The Helsinki Design Week and Other Recent Events

This year, the Helsinki Design Week takes place from 1st of September to 11th of September. So this week I am very busy indeed, attending numerous design-related events. This year’s theme for the event is “Better”.

Habitare, the most extensive annual design event is taking place in the Messukeskus Convention Center, and I have been invited to this event as a blogger. I will be writing an article on the event, so stay tuned for that one!

And make sure to visit Habitare yourselves. This year, with 550 attending design companies, there will be an unprecedented plethora of contemporary design on show at Messukeskus. This year’s event has a separate exhibition space reserved for contemporary art, which I am very keen to explore myself.

Habitare takes place from 7th of September until 11th of September.

Another interesting event this week is the upcoming “Better Cities Together” seminar that will take place in the Helsinki City Hall. The keynote speaker in this event will be Anne Stenros, who has recently been selected as the city’s new Head of Design. As I am very interested in how design can be incorporated into city planning, I am very much looking forward to this event.

I am a member in a local network of businesswomen called “Ompeluseura”, and I recently signed up to volunteer in organizing an event called “Upea Ura!” next year.

Our team of volunteers is thinking about inviting Stenros to be one of the keynote speakers in our event, so I am very much looking forward to meeting her this week. We will have our next meeting of the network where the programme of the upcoming event will be discussed next week at my workplace in the FNG.

Recently, I have also come to think about signing up for a course on design entrepreneurship, and founding my own business. There will be an Open Studios event on 8th September in Helsinki, and I am looking forward to checking out a few locations for an office, such as the Mothership Of Work, located in Punavuori area of Helsinki. I went to a party organized on location last week, and that was a fabulous event.

If I were to go for setting up my own company, it would most likely be a digital design consultancy agency.

But let’ see how the still on-going job-hunt works out for me first. I went to two interesting interviews last week, and there are still more of these to come…!

So this is a brief summary of what is happening in my life right now. Exciting times!

My blog is celebrating its 1st anniversary in one week, and has so far had over 1,000 unique visitors, with 40 posts now published. My most popular post last year dealt with mindfulness and meditation (https://lifeofaplanner.fi/2015/10/22/about-meditation-and-mindfulness/), and the most popular post this year was about designing for happiness (https://lifeofaplanner.fi/2016/03/12/designing-for-happiness/). I think I will write more on these topics soon.

I recently updated the layout of the blog, and I am very happy with the resulting look and feel. For your information, I also opened a Facebook-page for the blog, you can find a link to that one below. I appreciate that so many of you have taken the time to read my posts, and any feedback on these is most welcome!

See Helsinki Design Week programme: http://www.helsinkidesignweek.com/

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Author: Iiris Konttinen

I am a digital service design and digital marketing professional based in Helsinki, Finland.