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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.

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Industrial Design/ Speculative Design
Dominika Majewska
Kolding, Denmark
Service Designer at Cocomore
Miriam Schmalen
Cologne, Germany
Graphic design
Hermina Csala
Romania
Designer at ChemAxon
Gábor Lukács
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer
Pieter Overgoor
Copenhagen, Denmark
Service Design
Marta Salas
Madrid, Spain
Urban planner
Zsuzsa Czeiz
Budapest, Hungary
Founder at Stilblog
Petra Hoffmann
Budapest, Hungary
Co-founder at LAVOR
Sarolta Szonja Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer
Zsófia Szatmári-Margitai
Innsbruck, Austria
Geoinformatics
Karolina Sielicka
Warsaw, Poland
Project manager
Magdolna Györgyei Szabó
Hungary
Business analyst
Andrea Szilágyi
Augsburg, Germany
Textile design
Petra Debnárová
Berlin, Germany
UI/UX Designer
Daniela Haas
Cologne, Germany
Designer
Maciej Budzisz
Lodz, Poland
Visual communication
Adrienn Gréta Schönberg
Romania
Design and Innovation consultant
Eliana Vargas
Quito, Ecuador
Product designer at Studio Rygalik
Gabriela Szałańska
Warsaw, Poland
Designer
Sadaf Uddin
London, UK
Product and Industrial Design
Tamara Olbrys
Warsaw, Poland
Pattern designer and illustrator
Lili Veszprémi
Budapest, Hungary
UX team lead at Emarsys
Zsuzsanna Polgár
Vienna, Austria
Communication in Social and Economic Context
Vitalia Safronova
Berlin, Germany
Project manager
Eszter Kalóz
Berlin, Germany
Architect
Márk Kendernay
Bath, UK
Bence Bán
Budapest, Hungary
Ecology
Anikó Bakos
Romania
PhD student
Monika Favara-Kurkowski
Warsaw, Poland
Innovation Consultant & Agile Coach
Jennifer Pauli
Leipzig, Germany
Philosophy
Bence Makkai
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Landscape architect
Enikő Tóth
Gyöngyös, Hungary
Artist, Freelance Graphic Designer
Daniel Kozma
Budapest, Hungary
Human Centred Design, Ergonomics
Robin Hancock
Bristol, UK
Communication specialist
Mónika Simon
Budapest, Hungary
UX designer and researcher
Zsófia Czémán
Vienna, Austria
Furniture designer
Amira El Shawarby
Cairo, Egypt
Urbanism
Emese Burista
Louvain, Belgium
Media & Communication / Urban Studies
Monika Domanska
Gdynia, Poland
Fashion and textile designer
Zsófia Papp
Budapest, Hungary
User Experience Researcher at GE Transportation Lab
Archana Mani Srinivasan
Atlanta, USA
Customer Experience Designer at O.P. Holdings
Hitomi Tachikawa
Tokyo, Japan
Brand manager
Júlia Eszter Ürmösi
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Google Ads Specialist at Majorel
Lóránt Korodi-Vass
Romania
Product Designer
Fanni Csöbi
Düsseldorf, Germany
Architect
Zoltán Takács
Bratislava, Slovakia
Architect
Beáta Bartha
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Project engineer
Melánia Gál-Joó
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Programme Manager at Prime Minister's Office
András Stefanik
Budapest, Hungary
Cultural anthropology
Lili Varga
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer
Robert Raimann
Gdansk, Poland
UX Design
Gábor Suhajda
Budapest, Hungary
E-commerce entrepreneur
Aniko Brachmann
Budapest, Hungary
Designer
Jeremiasz Rzenno
Glasgow, UK
Media design
Evelin Horváth
Budapest, Hungary
Account manager at Mito
Anna Mészár
Budapest, Hungary
Product designer
Zsolt Sarkadi
Budapest, Hungary
Business Administration
Merle Niester
Vienna, Austria
International studies
Zsófia Méhes
Berlin, Germany
Consultant, project manager
Alvaro Valls Boix
Elche, Spain
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Szabolcs Molnár
Budapest, Hungary
Graphic designer
Karolina Styczeń
Cracow, Poland
Product designer at Frontíra
Zsófia Elek
Budapest, Hungary
Singer
Andrea Vâță-Diénes
Romania
Finance
Ágnes Marczinkó
Budapest, Hungary
Preservation of Cultural and Architectural Heritage
Anna Regina Enyedi
Romania
Event manager
Bettina Alscher
Budapest, Hungary
Ludmiła Lesisz
Warsaw, Poland
Biology
Enikő Molnár
Romania
Customer Success Manager
Iwona Kastunowicz
Warsaw, Poland
Architect
Attila Ágoston
Romania
Experience Designer at Mirum Agency
Larasati Larasati
London, UK
Theology
Anna Diósy
Budapest, Hungary
Curatorial Practice
Kasia Zawada
Glasgow, UK
Business Analyst
Katalin Zsuzsanna Nagy-Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Service Designer
Collyn Cooper
Düsseldorf, Germany
Designer
Eszter Horváth
Budapest, Hungary
Industrial design
Tamara Lašič Jurković
Ljubljana, Slovenia
PhD student
Zuzana Waszczuková
Bratislava, Slovakia
Strategic Product Design
Gunjan Singh
The Hague, Netherlands
Project manager
Zsófia Anna Rutkai
Budapest, Hungary
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Dávid Smiló
Budapest, Hungary
Art history
Beáta Bordás
Romania
Industrial Designer
Simon Izidor Rozman
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Industrial, Product Design
Dan Pikalo
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mathematical Modeller at Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Beáta Tünde Szabó
Budapest, Hungary
Service designer at Globant
Silvia Romano Redondo
Madrid, Spain
Architectural designer
Csaba Szalai
Budapest, Hungary
Architect
Erdenejargal Rinzaan
Budapest, Hungary
Market research analyst
Szvetlana Juhász
Budapest, Hungary
Product design
Bálint Eckhardt
Budapest, Hungary
Innovation & Service design
Fei Feng
Beijing, China
Communication & PR
Sarolta Lapohos
Romania
Integrated Design / Communication Design
Sophia Nan Wu
Cologne, Germany
Digital Communications Manager at Legrand
Tamás Ádám Vedres
Budapest, Hungary
Researcher
Áron Miszlivetz
Budapest, Hungary
Social designer
Eliza Chojnacka
Vienna, Austria
Architect at Paradigma Ariadné
Attila Róbert Csóka
Budapest, Hungary
Integrated Design / Landscape Design
Shumin Luo
Cologne, Germany
Service Management
Kitija Matisone
Copenhagen, Denmark