100 Days in a UNESCO City of Design

Posted on: 1. July 2018

Status: July 1, 2018

In the course of this program, Graz-based creative people of all design fields get the opportunity to work in a company in a UNESCO City of Design, make contacts, gather experiences, intensify linking within the creative community and widen their horizon. The City of Graz, the Dept. of Economic and Tourism Development and Creative Industries Styria jointly developed the networking program ‘COD 100’ for professionals in order to accelerate the exchange and the cooperation with the UNESCO Cities of Design and to bring the linking of the Design Cities to the next level. The City of Graz – being a City of Design – funds the costs of travelling and accommodation in a partner city – Creative Industries Styria takes care of the matching and the exchange. The particular employer in the COD is responsible for an appropriate remuneration for the 100-day-job. The UNESCO network of Creative Cities is currently comprising 31 Cities of Design.

In 2018, the Grant was awarded to:

Sonja Schwaighofer, Stipendiat in Dundee from September to December 2018

Also in 2018, the plan is to foster residences within the COD100 program in a UNESCO City of Design every year. And by the way, it also works the other way round. Graz-based creative industries can offer a 100-day-job to designers from other cities. We publish your call for jobs in the UNSECO Cities of Design.


Application as a designer who wants to operate in a COD for 100 days
– Your application must be in English
– Submissions by email with the subject ‘COD 100, family name, first name, year’
– Indication of the possible date regarding the 100 days, e.g. from June 2018
– Format: 1 PDF A4, landscape, max. 10 pages
– Page 1: contact and short CV
– Page 2: letter of motivation (max 500 words)
– Page 3: factsheet regarding your profession and qualification
– Page 4-10: portfolio with reference projects

Application as a company that wants to employ designers from other CODs for 100 days
– Expression of interest: 1 PDF
– Contact/contact person
– Factsheet with data of the company
– Detailed job description including specification of salary

In terms of handling (work permit, visa, etc.) you are supported by the Dept. of Economic and Tourism Development and CINT (Club International Graz).

Information for designers (outgoing)

Performances of Graz
– Exchange und Matching
– Absorbing of expenses regarding flying, accommodation, allowance, travel and health insurance
– Mentoring via Landing Point in the partner city

Performances Outgoings
– Member of Creative Industries Styria
– Taking part and integrating in the Host City-Program of the partner city
– Reporting via blog diary (for social media channels and website) – in English only
– Final report after the 100 days – in English only

Nota bene: Please keep in mind that we cannot ensure to set up a collaboration; it depends on demand and companies’ needs.

Information for the hosting companies (incoming)

Performances of Graz
– Exchange und Matching
– Welcome/info package with all important information
– Integration in the network
– Support with registration/ authorities

Performances Companies
– Integration in the company and adequate payment
– Host and contact person for the designer
– Integration into daily routine

The COD100 program is permanently closed.