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Robert Franken to Speak at the iGDA Awards Ceremony

We are thrilled to announce that Robert Franken will be speaking at the awards ceremony for the international Gender Design Award /iGDA, taking place on 8 November 2018 at the Cologne Museum of Applied Arts. Robert Franken is a consultant who helps businesses with issues related to positioning, strategy and digital transformation. He is very passionate about diversity and gender equality and, among other things, he has founded the Male Feminists Europe platform. He is a member of the advisory board of PANDA, the competition for female executives, and he is one of four honorary ambassadors for He For She Germany. iphigenia.genderdesign.org Press contact: Prof. Dr. Uta Brandes, brandes@genderdesign.org

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Grand Basel – September 6-9, 2018

“Grand Basel in Basel is the ultimate show for automotive masterpieces that showcases top-of-the-range automobiles from the past, present and future. Our inaugural Basel edition 2018 leads the way for upcoming shows in North America and Asia.” Michael Erlhoff is an Honorary Member of the Advisory Board Grand Basel and will be in Basel for the duration of the show where he will also give a talk on September 6 (time tba). www.grandbasel.com/basel

NERD2GO Conference, 15 & 16 June 2018, HAWK Hildesheim, Germany

The Second Conference on New Experimental Research in Design HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts | Hildesheim/Holzminden/Göttingen Faculty of Design | Renatastrasse 11 | 31134 Hildesheim, Germany Building A, Room E04 (Auditorium) 15 + 16 June, 2018, 11 a.m. After the overwhelming success of the first NERD conference, held last year at HBK Braunschweig, the second conference will take place in June (15 & 16) in Hildesheim, Germany: We want to present and discuss the quality, significance and versatility of young design research. This is important for the development of our societies, of research and of business and for a better understanding of what design research actually is and does, as well as for the unfolding of new prospects. Young design researchers from different countries will present their mind-broadening and pioneering work. Each presentation will take 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion. The conference is open (and free) to the public at large: everyone is warmly invited to participate. We would, however, kindly ask you to register only if you are able …

iphiGenia Gender Design Award 2018: Call for Entries

As of now, the international Gender Design Network/iGDN will be accepting entries for the iphiGenia Gender Design Award 2018. Entries will be accepted from all areas of design: product design, typography, orientation systems, public design, lighting design, new digital and media developments, fashion design, exhibition design, service design etc. But also innovative design and advertising campaigns as well as research projects are eligible – the only essential prerequisite is that all entries must clearly be characterised by gender-sensitive design. The award is as important for society as it is for the intelligent development of design itself. It saw its first, very successful edition in 2017, with the New-York-based company Thinx and the Mindshare Denmark agency from Copenhagen as the winners in the award’s two categories: The iphiGenia Gender Design Award Evolution is given to established or young companies, agencies or other initiatives that explicitly support the cause of gender-sensitive design and whose work unites an all-embracing, convincing approach to this issue with excellence in design and execution. The iphiGenia Gender Design Award Revolution recognises an …

Uta Brandes: “Gendered Spaces. On the Relevance of Gender in Design”, lecture, 13th June 2018, Technical University of Dortmund (Germany)

The point is to finally acknowledge that the category of gender is also important in the context of design: every product, sign and service we encounter in everyday life, be it by necessity or by choice, will always speak to us also in a gendered way. In our culture, in all areas of our everyday life and all the time, we are shaped by projections of femininity and masculinity. Our everyday life is full of designed artefacts and spaces, of which gender is a part as an essential constitutive and reactive element. Gender clichés and preconceptions may have become more subtle and, at times, less obvious in western societies today, but they have, by no means, been overcome. Using examples from history and from design projects, my lecture will “roam” around categories such as privacy and the public realm and their specific (in)accessibility from a gender perspective: the flâneur and the passante, the phenomenon of waiting in public spaces; hotels and office desks, and, finally, the handbag as a typically female-connoted, contradictory ‘space’ between intimacy …

Uta Brandes: “Places – Spaces – Gender”, lecture, 28th March 2018, HAWK Hildesheim (Germany),

Lecture, HAWK of Hildesheim (Germany), 28 March 2018: Places – Spaces – Gender. Undulations between the Interior and the Exterior Focusing on the different significance of a range of spaces with regard to their gender-related (in)accessibility. The talk will be about privacy and the public realm, about the city and the flâneur or the passante. Various projects will serve as examples to demonstrate how relevant the topic of gender is (also) in the context of design.

Uta Brandes: Talk at the Sautter + Lackmann bookshop, Hamburg, 21 March 2018

“Designed and Maltreated Bodies: Gender-Enhancements by and through Design” Gendered bodies are everywhere, each individual has and owns one. Manifold factors deeply influence our bodies, social standards conflict with social reality: desirable vs. despised bodies, social constructions of beauty vs. ugliness and fit vs. untrained bodies … Hosted by the director of designxport, Dr. Babette Peters, Uta Brandes will talk about fashion(dictates), objectified models, cruel fashion designers and photographers, and sexism, also referring to the “me too”-debate.