Design Thinking Summit ‘16
6 - 8 April 2016
The methods of Design Thinking are based on developing both products and services that focus on the user’s needs and solve existing problems, and alleviating everyday issues through specific innovations. But what do the principles, methods as well as tried and tested methods of Design Thinking actually look like? The “Design Thinking Summit” offers an intensive introduction to the subject with its workshops and talks.
ECAL Graphic Design. Exhibition
Galerie L’Elac, ECAL, Renens
– 8 April 2016
The École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) enjoys a good reputation throughout the world in the area of graphic design. This reputation can also be ascribed to the renowned guest lecturers from whom students are able to learn in the numerous workshops held there. Projects that have evolved from these workshops and guest lectures are currently being exhibited in the Galerie L’Elac on ECAL’s premises.
Bibliothek für Gesellschaftsdesign26.04.2017 – 14.05.2017
The Millionaires Club #4
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
18 – 20 March 2016
Running in parallel with the Leipzig Book Fair, “Millionaires Club” a three-day comic and graphics festival is also taking place in the city. In its fourth edition, international artists will be presenting their work and interacting with visitors through various presentations, readings, and workshops.
7 - 9 April 2016
BMW Welt Munich
9 – 10 April 2016
“Think Forward” is the slogan of the eponymous interdisciplinary Forward Festival in the area of visual communication that is being held simultaneously in two cities within the period of 7 - 10 April 2016. The Gartenbaukino in Vienna and BMW Welt Munich will become showplaces for this meeting of designers and will be a combination of a conference space, exhibition areas, party locations and workshop environments.
Leipzig Book Fair 2016
Leipzig Fair Grounds
17 – 20 March 2016
Every March, authors, publishers, graphic designers and readers gather in Leipzig at one of Germany’s biggest book fairs. The Leipzig Book Fair offers an overview of the current book market with its 2,000 exhibitors and 20,000 new book releases. In 2016, the emphasis will be on the topics of immigration, up-and-coming authors and digital innovation.
Beauty.Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
– 21 August 2016
In the fifth instalment of the “Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” special series of exhibitions, everything revolves around beauty. With 250 exhibits from various design disciplines, a broad spectrum of individual perspectives takes a look at what constitutes beauty.
Federal Ecodesign Award 2016. Launch of the touring exhibition
14 March 2016
“Design that benefits humans and the environment alike” – the German Federal Ecodesign Award presents the award-winning and nominated projects that were submitted in 2015 under the slogan of “Weiterdenken” [think further] as part of a touring exhibition. The ceremonial opening and the launch event of the environmental communication project will take place on 14 March 2016 at 7 pm at Scala in Ludwigsburg. Entry is free of charge.
It’s a Book
Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig
19 March 2016
For the third time, graphic design students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig are organising the “It’s a Book” fair for independent publishers which was originally launched by Spector Books in 2010. Forty publishers and twenty selected student projects will be presented on 19 March 2016 in parallel with the Leipzig Book Fair.
Work on What You Love:Bruce Mau Rethinking Design
Philadelphia Museum of Art
– 3 April 2016
“Design the New Normal”, “Scale For Impact”, “Design the Invisible”, “Compete with Beauty”, “Work on What You Love” – these are the principles on which the established Canadian graphic designer, Bruce Mau, bases his work. Mau has set a total of twenty-four of these principles as his guidelines for his own creative design. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now dedicating an exhibition to them and it can be viewed until 3 April in the museum’s Collab Gallery.
Joseph Binder Award 2016
Submission deadline: 17 April 2016
The Joseph Binder Award, named after the Austrian graphic designer and illustrator, Joseph Binder (1898–1972), was set up in 1996 with the aim of honouring talented young graphic designers and illustrators.
Brutal Beauty. Violence and Contemporary Design
– 1 May 2016
Conflicts – from private squabbles to outright war – are an ever-present feature of everyday life. Design is also closely intertwined with the theme of violence, whether as a conscious focus, a springboard for alternative plans, or in dealing with the underlying issues. The Marta Herford has gathered together works by designers from different backgrounds in order to shine the spotlight on various facets of this phenomenon.
What Design Can Do. Refugee Challenge
Submission deadline: 1 May 2016
The two-day conference What Design Can Do (WDCD) will take place at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam from 30 June to 1 July this year under the slogan “New Ideas for a Better World”. As part of the programme, which will cover diverse themes, with more than 20 international speakers from different creative and design backgrounds providing insights into their working methods and concepts, this year’s conference will also address acute design problems such as the lack of living space for the growing number of refugees in cities.
Frankfurt/Main and Offenbach
13 – 18 March 2016
This year will see the eighth Luminale event, which runs parallel to the Light and Building fair and extends the theme of light beyond the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. Between 13 and 18 March 2016 the city will be lit up every evening by design objects, projections and performances by various artists.
Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg-Förderpreis für designkritische Texte
Submission deadline: 18 April 2016
Even if writing is not a designer’s main form of expression, it opens the way for a unique, pertinent and critical examination of design as a discipline, and has been supported by the Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg-Förderpreis since 2004. The prize, which is awarded every two to four years, is aimed at design students and graduates who intend their writing to contribute to the current discourse on design.
10 – 13 March 2016
Iceland’s annual design festival brings together local and international designers in Reykjavík for the sixth time. With over 100 events across the whole city, the Design March makes Reykjavík a centre for design for four days. The 2016 festival, organised by Iceland Design Centre offers exhibitions and other events, which will take place in the fishing harbour, the shops in the main street, and in the studios and galleries of the town. As part of Design March, local designers and manufacturers will present furniture and food as well as food design and architecture.
Pop Art Design
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
– 27 March 2016
In the 1960s and 1970s, pop art was one of the most influential art movements that playfully used motifs from mass media and advertising. “Pop Art Design“, a touring exhibition organised by the Vitra Design Museum and currently on show in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, demonstrates that both the design of products and furniture as well as architecture benefitted from the movement and presents iconic design objects in context with art works.
Light + Building
13–18 March 2016
Lighting, electrical engineering, and building automation are the three main points of focus at the Light and Building, which takes place every two years in Frankfurt/Main. It brings the design and technology sectors together and is aimed at designers, architects, and interior designers, as well as engineers, craft businesses, and manufacturing companies.
International Furniture Fair Singapore
Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre
10 – 13 March 2016
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) is one of Asia’s leading furniture and interior design trade shows, and brings designers and companies from Singapore, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to halls one to six of the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days every year.
Typographic Letterpress Poster Workshop
20 June - 2 July 2016
Application deadline: 26 February 2016
The typographic letterpress poster workshop taught by the Swiss graphic designer Dafi Kühne in his studio in Näfels is offered to international graphic design students interested in analogue printing techniques, poster design and fonts.
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
– 11 September 2016
The American illustrator, designer and musician Richard McGuire, who currently lives in Paris and New York, is known for his graphic novel “Here”, amongst other things. This pictorial story, that was first published in 2014 as a book, is presented in Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst’s latest room installation exhibition, “TimeSpace”. The exhibition is on show until 11 September 2016 in Frankfurt and will be accompanied by a supporting programme of presentations on time and space.
Open Studios 2016
Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
10 – 12 March 2016
The Van Eyck Institute for Visual Arts, Design and Reflection in Maastricht is offering interested parties the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at the “Open Studios 2016” taking place from 10 to 12 March 2016.
Bogotá Design Festival 2016
1 - 5 March 2016
The second edition of the Bogotá Design Festival is taking place in the capital city of Colombia providing an insight of local creative industries to a wider public. Open days at various companies, exhibitions and presentations give people the opportunity to discover the city from a different angle.
Penguin Random House Design Award 2016
Closing date: 9 March 2016
Everyone feels the draw of book covers – together with the blurb, they are often what induces the viewer to buy a book, or at least prompts them to take it down from the shelf. Penguin Random House is holding its tenth Design Award, for which it invites art and design students to submit book covers in three different categories.
Future of Money Design Award
Closing date: 1 March 2016
The Future of Money Design Award was first established in 2009 to forge a connection between the financial industry and the international creative scene. Also this year the competition offers a forum for designers to take a fresh look at the history of money.
Crafts and Design
24 Februar – 1 March 2016
In Spring 2016, this international craft trade fair is once again bringing 200 exhibitors together from the fields of jewellery, fashion, accessories and interior design to hall B1 on the fairground Munich, and presenting four internationally renowned special shows.
Jasper Morrison. Thingness
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
– 5 June 2016
The British designer, Jasper Morrison takes the stance that design should be as functional and “normal” as possible. As a result, over the past 30 years, he has stood out in stark contrast to the understanding of design of various kinds. Now the first Jasper Morrison retrospective can be seen in the Schaudepot at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, complemented by a selection of exhibits from the museum’s collection chosen by the designer himself.
20 - 28 February 2016
Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) was established in 2012 as an initiative to promote the Bavarian design industry and has taken place every year since then. It is Germany’s biggest design event for international designers and clients offering a week of approximately 150 events including conferences, exhibitions, presentations, and workshops between 20 and 28 February under the title of “Design Connects: Visions for Economy”.
form N° 264.Land of Design Lithuania
Looking at design in other countries not only helps us to keep tabs on anything new and different, but also lets us hold a mirror up to our own understanding of design, which is undoubtedly shaped by the realities of our respective country. In the Focus section of form 264 we present this year’s Land of Design, Lithuania. With three and a half million inhabitants, Lithuania is the most populous of the three Baltic states, and the up-and-coming creative scene there oscillates between tradition and revolution, remoteness and international networking, and visible and “invisible” design, in the Burckhardtian sense.
The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
– 18 September 2016
Die Neue Sammlung at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich introduced a new exhibition format in November 2015 with “Konstantin Grcic: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” to which various well-known designers are invited to present themselves and their work in the Paternoster Room for a period of ten months. The intention is to produce a characteristic and location-specific presentation in which designers tackle the question of the museum as display.
Grassi invites 1:fremd
Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig
– 8 May 2016
In view of the streams of refugees in 2015, the question of what makes European cultures different from “others” is more pertinent than ever. With “Grassi invites”, the Staatliche Ethnographische Sammlung Sachsen [State Ethnographic Collection of Saxony] has initiated an event series in 2016 that encourages artists, academics and institutions to develop an exhibition concept for politically relevant subjects for the present day. An exhibition on the origins of the stranger has been launched at the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde, Leipzig.
Repack. Sustainable Packing Design
Maximilians Forum, Munich
29 January – 1 March 2016
What does sustainability mean in practice? Completely new demands are being made of packaging design – and not only by internationally renowned designers and companies. For this reason, the exhibition “Repack” is presenting current, sometimes idealistic approaches in the shape of over 40 exhibits at Maximilians Forum in Munich.
Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore (IN)
25 – 27 February 2016
The ninth edition of Typoday at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore is taking place this year. Between 25 and 27 February, various workshops and a two-day conference are being organised under the title of “Typography and Education”.
L.A. Art Book Fair
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles
12 – 14 February 2016
Printed Matter is a non-profit organisation that has been distributing and bringing recognition to artists’ books since 1976. Its many activities include organising two art book fairs – every spring in Los Angeles and every autumn in New York. From 12 to 14 February 2016, the fourth edition of the L.A. Art Book Fair takes place, presenting artists’ books, art catalogues, monographs, journals and zines from over 250 publishers, bookshops, arts and independent publishing houses around the world.
Ambiente.The World’s Leading Fair for Consumer Goods
Frankfurt Exhibition Grounds
12 – 16 February 2016
Ambiente takes place once again in Frankfurt from 12 to 16 February. It is the leading international fair for consumer goods, attracting over 134,000 trade visitors and 4,800 exhibitors from more than 150 countries. The fair focuses on innovations in the three areas of dining, giving, and living and, thanks to numerous events, it acts as a platform for making new contacts and as a trading centre.