The exhibitors for the first edition of the German Design Graudates Show in 2019 at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin were selected by a jury of four.

The jury, which is made up of members from different design fields, selects final theses for an exhibition showing highlights and themes in the design of the respective year.

Anna-Lena Wolfrum
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

Anna-Lena Wolfrum (*1993) is a Berlin based Industrial Designer. After her bachelor degree at University of Applied Sience Potsdam in 2019 and an internship at Stefan Diez she’s working as a freelancer amongst others for Geckeler Michels.


Hanako is a larder which offers best storage facilities for each needs of groceries and works as a central place in the kitchen.

Inside it combines knowledge of traditional storing and todays technology like operation via app which also includes all important informations about groceries and it´s way of storing.

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Carmen Dehning
Saar Academy of Fine Arts

STUDIO FREED, product design with a focus on porcelain and glass. The mixture of unconventional, playful and experimental approaches coupled with a passion for industrial processes and traditional production factors it´s what makes my work so special. This combination leads to products that speak their own language and has an unmistakable aesthetic that doesn´t follow any specific trends.

Weniger isst mehr

WENIGER ISST MEHR is a conceptually oriented tableware set, which misleads the consumer with its unconventional dimensions, shapes and sizes. It questions our current handling of food and so allows a new perspective on it. 

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Changyang Yan
Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel

Changyang Yan ist a Designer who has been engaged in technical product development and product experience design. He is good at capturing new demands caused by social changes , and making those demands perceptible in the form of design. Thus providing users a better life experience.

Ze He

Ze He is a measuring instrument for the water regulation of Chinese small rice farmers. It can measure soil moisture and water level and, after comprehensive analysis of temperature, weather and season, provides an irrigation strategy for rice farmers to reduce water wastage and methane emissions caused by traditional irrigation methods.

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Christoph Tochtrop
Folkwang University of Arts

Christoph Tochtrop designs with the aim to develop sustainable products. Tangible User Experience Design and Design for Circularity play a major role in his work. He is a carpenter and studied industrial design and transdisciplinary design at the Folkwang University. He is currently working on his doctorate with the aim of making refrigerator-freezers more circulation-friendly.


Vinson is a rotating device for the entire household. It consists of a drive, handle and control unit that electrically drives numerous tools. A device that makes its components available for many applications, bringing comfort, utility and sustainability together.

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Constanze Leuchtmann
HFG Offenbach


The overheating of our inner cities is a growing problem that will only worsen due to climate change.
We will have to rethink the way we design our built environment.
TILT is a modular façade system that is adapted to the climatic conditions in urban areas.

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Frauke Zoe Taplik
HFG Offenbach


Wasserläufer is a quick and easy inflatable boat for nature lovers. Wether hiking on hidden paths or paddling on a wide river, Wasserläufer is perfect travel companion for everyone who likes to discover its own routes. The open air chamber design makes it possible to quickly scoop up air.

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zoetaplik.com frauke.zoe@gmail.com

George Croissant
Fachhochschule Potsdam


Amba is a wash basin for the daily personal hygiene. It consists of a portable top basin and a bottom part. Similar to a kitchen counter it could be available in different dimensions.

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Helen Wiehr
Saar Academy of Fine Arts

Text I am Helen Wiehr, product design graduate of the HBK Saar 2018. During my diploma thesis I dealt intensively with the topic “The meaning of individuality in our society”. As I myself take part in triathlons, I have often encountered the problem of never finding suitable cycling or running shoes, which can cause injuries and misalignments. In connection with the individuality of our society, I have designed a shoe that is worn by athletes who are supposed to be a model for a better way of life.



I designed a shoe according to the cradle-to-cradle principle. It consists of an individual 3-D printed carbon sole, a 3-D knitted inner shoe made of merino wool and a upper made of coated cotton. It is designed in such a way that it can be separated by type and thus recycled as well as possible. It supports the athlete optimally without causing pain or numbness. In addition, it should be a lighthouse function for sustainable sports products.

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Ilja Huber
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg


Baschnja, a luminaire for the individual illumination of living spaces.
Baschnja imbues the area with direct and indirect light using the rotating function of the individual luminaires. The luminaire can be individually disassembled into three luminaires and freely positioned in order to distribute the light in the room and create the desired lighting atmosphere. When assembled, the individual luminaires are charged independently of the respective operating mode.

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iljahuber.com design@iljahuber.com

Ina Turinsky
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle

Ina Turinsky holds a master degree in industrial design from Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle and has also studied at the HDK School of Design and Crafts Gothenburg and OTH Regensburg. In her work she uses design as a tool to transcend the boundaries of disciplines, media and methods and thereby discover new spaces of possibility.

The great smog

Based on the historical event of 1952, the title ‘The Great Smog’ symbolizes a nebulous time in which the boundaries between the ‘natural’ and the ‘artificial’ become blurred. A collection of incidents draws the image of a man-made time. The observations culminate in a speculative scenario that exaggerates future raw material extraction into the technology of ‘animing’.

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inaturinsky.de mail@inaturinsky.de

Jan Zinnenlauf
Hochschule Hannover

My name is Jan Zinnenlauf, I am 24 years old and graduated as a product designer in January 2019. With my bachelor thesis I have combined my passion for design and photography and created a camera that reflects my demands on both.

Ikona Hybridkamera

The IKONA combines the analogue and digital world of photography in one camera. An regular analog film, as well as a so-called e-film, can be used in the camera.
The mechanical application of the camera gives the user the opportunity to get to know the craft of photography.

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Jonna Breitenhuber
Universität der Künste Berlin

Jonna Breitenhuber was born in Nuremberg in 1992 and grew up in Neuburg.
After graduating from high school, she attended a pre-study in art and design at Werkbund Werkstatt Nuremberg.
She continued to study industrial design at OTH Regensburg and completed her master’s degree in product design at UDK Berlin in 2019.
The SOAPBOTTLE concept was developed during her final thesis.


SOAPBOTTLE is packaging made from soap.
As the content within is being used, the soap packaging very gradually dissolves.
When finished, remnants can be used again, as hand soap or processed with soda and natron into detergents.
Soap is made of natural ingredients and is biodegradable: waste can be completely

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Julian Dahl
Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel

SR Cargo

SR-Cargo is an autonomous rail- freight system designed for intermodal transport. It consists of individual units that can be loaded with sea containers, high-speed containers and railcar modules. The units are connected to the overhead lines over long distances above the railcar module, but can also drive independently for short distances.

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Karlotta Klußmann
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach

Karlotta Klußmann was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1991. Last year she finished her studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach in the department of design (product design). During her studies she focused on the design of technical products and product systems. In the process the needs of the users and the consideration of the product environment are always important to her.


re:pure is a modular system for the treatment of tap water for drinking. Individually selected modules can be combined and thus the purification as well as the enrichment can be ideally adapted to the local quality differences and the requirements of the users. With re:pure it is not the Drinking- or Mineral-Water-Ordinance that decide how healthy our most important food is, but we ourselves.

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Konrad Schoch
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle

As a driving force of innovation, a contemporary design discipline must be responsible for the impact of its designed products and product systems. How can design be regulated from an ecological perspective? This question led Konrad Schoch as a graduate in Industrial Design from the Burg Giebichenstein to the Wuppertal Institute.

Standardized display modules in electronic devices

The concept of ‘standardized display modules in electronic devices’ is one way of reducing the increased dissipation of metals such as indium and tin. This conserves their resources and protects the environment. In addition, the design of norms as an instrument for design opens up the opportunity to participate in social discourses.

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Marcel Bohr
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle

Marcel Bohr is a product designer with particular interest in idea development as well as smart materials and structures. He studied at the FH Münster (University of Applied Sciences), the University of Alberta in Canada and finished his master studies in 2018 at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. Meanwhile he learned and worked at offices like DING3000 and Studio Aisslinger.

Tug Tent

The tug tent is an outdoor concept based on a smart mechanism. To built up the tent you simply need to pull on its fabric. Thereby the frame will unfold creating a steady body joined by the fabric. Since the frame is repairable this solution is not just practical but as well sustainable.

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Marie Scheurer
University of the Arts Berlin

Marie Scheurer (*1993 in Frankfurt am Main) grew up in Oberursel im Taunus.
In April 2019 she completed her product design studies at the Berlin University of the Arts with her bachelor project piPE.
Already in 2018 she had the chance to exhibit her project cone – also a sanitary object – in Milan as part of the competition ein&zwanzig.


piPE is a sanitary object especially designed for ladies’ toilets in semi-public areas.
It gives the option to be used without any contact.
piPE is a potential answer to the question “how could public toilet visits be made more pleasant for women?” and thus the reopening of an exciting debate.

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Max Fabian Wosczyna
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

The Designer Max Fabian Wosczyna works with a conceptual approach to craft, material and space. His work is mostly driven by social and ecological issues while the projects always thrive to create analogue and sensorial atmospheres with a clear focus on formal details.


‚Remis‘ is an object and furniture system for the public urban space. It creates quality of stay in neglected spaces with little intervention, temporary or permanent. ‚Remis‘ consists of platforms, shelters and cutouts for spontaneous vegetation which will grow through the pavement. Combined, open rooms are created: terraces, islands and pavilions.

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Maximilian Goßler
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design

Maximilian Gofller has been intensively working with machines and intelligent systems in his projects for quite some time. He puts a special focus on the abilities and limits of artificial intelligence (AI) and tries to explore through his work how our future could and should change due to its omnipresence.

Future Artefacts

This diploma thesis is an attempt to illustrate a future that is shaped by the self-evidence and omnipresence of AI.
The ideas for the future scenarios, which originate from an intelligent algorithm and have been selected and developed by a designer, illustrate how the common future of man and AI could look like.

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Mervyn Bienek
HFG Offenbach

Diplom designer Mervyn Bienek works as a freelance product designer and CAD modeling teacher. As co-founder of the company FrameOne.bike, he develops customizable bicycles through 3D printing and acts as an entrepreneur. The thesis Seat7 is to be implemented as a follow-up product. Mervyn Bienek focuses on the topics individualization, mass customization and 3D printing.


Seat7 is a bicycle saddle that is ergonomically and aesthetically customized for the cyclist. For optimal ergonomics the seat bones of the cyclist are measured and the saddle geometry adapted to the respective driving style. Also customizable are the degree of hardness of the seat and the covering materials.

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Milan Friedrich
University of the Arts Berlin

Towards a new matter

“Towards a new Matter” uses old textiles (worn out, no longer used textiles) and generates a new monomaterial from them.Towards a New Matter is a material-based research project, in which denim fibers have been transformed through a recycling technique into a lightweight and sound absorbing panel material.
The textile industry’s production chains have been evolving into key waste and pollution generators over the last forty years. By 2019, from the 80 billion garments produced globally every year, 75% are discarded after being worn for a short time.

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Moriel Blau
University of the Arts Berlin

Moriel Blau is a Berlin-based designer, graduated with a BA in Industrial Design from the University of the Arts Berlin in 2019.
In her design practice, she repeatedly sets herself the task of reducing the number of components in a product, lessen the necessary production steps, and ensuring a simpler appearance and handling.


“compliance” is a research project in the field of flexible, one-piece mechanisms and provides evidence that the task of the traditionally constructed mechanism can be replaced by a flexible and resistant structure — a compliant mechanism. The designed and manufactured objects were constructed from a monolithic and continuous geometry.

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Moritz Aznan
Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel

Aerial Camera Controller

The Aerial Camera Controller is a novel remote control for professional camera operators. The remote is used for professional cameras, which are mounted on drones. The remote control enables professional-conventional camera operators by providing already learned interactions in the new field.

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Natalie Peter
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

Natalie Peter was born in 1990 in Waldshut-Tiengen. In July 2018 she completed her studies in product design at the HfG Karlsruhe. In addition, Natalie studied at ENSCI Paris and the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee, where she gained insights into textile and surface design. Her projects are characterized by a clear interest in different materials and their intrinsic properties, novel applications or production processes that bring them into a new context. In particular, she uses rapid prototyping technologies and associated machines.


Feelflight is the idea of a set of physical and digital products which is intended to expand the existing range of services for passengers on long-term flights.
A passenger blanket has been redesigned both formally and in terms of its textile functions, complemented by movement-stimulating slippers and infotainment services.

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Nicolai Thoma
University of Applied Sciences Potsdam

My focus in design is to link technology with interaction and dynamic operation. I always have a holistic perspective on aesthetics and functionality to make the product both appealing and practical for the user.


We live in the digital age. Despite all the benefits that this development brings to our way of life, the desire for physical products to experience focus and limitation in a creative process is growing.
“ECSTASEQUENCE” is the intuitive instrument that improves the creative handling of samples in the studio, on stage or on the go.

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Niklas Böll
University of the Arts Berlin

After a one-year internship in a restoration workshop, Niklas Böll studied architecture before graduating from the University of the Arts in Berlin with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design.
Internships at Jerszy Seymour and Lukas Wegwerth underlined his focus on furniture and product design. Since graduating in 2019, he has worked as a freelance designer on behalf of various companies.

Holz und Wasser

„Holz Und Wasser“ deals with the question of how the material wood is processed in the wood industry and in the crafts. It examines the natural characteristics and peculiarities of the wood and how wood affects its environment. From this question an experimental furniture and object series was created, which deals with the natural shape of the wood and supports it.

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Robin Kuhnle
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design

Play, learning and society are the focal points of Robin Kuhnle’s work. His diploma thesis discusses the basics and significance of play for our culture. In a critical examination he has researched and presented the effects of digital content on the game. Since graduating, he has been developing educational concepts for the future for Festo Didactic.

Spiel formen

The project is a series of two fundamentally different objects and concepts that deal with the subject of games on the basis of a well-founded theoretical work and examine the influences of digitalisation on them. One concept deals with a basic understanding of digitality and the other with our expectations towards it.

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Sabrina Großkopp
Folkwang University of the Arts

Sabrina Großkopp studied Industrial Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. She then completed the transdisciplinary graduate program Heterotopia Design there. Through her graduation project “Schlaraffenstadt 2040” she combined her knowledge and skills in Urban Farming with her enthusiasm for Science and Design Fiction.

Schlaraffenstadt 2040

2040: Oberhausen’s citizens trade excretions and biowaste for food. “Schlaraffenstadt 2040” is a design fiction for a future Oberhausen that feeds itself and owns Germany’s first nutrient recycling system. Wastewater and biowaste become liquid fertilizer for the urban agriculture. The system rewards nutrient donations with bonus points for purchasing food.

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Sebastian Viering
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design

Sebastian Viering (*1992) earned his diploma in Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design in 2019. In his diploma project he combined his fascination for the interaction between human and technology with his passion for music and designed a kit for the creation of new musical instruments.

Interaktion mit dem Ton

A kit—consisting of a central hub with surface transducer and three different input devices—which makes it possible to turn resonating objects into new electronic musical instruments. This way either existing acoustic instruments can produce new sounds or random objects from every day life can become musical instruments.

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Shanmei Yao
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

Versatile Vagabond

A concept and brainstorming for rational travelling.
Multifunctional / modular clothing and bag system for a shorter journey without checked baggage.
The storage space for lighter luggage, clothing and laundry is distributed over the body with several pockets.
The garment offers various combinations and is a modular and experimental system

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Simeon Ortmüller, Vincent Steinhart-Besser, Yigang Shen, JÌngyue Chen und Tobias Gehrke
Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel

We, Simeon Ortmüller, Vincent Steinhart-Besser, Yigang Shen, JÌngyue Chen and Tobias Gehrke are a colourful mixed group from the Master of Industrial Design at the Muthesius School of Art. With different focal points we came together under the common theme of the CAPTin Kiel project and used the diversityas a unique opportunity.

CAPTin Kiel

CAPTin Kiel stands for Clean Autonomous Public Transport in Kiel. The project deals with the development of an autonomous mobility chain by combining clean bus and ferry traffic in the state capital. With the two different concepts “Floating Platform” and “Passage”, leitmotifs for intelligent mobility and a new landmark for Kiel were developed.

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Simon Diener
Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe

Brittle Objects

The collection “Brittle Objects” presents a redesign of the common LED lighting. The project introduces a combination of circular materials in a novel setup aimed at facilitating an easy and homogenous reuse and recycle of each required resource.

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Simon Frambach
Kunsthochschule Kassel

Dynamic Folding Chair

DFC creates a sense of flexibility and spontaneity for contemporary working environments.
It complements open office structures with mixed use as it easily adapts to any task and surrounding.

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Sophie Katharina Stanitzek
University of the Arts Berlin


A fibrous composite material consisting essentially of an algae extract.

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Steffen Albrecht
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Monopol Mikropol für alle

District project in Hamburg Rothen- burgsort. Participative development of a place for the residents in Rothenburgsort. Residents in cities, in the countryside have the right to a place to exchange ideas and to organize themselves.

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Stephanie Hobmeier
Kunsthochschule Kassel

Die Zukunft war früher auch besser

A design-theoretical publication. This thesis observes the role of designers in societal transformation processes. By comparing the curricula of two design schools who stand up for for a changed role model in their orientation, considerations for a sustainable educational profile are developed.

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Tim Vollmer
Saar Academy of Fine Arts

Tim Vollmer was born in Worms in 1989. He first studied teaching (art/history) at Saarland University. Following his studies, he began his product design studies at the HBK Saar in April 2018. With his diploma project “2log” he successfully started his own business together with Friedemann Metzger.


“2log” is a modular, cloud-based IoT platform. In conjunction with the 2log hardware, all devices with a plug as well as the user can be correlated with each other within a few seconds, thus processes and usage patterns become observable and manageable.

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Tino Holzmann
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg

Tino Holzmann (born 1985) is an artist and designer living in Hamburg. His work is dedicated to questioning our perspectives on quotidian structures and our limits of shaping everyday life. He conceptualises and realises projects worldwide with the aim of initiating local participatory creative processes.

Von Moritzpark bis Michaelburg

An audiovisual radio play. Designed to enter a dialoque about structures and the
perception of everyday life. The 22-min film of various structures of the city of Zeitz is superimposed by a composition of the “soundscape of everyday life. The
film screenings as an intervention to reactivate a vacancy together.

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Valentin Koller
Hochschule Hannover

Hi, I’m Valentin Koller. Fascinated by urban space, I am always looking for new places to travel and be inspired by cultural and subcultural influences. Design enables us to show social changes in a society and also offers the opportunity to deal responsibly with innovation and progress.


The STÖRENFRIED furniture collection takes a critical look at the social phenomenon of vandalism, which is generally perceived as destructive, and transfers the knowledge gained to the product design process. A reduced design focuses on the function of the products and enables the user to perceive them playfully and consciously.

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Valeria Lambrecht
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hannover

Valeria Lambrecht (*1991) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Product Design from the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Hanover in January 2019. Her multidisciplinary research allows her to come across topics that touch on everyday situations and uncover problems. Out of love for detail and devotion to the material, she creates an interaction between the simplicity of her objects, the unobtrusive functionality, the space/ room? and the person.


At first glance, it is not obvious that the minimalist furniture is an electric piano. The new interpretation “Piano” adapts to the modern lifestyle and interior trends and fits harmoniously into today’s living environment. When closed, the oak slats conceal a powerful sound system that can be activated by one-touch pairing with any mobile device.

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Verena Hutter
Kunsthochschule Kassel

Verena Hutter is a German Industrial Designer. During her studies she worked for Werner Aisslinger Normann Copenhagen and alm project in Los Angeles. She did cooperations with companies as Braun or Bang&Olufsen and is working now as a Product Design Manager for Sennheiser.

Moebius Speaker

Verena Hutter‘s thesis is thematizing the additive manufacturing of speaker boxes. An acoustic principal is located on the inside of the speaker‘s box which is leading and optimising the sound. Due to it‘s complexity it‘s exclusively produceable through the transformation to additive manufacturing. Through the production process, it‘s possible to synchronise material and shape for perfect acoustic conditions. Therefore the geometry itself is optimising the sound many times over.

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Wolfgang Wischmann
Folkwang University of the Arts

About 6 years ago the decision was made to leave the not fulfilling career as an engineer and pursuit a more creative and satisfying career as a designer. Thus, the studies of Industrial Design were started at the Folkwang University, Essen, where the bachelors degree was obtained at the end of the fall semester 2017/18.


Chameleon is the hardware basis of the tablet-PC gaming concept for young children that was developed as the bachelors thesis. A combination of the virtual app with the specialized non-virtual toy is used to guide the time spend on tablet-PCs in a direction more suitable for children and their development.

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