At WDCD Live 2022, you can check out our specially curated exhibitions of design in action. In the common spaces of the Internationaal Theater, you can explore a showcase of the very best of what design can do and how we can use creativity as a tool in response to the major crises of our times.

Posters Can Help 

In times of crisis, what is a designer’s work really good for?

WDCD has teamed up with Slanted, the iconic German design publisher, to present an exhibition on graphic design, war and peace. Inspired by Slanted’s new fundraising project under the same title, Posters Can Help will feature a selection of posters donated by creators around the world in response to the Russian war in Ukraine. Showing only at WDCD Live 2022, the co-curated exhibition will share visual messages of solidarity, expressions of hope and calls for unity.

Visitors are also invited to participate in the project by contributing their own poster, graphic design, artwork, illustration or photo. All submissions to Posters Can Help will be included in a book which is set to be published in November 2022. A full-page poster in the book will require a € 100.– donation, while a smaller poster will require € 10.–. Slanted will then forward these donations, as well as all proceeds from global sales, directly to ARTHELPS and MSF—Médecins Sans Frontières, and contributors can decide how their donation is split between these organisations. The best part? Anyone can get involved. There is no creative selection process — so the more posters submitted, the more money donated. Learn more about the project (and how to take part) here.

No Waste Challenge

Sixteen strategies to take less, make better and handle smarter

In January 2021, WDCD launched the No Waste Challenge, a global design competition calling for imaginative solutions to reduce waste and its impact on climate change. The response was exceptional—and from a total of 1409 entries, 16 ground-breaking ideas were ultimately selected for the top prize. 

We are extremely proud to present the winning projects in an interactive installation during WDCD Live 2022. From carbon-negative tiles to the world’s first living coffin, the No Waste Challenge Exhibition will celebrate the small hacks and big ideas that are bringing us closer to a circular future. Visitors can expect to see some solutions that focus on the production process, aiming to revolutionise the taking and making of all the things we use and eat. Other winners have taken the long view, and are working to uproot entire value systems with their designs. Viewed together, their ideas reflect an image of a changing world, and provide an exciting glimpse at the thinkers, makers and doers of the new economy. 

Not going to make it to WDCD Live Amsterdam? If you’re in Brussels, you can also catch a version of this exhibition on 9-12 June as part of the Festival of the New European Bauhaus.