»Designing the future is a matter of care. It can't be predicted, but taken into consideration and then planned in advance.« (Hajo Eickhoff, Jan Teunen) Designers have the talent to imagine things that do not yet exist, to visualise them and consequently make them accessible to society. Contemporary design should accept responsibility, for man and environment, climate and the future. Therefore it is wise to be aware of the influence desigers have with their work on present and future generations and the great responsibility that results from it. This bachelor thesis wants to give introductory information that activates the reader to reflect the values of a designer. It wants to sensitize and to motivate for a responsible design and a future-oriented handling of the resources. In the form of a calendar you get introductory information that activates you to reflect on the values as a designer. The calendar wants to sensitize and to motivate for a responsible design and a forward-looking handling of resources. The content helps designers to facilitate easy access to the topic of »sustainability«, provides examples from different design areas and enables to glance beyond one's own nose. As an extension to the calendar a website has been created with an attached forum (Dummy) as well as an app for smartphones and tablets. The app serves as a model for projects that arise from the community, the forum of the website. Someone has the idea, another one has the knowledge to implement it. ( Therefore a first thumbnail sketch has been created.) The project is nominated for the »Marianne-Brandt-Competition« in the category »Cradle to Cradle«. As well for the »German Federal Ecodesign Award« in the category »junior | education and communication material« Marianne-Brandt-Competition | Nomination Design made in Germany | featured article German Federal Ecodesign Award | Nomination ökoRAUSCH Brutkasten | Nomination
»Berliner« are »Pfannkuchen« at our place! During a wonderful semester I could spend my internship at the agency »ARE WE DESIGNER« in Cologne. It was an interesting time full of new experiences. I could participate in a lot of different projects, make myself familiar with unknown topics and try them out. Some examples of my projects I carried out for and in collaboration with ARE WE DESIGNER: »FROM COLOGNE WITH LOVE« In this project I had to do the creative work and the production in collaboration with ARE WE DESIGNER. To find out where and how to produce all these stickers and rubber stamps. To become desperate while searching for white paper-tape with a long motive-length.Print labels in the cellar and learn a lot with the help of fun and desperation. In the end to have a wonderful result in your hands, which involved everyone of us. For more pictures and to find out more:From cologne with love »MAKE CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM« »We've learned that the first step is always to praise and afterwards there is always time for constructive criticism. We've refined this process over the years to the point of happily returning to the work at hand after well-pointed critique.« Together with Ruth I made the informational graphics on this topic. Source and to find out more:Make Constructive Criticism The last pictures are different stuff, free works, as well a cover for a mixtape. Therefor see: Remixe no. 2 For more fun in life and more infos:
From July to November 2011, I studied one semester graphic design at the AUT in Auckland, New Zealand.
Subjects and topics:
// Graphic Design: We had to choose three animals related to each other and develop a series of pictographic drawings (icons, combinations, posters). The aim of this project was to explore different approaches in reducing a series of images to a small number of the most essential ones, i.e. to simplify and organise the drawings.The final design, however, should reveal the animal in question.(Abstract of the documentation see link below)// Illustration: Choosing a famous person to make a woodcut of it and print it. ( I choose Donna Leon)// Packaging Design: Creating a second life package (I did a bookcase, which you can transform into a bookrack)// Letter Press: Basic introduction to the old print art, by using a concrete poetry (I choose: october storm, from Christian Morgenstern)
BOXHORN - the magazin from FH Aachen, communications design.
Every semester a group of communications design students design the magazin from the faculty on they own accountability.
Designing, Concept and Editing: Caroline Doyé, Nicole Körfer, Philipp Nunnemann und Sarah Schröder
# 24 »LEICHT ENTFLAMMBAR« (easily inflammable) Topics like »time management«, »excessive demands«, »psychological« as well as »physical stress«, even to the extent of »burn-out« syndroms, are currently discussed in the media everywhere. Number 24 of the »Boxhorn« deals with these topics by concentrating on the creative process. A woman affected by burn-out describes her experiences with this disease. Moreover, different models of time-management are presented. In an interview the founders of the Boxhorn-magazine talk about what it was like to realize the pilot edition and by doing so they provide an insight into their career. Beyond that there are free photography, illustrations and texts in the current issue. The reader can expect fascinating contributions from the faculty as well from national and international designers and artists. For detailed pictures and to buy the magazin online:
At first there was a theme ... and then there was empty space.
The subject matter of the project in the course »illustration« was:
The world in pictures. The assignment was to create a medium that presents something in an illustrative way which normally has little to do with illustrations or has never been shown in that way before.
The weekly paper »Die Zeit« (The Times) served me as the basis here. A newspaper is often a really dry object and so I decided to stitch some articles taken from this newspaper. I chose the method of stitching, because it still has the reputation of a »Grandmother's uncool activity«. So the combination of long-established tradition and modern quality newspaper was something I found interesting.
For the headlines I created sample stitches on paper based on the »Arial«, which is used on the Website of »Die Zeit«. As the result I can present three different articles, from each of which I stitched the headline and part of the interesting content, consisting of a text or a picture.
For example the following headline caught my attention: »A German Nazi lawyer defends the holocaust denier Williamson«. In the Catholic Church there can still a lot of splendid robes be found embroidered by hand.
By stitching the picture of the bishop meticulously in detailed work I saw a way of expressing my critical point of view on things like this.
The theme of this course was sustainability.
Hearing this definition, most people think of new energy which saves the resources. They think of saving the countryside, aim at preventing people from exploiting the resources. I want to show that sustainability does not only deal with the environment. So I decided to focus on the changes of the German language.
Writing and speaking today are not seen as important aspects for moulding one' s personality anymore Often parents do not read books to their children. But then the problem starts, because children are curious, they want to know and learn. They develop a sense of fun for reading. Language is always changing, like the culture, and the times are changing, too. But the language is often used as a means to an end. Language as a form of art, like it used to be in the 18th century in Germany, is going to die. The new media, like SMS and Chat, require a really short and simple language. There is no time for well-formed sentences and for writing down complex thoughts. This leads to a usage of language that is deficient in many respects, for example in suitable adjectives and verbs. I want people to start again using their own language more self-consciously.
In that semester I developed a concept for a booklet for young people, consisting of 14 parts, that shows the historical development on an adventure journey. And in this way it will bring back to the reader the feeling for the language. The booklet is meant to address young people above all, because they find themselves under the influence of their environment and are dependant on their own developement.
All 14 booklets together show a timeline from the beginning of the (German) language to an imaginary future of the German language. At the end of the booklets there is a part about the facts of each language period with additional games for playing with the language. To make them more interesting, every story is illustrated in a different style.
In the course for typography I designed the Font »Falttypo« (a bent font). I developed letters from a long strip of paper that served as a model for the font.
3 Designers, 1 Project.
The Ludwig Forum in Aachen organized a competition with the aim of creating design objects in a limited edition for their Museum Shop.
The theme was »Space and Architecture«, which could be interpreted completely freely.
We decided to create a series of papertoys for them. Our goal was that people could build something themselves through playing, to discover new rooms in their daily routine instead of just buying a nicely designed postcard. Our toys are supposed to invade the living space at home, school, work, etc.
We designed the packaging, manuals, the Papertoys and later a documentation about this project. The Papertoys are marked by three different styles, from three different designers. For the packaging and the documentation we shot a lot of pictures with the Papertoys so that eventually each animal had its own Cover and Postcard.
This project called »Redesign of a festival« was developed in cooperation with my fellow student Daniel Krause in the course »Corporate Design«.
The task was to create a new Corporate Design for an existing festival or for a fictitious one.
We decided in favour of the »Festival des gescheiterten Films« ( festival of the failed film).
This festival takes place once a year in different cities. The peculiarity of the festival is that a film which fails at other festivals or doesn live up to the mainstream trend is not necessarily a bad picture. It is just not a film for the general public.
The main characteristics of the new Corporate Design are also the green point, the black beam, which is often used in the layouts and can be found in the logo.
Below there are some posters which have been developed while studying.
These are some works that have been developed during my studies at the FH Aachen.
The given works are pictures taken from magazines which change their meaning by using different collage technics.