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I’m a Full-Service Mobile Developer and Digital Design Professional

I like the detailed explanation in the DDP education of the interaction between design and other activities in the development process.

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I’m an AR Lead Designer and Digital Design Professional

I like the consistency of the DDP education, from initial idea through to implementation.

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I’m a Startup Coach and Digital Design Professional

I like the 10 principles of good Digital Design, especially the principle of sustainability.

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I’m a Chief Digital Officer and Digital Design Professional

I like the philosophy of collaboration. Digital solutions are often so complex and the right people have to be involved in the team.

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A new profession that responds to the demands of digitalization


Our vision is a world that uses digitalization and digital transformation in a sustainable and value-creating way.

In order to tap the full potential for innovative digital solutions - and to identify new business models - there is a need for professionals capable of taking a holistic view: thinking business, humans and technology together and understanding the digital as a shapeable material.


Our mission is to offer practice-oriented educational concepts that provide the mindset and tools for the successful development of digital solutions.

Our approach is relevant wherever people create digital solutions. We believe that instead of just having knowledge of the various digital disciplines, it is crucial to become a crafter in these disciplines: to understand the relationships among them and to consider the whole process of building a digital solution.


The Digital Design Professional (DDP)

The Digital Design Professional certification scheme is the starting point for a new profession that responds to the demands of digitalization. It closes the gap between the increasingly demanding design challenges of digitalization and the necessary technical expertise in design.


Digitalization: today's challenge

Digitalization is a part of everyday life today. It is changing our world fundamentally. Professionals involved in digitalization notice that their projects become more extensive and more complex. In addition, the weight of expectations for innovative digital solutions is increasing.

DDP - the matching certification scheme

The Digital Design Professional certification scheme has been developed to meet these expectations. The contents of the education pursue a radically new approach to digital solutions: Digital should be understood as material. This approach of understanding digital as material, together with the acquisition of design and cross-cutting competences, provides a holistic view on digitalization and no longer leaves innovative digital solutions to pure coincidence.

The DDP's capabilities

A certified Digital Design Professional has gained a profound knowledge to explore what could be done, create visions and finally shape the form, function and quality of the digital solution.

A certified Digital Design Professional has gained a profound knowledge to take responsibility for the design of a digital solution. They can lead the building process in digitalization projects. Companies will be enabled to build innovative technical solutions and to implement pioneering digital business models.


Starting point of the DDP education concept is the DDP Foundation Level (FL). It provides a broad overview of a Digital Design Professional’s competence spectrum. The Foundation Level is designed as a three-day training course; it covers the essential basics of Digital Design and focuses on selected methods and techniques.

  • Orientation

    How to design innovative digital solutions.

  • Preparation

    How to do build up your knowledge about Digital Design.

  • Examination

    How to get certified with our accredited certification bodies.

  • Crafting

    How to stay up-to-date as a crafting certified DDP.


The competences for a Digital Design Professional are divided into three mayor areas: Design Competences, Digital Competences, Cross-Cutting Competences. These are complemented by the Building Process which provides a guideline how these competences can be used and organized adequately.

Design Competences

Introduction to conceptual work with hands-on documentation techniques and templates

Digital Competences

Introduction to technology-oriented knowledge areas and technological capabilities to understand digital as material

Cross-Cutting Competences

Introduction of cross-cutting competences to anticipate various usage scenarios (people and business models) for innovative solutions

Building Process

Introduction to guidelines for a complete building process of a digital solution from scoping to operations

Training & Certification

Training courses are offered by recognized training providers and are the most efficient way to get prepared for the examination. As required by ISO/IEC 17024:2012, examinations are under the sole responsibility of licensed certification bodies.

News & Events

IREB talks about the DDP @ A4Q World Congress

We had the opportunity to talk about the need for Digital Design @ A4Q world congress - watch now


IREB talks about the DDP @ A4Q World Congress

By: Stan Bühne

Look the recording of our talk at the A4Q World Congress.

IREB's new certification model for Digital Design Professionals qualifies designers for the digital age. The Digital Design Professional will be able to immediately apply what he or she has learned in order to actively shape the digital future.

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DDP Live now

You can become a Digital Design Professional now!

news 2021-06-01

DDP Live now

We are excited to announce the go-live of our Digital Design Professional (DDP) certification program.
The following documents are now available for free download on our website DDP syllabus :

  • first version of the DDP education and study handbook
  • first version of the DDP glossary
  • slightly updated version of the DDP syllabus where we: updated some references, eliminated typos, and updated some definitions to match the new DDP glossary
  • and finally, the DDP practice exam to assess your competences before taking the exam
news 2021-07-29
Live Now - German Version of DDP

Today, we are happy to announce that the Digital Design Professional is available in German

news 2021-07-29

Live Now - German Version of DDP

By: Stan Bühne

Now our website: www.digitaldesign.org also "speaks" German. And more even important, the official syllabus, glossary, exam regulations and practice exam are now also available in German - have a look.

The official German exams for the DDP are now available for booking via our certification bodies.

So stay tuned, take a look at our training calendar and start your Digital Design Professional training.

webinar 2021-09-10
Digitale Transformation braucht neue Vordenker

How do you design successful digital products?
(Webinar will be held in German)

webinar 2021-09-10

Digitale Transformation braucht neue Vordenker

Time: 10:00 - 11:00 CEST

By: Stan Bühne and Kim Lauenroth

Location: Bitkom Akademie (Online)

In diesem Live-Online-Seminar beschreiben die Referenten, warum bei heutigen Transformationsvorhaben mehr als analytische und technologische Kompetenzen benötigt werden, um erfolgreiche digitale Lösungen zu gestalten.

  • Sie lernen, dass heutige digitale Lösungen mehr ist als nur Software und das ein Digital Design Professional den gesamten Lösungsraum gestalten muss.
  • Sie lernen die wesentlichen Unterschiede zwischen Digitization, Digitization und digitaler Transformation kennen.
  • Sie lernen warum ein Bauprozess für erfolgreiche digitale Lösungen nicht mit dem ersten Produktrelease endet.
  • Sie lernen welche Kompetenzen nötig sind um digitale Transformation erfolgreich zu gestalten und für die eigene Organisation gewinnbringend zu nutzen.
event 2021-09-14
Roundtable Discussion - Digital Design and Requirements Engineering

Safe the Date:
Digital Design and Requirements Engineering - Very Best Friends -

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Roundtable Discussion - Digital Design and Requirements Engineering

Time: 17:30 - 18:45 CEST

By: Stefan Sturm/IREB - Marcus Trapp/Fraunhofer IESE and Kim Lauenroth/adesso SE

With our new virtual discussion panel, we want to launch a new IREB format to promote exchange within the community. For our first IREB Roundtable, I am pleased to welcome the two field-tested digitization experts Marcus Trapp (Fraunhofer IESE) and Kim Lauenroth (adresso SE) as well as the Managing Director of IREB Stefan Sturm (IREB GmbH).

At our Roundtable, we discuss, among other things: what Digital Design is and how it was born; why the IREB as the "Home of Requirements Engineering" is also the home of Digital Design; why the competencies of Digital Designers and Requirements Engineers complement each other perfectly; what makes Digital Design special; why Requirements Engineering will remain relevant in the future; and much more.

Curious? We keep you up to date: we will record the Roundtable and provide it with english subtitles - stay tuned!

The discussion will be in German.

Let's start your training

Be inspired, learn to design digital solutions, become a Digital Designer and shape the digital future!

Let's start your journey

Be inspired

Curious to know what Digital Design is all about? Browse through our website and let the DDP certification scheme convince you of the added value it provides when working in the field of digitalization. Become an early adopter of the new Digital Design profession.

Learn to design digital solutions

As a non-profit organization, we provide the learning material for the DDP education for free download. You can prepare via a training course at a training provider or via self-study and learn how to successfully merge digital and analog in your digitalization projects.

Become a digital designer

Why not finish the DDP education with a certificate? Once you have learned the DDP contents, the exam is the logical way to follow up. The DDP certificate is the proof of your competence in Digital Design.

Shape the digital future

As certified Digital Design Professional you are capable of interweaving business, technology, and design to create valuable and innovative digital solutions.