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Third Nerd Conference 2019

THIRD NERD Conference

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.


Reverse branding

Luca Éva Toth’s video was part of a project at the Köln International School of Design (KISD). She reversed the principle of beautiy reality shows „before and after“: She re-branded of Uta Brandes from a flashy and colorful appearance to a plain Jane.  

be/sprechen im Riphahn Gerhart Baum

be//sprechen (be//speak) event

an event series organized by Uta Brandes and Michael Erlhoff. It took place at the Cologne restaurant “riphahn” in 2014 and 2016. Each time one person from different fields (such as literature, politics, art, design, fashion, movies, music …) was invited for relaxed talks and discussions, gently moderated by the organizers, in order to involve the audience from the beginning. The guests: Gerhart Baum, politician, former minister of the interior, lawyer, committed supporter of culture and human rights. Dr. Martin Stankowski, publicist, author, storyteller, comedian   Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost, professor for design research at the University of the Arts, Berlin, head of the Design Research Lab, member of the supervisory board of several DAX companies Ilse Stammberger, fashion designer and owner of the fashion label “Ilse Stammberger” Prof. em. Dr. Hans Ulrich Reck, former director and professor of the Art and Media Academy Cologne, image and cultural scientist Heinz Holtmann, gallery owner, art historian, former chair of the federal association of German galleries and art dealers, and former chair of the central archive of …

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  

stupid design

Stupid Design

A project with students of the Köln International School of Design/KISD: research and award stupid public design. After having discussed about criteria for stupid design the students discovered many examples in just one Cologne neighbourhood. All were marked and awarded. – The Cologne TV station reported about this project.