Life can only be understood backwards

Holis was founded by Maxim Dedushkov in 2014 but the idea of interdisciplinary learning was born around 2010. Maxim was heading the design agency of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest. He was running client-facing projects with teams of university students and realised quickly that designers are not capable of doing everything (despite some of them claiming the opposite). Thus the idea of a project-based interdisciplinary learning experience was born.

Maxim had to wait 4 years to put his idea in practice when he became the Head of Research and Education at Design Terminal, a governmental organisation to support the Hungarian creative industry. With the generous support of this organisation and an exciting opportunity in a small Hungarian town, Kőszeg, Holis started.

The first Holis focused on the future scenarios for an old felt factory, which at the time was suffering from a 90% loss of income due to the rise in popularity of synthetic felts. As a result of the solutions that Holis participants helped to identify and implement, the felt factory now has new owners, new products, and other thriving business activities. Since then we’ve been working on many social challenges in many places around Europe.

Early Childhood Development System in Visegrad Region

Early childhood experiences affect the development of brain architecture, which provides the foundation for all future learning, behavior, and health. How might we improve the system of early childhood development in the Visegrad Region?

Live Online Sessions
October-November 2021
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Holis Sea

Two sailing boats in Croatia are on a quest of making the charter sailing industry eco-friendly.

Kastel Gomilica, Croatia
21-28 May 2022
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Revitalizing Economic and Social Fabrics

We partnered with CLARA - Center for Rural Future to revitalise the economic and social fabric of the Odemira Region in Portugal

Sabóia, Portugal
2019
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Rural social innovation

In 2018 we explored what are the challenges of rural Poland and what can we do about them.

Sobole, Poland
2018
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Community and business

We partnered up with Spomlek, a local cheese factory and asked ourselves: how a local business can serve the community around it?

Sobole, Poland
2017
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Future of a castle

Interdisciplinary teams developed future scenarios for the reconstruction of the ​Rákóczi-Bánffy castle which was built in the 15th century.

Gyalu, Romania
2016
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Ageing opportunities

We focused on the issues and opportunities inherent in ageing, with the support of international experts and team facilitators. The aim was to give long term solutions to keeping senior citizens economically and socially active with the help of design.

Ajka, Hungary
2015
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Future of a felt factory

The first HOLIS was organized in July 2014 in Kőszeg, Hungary. The participating university students and fresh graduates explored the possible future scenarios of an old felt factory which by the time lost the 90% of its market.

Kőszeg, Hungary
2014
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Few alumni

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Mathematical Modeller at Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Beáta Tünde Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Fashion and textile designer
Zsófia Papp
Budapest, Hungary
Service designer
Mishell Orta
Milan, Italy
UX Designer
Karina Rachwał
Wrocław, Poland
Urbanism
Emese Burista
Louvain, Belgium
Philosophy
Bence Makkai
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Social designer
Eliza Chojnacka
Vienna, Austria
PhD student
Monika Favara-Kurkowski
Warsaw, Poland
Service Designer
Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai
Innsbruck, Austria
Engineering Project Manager at Hello Wood Group
Nóra Láng
Budapest, Hungary
Designer
Jeremiasz Rzenno
Glasgow, UK
Biology
Enikő Molnár
Romania
Product design
Bálint Eckhardt
London, UK
Production Coordinator
Katarzyna Witkowska
Katowice, Poland
Google Ads Specialist at Majorel
Lóránt Korodi-Vass
Romania
Product Designer
Michał Kociszewski
Łódź, Poland
Architect
Attila Ágoston
Romania
UX designer and researcher
Zsófia Czémán
Vienna, Austria
Cultural anthropology
Lili Varga
Budapest, Hungary
Project manager
Eszter Kalóz
Berlin, Germany
Finance
Ágnes Marczinkó
Budapest, Hungary
Designer
Sadaf Uddin
London, UK
UX team lead at Emarsys
Zsuzsanna Polgár
Vienna, Austria
Industrial Design/ Speculative Design
Dominika Majewska
Kolding, Denmark
Architect
Beáta Bartha
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Theology
Anna Diósy
Budapest, Hungary
Architect and graphic designer
Sára Dányádi
Budapest, Hungary
Customer Experience Designer at O.P. Holdings
Hitomi Tachikawa
Tokyo, Japan
Service Design
Marta Salas
Madrid, Spain
Industrial, Product Design
Dan Pikalo
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brand manager
Júlia Eszter Ürmösi
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Architect
Zoltán Takács
Bratislava, Slovakia
Business Administration
Merle Niester
Vienna, Austria
User Experience Researcher at GE Transportation Lab
Archana Mani Srinivasan
Atlanta, USA
Ludmiła Lesisz
Warsaw, Poland
Human Centred Design, Ergonomics
Robin Hancock
Bristol, UK
E-commerce entrepreneur
Aniko Brachmann
Budapest, Hungary
Preservation of Cultural and Architectural Heritage
Anna Regina Enyedi
Romania
Experience Designer at Mirum Agency
Larasati Larasati
London, UK
Strategic Product Design
Gunjan Singh
The Hague, Netherlands
Business Analyst
Katalin Zsuzsanna Nagy-Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Singer
Andrea Vâță-Diénes
Romania
Architect
Márk Kendernay
Bath, UK
Urban planner
Zsuzsa Czeiz
Budapest, Hungary
Market research analyst
Szvetlana Juhász
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer at Studio Rygalik
Gabriela Szałańska
Warsaw, Poland
Programme Manager at Prime Minister's Office
András Stefanik
Budapest, Hungary
Innovation & service design
Meijin Li
London, UK
Communication specialist
Mónika Simon
Budapest, Hungary
Account manager at Mito
Anna Mészár
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer
Robert Raimann
Gdansk, Poland
Graphic designer
Karolina Styczeń
Cracow, Poland
Fine Arts
Sarah El-Haddad
Cairo, Egypt
Industrial design
Tamara Lašič Jurković
Ljubljana, Slovenia
PhD student
Zuzana Waszczuková
Bratislava, Slovakia
Designer at ChemAxon
Gábor Lukács
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer
Collyn Cooper
Düsseldorf, Germany
Product designer at Frontíra
Zsófia Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Project manager
Zsófia Anna Rutkai
Budapest, Hungary
Digital Design
Miriam Loos
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Customer Success Manager
Iwona Kastunowicz
Warsaw, Poland
Art history
Beáta Bordás
Romania
Integrated Design / Communication Design
Sophia Nan Wu
Cologne, Germany
International studies
Zsófia Méhes
Berlin, Germany
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Szabolcs Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Architect
Erdenejargal Rinzaan
Budapest, Hungary
Creative Direction
Sandra Dernbach
Cologne, Germany
Graphic Designer
Panna Júlia Petró
Budapest, Hungary
Textile design
Petra Debnárová
Berlin, Germany
Project manager
Magdolna Györgyei Szabó
Hungary
Service Designer
Pieter Overgoor
Copenhagen, Denmark
Bence Bán
Budapest, Hungary
Product and Industrial Design
Tamara Olbrys
Warsaw, Poland
Innovation & Service design
Fei Feng
Beijing, China
Ecology
Anikó Bakos
Romania
Head of Global Marketing at OnRobot
Nóra Bereczki
Budapest, Hungary
Event manager
Bettina Alscher
Budapest, Hungary
Project engineer
Melánia Gál-Joó
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Design Engineer at Delft Hyperloop
Maciej Zawierucha
Delft, The Netherlands
UX Design
Gábor Suhajda
Budapest, Hungary
Communication in Social and Economic Context
Vitalia Safronova
Berlin, Germany
Service Design
Amber Francis
Savannah, GA, USA
Co-founder at LAVOR
Sarolta Szonja Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Business analyst
Andrea Szilágyi
Augsburg, Germany
Architectural designer
Csaba Szalai
Budapest, Hungary
Designer
Maciej Budzisz
Lodz, Poland
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Attila Róbert Csóka
Budapest, Hungary
Social Design
Lesley-Ann Donnell
Copenhagen, Denmark
Curatorial Practice
Kasia Zawada
Glasgow, UK
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Dávid Smiló
Budapest, Hungary
Service Systems Design
Simona Mancusi
Copenhagen, Denmark
Visual communication
Adrienn Gréta Schönberg
Romania
Landscape architect
Enikő Tóth
Gyöngyös, Hungary
Luca Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Media & Communication / Urban Studies
Monika Domanska
Gdynia, Poland
Service Designer at Cocomore
Miriam Schmalen
Cologne, Germany
Industrial Designer
Simon Izidor Rozman
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Furniture designer
Amira El Shawarby
Cairo, Egypt
Digital Communications Manager at Legrand
Tamás Ádám Vedres
Budapest, Hungary
Researcher
Áron Miszlivetz
Budapest, Hungary