How can we foster engagement across communities when social and economic division grows in many parts of the world? What does a career in design look like in the future? How is technology changing the way messaging reaches consumers?

These questions and more will be answered in Dubai Design District (d3) this week. On the Mainstage, a panel of experts sponsored by the Swiss Embassy discusses innovations in bilingual design with master type designer Matthieu Cortat and Huda Smitshuijzen-AbiFarès, Director of the Khatt Foundation, Center for Arabic Typography, among others.

Designers working to make Expo 2020 Dubai a success, including David Spierings, Project Director of the Dutch Pavilion at Expo 2020, and Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Officer for Exhibitions and Pavilions, Expo 2020, will discuss what impact the largest event ever to take place in the Middle East will have. And, experts in a variety of fields will predict what the future looks like for design careers in the machine age in a panel that includes Evan Collisson, Communication Designer of Palmwood, Ahmed Hafez Younis, Creative Shop Lead at Facebook, and Hani Asfour, Dean of Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation.

At the Audi Innovation Hub the Hub’s architect, Emirati architect Abdalla Almulla, will discuss the geometric explorations that informed its striking design, and the winner of the Audi Innovation Award will talk about their project.

The Forum at Downtown Design hosts global design experts in a series of talks that tackle vital issues of today in architecture and interior design. Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winner Tomás Alonso talks about the perfect mixture for emerging designers to succeed: collaboration, visibility and engagement.

Tomorrow, Greg Natale traces his path to becoming a master designer with a combination of business savvy and creativity, and a panel discusses how evolving retail culture might still have a place for brick and mortar.