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About us

POLI.design is the non-profit consortium company founded by the Politecnico di Milano and through it accesses the large pool of multidisciplinary skills present in the first and most important Italian technical university.

POLI.design

Tradition and innovation, quality and ability to connect with the professional world are the cornerstones that have made POLI.design since 1999 one of the reference companies at an international level for post-graduate training.
Together with the School of Design of the Politecnico di Milano and the Department of Design, POLI.design forms the Design System of the Politecnico, an aggregate of resources, skills, structures and laboratories, among the most important in the world.
POLI.design is the post-graduate school in Design of the Politecnico di Milano that supports and completes the curricular paths of the School of Design, aiming at professional training and an effective insertion in the many areas of work in which the designer operates today.
It plays a hinge role between universities, businesses, organizations and institutions and professional worlds, operating in the perspective of internationalization and establishing partnerships with universities, schools, organizations, institutions, companies and companies from time to time.

Our vision

In complex and closely interrelated worlds such as those we live in today, Design represents a resource that can guide societies and production systems towards new development models; it is also a resource that is nowadays crucial for standing up to global competition in terms of identity and diversity.

Design is a driving force behind growth that can guide individual and collective choices through cultural trends, guiding tastes, behaviours, lifestyles, and consumption styles. It has numerous and highly varied applications: from research and applications connected with the introduction of new technologies, to designing new products and services, from the study of communication interfaces to managing ergonomic and environmental qualities, from defining urban spaces and one’s own body, to governing processes connected with environmental and social sustainability policies.

In this context, POLI.design proposes to:

  • unite the academic and business cultures and the world of knowledge professionals;
    promote and develop design as a discipline and system of professions;
  • foster virtuous relationships between universities, institutions, manufacturers, and professionals;
  • support the development of creative enterprises.

Politecnico Design System

Along with the Politecnico Design School and the Design Department, POLI.design forms the Design System of the Politecnico di Milano, a research, education, and promotion centre that is unique in its field in the world. POLI.design is also significantly related to the Italian Design System, thanks to relationship with the Design Associations, as:

  • ADI Associazione per il Disegno Industriale
  • AIPi Associazione Italiana Progettisti d’Interni
  • AIAP Associazione Italiana Design della Comunicazione Visiva
  • Federlegno Arredo

Design Department

Affirming the importance of a strong link between research and training, the department develops and fosters teaching skills in the area of design and related disciplines.

School of Design

Today the largest international university for the training of product, communication, interior and fashion designers, both by number of students and of teaching staff.

Stakeholders relationship

POLI.design is based in Milan, a universally known and recognised international centre of excellence for design. The permanent structures, cultural institutions, fairs and showrooms, publishing industry, schools, displays, exhibitions, and events that the city has to offer are numerous and contribute to creating a culturally lively and dynamic climate that can enrich professional and training courses, providing a broader experience of design in all its most up-to-date forms, from the perspective of constant innovation. Relations with the professional sphere are endorsed by the presence of four of the most important associations of design professionals on the board of POLI.design:

A bridge between education and profession

Education

Specializing Masters in Italy and abroad
Higher Educational Courses
Summer Courses
Study tours
Scholarships

Profession

Workshops
Internships
Professional training
Competitions
Coaching

Spread the culture of design

POLI.design operates in the field of design promotion through competitions, cultural events and publishing activities.

POLI.design international network

POLI.design operates within an international network, that is continuously growing thanks to the wide-ranging experiences and collaborations in an increasingly interconnected and global dimension. Our objective is to promote and spread the design culture, through enhancing and intensifying our international relations.
POLI.design has built strong relationships with companies and institutions worldwide by offering training programs for international students, professionals and companies, and by organizing tailored training courses and site-specific projects.
The goal of POLI.design is to promote the exchange, access and mobility in the world of design, strengthening and intensifying relations, in a perspective of spreading the culture of design.
POLI.design involves each year international students coming from 88 countries all over the world, such as Colombia, Brasil, Peru, Mexico, Chile, Ecuador, China, Costa Rica, Turkey, Russia, India, Uruguay, Greece, Lebanon, Switzerland, Denmark, Korea, Thailand, Morocco, Mauritius, Qatar, Uganda, etc.

Immersive training experiences

POLI.design operates as a link between the world of education/research and professional contexts, through experimental activities involving students and professionals in the field of design.
These are a few of the unique and immersive experiences that POLI.design organizes in collaboration with companies, institutions and associations, including:

  • Short Courses;
  • Applied Research Projects;
  • Design Workshops;
  • Study tours and guided visits to places of interest in the field of design (design studios, studies of the Italian Masters), production (company visits, industrial visits), dissemination and cultural debates around design (museums, foundations);
  • Seminars by testimonials and professionals;
  • International design contests;
  • International exhibitions.

Board of Directors

Politecnico di Milano Representatives

Matteo O. Ingaramo, CEO
Francesco Zurlo, Chairman

Representatives of the shareholders

Luciano Galimberti (ADI)
Marco Tortoioli Ricci (AIAP)
Simona Belforti (FederlegnoArredo)

 

Shareholders

Politecnico di Milano Rector

Prof. Ferruccio Resta

Representatives of the shareholders

Luciano Galimberti (ADI)
Marco Scandroglio (AIPi)
Marco Tortoioli Ricci (AIAP)
Emanuele Orsini (FederlegnoArredo)

 

Administrative and Management Secretary

Alessia G. Martinelli

 

Planning and control

Roberta Gorno

 

Business Development

Luca Gabardi

 

Training Department

Iolanda Margiotta, manager
Daiana Bossi
Elisa Piccini
Giovanna Parracino

Administration Department

Valentina Mazzei
Sara Pellanda
Daniela Tornese
Maria Grazia Di Molfetta

International Affairs

M. Paola Galdi, manager
Luca Gabardi
Ferreira Bueno Thiago Rafael

Communication and Marketing

Veronica Zancarli
Giulia De Bernardi
Francesco Masini

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Campus Bovisa - Politecnico di Milano, the largest DESIGN HUB in Italy

The POLIMI Design System made by the Design Department, the School of Design and POLI.design, is located in the Bovisa district, north of the city of Milan, a short distance from the city center, in a symbolic place of the industrial Milan of the past. The neighborhood is now experiencing a broad process of urban transformation, destined to become a pole of higher education, research and innovation.
The Politecnico di Milano began its history in Bovisa by settling almost twenty years ago in what is now the headquarters in via Durando, in the re-adapted factory of the former Ceretti & Tanfani, where in the past cables for cable cars were manufactured.

Facilities & labs

The POLIMI Design System has one of the most internationally recognized laboratory systems.
It occupies an area of about 10,000 square meters in the building that houses the School of Design and POLI.design teaching activities.

POLI.design Academies

POLI.design offers opportunities for collaboration through University Innovation Centers in various fields, created to develop research projects together with partners, develop coaching activities, organize training opportunities for businesses and cultural initiatives.

Service Innovation Academy

The POLI.design Service Innovation Academy provides a system of skills, methods and tools typical of Service Design. The training offer plans are suitable to support professionals, organizations and companies in the design, development or redefinition of the products / services provided.

Experience Design Academy

Experience Design Academy is POLI.design’s center of skills and applied research dedicated to User Experience in the digital and physical fields. It deals with training, coaching and applied research for companies, professionals and institutions. A polytechnic approach that allows you to make the correct reflections, quickly propose hypotheses and verify their effectiveness, in an iterative and agile process.

News and Events

Event

At Eataly the presentation of the new Higher Education Course in Brand and Retail Experience Design

Event
The importance of designing and delivering valuable consumer experiences for branded companies and retailers. New skills and methodologies.
News 15 October 2021

POLI.design academic partner of the Goldreed Industrial Design Award

News
The international industrial design competition interprets technological progress and social revolution from an Asian perspective, with the aim of promoting a new direction for industrial development and a new model for social life.
News 13 October 2021

Launching soon SENSITALIANI, the project to promote Italian design born from the collaboration between POLI.design and the Italian Embassy in Kuwait.

A 10-month project, 3 months dedicated to courses for local students, 8 open talk evenings and a 6-day study tour in Italy for design students and industry professionals in Kuwait who desire to experience and delve into Italian design and culture.
News 13 October 2021

VANS by POLIMI DESIGN SYSTEM

Thanks to the collaboration between the School of Design of the Politecnico of Milano and VANS emerged FLOW
The project is dedicated to the customization of VANS products and also includes experimental workshops at the VANS Customs Lab in Milan, open to the public with the active supervision of some designers of the Politecnico di Milano.
News 12 October 2021

POLI.design for the Sunbird Delegation China

The tailor-made course organised by POLI.design for the Sunbird delegation in China has just ended
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POLI.DESIGN at the MILAN DESIGN WEEK 2021

15 September 2021
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Three teams of the Specializing Master in Strategic Design the winners of the Call4Ideas of the MIND Education programme

6 July 2021
From March 1st to March 19th, 2021, the Call4Ideas engaged students in creating a licensing strategy for MIND, with the goal of supporting the consolidation of its ecosystem and the promotion of the values and themes of the innovation district.
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New concept design for sustainable packaging solutions into the food market

3 May 2021
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At Villa Reale di Monza the presentation of the Higher Education Course in Welcoming Design by POLI.design and UNO

28 September 2021
On the occasion of the event, which took place on September 23, 2021 at 6 pm, the new Course of POLI.design and UNO starting in 2022 was presented.
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DIGITAL OPEN DAYS // 1 and 2 JULY 2021

9 July 2021
Discover the training proposal of POLI.design!
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