Discoverers wanted: Design workshops for kids

Discovering the fascinating world of design in a playful way: On Sunday, 22 September 2013, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen invites children from five to ten years to two workshops. They aim at equipping tomorrow’s designers with the design basics of well-shaped products which surround them around the clock –  whether it is the bed in which they sleep, the pencil they use for homework or the toy they play with in their free time.

What is design? Why does the shower head feature a round form? And why does a structured surface feel warmer than a smooth one when touching it? The child-oriented exercises of the workshops, which were developed together with the renowned Japanese architect and designer Masayo Ave, foster children’s curiosity about their environment as well as their creative talent. During their discovery tour in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, the kids aged five to six years will train their perception by “stretching” their imagination and learn to really see the things they look at. In addition, the eight-to-ten-years-old will touch listen and learn the characteristics of different materials within exciting exercises.

As the group size allows for a maximum of 10 children, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen kindly asks for previous registration by phone on +49 (0)201-301040 or via e-mail to museum(at) The cost sharing is 10 euros. The workshops are part of the EU project PROUD (People Researchers Organisations Using Design for co-creation and innovation).

At a glance:

Sunday, 22 September 2013, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Design Gymnastics: Learn the basics of design with open eyes
(for children from 5 – 6 years, 3 hours)

The workshop focuses on the sixth sense, since it is all about perception and the power of imagination which are of particular importance in the creative design process. The playful exercises facilitate them with a special observing technique and train their perception by “stretching” their imagination. Thus, the five-to six-years-old learn to really see the things they look at.

Sunday, 22 September 2013, 3 – 6 p.m.
Touch, Listen & Learn: Understand the basics of industrial materials through tactile discovery
(for children from 8 – 10 years, 3 hours)

In this workshop, children will feel, hear and learn about industrial materials under the motto “Touch, Listen & Learn”. They are the basis of every product children meet in their everyday life. The child-oriented exercises focus on the sensorial sense and contribute to a better understanding of the specific characteristics of different materials.

About PROUD:
PROUD (People Researchers Organisations Using Design for co-creation and innovation) is a European project with the objective to make Europe a better place by co-designing for all and by all. PROUD brings designers together with public organisations, businesses and user communities to experience the added value of design thinking and design, while working on innovative solutions for today’s real world problems. PROUD helps and supports designers to have the right facilities, knowledge and expertise to play this key role in innovating, improving and consolidating Europe.

Press contact:
Marie-Christine Sassenberg
Communications Manager
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
45309 Essen
Phone +49 (0)201 30 10 4-43

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