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
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, email@example.com
… and the bedesign library (photo: Nele Martensen).
Uta Brandes (2017): Gender Design – Streifzüge zwischen Theorie und Empirie BIRD / Birkhäuser German, some parts in English http://bit.ly/2EKuwqV 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.
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.
Uta Brandes, Michael Erlhoff & Nadine Schemman (2009) Designtheorie und Designforschung UTB/W. Fink German http://bit.ly/2GyjWDI 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.
Uta Brandes & Michael Erhoff (Hrsg.) (2012): My Desk is my Castle – Exploring Personalization Cultures Birkhäuser English http://bit.ly/2Fkgugy This study focuses on a comparative analysis of the use of desks. To this end, we looked at desks in insurance companies, banks, administrative offices, call centres and design studios, located in 12 countries on all continents.
Michael Erlhoff (Hrsg./ ed.) (2009) Uta Brandes – She and she as a collective novel Walther König bilingual (German & English) http://amzn.to/2BGIMCg 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.
Uta Brandes (Hrsg.) (2006) Michael Erlhoff & Friends Birkhäuser bilingual edition (German & English) http://bit.ly/2sKBFG1 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.
Uta Brandes/Sonja Stich/Miriam Wender (2009) Design by Use. The Everyday Metamorphosis of Things BIRD / Birkhäuser English http://bit.ly/2Cc76gA 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.