CANCELLED — 18 Oct. 2020 — Designers write #1 in Eindhoven

Bad news. Our previously announced event can’t take place: The Dutch Design Week live programme is cancelled due to stricter corona policies. At this moment we are retooling our Designers Write programme to accommodate these developments. We’ll keep you posted!

Details below are no longer applicable.


We are in the middle of multiple world-wide crises. And every one of them is in some way related to the field of design. Designers write is a provocative series of events in which we reflect on the role of the designer in the crises that threaten us. Let’s think, and write, and speak, and act.

Designers write #1: Onomatopee Eindhoven

Designers write will present its first edition in collaboration with Onomatopee as part of Dutch Design Week 2020. The event at Onomatopee’s project space will showcase urgent new works of design criticism, written by select alumni and students of Design Academy Eindhoven and the Royal Academy of Art The Hague, works that reflect on the relationship between design and the current planet-wide clusterf*ck.

Details for the CANCELLED event can be found here.

About Designers write

The COVID-19 pandemic, ecological collapse, economic inequality, climate migration and all kinds of related forms of social and political injustice are fighting for our attention. Topics that are related the design field in myriad ways. Designers write invites designers to address those topics head-on.

Designers write is an initiative of Designplatform Rotterdam and Joeri Pruys, and consists of a series of four events in which the relationship between design and the accumulation of current crises is central. The events are held at four locations across the Netherlands and Belgium, where designers are invited to reflect on the themes above by writing and reciting newly written essays, and engaging in other types of reflective and critical activities. After each event, the essays are published on The works will also automatically compete for the Simon Mari Pruys Prize for Design Criticism and/or the Geert Bekaert Prize for Architectural Criticism.

The events are organized in collaboration with our local partners Onomatopee Eindhoven, Bureau Europa Maastricht, Z33 Hasselt and the Groninger Museum. Designers write is made possible in part financially by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie (Creative Industries Fund NL).