event, where we meet in person and we physically interact, but this doesn’t mean that we won’t make the best of whatever situation we’re in. Celebrating this year’s ED-Awards is our top priority. That’s why we are working hard to put an exciting show and of course we want you to be part of it.

On Saturday the 12th of June at 5 pm CET, the official results are going to be announced (exactly on the day when it was scheduled all along).
So, feel free to join us for the official announcement of all winners which will take place on our YouTube channel. This is the live YouTube link so make sure to bookmark it.
Also keep an eye on our Facebook event page for special announcements.

Zoltan Gocza

Zoltan is a product design leader with over 20 years of experience creating digital products used by tens of millions worldwide.

Zoltan currently leads a design team at Credit Suisse. In the past, he headed design at companies like Numbrs, Ustream and Isobar, and co-founded a startup that became a market leader.

His publications, like UX Myths or Contrast Rebellion, have reached millions of designers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Zoltan is a frequent speaker at design conferences and courses.

Mitya Kharshak

Mitya Kharshak was born in Leningrad in 1977. A designer, a photographer, an art critic and a researcher of graphic archaeology. Graduated from the department of Communications design of St.Petersburg State Academy of Design and Applied Art, then in the same Institution completed 3-years post-graduate studies at the Department of Theory and history of arts and architecture. In 1996 and 1998—1999 he studied and taught at the Higher School of Art (Hochschule der Kunste) in Berlin. In 2003 and in 2006 he took part in international interdisciplinary design and architectural projects on topics “Shrinking cities” and “EU-urbanism” in Bauhaus (Dessau, Germany). He is a participant of lots of professional exhibitions and competitions. An author of the book “From psychology of domestic type to graphic archaeology” (2006) and dozens of articles on design, visual art and advertising. Since 2001 till 2006 was a teacher and lecturer on the department of Graphic in North-West State Print University. Since January 2009 he started teaching “The history of design of the XX century” in St.Petersburg State Academy of Design and Applied art.

His works are in the collections of the Russian National Library, the State Museum of Vladimir Nabokov, State Museum of Political History and the State Museum “Tsarskoye Selo Collection”. A member of the Guild of Artists of Russia. The main awards: Golden prize and the prize “Modulor” in the nomination “Graphical design in biennale exhibition “Modulor 2003”, the  winner of the exhibition “Sign 2003”, the prize of the Guild of Journalists of Russia (2003), the First Prize in the exhibition-competition “The Golden Flea 2005”, the prizewinner “The Golden Flea 2006”, the second and the third prizes at the International Competition of Trade Style “Identity. Best of the best”. In 2010 four graphic works of Mitya Kharshak were included into the TOP-100 of Russian design, rated by an international expert jury. In 2012 — two works in this rating. The programme “Vizhu! The stars of graphic design”, which was founded and curated by Mitya Kharshak in 2009—2010 was recounted as an “Event of the year in Russian graphic design”. In 2011 and 2012 awarded by the Goveners’ prize in the section of visual art and design. 

Since 2007 he is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the “Projector” design magazine. In 2011 he created a series of weekly TV live talks “Projector TV-magazine” — professional program on design, architecture and visual arts. In 2013—2014 he has been editor-in-chief of ART1, a visual daily internet-portal.

Lives and works in St.Petersburg, where he serves as the head of the Higher School of Economics Design School. 

Ana Gea

Ana Gea is the editor and co-director of Gràffica, a magazine that in less than a decade has become a fundamental medium in the dissemination of visual culture. Ana combines her working life with teaching in the Masters course at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

Founder of the magazine Gràffica —the most widely read media specialised in visual culture in Spanish in the world—, the design consultancy PalauGea and the Universo de Emociones project, which publishes publications on emotions
and human behaviour.

She has directed different projects for brands such as: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain, Fedrigoni, Manter, Red Bull, LZF Lamps, Grupo Punset, Fundación Cotec, Ruiz Gallardón Abogados…

She is a lecturer at different universities in Spain where she teaches strategy and design management: (UPV) Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, CEU Cardenal Herrera University, (IED) Istituto Europeo di Design Madrid, Barreira, LABA Valencia…

She has been a speaker at different events and design festivals such as: Blanc Festival, Selected Bilbao, Tenerife Design Festival, Santander Music Festival, Paradís (Valencia World Design Capital)and  jury member for the Laus Awards, Gràffica Awards, Canary Islands Design Awards, Motiva Awards, etc…

Valencia to host the ED-Festival in 2021

Every year, for the past 14 editions of the European Design Awards we have been very eager to welcome the creative community to an exciting series of events that constitute the annual European Design Festival. It’s a time that we get to see many friends in person and get to know new ones. People whom we admire and people who inspire us.

This time however we are sad to confirm that there is not going to be an ED-Festival. The reason is of course very obvious and it has to do with the outbreak of COVID-19. Europe is having a hard time, and in particular Spain, our host for 2020 is paying a heavy toll. It is a decision that does not make us happy, but we strongly believe that it is of the utmost importance to put the health of our guests, staff and community above everything else.

At this point, we need to acknowledge the amazing work the people of ADCV (Art Directors’ Club of Valencia) have done to create content that would have been both fun and inspirational. This work, will not go wasted. It has been decided that Valencia will host next year’s event: the European Design Festival 2021. By then we hope that everything will look much, much brighter!

At this point, we want to stress that apart from the Award Ceremony and the European Design Festival everything else will follow the initial schedule. The juries have already started the task of evaluating all submissions and new virtual processes have been established in the cases where they are needed. You can rest assured that all work is being judged according to the high standards you have always associated with the European Design Awards.

According to our schedule, the notification of finalists will commence on April 6th and everyone will have been contacted by April 13th at the latest.
This means that we will soon be in touch again. Until then, we urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.

Be vigilant, be optimistic, be creative and most of all, take care!
Demetrios Fakinos

Managing Director
European Design Awards


Victor Palau

He is currently a founding partner of PalauGea and Director/Editor of the magazine Gràffica. From PalauGea and in collaboration with its multidisciplinary team, he designs and executes strategic plans for various clients. From the media Gràffica, he publishes content related to visual and digital culture on digital and paper. He also organizes the Gràffica Awards annually.

He has been a speaker at conferences and festivals but he has also organized and curated different activities around design. He has been a jury of D&AD, Laus, Gràffica … and many others.

He is a professor of Design in different Masters about Graphic and Editorial Design. Teaches conferences and workshops on design issues aimed at professionals from the creative sector. At the same time, he writes articles related to creativity and design, in Gràffica and other magazines and newspapers.

Christine Moosmann

Christine Moosmann has is co-publisher of the Grafikmagazin, a new magazine that emerged in the German market in 2020. Before that she had been part of the novum team for almost 20 years, serving first as and editor sand since 2019 as the editor-in-chief of the historic magazine.

In her work, Christine searches for new talents, writes articles for other publications, is a member of design juries and holds talks at design conferences. She is also one of the organizers of Creative Paper Conference, a bi-annual conference on paper, printing and print finishing.



Viola von Zadow

Viola von Zadow is a communications designer and photographer from Berlin. She is a co-founder and lead designer of m12.studio, co-editor of Design Made in Germany and a jury member for several awards.

m12.studio is a hub for tailor-made, high-standard conceptual design solutions. On top of a strong core team, its long-standing partner network allows to respond to complex client needs in digital and print. Since 2014, Viola is a co-editor for the online magazine of Design Made in Germany, since 2018, a judge for Epica Awards and, since 2020, a jury member of European Design Awards.

Viola studied Kommunikationsdesign at the HTW Berlin with honors and gained project experience at the design studio Ritator in Stockholm, at Polyform in Berlin and with London-based John Thompson & Partners in Dublin and Shanghai.

Postreet poster

Postreet poster is an exhibition of posters collected, ripped off, cut out from the street, taken out from the poster mishmash. Expect great classics of “the Polish School of Posters”, remembering the times when posters were seducing passersby with colours and typography. Like a piece of jewelry lost somewhere in the city. We could not do without contemporary masters of comic sans posters whousing their a4 format try to break through marketing crammed pulp. There will be posters both representing the local and foreign scene. Highly engaged, handmade and serigraphy. Digital and offset, posters that entered the city walls and were noticed.

Vernissage: June 9, 6.30 – 9pm
Form more info click here

ED-Festival opening garden party and vernissage of the exhibition “123 Polish posters you don’t want to miss”

The Association of Polish Graphic Designers has a pleasure to invite you to the European Design Festival 2019 Opening. The event will take place in the building of the Poster Museum at Wilanów. Altogether, it will consist of a ceremonial inauguration of the festival, a vernissage of the exhibition “123 Polish posters you don’t want to miss” and afterparty in a beautiful garden belonging to the museum.

All these events will be a great opportunity to meet Polish and European designers, get to know each other and make new friends. The exhibition aims to present 123 posters that have significantly influenced the development of visual communication in Poland and the world. Each of the selected works has a curator commentary that allows you to understand the context of its creation. After the vernissage, there will be a guided tour with the curator.

Karol Śliwka: Polish Design Polish Designers

The largest monographic exhibition on Karol Śliwka, an outstanding graphic designer, creator of over 400 logos that have been a part of Polish everyday life for the past sixty years, shaping the iconosphere of the public space.

Karol Śliwka was a very multifaceted designer. His work has included packaging, book and record covers, stamps, and posters. Yet logos occupy a special place in his career, such as those created for the Institute of Mother and Child, General Director of Roads and Highways, the National Library, Adamed, and School and Educational Publishers. Some of these are presently considered cult classics – it would be hard to find someone in Poland who does not recognize the characteristic logo for PKO BP Bank.

Though many of Karol Śliwka’s designs are still part of the public sphere and the consciousness of many generations, as a designer he often remains anonymous. At this exhibition we are giving the floor to Karol Śliwka: quotes from conversations with the designer guide us through the various stages of his life and work. The witty and nostalgic stories he tells give us a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a graphic designer and the various phases of his work, beginning with the People’s Republic era, moving through the transformation period, and finishing at the present day. We break down Śliwka’s most familiar logos, analyzing their various elements and recalling the stories and anecdotes behind them. We consider what makes a logo good, and what features make it recognizable. We use real objects from the designer’s studio to show the traditional craft of the graphic designer: tools, materials, and techniques that today, in our epoch of omnipresent technology, are slowly being forgotten. We wonder what inspires this graphic designer, whose work helped shape the everyday life of several generations, and if his work should be perceived in terms of craft or art. Finally, analyzing the work of an experienced designer with “principles,” we ask about the values a graphic design can hold.

Special Hotel discounts for ED-Festival attendees

For the European Design Festival in Warsaw we have secured special discounts which you can claim following the instructions described in each individual case

Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre****
63 Grzybowska, 00-844 Warsaw 
• Single room with breakfast- 518,40 PLN per day
• Double room with breakfast- 561,60 PLN per day
Please make the reservation through the following email address: alina.filyuk@hilton.com

BEST WESTERN Hotel Felix***
24 Omulewska
A 20% discount to the regular rate has been offered for those using the password EDF
Please make the reservation through the following email address: hotel@bwfelix.pl

BEST WESTERN Hotel Portos***
3a Mangalia
A 20% discount to the regular rate has been offered for those using the password EDF
Please make the reservation through the following email address: hotel@bwfelix.pl

Ibis styles Warszawa City***
43 Grzybowska
A 15% discount to the regular rate has been offered for those using the password EDF 
Please make the reservation through the following email address: HA1J0-RE@accor.com  
The Ibis promotional offer is valid until 24th May

Flying to Warsaw

Warsaw can be reached via two international airports:

The main airport serving the city is Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport located just 10 kilometres from the city centre. With around 100 international and domestic flights a day and with 17.750.000 passengers served in 2018, Warsaw Frédéric Chopin Airport is by far the biggest airport in Poland and in Central-Eastern Europe. 

Warsaw-Modlin Airport, located 35 kilometres to the north, opened in July 2012. With more than 3.000.000 passengers served in 2018, it is the fifth busiest airport in Poland, currently exclusively served by Ryanair.


Transport from Warsaw’s airports to the city centre


S2 route: Warsaw Airport to Sulejówek Milosna
This route lets you get to key locations within downtown Warsaw.
Opening hours
From Warsaw Airport: Daily, from 06:07 am to 23:09 pm.
From Sulejówek Milosna: Daily, from 04:55 am to 23:24 pm.

S3 route: Warsaw Airport to Warsaw Centrum (Central Railway Station)
By this route transfer to Warsaw Centrum Station, from where you will be able to connect to further services and other destinations.
Opening hours
From Warsaw Airport: Daily, from 06:22 am to 23:24 pm.
From Warsaw Centrum: Daily, from 05:35 am to 23:40 pm.

Single-fare transfer tickets (valid for 75 minutes) cost PLN 4.40 (€1.00)



At Warsaw Airport there are 5 bus routes which connect to several key destinations within the city.

See below further information about these routes:

Bus 175 (Warsaw Airport – City centre)
By Bus 175, you’ll be able to transfer to the city center from Warsaw Airport.
Opening hours: Daily, from 04:27 am to 22:58 pm.
Frequency: 15-30 minutes

Bus 188 (Warsaw Airport – City centre
This bus just follows the same route as Bus 175, but only during the night.
Opening hours: Daily, from 23:18 pm to 04:47 am.
Frequency: Every 10 minutes from 06:00 am to 10:00 am, and then every 20 minutes.

Bus 148 (Warsaw Airport – Ursynów-Praga)
Bus line 148 that provides access to Ursynów (a southern part of Warsaw) and Praga (an eastern part of Warsaw).
Opening hours: Daily, from 04:34 am to 22:35 pm.
Frequency: 15-20 minutes.

Bus 331 (Warsaw Airport – Underground Metro Station Wilanowska)
Bus 331 connects with underground station Metro Wilanowska.
Opening hours: Daily, from 06:13 am to 17:54 pm.
Frequency: From 06:13 am to 08:56 am, every 10 minutes, and then from 01:54 pm every 15 minutes until 05:54 pm.

Bus N32 (Warsaw Airport – Central Railway Station)
Bus line N32 just follows the route straight to the Central Railway Station in Warsaw only at night.
Opening hours: Daily, from 23:15 pm to 04:49 am.
Frequency: 30 minutes.

In Warsaw airport, there’s a new terminal for buses and coaches. It’s located on the arrivals level, in front of the south pier.

Single-fare transfer tickets (valid for 75 minutes) cost PLN 4.40 (€1.00)

For further information, please visit ZTM official website.



It is quite easy to transfer from Warsaw Airport to downtown by taxi. Warsaw Airport is located at just 10 kilometres off Warsaw city centre, that means an average travel time of 20 minutes according to traffic conditions.

There are three recommended taxi corporations:
– ELE TAXI: +48 22 811 11 11
– SUPER TAXI: +48 22 196 22
– SAWA TAXI: +48 22 644 44 44
Opening hours: 24 hours.

Taxis can be found outside Arrivals, in the first level.

Fares from the Warsaw Airport to downtown Warsaw is approximately 40 PLN (€9.50).
See below the fares to other popular destinations:
Warsaw Central Railway Station: PNL 30.00
Warszawa Wschodnia: PNL 48.00
Stare Miasto (old town): PNL 41.00
Praga: PNL 50.00


Print Control

Exhibition of publications designed by Polish designers which stand out with their graphic development, as well as printing and bookbinding solutions. Among 150 publications there are art books, photobooks, zines, albums and issues published by cultural institutions and art galleries. The exposition will familiarise you with the current trends in Polish publishing design, and you’ll be able to touch and read each of the exhibits.
The person responsible for the publication selection is Magdalena Heliasz, the author of the Polish printing design annual, Print Control