GDG Show 2022


Perspectives for Graduates in Productdesign

Awards, exhibition and talks on the Design Campus of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

From 2 to 31 October 2022, outstanding product and industrial design graduates from Germany’s most prestigious higher-education institutions in the field of art and design will be showcased at the Wasserpalais of Schloss Pillnitz (Riverside Palace of Pillnitz Palace) by the German Design Graduates initiative and its project sponsor the German Design Council, in cooperation with the Design Campus of the Kunstgewerbemuseum of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD). Under the influence of the serious changes and developments in politics, society and the environment, the exhibition is dedicated to the central issues of our time and shows the most interesting ideas and approaches of young product design talents in the categories Sustainable Solutions, Everyday Life, Technical Innovation, Living Together and Future Scenarios.

Selected by a renowned jury, four awards are presented annually to outstanding graduates. The awards ceremony will take place during the exhibition, as will the GDG Talks, which this year will focus on the expectations of young designers under the heading Perspectives for Graduates in Product Design.

Realised by the initiative German Design Graduates and its project sponsor German Design Council in cooperation with the Design Campus of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

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Alica Assadi, Almut Nowack, Anne Feldhof, Arista Meier, Behnaz Hasani Darabadi, Carolin Horn, Cosima Pauli, Dominic Eger Domingos, Elena Kayser, Ezra Dilger, Felix Pape, Isabel Redecke, Jannes & Abdalla Lüdtke, Jasper Levin Mahlau, Johann Post, Johannes Schmidtner, Judith Kamp, Julia Rademacker, Julius Bahl, Katharina Rottner, Lars Herzog, Lisa Heinze, Louie Gavin, Louis Bruno Bindernagel, Lucas Dieckmann, Lukas Peschmann, Maren Klamser, Marleen Clara Bauer, Matthias Gschwendtner, Milan Bardo Bergheim, Milena Huber, Nadja Sommer, Pablo Lapettina, Philipp Kleine, Sophia Reißenweber, Sophia Stoewer, Stefan Teubner, Steffen Strehl, Tung Son Tran, Yujin Kang

Overview of all projects

The following universities enable their graduates to participate in 2022

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Folkwang University of the Arts Essen, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, HBKsaar, Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts, HFBK Hamburg, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, HTW Berlin, Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Pforzheim University, Weissensee Academy of Art Berlin, Kunsthochschule Kassel, Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design Kiel, Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg, Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, Technische Universität Dresden, Berlin University of the Arts

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Duration: October 2 – 31

Exhibition venue
Design Campus at the Wasserpalais
Kunstgewerbemuseum, Schloss Pillnitz
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
August-Böckstiegel-Strasse 2
01326 Dresden

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm


Building a Better Future

A talk by Alice Rawsthorn about visionary designers whose innovation and ingenuity give us hope for the future by redesigning and reshaping our lives so we can thrive. Through four themes – technology, society, communication, and ecology – Alice Rawsthorn presents a unique portrait of how our great creative minds are developing new design solutions to the great challenges of our time, while helping us benefit from advances in science and technology.

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Regional identity + global strategies

Conceptualized by Prof. Mark Braun and moderated by Alexandra Sender, Rainer Schilling (Managing Director Berliner Blau, subsidiary Nomos Glashütte), Andreas Müller (Managing Director Mühle Shaving, a representative of Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau), Prof. Mark Braun and Lukas Hartz (Alumnus HBKsaar & GDG 2021) talk about companies with attitude, regional identity and global strategies as well as the role of design as a language without words and design as a communicator of attitude.

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Forms, potentials, connections in design

Planned by Dr. Annika Frye (Design Science & Research, Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel) and Dr. Christian Wölfel (Senior Research Associate Professorship of Technical Design TU Dresden), moderated by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Krzywinski (Professorship of Technical Product Design TU Dresden), Dr. Andrea Augsten (Design Researcher, Consultant for Human-Centered Innovation at GIZ, DGTF Executive Director), Christopher Stillings (Covestro), Dipl. Des. Jens Hoyer (Head of Design Strategy & Pre Development, BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, Brand Siemens), Stephan Ott (Head of Institute for Design Research and Appliance) and Lea Schmidt (PhD student Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) will talk about the connection and transfer of design research and practice, sustainable constellations of manufacturers, researchers and developers, and the role of doctoral studies in design education.

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Challenges and opportunities

Moderated by Barbara Lersch (Hans Sauer Foundation), actors such as Mona Mijthab von Mosan, Felix Egle & Felix Schreiber, Prof. Ineke Hans and Leif Huff (CDO Wirelane) will talk about their experiences in various industries about challenges and opportunities of participatory design. How do actors deal with industry-specific challenges – from urban practice to medical and circular design? How can we anchor participatory design processes in the processes of cooperation partners as an independent designer, in agencies or companies? How can citizens, employees, stakeholders and affected persons be activated and involved in processes? How is the professional image of the designer and the relationship between designers and non-designers changing?

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Studio Chmara.Rosinke from Vienna/Berlin is responsible for the exhibition design. The design of the exhibition was based on the furniture designed for the Design Campus, integrating and extending it.

Foto: Oliver Killig
Foto: Oliver Killig

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