As programme director at the Danish Design Centre, Julie Hjort works with design in relation to technological development, co-creation and open source. With a background in culture and the arts, she is interested in exploring how creative environments, such as the maker movement, can inspire industry and the public sector to adopt new ways of working and develop better solutions.
Julie views design as a tool and a method that has the potential to connect different disciplines and as a systematic approach to exploring new territories to develop new and better solutions. Inspired by design thinking, she embraces an empathetic and experimental approach to problem-solving in her own work.
Currently, in the platform Future Fabrication, Julie is exploring the new markets that occur for the design field as advanced production technologies are becoming cheaper and more accessible, offering new ways of creating, developing and distributing products.
Prior to her position at the DDC, Julie has been involved in developing the maker movement in Denmark as head of the first Danish maker festival, MADE 2014, founded by Roskilde Festival. She is vice chairman of the board for Maker, a network organisation that aims to support and promote the maker movement in Denmark.