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Design Guide

Would you like to share your expertise and broaden your professional network? Sign up as a Design Guide for Dutch Design Week, which takes place this year from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 October.

Dutch Design Week (DDW) organises Design Tours for organisations, companies and governmental institutions: relevant tours that provide a glimpse of the design of the future and the future of design. Guided tours of design projects in studios and workshops, at specific locations, based on specific topics, or custom-made. 

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Design Tours - Strijp-S - DDW22

Why sign up as a Design Guide?

  • As a Design Guide, you will have the chance to expand your network by connecting with other Design Guides, designers participating in Dutch Design Week, organisations, companies and professionals attending the Design Tours.
  • During the Design Tours, you can share your passion and enthusiasm for design with the tour participants.
  • You will tell them about the value of design and how it can benefit them and their organisation. You will also play a crucial role in facilitating connections between guests and participating designers, creating meaningful interactions.
  • You will receive an appropriate financial compensation per tour.
  • Free access to all Dutch Design Week locations throughout the week.
  • In your role as a Design Guide, you will make a special contribution to creating an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors to this extraordinary design event!

What do we expect?

  • You can explain the power of design like no other.
  • Your enthusiasm takes visitors on a journey. Applying your exceptional communication skills is a natural and integral part of this role.
  • You are always well-prepared, and know all the elements of the tour, the route and the projects like the back of your hand. 
  • Lots of things happen in lots of places during Dutch Design Week. Maintaining an overview and taking charge of your group comes as second nature.
  • You work independently, punctually and have a proactive approach. 
  • As a design expert, you have a clear understanding of what is going on in the design field and you can make relevant connections between designers and organisations.

What are the requirements?

  • You currently work (or are graduating) in the design field. 
  • You are registered at KVK or are able to send an invoice.
  • You speak Dutch (English and/or other languages are a plus)
  • You are available during Dutch Design Week 2024, including two or more full days between Monday 21 and Friday 25 October.

What do you get from us?

  • As a professional Design Guide, you will receive payment of € 52,- per hour (excluding VAT). 
  • We also pay for 2 hours of preparation time per type of tour.
  • We aim to give you as many of the same types of tours as possible, so that you can completely familiarise yourself with them.
  • If you are assigned to different tours, we will also compensate you for more preparation time. 
  • We ask you to attend a Masterclass for all Design Guides (26 September), and the Preview Tour (17 October). For each of these, you may invoice € 26,- (excluding VAT) in expenses. 
  • Please note that travel expenses will not be reimbursed. 
  • In addition to financial compensation, you will receive a DDW wristband that provides access to all DDW locations for the 9 days of Dutch Design Week. 
  • We would like to welcome you and all the Design Guides for a festive drink at the Ketelhuisplein during Dutch Design Week.

What are important dates?

  • Friday 30 August 2024
    Deadline to sign up and specify availability
  • Thursday 26 September 2024, 15:30 - 18:00
    Masterclass for all Design Guides
  • Friday 4 October 2024
    Your Tour schedule will be issued
  • Thursday 11 October 2024
    You will receive the scripts for your Tours
  • Thursday 17 October 2024, 15:30 – 19:00
    Preview Tour and final briefing for all Design Guides
  • Saturday 19 - Sunday 27 October 2024
    Dutch Design Week
  • Wednesday 23 October 2024, 17:00 – 19:00
    Design Guides get-together

Do you have any questions?

E-mail Josianne Bremmer and Djoeke Schoots at