Open Set is an independent education platform that promotes the social relevance of design and visual culture.

Our organisation began as a Dutch Design summer school in 2012 and has grown to include a broad spectrum of year-round activities.

We bring together leading figures from design and adjacent fields in order to expand the dialogue on the most important themes in current theory and practice.

The Open Set learning environment is intimate, non-competitive and peer-led. Interaction between instructors and participants is central.

Designed to enrich an active studio practice or ongoing education, our programmes are aimed at makers and thinkers

that dare to disrupt traditional definitions and methodologies

who seek a deeper understanding of emergent discourses, and those who want to take their work in new, unexpected directions.

Open Set connects the visions of designers with partners, presentation platforms, and audiences.

Over 300 participants and more than 50 Open Set tutors have contributed to programmes in the Netherlands and abroad. Learn more about these cross-disciplinary adventures in our online reader.

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