DfG Events

  • DfG Helsinki Design Week Online Event: “Design for government: Two cases of designing sustainability policy in Finland”
    Recording of the Helsinki Design Week Online event: 21.09.2021 (14:00 – 16:00h): “Design for government: Two cases of designing sustainabilitypolicy in Finland” Image: Original illustration by Savannah Vize, Hannah Roche, Amir Tahvonen, Shuaijun Zhang from Design for Government course at Aalto University. About the cases: Just Transition to Post-Oil Heating in Homes (2020) by the Ministry of … Read more
  • 2021 Final Show
    The Design for Government 2021 Final Show showcases inspiring examples of proactive and ‘designerly’ approaches to policy-making and public service provision. The event, which was hosted online, saw 9 talented and multidisciplinary student teams present their research and proposals responding to challenges posed from within the Finnish public sector. This year, students addressed a record … Read more
  • 2020 Final Show
    The 2020 Final Show of Design for Government (DfG) showcases new ways that multidisciplinary design can address policy-making and public-service provision! DfG’20 included 6 highly-committed and talented student teams addressing challenging projects commissioned from within the Finnish government. This year, students have addressed two project briefs: First up at the Final Show were the teams dedicated to “Boosting … Read more
  • DfG 2020 stakeholder workshop on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the DfG course! The post is written by one of the three groups dealing with the Ministry of Environment’s project brief on ‘Just transition to post-oil heating in homes’. The group includes Elizabeth Atkins from the Collaborative and Industrial Design (CoID) program, Elisa Dametto from the Creative Sustainability (CS) program, Jane Lehtinen … Read more
  • DfG 2020 stakeholder workshop on ‘Boosting climate education’
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written in collaboration with the three groups dealing with the project brief ‘Boosting climate education’ provided by the Ministry of Environment (YM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish National Agency for Education (OPH) and the ORSI … Read more
  • 2019 Final Show
    The 2019 Final Show of Design for Government (DfG) showcases new ways that multidisciplinary design can address policy-making and public-service provision! DfG’19 included 4 highly-committed and talented student teams addressing challenging projects commissioned from within the Finnish government. This year, students have addressed two project briefs: First up at the Final Show were the teams dedicated to “Boosting … Read more
  • Design & Government at Helsinki Design Week
    This is a long version of a post invited by the Design Forum Finland blog, it also appears at Migri’s Inland Design blog. It’s co-authored by Anni Leppänen (Lead Experimentalist, D9 team, State Treasury, Minh-Nguyet Le (doctoral candidate, University of Potsdam, DE), Ramia Mazé (Professor, Aalto University), Mariana Salgado (Director, Inland Design, Migri), Helén Marton and Laura Lerkkanen (MA students, Aalto University).  … Read more
  • 2018 Final Show
    The 2018 Final Show of Design for Government showcases new ways that multidisciplinary design can address policy-making and public-service provision! 3 highly-committed and talented student teams present their research and proposals addressing a challenging project brief from within the Finnish government – this year, students have addressed a policy challenge from the Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture and … Read more
  • DfG’18 starts strong with a stakeholder workshop!
    This blog post reports on work-in-progress within the Design for Government (DfG) course! The post is written by one of the three groups working on the brief, ‘The Future of Finland’s Hiking Areas: New Uses, Users and Identity,’ by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in collaboration with Metsähallitus. The group includes multi-disciplinary students from Aalto … Read more
  • DFG in the EU Design Days 2017
    Design for Government (DFG) and CHEMARTS were the 2 projects nominated from Aalto University for presentations at the EU Design Days 2017! Seungho Lee, founder of Design for Government, and Emilija Veselova, one of the alumni of DFG’17, travelled to Brussels in September to represent Aalto University at EU Design Days. Below, Seungho and Emilija reflect upon … Read more
  • 2017 Final Show
    The 2017 Final Show of the Design for Government (DfG) course showcased new ways that multidisciplinary design can address policy-making and public-service provision! For an audience of 150, 4 highly-committed and talented student teams presented their research and proposals addressing challenging project briefs commissioned from within the Finnish government. The theme ‘togetherness’ was in focus during … Read more
  • Design for Government at the Design Museum
    Enter and Encounter Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki 24 Mar – 22 Oct 2017 Design for Government is featured in an exhibition at the Design Museum in Helsinki! Enter and Encounter is a joint exhibition produced by Design Museum Finland and the Finnish Association of Designers Ornamo featuring contemporary design since Helsinki’s Design Capital Year of … Read more
  • 2016 Final Show
    The 2016 Final Show of the Design for Government (DfG) course showcased new ways that multidisciplinary design can address policy-making and public-service provision! 6 highly-committed and talented student teams presented their research and proposals addressing challenging project briefs from within the Finnish government – DfG’16 addressed 2 project briefs from the Finnish Ministry of the Environment and 1 project brief from the Finnish … Read more
  • View the mid-review presentation slides
    Photo: Seungho Lee The 2016 Design for Government (DfG) course is halfway through and promising directions were presented in the mid-review event on 5 Apr at Tieteiden talo. In this 3rd year of DfG, multidisciplinary student teams have addressed project briefs from the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. 2016 project briefs outline … Read more
  • DfG in Helsinki Design Week – Part 2
    During the Helsinki Design Week 2015, we have organised a workshop inviting 11 designers and 10 civil servants to Valtimo, a joint working space of the ministries, early in the morning of September 10th. The aim of the day was to create trust and find tools for the ministries’ civil servants and designers’ to start working … Read more
  • DfG in Helsinki Design Week – Part 1
    Design for Government contributed to an event, Design Driven Society, hosted by Design Driven City and Design Europe during the Helsinki Design Week at L3 building in Jätkäsaari on September 9th. The day started with a keynote on agile and participatory city development from Anthony Engi Meacock, an urban and architectural designer and co-founder of … Read more
  • 2015 Final Show
    Thank you so much for coming to DfG 2015 Final Show! It was a great success thanks to the hard-working students as well as the enthusiastic audience including some 40 civil servants. Altogether some 180 guests joined us at Säätytalo, and the feedback and the discussion were extremely fruitful. We will share all the presentations … Read more
  • Mid-term review presentation slides
    The mid-term review of Design for Government 2015 took place at Tieteiden talo, the House of Science and Letters, on 21.4.2015 from 9 to 12. In the beginning of 2015, the Prime Minister’s Office (VNK) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM) assigned three project to Design for Government, and the six teams of highly … Read more
  • DfG Panel Discussion 3.3.2015
    Thousand thank for those who made it to our grand opening event of the Design for Government (DfG) 2015. For those who couldn’t make it, we’ve put the whole event online for you. The programme of the day looked like the following, and the videos below are in chronological order. 09 00 Coffee and networking … Read more
  • Panel Discussion on 3 March 2015
    Are you interested in designing with the public sector and government? Helsinki Design Lab and Design Driven City programme of Finland, Policy Lab under the UK Cabinet, MindLab of Denmark, Public Policy Lab of New York are just the beginning. Now the emergent domain of design requires a new set of skills and the right mindset … Read more
  • 2014 Final Show
    Design for government (DfG) Final Show took place at Master of Aalto (MOA) exhibition space near Esplanadi park, Helsinki, with a number of experts as guest critic including academics, design professionals, and representatives from the industry.
  • DfG Introduction Week – March 24-28, 2014
    During the first week, we have got a tremendous input from our teachers – Seungho, Hella, and Juha – as well as guest speakers including Marco Steinberg, Tiina-Kaisa Laakso-Liukkonen, Jaana Hyvärinen.