Dezeen has just launched World Design Guide, an online guide to the key architecture and design events around the world in 2013.
Despite the proliferation of design weeks, fairs, conferences and festivals around the world, there has never been a quick, one-stop guide to the best of them - until now.
To kickstart World Design Guide, we've picked out the 40 best events in the design calendar and plotted them on a map of the world.
Events can be searched by month, by location or by name, and you can zoom in to see the precise venue where they take place. Each event has a short text summary plus a link to the event's own website and Dezeen's coverage of past events, where relevant. The responsive design of the site means it works on all devices.
It's quite simple at the moment but over time we'll be adding more content and functionality, including reviews and travel information. We'd be happy to receive feedback on how we can improve it! Visit www.worlddesignguide.com or use window above to try it out and email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the comment section below to tell us what you think.
World Design Guide is part of a wider Dezeen project to use maps to help our readers find the content they need. It comes after our collaboration with Google on Field Trip, a new geo-publishing app that pushes our content to your smartphone to let you know more about the buildings, interiors, landscapes and so on that are around you at any given time.
Last September we published a map of events at the London Design Festival which was viewed by over 500,000 people in a week. It's now the highest ranking map of the festival on Google. Earlier last year we mapped all the architecture and design studios in the east London borough of Hackney as part of our Designed in Hackney project. This map has been viewed over 2.5 million times.
We're working on more map-based apps and tools that we hope to launch in the coming months.
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