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Uta Brandes: Gender Design – Streifzüge zwischen Theorie und Empirie

Uta Brandes (2017): Gender Design – Streifzüge zwischen Theorie und Empirie BIRD / Birkhäuser German, some parts in English Thinking about gender in terms of social construction has been state-of-the-art in many scientific fields for decades. Design, however, is still largely blind to the consideration of gender. This is remarkable because design defines everyday life, always and everywhere, and thus also defines the subjects acting in everyday life: the interaction between people and things is always gendered. This is the first book to treat the essential questions of gender in design, both in theory and in practice. It discusses the fundamental necessity of including gender in the design process and it introduces examples of corresponding design (research) projects. Uta Brandes was the first professor, who, until recently, explicitly taught Gender & Design at the Köln International School of Design. She advises companies in gender & design questions, she is co-founder and president of the international Gender Design Network (iGDN) and she supervises many projects, in particular in Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Non-Intentional Design

Michael Erlhoff & Uta Brandes (2006): Non-Intentional Design English Design must embrace misunderstandings, mistakes and the so-called ‘misuse’ of its products as a source of innovation and an expression of cultural diversity. A photo book documenting everyday situations where the products of design are used in ways not initially intended by their creators.

Design by Use. The Everyday Metamorphosis of Things

This publication explores and analyses a very special kind of design: the phenomenon, as normal as it is wonderful, that people with no formal training in design take things that have been designed and reuse them, convert them to new uses, in short, ‘misuse’ them in the very best sense of the word. Non-intentional design (NID) happens every day, in every area of life, in every part of the world. Redesign through reuse makes things multifunctional and intelligently combines them to generate new functions. It is often reversible, resource-friendly, improvisational, innovative, and economical. It can become a source of inspiration for design, provided professional designers take notice of what actually happens to their products when they are used.

Fandalismus – Von Vandalismus zu Fandalismus

When anonymous people ‘modify’ objects in public space, this is often quickly referred to as vandalism. The authors have carried out extensive fieldwork in urban spaces, making the phenomenon of vandalism subject to critical revision: the re-appropriation of urban space is no longer called vandalism, but ‘fandalism’. For example, paid-for leasing is turned into free seats; kids that are defined by society as innocent and cute become terrorists; the advocates of a potted plant-culture are confronted by revolutionary seed bomb throwers; graffiti becomes a new form of symbolism that sometimes uses wonderful new technologies, and the always positively embraced flora and fauna are convincingly demasked as committing serious acts of vandalism. The book inspires the reader to think about vandalism, political correctness and mainstream in new ways and many issues that seemed to be safely defined and categorised are being whirled about in both humorous and thoughtful ways.

Michael Erlhoff & Friends

A kaleidoscope of humorous and informative visual and textual descriptions relating to Michael Erlhoff, who was the Founding Dean of the Köln International School of Design, the President of the Raymond Loewy Foundation and the Director of the German Design Council. Renowned experts from the fields of design, art, cultural theory, politics and business are staging a spectacular fireworks display around the outspoken design scholar, author and critic.

Designtheorie und Designforschung

If you study design, you need a fundamental knowledge of theory, and design theory must also have an empirical relation to the real needs of real people. Therefore, this book is an introduction to both design research and design theory. Expertly written, this easy-to-read book provides information on qualitative and quantitative methods in design research. It also offers a theory toolset, describes the prospects of design research and much more.

DADAs Best

Uta Brandes and Michael Erlhoff have asked 18 DADA lovers from the world of art to nominate their favourite DADA piece. The result is a fascinating, inspiring and, in the best sense of the term, colourful mix of classic and lesser-known works. The point of art and poetry is to uncover and work with possibilities and forward-looking dreams, with fantasies and desires, and, to this end, Dada used everyday life as its playground.

Uta Brandes – She and she as a collective novel

Written by friends of Uta Brandes, this book makes for an interesting and entertaining read, offering possibilities to think about identity, gender, cars, spies, history, life, biography and design. In both thoughtful and humorous ways, we learn something about the researcher and woman Uta Brandes. A gift to Uta Brandes from friends of Uta Brandes.