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TOKYO MAY 14-15, 2022

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About the event

Design Matters Tokyo is a conference on digital design – made for designers, by designers. The mission of Design Matters is to share knowledge, offer inspiration, and connect designers from all over the world.

Design Matters Tokyo is the sister conference of Design Matters, that is based in Copenhagen and has brought talented international designers on stage since 2015. After its debut in January 2020, Design Matters is ready to open again and welcome more designers to discover what Scandinavian and Japanese designers can learn from each other.

The event will present some of the best speakers from Design Matters as well as top-class Japanese designers who will share with the local audience their insights and learnings on digital design.

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A bridge connecting Japan and Scandinavia

For Design Matters, it’s such a privilege to be part of an intercultural community of experts and creatives who share the same strong passion and interest for design. We firmly believe that connecting cultures and sharing experiences have the potential to give rise to brilliant ideas. This is why, at Design Matters, we encourage designers to talk about their processes, challenges, ideas, inspirations…and fuck-ups!

Design Matters stands out from other design conferences, thanks to its joyful and festival-ish atmosphere that creates an open environment for designers to share their ideas. So, this event represents a non-mainstream alternative to many design conferences that have a more formal and corporate style. We’ve learned that Japanese designers sometimes may lack a valid alternative to the mainstream mindset and approach. Our event will bring a breath of fresh air and a different way of thinking design!

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The red thread of design

Japan takes pride in a long tradition of craftsmanship, that has always ensured the high quality of its products. At the same time, Danish people are famous for their practical attitude and outlook on life. Design Matters Tokyo will be the perfect intersection between these worlds.

An interest towards Japan and its culture has dramatically surged in Scandinavia in the past few years. In a similar way, our Japanese community has shown great interest and curiosity towards Scandinavian design and the “Danishness” of our approach. And knowing that Japan is seeking new inspiration outside its borders, Tokyo couldn’t be a better location for this event. We will bring the best of the Danish ‘hyggelig’ atmosphere to Japan!

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