6 - 15 july 2018

Gdynia Design Days 2018

About the festival

Gdynia Design Days is an annual festival showcasing the latest trends and best practices in the field of design. Brimming with inspiring exhibitions, lectures, workshops and discussions the program is aimed at both professionals, young entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts looking for inspiration for creative activities and creative leisure time. For the 10 days in July Gdynia becomes the best summer meeting place for the design industry. GDD is also the only festival of design in Poland during which the created prototypes have a chance of being implemented. We believe that an intensive exchange of experiences and cooperation provide an opportunity to catch the wind in the sails for the following year and that the ideas born during GDD have the power to spread throughout Poland and abroad. The organizer of the festival is the Design Centre / Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia / City of Gdynia

Theme od the festival


This year's slogan is ERROR, which represents a number of meanings. How should we understand them?

In Latin, “error” means “mistake”, and as a verb it relates to journeys and wanderings. The word has been used for centuries, while today it is mostly associated with problems involving operating systems. It can also refer to clashes with rules and legal frameworks, a lack of understanding between people, unclear messages entering the public and virtual spheres.

As a result, we find ourselves in a constant state of imbalance, leading to the collapse of all the operating methods at our disposal. We are forced to seek effective, though often unconventional, solutions.

Our ever-changing reality demands we develop new skills at reading and reinterpreting codes. Too many options lead to an increase in frustration and greater margin for error. We thus arrive at a point of overload and excess – a time of error. Too many options, involving too much wealth, information and impulses from external sources, lead to polarised societies and eroded notions of freedom. Consequences include the loosening of family and social ties and a reduced sense of belonging. Emotional needs are met with virtual relationships, while the human touch is replaced with attempts to connect with machines. Being “offline” has become a luxury inaccessible to many, as it becomes ever harder for us to avoid relentlessly personalised advertising. Every day, we are offered useless innovations and tech, the sort which imposes new needs rather than meeting those already in existence.

We are faced with the challenge of having to re-evaluate our needs and re-define shared priorities. The aim is then to achieve balanced progress, ensuring a sense of safety and purpose. The responsibility for the future is in everyone's hands, but it is designers who take on the role of pioneers. This task involves identifying, analysing and trying to solve a whole host of problems. Do we know where to go next?

Gdynia has for some time been recognised as an innovative city, capable of expanding economic and civic horizons. The Polish seafaring trade evolved here, and it was the Gdynia Sea Terminal which saw the launch of legendary transatlantic ocean liners, carrying thousands of Poles on to their new lives abroad. 

In July, during Gdynia Design Days we will present our own vision of contemporary “errors”. Collectively, we will consider whether we are ready for potential “break downs” and if we have created a “backup copy” of our most valuable data.

The exhibitions which will be part of the festival will offer up accessible information and possible future scripts, while discussions and workshops will allow us to consider what shared paths can be taken next. Our festival is an opportunity to revise current operating methods and a chance to seek new strategies. It is high time we defined the sort of lives we want, or rather how we can define our limits.

Gdynia Design Days Programme Board

GDD programme council

  1. Ewa Janczukowicz-Cichosz

  2. Paulina Kisiel

  3. Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka

  4. Zuzanna Skalska

  5. Henryk Stawicki

  6. Izabela Bołoz

  7. Dorota Stępniak

GDD Team:

  • Ewa Janczukowicz-Cichosz
    Deputy Director of PSTP Gdynia, Manager of Design Centre
  • Paulina Kisiel
    Festival Director
  • Ewa Chudecka
    Event Producer
  • Katarzyna Czapiewska
    Promotion, Partners
  • Kaja Długosz
    Promotion, Social Media
  • Karolina Skrzypik
    Partners, Stwórz i Sprzedaj
  • Hanna Gryka
    Event coordinator
  • Konrad Dydziński
    Promotion coordinator
  • Małgorzata Bożyk
    Event coordinator

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