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Design That Makes a Difference Exhibition Opened in Oslo by Norwegian Minister

Following three successful showings in the UK at the RCA, the University of Cambridge and the Mayor of London’s offices in 2013, the Design That Makes a Difference exhibition was opened by Solveig Horne, Norwegian Minister of Family, Children and Social Inclusion in Oslo on 24 January 2014.

Demonstrating the benefits of people-centred design thinking, the exhibition showcases 20 projects ranging from passenger trains and hotel chains to government websites, voting systems and community-led initiatives. Together they provide a snapshot of the developing practice of socially inclusive design – design that makes a difference.

Drawing on a history of collaboration between the UK and Norway, the exhibition builds on a book published in 2010 by the Norwegian Design Council with the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Innovating with People: The Business of Inclusive Design advocated the need for an inclusive approach in business. Three years on, this exhibition looks at companies, designers and initiatives that are actively engaging with this idea. The exhibition builds on a seven-year partnership between the two organisations that includes conferences, publications, design projects and executive education. The idea was initially supported the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London.

Michael Wolff, UK Government Adviser on Inclusive Design, said: "This exhibition is about good and effective design. It shows how design can make the world work better. For me it's inspirational and generates great optimism about our future. It's a 'must-see' for any designer who wants to make a real difference."

See information on projects here

View exhibition catalogue here

See film of exhibition and seminar at the RCA in April 2013

More information at

Curator UK: Rama Gheerawo, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, RCA
Curator Norway: Onny Eikhaug, Norwegian Design Council
Exhibition Designers: Hunting & Narud

Practical information:
DogA, Norwegian Design and Architecture Centre, Hausmanns Gate 16, Oslo, Norway

Open 24 January – 8 February 2014
Monday, Tuesday, Friday        10:00-17:00
Wednesday, Thursday              10:00-20:00
Saturday, Sunday                         12:00-17:00

Seminar 24 January 2014 

A short launch seminar took place on 24 January 2014 with designers, business and educators from across Oslo attending.


13.30: Welcome – Jan R. Stavik, Managing Director, Norwegian Design Council
– Case study presentations by Øyvind Grønlie, Innovativoli (Norway): Award winning Blanke Ark, Norwegian Government voting system and Reema Mehta, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office (UK): Award winning website GOV.UK
Curators-in-conversation: Onny Eikhaug, Innovation for All, Norwegian Design Council and Rama Gheerawo, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art

15.00 Opening of the exhibition
Opening speech by Solveig Horne, Minister of Family, Children and Social Inclusion

Exhibition private view