Design

Basic information of the sector

Design conception is improving along with the growth of the design sector, and is applied to creation of both tangible and intangible values. Presence of design (awareness and application) is naturally connected with facilitation of innovations and competitiveness in traditional industries, their created products and services, social area, environmental and information quality and its availability, as well as development of the territory.

Design is a process and approach of strategic development and a way to identify problems and find solutions thereto. Efficient use of design relates both to result and process, accentuating importance of the design thinking at all decision-making and management levels.
Design of Latvia facilitates economic growth of Latvia.

Vision:
By 2020, Latvia has fully used the diverse opportunities and innovative potential offered by the design sector, using design as a strategic instrument in the growth of the national economy, for well-being of individuals and society, as well as for the formation of the cultural identity and creation of the national image.

Latvian Design Council is a consultative body of the Ministry of Culture, the purpose whereof is to coordinate and facilitate cooperation of the State institutions and professionals of the sector in strategic matters related to development of the design sector and creation of high quality cultural environment in Latvia. The institutions represented in the Latvian Design Council: The Latvian Designers’ Society, the Art Academy of Latvia, the Latvian National Museum of Art/the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Culture Capital Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Economics, the Ministry of Education and Science, the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, the Design Information Centre, the Riga Technical University, as well as design professionals.

The Ministry of Culture takes pride!

A large-scale contemporary design exhibition series “Design Manifestation” consisting of four exhibitions “Reputation”, “Humanisation”, “Information” and “Situation” was carried out with the support of the Ministry of Culture. (A group of authors of the “Design Manifestation”: creators / leading designers of the design office “H2E”, professors of AAL Holgers and Ingūna Eleri, design thinking specialist and associate professor at AAL Barbara Abele (Barbara Ābele) and the Head of the Latvian Fashion Chamber and lecturer at the School of Business and Finance in Riga Dita Danosa).

The exposition “Information” of the “Design Manifestation” has gained international recognition – the prestigious Red Dot Award in the category Spacial communication in 2016, SEGD international design award in 2016 and the top award, as well as A’Design Award (Italy).

Contacts

Dzintra Purviņa, Civil Servant of Creative Industries Division. Dzintra.Purvina@km.gov.lv ,phone: +371 67330249