Nº 275


Text: Stephan Ott


Today, when we talk about the creative sector – in industrial societies at least – we are also talking about the integration of increasingly differentiated design methods into high-tech production processes. At the same time, however, we can observe boundaries and exclusions in many areas of society, be they economic, political, cultural or religious. These days, when building walls and fortifying borders have sadly become socially acceptable again, progress which creatives, too, aim to serve, often appears limiting. In this light, creative disciplines in particular would do well to refocus their attention on design as their common concern, with the goal of avoiding exclusion, creating relationships, and advancing equality.



It is only at this level that teamwork takes on the quality of interdisciplinarity. Then, even supposedly different fields like design and information technology can develop shared projects. In this issue’s focus on sport, the same criteria apply when fashion and sport join forces, when dance and notation enter a productive alliance, when engineers from different specialist fields develop competitive sports equipment together or when medicine and fitness benefit each other.

Ultimately, in every design discipline, it can only be a matter of creating the conditions for team spirit and motivation – including, of course, motivation towards work, care, community, and considerateness. But this only comes about if those concerned are mindful of their common roots and treat each other with mutual respect.




The year of our 60th anniversary is coming to an end. This also means the end of our retrospect at the history of form that was not only very enjoyable, but also cleared up certain (forgotten) issues and offered a number of insights. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our thanks to all those who contributed to the success of the Revisiting the Past project, not least all the people who attended our birthday celebration on 13 October 2017 at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt/Main. In the coming year, we will continue our work with the focus topics of failure, Mexico, weather, embodiment, and borders. Also, this issue brings back our Carte Blanche section, but with slightly altered rules: now we give two designers a keyword related to the focus theme of the issue in question and then place the results side by side.

As in the past, we are very happy to receive your ideas, suggestions, and reactions. And we look forward to meeting you again in 2018.


Stephan Ott, Editor-in-Chief


Nº 282

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