It’s already several days ago that I wrote about my stay in Cardiff and I promised you to continue my Cardiff blog. So here it is…
The reason why I was in Cardiff was the event of the year: the Designmanagement Europe Awards 2008. This is a prize for good practice of design management within their companies that exists since 2007. So this year was the second edition of this prize and a lot of really nice companies applied for it.
During this event at the Wales Millenium Centre in the heart of Cardiff Bay the winning companies in 7 different categories were announced and a glamorous trophy was given to them.
Here are some of my most favourite winning companies (Click on the pic to see a bigger PDF of the poster):
My personal absolute favourite is Madara Cosmetics in the category ‘first time design project’. It’s a Latvian eco-cosmetics company that was founded by three enthusiastic young women like me and Katrin are. That is probably the most fascination issue for me. And their corporate identity is great: nice photos, nice graphics and nice products as well!
The other one is Industreal (category micro companies) an Italian company that produces very nice accessories products: vases, …
Further more: a Belgian company called Vlaemsch( ) (category micro companies). They have really funny, off-key, crazy products like for example a sculpture of Jesus Christ that comes together with 4 nails in a small package and you have to crucify the Jesus yourself.
And Finnish architects called Plusarkkitehdit (category micro companies) offering some very, very nice wooden single-family houses. If I build my own house on day, I will take one of these for sure.
If you want to see a list of all the 39 winning companies and learn more about the DME Award please click here.
After the ceremony all the guests were invited to come backstage what was quite a big experience for all. It’s far from everyday routine to be backstage in a huge theater and it was great atmosphere: very dark, DME red light everywhere, nice food, delicious drinks. We all had great fun.
And now coming to my part of the whole event: people had the chance to have a look at the exhibition as well that I set up together with some helping hands during the day. Many thanks to all the helping hands again! The whole exhibition was the outcome of hard work in designing posters, collecting products, contacting companies for material… So that is why I made several trips to Cardiff recently.
Unfortunately this is my last job within this European project and finally I can say: I appreciated a lot the work there, the people I got to know and I am a bit sad to give it up. BUT: I am looking forward to our new chanllange as well.