Design Policy in Estonia
In January 2012 Estonia became the first country in Europe with a dedicated national design policy. The National Action Plan for Design was the culmination of more than a decade of advocacy and policy development which included the creation of the Estonian Design Centre in 2008.
The National Action Plan focused on increasing the use of design both in private and public sectors with an emphasis on design as a source of competitive advantage. This plan was supported by EU Structural Funds (2007 – 2013 budget), grants dedicated to reducing inequality amongst member states.
The ﬁrst project to result from the plan, Design Bulldozer, was launched in May 2012 by the Estonian Design Centre with the Ministry of Economic Aﬀairs & Communications and Enterprise Estonia.
Design Bulldozer is a design support programme for 10 businesses and 10 design managers, piloting strategic design intervention over 20 months.