Nº 269

Play


Jan/Feb 2017

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An activity that delights both young and old alike throughout their lifetime is play. In his book “Homo ludens”, published back in 1938, Johan Huizinga attributes to play a central role in cultural processes. Whether its sports, the theatre or board games, play is mostly about learning and testing certain forms of action and behaviour, all of which can be designed or exploited for design.

Published on 16 December 2016.

132 pages, German/English, € 16.90 (DE)

Contributors of this issue

Benjamin H. Bratton

Crytek

Mathias Fuchs

Sebastian Jacobi

Lieselotte van Leeuwen

Moniker

Anja Neidhardt

Gerd Ohlhauser

Julia Sommerfeld

Jörg Stürzebecher

Emma Wessel

Editorial team

Carolin Blöink

Johanna Christner

Susanne Heinlein

Stephan Ott

Franziska Porsch

Giovanna Reder

Sarah Schmitt

Jessica Sicking

Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Contributors of this issue

Benjamin H. Bratton, Crytek, Mathias Fuchs, Sebastian Jacobi, Lieselotte van Leeuwen, Moniker, Anja Neidhardt, Gerd Ohlhauser, Julia Sommerfeld, Jörg Stürzebecher, Emma Wessel

Editorial team

Carolin Blöink, Johanna Christner, Susanne Heinlein, Stephan Ott, Franziska Porsch, Giovanna Reder, Sarah Schmitt, Jessica Sicking, Marie-Kathrin Zettl

Anniversary contributions

60 Years of form
Revisiting the Past

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of form, a milestone that has prompted us to stop and take stock. In particular, we will be revisiting a specific article, reader’s letter, image, cover, etc. from each of the magazine’s six decades to date. For the first of our anniversary features, we have taken our cue from industrial designer Herbert Lindinger’s four-part series on design history, which was originally published in 1964/65 in the issues 26, 27, 28, and 30 and is still well worth a read today.

Revisit historical starting points

Read selected articles online

More articles of the issue

Editorial

Text: Stephan Ott

There are two product concepts in the media industry, which are looking like a sure-fire thing nowadays. The first is “slow living magazines” (as they are referred to by the German trade journal W and V), such as Landlust, Happinez or Flow, which enjoy large circulations. The second is unsophisticated programming like The Grand Tour, a rehash on the British hit show Top Gear, with backing from Amazon in the double-digit millions.

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Filter:

Web Brutalism

Text: Sarah Schmitt

Translation: Bronwen Saunders

Contemporary web design is becoming steadily more demanding as it tries to keep pace with the latest technological advances. At the forefront of this development is the content-oriented user interface that makes websites easy and intuitive to use. In the past, user behaviour was dictated by established design conventions.

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Focus:

Studio Moniker
Rules of the Game

Interview: Carolin Blöink, Sarah Schmitt

Moniker, the Amsterdam-based studio of Luna Maurer and Roel Wouters, is surely one of the key protagonists in the field of participatory design. The studio, which was originally co-founded with Jonathan Puckey in 2012, aims to find playful ways of integrating the user into the design process, focusing on interactive experimentation as design method and thus putting the process and the context thereof, rather than the medium-specific end result centre stage.

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Files:

Private Utopias

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Translation: Iain Reynolds

Belgian painter Rik Wouters often worked in his living room, not only because the light there was better than in his studio (which was in the same apartment), but also because that was where he got his inspiration, it being the focal point of the happy domesticity Wouters, who was born in 1882, enjoyed with his wife Nel. Be it reading, ironing, cooking or looking out of the window – she figures in his paintings time and again. 

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Preview:

Land of Design South Korea

Text: Stephan Ott

South Korea is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Especially in communications technology, the automotive industry, and shipbuilding, but also in some heavy industries like steelmaking, South Korean companies are global leaders. In our next issue, we will be looking at the role played by design in this rapid development.

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Cluster

Text: Julia Sommerfeld

Text: Johanna Christner

Text: Franziska Porsch

Research

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Fairs

Text: Susanne Heinlein

Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, and competitions

Text: Lieselotte van Leeuwen

Interview: Susanne Heinlein, Stephan Ott

Text: Mathias Fuchs

Text: Franziska Porsch

Text: Stephan Ott

Revisiting the Past 1/6

Text: Stephan Ott

Archive

Text: Jörg Stürzebecher

Discourse

Text: Benjamin H. Bratton

Material

Text: Gerd Ohlhauser

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps

Text: Franziska Porsch

Text: Stephan Ott

Revisiting the Past 1/6

Text: Stephan Ott

Archive

Text: Jörg Stürzebecher

Discourse

Text: Benjamin H. Bratton

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps

Material

Text: Gerd Ohlhauser

Cluster

Text: Julia Sommerfeld

Text: Johanna Christner

Text: Franziska Porsch

Research

Text: Anja Neidhardt

Fairs

Text: Susanne Heinlein

Agenda

Exhibitions, fairs, festivals, events, conferences, symposia, and competitions

Text: Lieselotte van Leeuwen

Interview: Susanne Heinlein, Stephan Ott

Text: Mathias Fuchs

Text: Franziska Porsch

Text: Stephan Ott

Revisiting the Past 1/6

Text: Stephan Ott

Archive

Text: Jörg Stürzebecher

Discourse

Text: Benjamin H. Bratton

Material

Text: Gerd Ohlhauser

Media

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites, and apps