Our Idea, our Story.
Much more than a digital publication and a flourishing Instagram page, since October 2015 DesignWanted brings together professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs from diverse range of background to share knowledge, tools and opportunities.
The founder, Patrick Abbattista, first entered the design industry in 2009 as a marketing professional, managing the International business development of Design42Day as a co-founder, which rapidly evolved from a design blog to an influential source of inspiration for talented minds.
Born in 1982, with a multifaceted education, encompassing Ivy League experiences as well as a genuine Italian academic formation, Patrick was living in Riga in 2015, when the European digital revolution found in Latvia a prolific ground: DesignWanted is the natural continuation of his entrepreneurial path, founded with the clear idea in mind of helping design enthusiasts to change this world.
From the idea, to the brand, to the business: everyone who started a project from scratch knows the effort it takes to develop a brilliant concept, and most designers lack the ability to turn their project into a brand and to develop a successful business from there.
DesignWanted provides talents with an integrated eco-system of marketing tools and practical business plans along with accessible opportunities to attend international events and contests, to reach a relevant audience, to see and to be seen.
Since the beginning, DesignWanted has worked with the greatest design institutions worldwide, including the Red Dot Award, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Dubai Design Week, Superstudio Più, London Design Fair, Design Shanghai, IFFS, Business of Design Weeks and many others.
Patrick has also been a lecturer at international events including Milan Design Week (Italy), Moscow Design Week (Russia), New Designers (UK), India Design Forum (India), Design Lighting Tokyo (Japan), World Green Design Forum (China), Barcelona Design Week (Spain).
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