Design Code, an initiative of the Department of Integrated Design, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka is proud to present ‘Design Week 2018’ in partnership with several leading design institutes and companies. This week-long series of events, together with a peer-reviewed conference and awards, intends to inspire ‘Design in Sri Lanka’ by recognizing the significance of design knowledge across realms of industry and academia, and by promoting the integration of diverse design domains.


Our theme this year focuses on building a dialogue around how design can impact the shape of our future.
We will draw attention to the key topics of design knowledge and its influence, cultivation of new design directions, the solicitation of creativity and building functionality in design while appreciating existing design contributions that lead its future.



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The main series of events will be held from 7th to 12th August 2018 at Arcade Independence Square and the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo 7. This series is especially centered around students, educationists, and practicing local and international designers.

Design Dialogues<br>& Workshops

Design Dialogues
& Workshops

A continuous dialogue on the impact of Design Knowledge Read More

Design Dialogues & Workshops

‘Design Dialogues and Workshops’ throughout SLDC- Design Week 2018 are knowledge sharing events that discuss how design knowledge shapes the future. Reputed designers and academics, both local and international will conduct talks and workshops related to Product Design, Fashion & Lifestyle Design, and Media & Communication Design. One day will be dedicated for each stream. The Design Research Conference, is a platform for a broad range of participants to explore a wide variety of design perspectives.

it aims to:

  • Provide a stage for young design minds to present their innovative ideas
  • Bring together researchers and practitioners
  • Understand new advances in design theory and research

Find more information on the Design Research Conference at the bottom of the main page.
Please await more information on ‘Design Dialogues and Workshops’.

Design Exhibition<br>& Fashion show

Design Exhibition
& Fashion show

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Exhibition & Fashion show

The Design exhibition will be a showcase of how design ideas are cultivated into user centered, effective design solutions. Product Design, Fashion & Lifestyle Design, Media & Communication Design and Sri Lankan Crafts will be the themes on display. The Sri Lankan Craft section is part of the ‘Culture Code’; a project incepted in 2012 by the Department of Integrated Design on ‘Adjoining traditional crafting’ in Sri Lanka. An international exhibition space dedicated to capture the importance of the integration of design ideas will be allocated significantly within the arena.

With collections ranging from Avant Garde to Ready- to- Wear, the fashion show is aimed to challenge perceptions surrounding the fashion design process. The show will be a collaboration with Design Development Cooperation.

Design Awards<br> & Competitions

Design Awards
& Competitions

Solicitation of Creativity and Functionality in Design Read More

Design Awards & Competitions

This segment of SLDC- Design Week 2018 is the place where deserving designers will be appreciated and applauded. Our objective is to identify passionate design practitioners in both industry and academia as key contributors of the design disciplines and by whose advocacy design has gained an influential role in Sri Lanka.

There will be several awards presented within the week starting with the ‘Sri Lanka Design Awards 2018’. These series of awards will be presented to winners of a design competition among students, where they will be adjudicated upon their approach to creativity and functionality in solving design problems.
To be part of this competition please refer to the bottom of the main page: ‘ Sri Lanka Design Awards and Competition’.

Two further awards, one in felicitation of a lifetime of dedication to design and an artisan award to recognize outstanding crafting skill will also be presented.

Commercial &<br>Interactive Space

Commercial &
Interactive Space

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Commercial & Interactive Space

Contributions to the knowledge and practice of design can only be appreciated when it is shared. This space is dedicated just for that and feature live studio activities and interactive installations open to public throughout the week.

A special space will also be provided to select designers to showcase their brand/ company or designed products. Our aim is to appreciate the efforts of these individuals in raising the creative and entrepreneurial standards of design in Sri Lanka and to encourage further ventures within the design field.


Design Research Conference

Design Research Conference

Design Awards & Competition

Design Awards & Competition

General Inquiries

General Inquiries

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