About the Disseny Hub
The Disseny Hub emerges as a renowned space to add value to the projection of the creative industries, the dissemination of the city’s heritage and culture on a global scale.
With this vision, the Disseny Hub implements promotion policies in the fields of design, fashion, audio-visual productions, crafts and architecture, among others; hosting and supporting the city’s creative talent and working with training centres, artists and business environments on a local and international scale, as a result of the agreement between the Economic Promotion Department of the Barcelona Culture Institute, and under the direction of Mireia Escobar.
These goals will result in a programme which aims to disseminate these disciplines and familiarise the general public with them through exhibitions and activities for all audiences, such as those promoted by the Design Museum. It also aims to boost and promote the sector through a programme which includes conferences, festivals and awards together with Barcelona Activa and the other entities based in the Disseny Hub: Barcelona Design Centre (BcD in its Catalan acronym), the Promotion of Arts and Design (FAD in its Catalan acronym) and the El Clot – Josep Benet Library.
The Disseny Hub’s role in education and research is also fundamental. Through its close link with universities and an extensive programme dedicated to schools, as well as the tasks undertaken at the Design Museum’s Documentation Centre, a consultation and research space which specialises in decorative arts and design compiling and conserving documentation related to these subjects, disseminating it and making it available to professionals and researchers. As a result of this desire and conviction, “Barcelona Creativa” is formed, one of the proposals included in the Government’s Measure for Boosting Creative Industries approved in October 2019, which materialised in March 2022 through the Taula Barcelona Creativa, a representation and participation platform for the creative industry sectors.
The promotion of young talent (with projects such as the Sustainable Challenge and new programmes such as the Dissenyem Comerç - We Design Trade), the relationship between professionals and companies (with exhibitions such as the Fira Joya - Jewellery Fair and the “Enjoia’t 2021” Contemporary Jewellery Awards), training (including courses such as El moble del segle XX i XXI - 20th and 21st-century Furniture and the Introducció a la Ceràmica Espanyola - Introduction to Spanish Ceramics course), the transformation of other economic and cross-cutting subjects (with activities such as the new Food Design Week) and the dissemination and connection with the general public (with family workshops, guided tours, conferences, courses and Barcelona Design Week, among many other activities).
An indispensable element has been the publication of the "Creative Industries map", a careful portrait of the impact of audiovisual, artistic, craft, design and other businesses on our economy.