Estonian Design Centre (EDC) is a non-profit organization, established in 2008 by Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonian Design Institute and Estonian Association of Designers. EDC is a leader in the promotion of professional design in Estonia, being a partner for designers, entrepreneurs, public sector representatives and policy makers. The mission of the EDC is to support strategic design implementation in the business and the public sector and to nurture an innovative and cooperation-oriented environment for the development of design.
Our aim is to increase design awareness and promote the use of design as a strategic tool for solving big societal challenges, growing the economy, increasing innovation and improving the quality of everyday life. Through various support activities, EDC promotes design as a driver of social well-being and economic development, supports the professionalism and competence development of designers and helps to increase the product development and export potential of Estonian companies through better design.
EDC coordinates the network of Estonian design agencies (ca 50 organizations) that includes agencies of communication design, product design, strategic design, service design, digital design (including UX/UI, gamification, etc.), circular design.
One of EDC goals is to bring new knowledge and developments into Estonia and for that we conduct experiments, initiate support programmes, write articles, organize design talks, etc. EDC also organizes the biannual Estonian Design Awards.
Being part of different European projects we have
gained a lot of international experience. Since 2017, EDC is actively involved in promoting
sustainability and eco-design/circular design in Estonia. EDC aim is to
contribute to the implementation of circular business development through
design and promote new ways of thinking among Estonian designers and companies.
In close international cooperation, EDC has developed several tools to help
organizations to move towards circular economy (circular economy audit,
EDC was leading the team and coordinated working groups that prepared a new Estonian Design Development Strategy 2023 and is currently coordinating the roundtable of Estonian Design Education.
EDC is a member of The Bureau of European Design Association (BEDA), Connect Health (Estonian Health Tech Cluster) and The Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI). EDC was one of the partners in the European design and innovation platform, Design for Europe. http://www.designforeurope.eu
Founding members and partners
Estonian Design Centre Council
Kristjan Mändmaa / Estonian Academy of Arts
Dean of the Faculty of Design
Kristjan Jagomägi / Estonian Design Institute, designer, DF
Martin Pärn / Tallinn University of Technology, professor
Ilona Gurjanova / Estonian Association of Designers, chairman
Estonian Design Centre Council is the highest governing body of the Estonian Design Centre.
Cooperation partners and supporters
International projects:Ecodesign Circle
Members of the Estonian Design Centre Advisory BoardKärt Summatavet
The role of Supervisory Board is to give advice to the management of the NGO.