With its particular consideration of the fact that all aspects of everyday life are designed, design research reveals an astounding ability to discuss current economic, social, environmental and media-related processes. This kind of design research, when intelligently implemented, also provides a fundamental critique of design as well as a variety of possible perspectives to better understand the present and prospects for the future.
A designer from Hong Kong is said to have the largest collection of Chairman Mao busts. The busts were produced, by governmental decree, in only two places in the People’s Republic of China and only in white. Chairman Mao Collection
There are lots of photos on Instagram #grandbasel. Also a statement (in English) by Michael Erlhoff // Statement von Michael Erlhoff Photo credit: Courtesy Grand Basel
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
“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
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 …
… and the bedesign library (photo: Nele Martensen).
Perspectives on design terminology. A book for all those who work in design, study design, are interested in design or want to understand more about design. More than 100 international authors have written essays for this book, offering, regardless of cultural differences, suggestions for overarching essential categories of design and, thus, for a fundamental way of talking about design. Includes terminology from both recent and traditional design discourses. A practical book for study or browsing. Michael Erlhoff & Tim Marshall (Hrsg./ eds.) (2007): Wörterbuch Design / Design Dictionary BIRD / Birkhäuser available in German or English
If one wants to avoid ideology, a theory of design must be formulated in an open way: contradictory, provisionally, provocatively, boundlessly. Michael Erlhoff: Theorie des Designs (2013) Wilhelm Fink German Get a copy
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.