Design Research &
Design Strategy Conference
Elbarkaden Hafencity, Hamburg
22 September 2016
The Design Research and Design Strategy Conference (previously the Design Research Day) is returning to Hamburg for the third time and inviting attendees to learn more about the impact of design research and design strategy on corporate success. Specific case studies will be used in the talks and workshops to illustrate the potential of these two disciplines for contributing towards the advancement of technology, products and services.
Germany versus France. The Struggle for Style 1900–1930
Bröhan Museum, Berlin
– 11 September 2016
The relationship between Germany and France was one of extreme tension well into the 20th century, and not just from a political point of view. The neighbouring countries came increasingly into conflict over matters of design and applied arts, with spats over new residential and living concepts often played out in public. This “struggle for style” between 1900 and 1930 is the subject of an exhibition that will run until 11 September 2016 at the Bröhan Museum in Berlin.
Der eigene Antrieb30.04.2016 – 01.11.2016
Bella Center, Copenhagen
18–20 August 2016
From 18 to 20 August 2016 the Danish furniture and lifestyle fair Northmodern, formerly known as Design Trade Copenhagen, will see up-and-coming Danish designers, independent design labels, and internationally renowned design firms present new products and trends at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.
100 beste Plakate 15
Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design in Nürnberg
20 July – 4 September 2016
The exhibition “100 beste Plakate 15”, which is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, provides an overview of the current poster design scene across German-speaking countries. The final line-up of designs chosen for the competition of the same name can be seen there until 4 September 2016.
Dancing with the Stars
Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains
– 28 August 2016
Since 1976 the Maison d’Ailleurs [House Elsewhere] has preserved the collection of Pierre Versins, who first became interested in science fiction after Second World War and started to collect books and objects relating to the genre. The museum seeks to promote science fiction not only as a part of popular culture but also as crucial component in the aesthetics of modernism, as borne out by its exhibition “Dancing with the Stars”, which will run until 28 August 2016.
Nature and Politics
– 18 September 2016
Tomas Struth is generally ranked as one of the foremost photographic artists of his generation, and his works have taken the medium to particularly expressive levels. The current exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, “Nature and Politics”, is the first show on Struth to be held in a museum space in Berlin.
Bauhaus. It’s All Design
– 14 Aug 2016
The Staatliche Bauhaus founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 was the first German university of design to have the goal of educating designers to participate in social transformation. The current exhibition “Bauhaus. It’s All Design” at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn looks at the influence of Bauhaus on the concept of design and its currency for today’s generation of designers.
The Soil Movement
Transnatural Workspace, Amsterdam
– 26 August 2016
Since the industrial revolution, mankind has been damaging the environment and the entire eco-system. The exhibition series “Regeneration” at the Transnatural Workspace in Amsterdam is dedicated to this problem with its first exhibition on the theme of the Earth which runs until the end of August. The series intends to show how nature and technology have a mutual positive influence on each other and how biological knowledge can be linked meaningfully with practice.
Submission deadline: 15 August 2016
In the interests of supporting new talents in the area of lamp design, offering them a platform and bringing the public closer to design and architecture, the LAMP competition is once again inviting innovative submissions. The theme this year is “cosmic”.
Post Design Festival
17 – 20 August 2016
This five-day Post Design Festival in Copenhagen provides international graphic designers, illustrators and designers from other disciplines with a platform to network and find out about the commercial and ethical aspects of the design scene. From talks, discussions and workshops, students and practising designers will have the opportunity to find out more about products and projects that have been designed not only for supplying a market but have been made to convey a personal expression, a political viewpoint or a social comment.
&: Hilbert & Künzli
– 6 November 2016
In its series entitled “&:”, the Gewerbemuseum Winterthur has been presenting “creative dialogues between partners in the areas of design” since 2009. In its latest exhibition “&: Hilbert & Künzli”, the work of the two Swiss jewellery designers, Therese Hilbert and Otto Künzli, can be seen for the first time in a joint show. The pair have shared their private lives and a studio in Munich since 1975, and yet pursue their own artistic paths.
Hybrid Talks. Visualisation and Sonification
Hybrid Lab, TU Berlin
14 July 2016
Ever since 2011, the Hybrid Talks have been bringing together a selection of speakers to present their knowledge in short presentations about a changing range of themes. In July 2016, the topic revolves around the translation of data into visual and acoustic form.
Were It As If. Bik Van der Pol
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
- 21 August 2016
Within the context of the silver jubilee of the Witte de With art instituition in Rotterdam the Dutch artistic duo Bik Van der Pol is dedicating an exhibition to both the institute’s history and the development of art projects in the city. The pair will be looking into the questions of what can be overlooked and forgotten in the day-to-day operations of a cultural institution and the extent to which co-creators can be responsible for its representation and politics.
New Everything! A Century of New Typography and New Graphic Design in Frankfurt
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
– 14 August 2016
After the 2013 “Frankfurter Zimmer” exhibitions and Ferdinand Kramer’s exhibitions of his design work in 2014, “The New Frankfurt” is under the spotlight of the Frankfurter Museum für Angewandte Kunst for the third time. Using the slogan of “New Everything”, graphics and typography projects from the past century are being presented until 14 August 2016. The aim of these projects was to design a new city and thereby also shape a new society.
Artists’ Posters by Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely
– 4 September 2016
The Franco-American, Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002), known for her colourful Nana female figures, and the Swiss kinetic artist, Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) first met in Paris in 1955. From this point on, they had a working and romantic relationship for many years that was expressed in joint projects and mutual artistic influence. Apart from this, they jointly designed posters, and the Horst-Janssen-Museum in Oldenburg is displaying around one hundred of these until 4 September 2016.
Zwischen Misthaufen und Himmelreich
WEISSRAUM. Designforum, Tyrol
– 29 July 2016
The development from rural conservative homeland illustration to clear modern objectivity inspired by Swiss graphics once led Gustav E. Sonnewend to provocatively describe the journey as going “from the dung heap to the kingdom of heaven”. This is the title under which the Weissraum Designforum in Tyrol is now showing the work of the 89-year old graphic designer from Austria.
The Social Impact of Design
8 July 2016
Designers, artists, scientists will be discussing and finding out more about various aspects of social design at the third late-night conference on 8 July at Designxport in Hamburg.
Obituary for Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider, director of the Institut für Neue Technische Form (INTEF) [Institute for New Technical Forms] in Darmstadt died on 25 June 2016 in Hanau am Main. Born on 19 August 1946 in the Black Forest town of Waldshut, he first studied architecture in Berlin, and took over the directorship of INTEF in 1975 upon the death of his father, Gotthold Schneider. He worked with the organisation for over 40 years providing exhibitions, readings, concerts, teaching programmes and much more.
15 – 16 July 2016
With its “Crazy Mash-up” fashion show, the State School of Fashion Design in Stuttgart provides space for its final-year students to display their end-of-year projects in the Skatehalle Stuttpark. On 15 and 16 July 2016, the 100-piece collection focusing on collage will be presented to the public.
Submission deadline: 31 August 2016
An overarching “symbol of the future” is being sought to emphasise more strongly the significance of the Ruhr region as a location for science and research. In an open competition, the Regionalverband Ruhr and the Stiftung Mercator are calling for designers and artists to contribute their ideas.
Constant – New Babylon
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
– 25 September 2016
The Dutch artist Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920–2005), who tends to be known simply as Constant, was a member of the Cobra artistic movement. He expressed his ideas in one of the biggest and most visionary post-war artistic projects ever to take place. “New Babylon”, the result of around 20 years’ work, is still a major source of inspiration and is now on display at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague – the first time that it has been shown in such a comprehensive form.
Rheinland-Pfalz Design Prize 2016
Entry deadline: 12 August 2016
The Rheinland-Pfalz Design Prize for Communication Design celebrates contemporary and innovative design in traditional and new media, and is aimed at all designers from the region of Rheinland-Pfalz. Works can be submitted in the categories of Corporate, Editorial and Multimedia Design, Illustration, Photography, Film and Audio, Communication in Space and Design Studies und Research. The projects must have been created after January 2014.
Things to come: Science, Fiction, Film
Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin
30 June 2016 – 23 April 2017
How will we be living in the future? Film, and particularly the science fiction genre, has asked this and similar basic questions about human existence time and time again. From 30 June 2016, the “Things to come – Science, Fiction, Film” exhibition at the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin will be providing a comprehensive overview of these questions.
Manus x Machina
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
– 14 August 2016
The contrast between haute couture and ready-to-wear clothing seems to be made where the differences between complex handmade and mechanised modes of production meet. The exhibition “Manus x Machina. Fashion in the Age of Technology” at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is undertaking the task of addressing this dichotomy by examining the production processes of 170 exhibits ranging from the early 20th century to the present day, and looks at the links between manual and machine-based methods.
What Design Can Do 2016
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam
30 June – 1 July 2016
How can design contribute towards getting the ball rolling for positive change in the world? This is the question that the What Design Can Do conference format has been asking every year since 2011 by looking at different key areas on each occasion. This year the focus is on Africa, music and the refugee crisis.
Pictoplasma Academy. Masterclass 2016
Eden Studios, Berlin
24 September – 2 October 2016
Since its founding in 1999, Pictoplasma has offered artists and designers who devote themselves to creating characters an international platform for exchanging and presenting ideas. In addition to exhibitions, installations, publications and an annual conference in spring, the offering has also included the Pictoplasma Academy for the past three years. Anyone wishing to participate in the Masterclass 2016 in Berlin can apply to do so by submitting their CV, portfolio and a project idea by 15 July 2016.
Red! Utopian Visions from the Soviet Union 1930-1941
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
- 29 July 2016
In order to disseminate their ideology after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the subsequent founding of the Soviet Union, the country’s rulers initiated radical avant-garde visualisations in publications with the help of artists and designers. These utopian visions of the Soviet Union are currently on show in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven.
Schriftbilder – Bilderschrift. Chinese poster and book design today
Museum Folkwang, Essen
– 31 July 2016
Chinese poster and book art is the focus of an exhibition at the Museum Folkwang in Essen that runs until the end of July. On show are over 100 posters and 50 books by approximately 50 designers from throughout China, giving visitors an insight into the creative development of book and poster design in the Far East over recent years. The exhibits include traditional calligraphy, typography and printing technology and also current domestic and foreign trends.
form N° 266. Man/Machine
Life without machines is almost unimaginable. Although we curse them often enough because they go wrong, there are technical improvements that allow us to make great strides in a short amount of time, give us undreamt-of powers, allow us to be permanently connected and can restore or improve our health. Nonetheless, the relationship between man and machine is ambivalent, for every supposed advance can create new, unpredictable problems. In the focus section of form 266, we will be looking at how our relationship to machines is formed.
Mainzer Designgespräche 2016:
Flexibilität ermöglichen. Arbeitswelten gestalten.
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz
30 June 2016
Ever since 2002, the Mainzer Designgespräche symposium series, organised by the Designforum Rheinland-Pfalz descom, in conjunction with the Ministry for Economic Affairs, Climate Protections, Energy and Regional Planning, has been addressing a new area of interest every year as part of an expert panel. In 2016, everything revolves around the worlds of work, which will be illuminated from a design perspective and also from allied professions.
Design Center Baden-Württemberg, Haus der Wirtschaft, Steinbeis Saal
- 1 July 2016
The Federal Land of Baden-Württemberg is gathering a great deal of expertise in respect of materials – be it in manufacturing, research or processing. Against this background, the “Materialansichten” exhibition [material views] in the Design Center Baden-Württemberg in the “Haus der Wirtschaft” is showcasing a collection of various regional projects and work from 2 June to 1 July 2016.
33pt. I don’t care
Livinn Hotel, Dortmund
22 – 24 June 2016
The Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts is organising the seventh edition of 33pt, the “Festival of Typography, Graphics and Design”, and is not only inviting people to a two-day conference but is also offering a workshop free of charge at which posters on the festival’s theme of “I don’t care” can be produced.
Tours Summer 2016
During the next weeks many universities and colleges will be displaying the results of the past summer semester and finals projects produced within the various design disciplines. In order to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of the structure of the university in question and its approaches to teaching, the shows are often complemented by a supporting programme of tours, presentations and workshops.
14 – 19 June 2016
Collectors and fans of contemporary design will be arriving in mid-June 2016 for the Swiss edition of Design Miami. In parallel with Art Basel, exhibitions and events will be taking place, both at the fair grounds and in various locations throughout the city.
Animago Award 2016
Submission deadline: 19 July 2016
The deadline to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Animago Award competition is drawing ever closer; applications can be made only until 30 June 2016. Creative talents from around the world have the opportunity once again this year to submit their work in 3D animation, 3D still, visual effect and visualisation to this international competition here.