26 June 2018


Designer in Residence.
Gender Design

Submission deadline: 15 July 2018



The Archive of the former Ulm School of Design is offering a three-month scholarship for a “Designer in Residence” to research on the theme of “Gender Design”, taking place from September to December 2018, and finishing with an exhibition at the beginning of 2019.


The archive’s goal is to make its historical inventories accessible to the public in exhibitions and publications, and also to offer a basis and space to allow research to question contemporary topics. The awardee should be able to do both during the three-month period. The programme is aimed at practising international designers or those at the interface with research, and focuses on promoting up-and-coming designers in an academic context. The relevant areas of design relate to the courses taught at the Ulm School of Design, which are architecture, visual communication, product design, photography, information, and film (it is also possible to link different areas).

The bursary includes a monthly allowance of 1,200 euros, a budget for work materials and travel expenses, work space in the archive, free accommodation in one of the former lecturers’ houses and support with research, public relations and presentation.

The original aim of Ulm’s design theory was the ideal of the “Gute Form”, that developed products based on a basic moral and democratic principal for all. The sponsors of the scholarship see the theme of “Gender Design” as a contemporary translation of addressing cultural and social imbalances between different genders. The questions for the research intention are: “What are the implications for the design process and design result by bringing design into the centre of form-finding and what does it mean to design on the basis of gender-specific, gender-sensitive and gender-neutral?”This is the starting point and aim for discussion within the context of a concluding exhibition.

Application papers including a statement of purpose, plan and own work should be sent to Katharina Kurz by email by 15 July 2018.


Background to the Ulm School of Design:


Founded in 1946 by Inge Scholl and Otl Aicher originating from Ulm’s adult education centre, the Ulm model of design developed at that time is a process aligned with technology and science focusing on the overall system as an interdisciplinary experiment. This approach and way of thinking, and the practical tools of design, which build on scientifically based knowledge, are also currently the greatest discussion point in the presentation of designer output as credible outcomes. The availability of design history from 1946 to 1968 and a post-war design concept certainly provide many insights into the way equality for all genders has developed. However, the means offered should be used to research social judgments towards all people across continents, across cultures and should especially be free from the constraints of products and markets.


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