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Francesco Morelli founded the Istituto Europeo di Design in 1966 with one guiding vision: design is best done through doing. Decades later, IED Barcelona Design University collaborates with high-profile institutions, respected brands and world-class events, which place IED’s students in the seat of industry from day one, with more than 1,000 international students per year. For students of design, fashion, visual communications and management for creative industries, this is a school that understands why the task of recalibrating the future must extend far beyond the classroom.

Case study 01: Vitra

At IED Barcelona, redefining the contemporary workplace is an immediate concern. Partnering with Vitra Spain, the Workspace Revolution project asks interior design and product design students to transform future design paradigms into a present-day reality. Good design redefines normal, meaning ideas about improving workplace well-being, motivating positive human interaction, and increasing contact with nature were explored.

Case study 02: Cern

For the CBI Project, business and design students are challenged to come up with real-world solutions for the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, thrusting them into the heart of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. Learning from some of the world’s leading scientists, students spend four months defining their own ideas within the context of one of the world’s most coveted and innovative scientific institutions.

Case study 03: Sónar+D

International gatherings such as the Mobile World Congress, the largest industry event for mobile technology, and Sónar+D, the Sónar music festival’s exploration of the relationship between art, technology and music, provide undergraduates with a platform to fine-tune their ideas and present them to experts. At Sónar+D, this means unveiling innovative new apps to some of the best in the business – and building bridges into the professional realm.


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