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Positive initiatives in times of corona, Pt.1

02 April 2020

Photo © Clay Banks
Many nice initiatives have been devised for all people who are forced to stay at home because of the Coronavirus. Some for amusement, others for inspiration or just to bring some encouragement in these difficult times. Together with the Association of Dutch Designers (BNO), we have listed 11 tips.
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1. Design Indaba's quarantine playlist

The South African design congress Design Indaba has put together a special quarantine playlist with talks by the most renowned speakers of recent years. Watch lectures by amongst others former DDW ambassadors Alice Rawsthorn and Winy Maas in the Design Indaba playlist.

2. Fabrique opens FabUniversity

Always been curious to learn more about customer journey mapping, design thinking, E-commerce, development or UX? During the corona quarantine, strategic design agency Fabrique opens their FabriqueUniversity. In the coming weeks, they will share various courses and talks with anyone who is interested! You can register for each event via the website.

3. IDFA shares 300 documentaries

A great initiative of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA); on their website you can watch 300 documentaries for free! This will help you get through those quarantine days. 

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
© Liam McGarry

4. Stay at Home Stedelijk

Fancy a visit to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam? Via 'Stay at Home Stedelijk' you can watch a short documentary or video about the collection every day at 16:00 hrs. You can also listen to podcasts and audio tours via Facebook and YouTube. In addition, the Stedelijk provides a weekly live tour via Instagram!

5. What Design Can Do calls for ideas

What Design Can Do invites you to share your creative ideas, initiatives and projects aimed at solving the corona crisis. You can e-mail your idea to and they will transfer it to their community on a large scale. Check the website for more information.

6. #FoamAtHome

The actual Foam photography museum in Amsterdam might be closed, but instead they created #FoamAtHome, a full online experience including exhibitions, artist Q&A’s, curator tours, magazine highlights, and talent features. Check it out here. You can also browse through fifty editions of FOAM Magazine on their Instagram.

Cancelled art by Mister Motley

7. MisteryMotley's overview of cancelled exhibitions

Since many exhibitions and events in the coming weeks have been cancelled, Mister Motley asked museums, institutions and artists to send them images and information from these cancelled programmes. The full overview can be found on their website.

8. TU Delft hosts an online Product design course

Would you like to know more about different design methods and making a meaningful product? TU Delft now offers an online product design course. Take a look at their website.

Pakhuis de Zwijger livecast
© Pakhuis de Zwijger

9. Pakhuis de Zwijger livecast

Every day at 20:30 Pakhuis de Zwijger broadcasts a live programme that you can follow for free via Livecast and even participate via ZOOM webinar. Reserve your spot here.

10. CNVNC is here to help

Digital design agency CNVNC offers free assistance in creating communication material that tries to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Read their message here.

11. Designweek

In this article of Designweek, they share the ins and outs on how graphic design can support vulnerable communities. And how easily designed handouts help set up community initiatives.

Want to stay up to date on the effects of the coronavirus? The BNO (ed. Assocation of Dutch Designers) makes an inventory of the impact on the creative sector, advises and informs about the financial consequences and support measures, and monitors the design sector. Follow the Corona page here (in Dutch).
Do you have any ideas how we can support you or other creative entrepreneurs? Share your suggestions, questions, concerns and initiatives via