In 1974, Tapani Hyvönen graduated as an industrial designer from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, present-day Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
He began his professional career in 1973, founded his own design agency “Destem Ltd.” in 1976 and was co-founder of ED-Design Ltd. in 1990. Hyvönen with some exceptions has served as CEO and president of both agencies from 1976 to 2013. He was amongst others involved into the process of developing the first mobile phones with Nokia. He is still the biggest shareholder of ED-Design Ltd. Since its launch, it has been one of the largest product design agencies in the Nordic countries with clients such as Nokia, Polar Electro, Elektrobit, and Mirion Technologies. After leaving the management duties in ED-Design Ltd. in late 2013, he started to share his experience by working in different educational organisations.
In 2014, he served as a visiting professor in Guangdong University of Technology, School of Art and Design, Guangzhou, China. Hyvönen has been honoured with several awards. Some of his designs are chosen in the collections of Design Museum Helsinki and Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York. Tapani Hyvönen’s numerous positions of trust in the field have included a membership in the Advisory Board of the Design Leadership Programme at the Department of Product and Strategic Design of the University of Art and Design Helsinki from 1989 to 2000. Furthermore, he has been a board member of the Design Forum Finland from 1998 to 2002 and of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design from 1999 to 2003 and from 2009 to 2013. Additionally, he has been the president of Ornamo, the Finnish Association of Designers from 2009 to 2012.
Since 2003, he is member of the Finnish-Swedish Design Academy and board member of the Finnish Design Museum since 2011. He has been a jury member in national and international design competitions, for more than 20 times.