WDC Helsinki 2012

We are open. For us, openness equals transparency, global responsibility and innovation. Usability, sustainability and desirability. That is what we are looking for.

We design for a better life.
Design santa.

Design santa.

Office xmas lunch.

Office xmas lunch.

Getting ready for a little excursion in lots and lots of snow.

Getting ready for a little excursion in lots and lots of snow.

Santa has competition! Packing season’s greetings at the office.

Santa has competition! Packing season’s greetings at the office.

The Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille accepts the designation of WDC2014.

The Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille accepts the designation of WDC2014.

The Minister of Sports and Culture, Paavo Arhinmäki, talks about his relationship with design.

The Minister of Sports and Culture, Paavo Arhinmäki, talks about his relationship with design.

The convocation gala dinner for Cape Town WDC 2014 opening words from Executive Director Pekka Timonen.

The convocation gala dinner for Cape Town WDC 2014 opening words from Executive Director Pekka Timonen.

Session three was titled “Global Responsibility – Designing the Future” with keynote from Ravi Naidoo, Founder, Design Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa and reflections from Kigge Hvid, CEO, Index: Design to Improve Life, Copenhagen and Ilkka Suppanen, Designer, Studio Suppanen, Helsinki.

Session four offered insight into Helsinki as a “Design Destination – Transforming the City” with an introduction from Jussi Ahola, Chief Data Scientist, IBM, keynote from Judy Dobias, Managing Director, Camron, London and reflections from André Noël Chaker, Author, The Finnish Miracle and Jeroen Beekmans and Joop de Boer, Founders, The Pop-Up City, Amsterdam.

The first session titled “Open Helsinki, Creating Cultural Change” with keynote by Tommi Laitio, Director of Youth Affairs, City of Helsinki, and reflections by Tuomas Toivonen, Architect, Now Office, Helsinki and Saku Tuominen, Creative Director, Idealist Group, Helsinki.

The second “Roots for New Growth – Demand for Design” with keynote by Michael Thomson, Director and Founder, Design Connect, London and reflections by Salla Heinänen, Secretary General, Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo and Mirkku Kullberg, CEO, Artek.

Opening and welcoming.