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Buchtitel: Non Intentional Design

Non-Intentional Design

Michael Erlhoff & Uta Brandes (2006): Non-Intentional Design http://amzn.to/2HBfCov 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.

Buchtitel: Non Intentional Design

Non-Intentional Design

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.

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.

umbrella movement 2014

Hong Kong 2014: Umbrella Movement

When invited by the design department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in October 2014, we immediately were brought into the center of the protest movement, known as “umbrella movement”. Unlike the protests starting in 2019, the umbrella movement was peaceful and full of phantasy, and lasted more than 3 months. And design (especially by PolyU students) played an important role. -> Flickr  

German University Cairo 2008

Cairo 2008

After having been invited by the rectorate of the German University Cairo (GUC) already before in order to consult the design faculty, we came back to teach a design course. Like in most other universities in Egypt at least 80% of the students at GUC are female. (This is because boys deliberately are sent abroad for their studies, while girls have to stay at home with their parents.) Therefore the subject explicitly dealt with female matters: “Female Power”. Unlike the few mal participants the female students loved the project and were extremely innovative. – Here are some examples from that course.  

St. Moritz Design Summit

St. Moritz Design Summit – 2000-2007

In 1999, as a result of an initiative by Köbi Gantenbein, chief editor of the magazine Hochpaterre, we were invited to St. Moritz (Switzerland) to talk with local officials from the culture and tourism departments about the establishment of a new design event. We proposed to invite important international design professionals to come to St. Moritz for three days each year before Christmas in order to discuss essential new design perspectives. We suggested, however, doing this without an audience because, otherwise, these kinds of discussions tend to turn into marketing events. The St. Moritz officials loved the idea and, starting in 2000, the St. Moritz Design Summit took place for the first time (followed by seven more editions) in the exclusive Suvretta House. To secure the summit’s financing, Michael Erlhoff (who, in 1991, together with British American Tobacco/BAT had founded the Raymond Loewy Foundation for the promotion of design) was able to get BAT, and thus the foundation, on board to support the project. And so we invited 30 excellent design experts each year to …