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CALL FOR ENTRIES

The annual Call for Entries is aimed at state-recognised art colleges, universities and universities of applied sciences with a focus on product or industrial design as well as design research, UX and service design, material design, social design and their graduates.

The project upload and thus access to the selection processes for funding formats is free of charge for graduates of the participating universities. Participation is open to graduates with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Diplom degree whose graduation date is between 1 May of the previous year and 30 April of the current year.

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PUBLIC VOTING DESIGN CAMPUS 2022

The winners of the German Design Graduates Public Voting for the Design Campus have been selected!
Congratulations to Ella Einhell / TO THE BONES, Cindy Valdez / Migration of Matter and Lara Weller / BetaWare.
In addition to three workshop scholarships for the Design Campus Summer School of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the scholarship holders, sponsored by the Goethe Institute, will also have the opportunity to present their work at the renowned Design Biennale BIO27 in Ljubljana this year.
We would like to thank all participants for over 2000 votes and our partners who make the scholarships that are offered to the graduates happen.

GDG & GDC GROW TOGETHER

The German Design Graduates initiative and the German Design Council foundation are joining forces in their project work with immediate and future effect. By coming together, they aim to further enhance their support for product and industrial design graduates, work even more closely with state-approved German universities, art colleges and other higher-education institutions, and forge links with businesses to stimulate and ramp up the transfer between academia and industry.

“The strategic union creates synergies on all sides by virtue of our project sponsorship. To succeed on the market long-term, it is crucial that businesses now address important future-related issues about how to achieve a transformation – both sustainably and digitally – and that they incorporate design into these considerations as a critical factor. Here at the German Design Council, we act as an interface between forward-looking companies and talents who have the potential to bring about this transformation,” said Lutz Dietzold, CEO of the German Design Council.

Lutz Dietzold, CEO German Design Council  

FEATURE BAUNETZ ID NIKLAS FIEDLER

Niklas Fiedler was awarded 2021 by baunetz | interior design for his work Switch2. In the article by Jasmin Jouhar, Niklas Fiedler gives an insight into the creation of his convertible chair, which is a work chair and lounge chair in one.

GERMAN DESIGN AWARD NEWCOMER 2022 ANNE BANSEN

Congratulations! German Design Graduate Anne Bansen wins the German Design Award in the category “Newcomer”. Click here for the interview with Anne Bansen.

Bachelor project NoMo by Anne Bansen

#GDGRADAR

On Instagram, you can find talks and events from our network of universities and ambassadors under the hashtag #GDGRADAR. Here, too, we are starting 2022 with a collection of information events at our partner universities.

HTW BERLIN

The info day of HTW BERLIN already took place on November 29, 2021, here you can watch the recording.

BURG GIEBICHENSTEIN KUNSTHOCHSCHULE HALLE

The information day of Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle took place on January 13. You can find more information here.

FOLKWANG UNIVERSITÄT DER KÜNSTE

The Folkwang University of the Arts Info Day will take place on January 21 from 14:00 – 18:00.

ABK STUTTGART

The ABK Stuttgart offers an online exhibition tour this year.

FH POTSDAM

The FH Potsdam online info day will take place on January 24, 2022.

HBK SAAR

The online information day of the HBKsaar will take place on February 12, 2022, starting at 10 am.

KUNSTHOCHSCHULE KASSEL

The KH Kassel information day will be held on February 24, 2022.

BAUHAUS UNI WEIMAR

The Hybrid Information Day of Bauhaus Uni Weimar will take place on 05 March 2022.

HFG OFFENBACH

The date for the info day of the HfG Offenbach will be announced soon. Information about the study program can be found here.

HFBK HAMBURG

The info day of the HFBK Hamburg is still to be announced. Here you can find information about studying!

HAWK HILDESHEIM

The info day of the HAWK Hildesheim will be announced later. Here you can find information about studying!

OTH REGENSBURG

The date for the info day of the OTH Regensburg is yet to be announced. Information about the study program can be found here.

WEISSENSEE KUNSTHOCHSCHULE BERLIN

The info day of the KH Weissensee will be announced later. Here you can find information about studying!

UDK BERLIN

The date for the info day of the UdK Berlin is yet to be announced. Information about the study program can be found here.

MUTHESIUS KUNSTHOCHSCHULE KIEL

The date for the info day of the Muthesius Academy of Arts Kiel is yet to be announced. Information about the study program can be found here.

INVITATION FINISSAGE

We would like to cordially invite you to two events in the coming week at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin: 

On Thursday, October 28, the vernissage Utopia Kulturforum – Bee Prepared & I can see you – will take place as a media intervention on the exterior facades of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Prior to this, the IDZ will present three selected graduates at the Museum of Decorative Arts as part of the IDZ Meet-Up. 

The finissage of this year’s double exhibition of German Design Graduates will take place on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 3 – 5 pm at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the success of the successful double exhibition together with our hosts of the museum, exhibitors, award winners, ambassadors, colleagues and friends in a relaxed atmosphere on Sunday. 

Please find details in the program information below – We are looking forward to your coming!
Kind regards, Prof. Ineke Hans, Prof. Hermann Weizenegger, Prof. Mark Braun, Katrin Krupka (Initiators & Organizers GDG)
Dr. Claudia Banz (Host GDG & Curator Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz)

PROGRAM SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021
FINISSAGE GDG DOUBLE EXHIBITION
FACADE PROJECTIONS UTOPIE KULTURFORUM

+++ When visiting the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the regular GGG regulations apply. Please show your status at the entrance – without proof, no admission. Medical mouth-nose protection is mandatory. Information on Corona compliant visit can be found here. Please book your online ticket here directly via the website of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. +++


MEET THE GDG-EXHIBITORS
15 – 17h
You will have the opportunity to visit the GDG exhibition one last time, see great projects, meet young designers, old and new friends. 

FINISSAGE DESIGN LAB 9: NEOBIONTEN
14 – 16h

Since 2019, the exhibition series “Design Lab” has invited selected design studios, students and activists to present current projects and to enter into a discourse with the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts. The series is curated by Claudia Banz, Curator of Design at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. It is sponsored by the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz. At the finissage of the exhibition Neobionts, the students will report personally on their projects.

MEDIA INTERVENTIONS UTOPIE KULTURFORUM
from approx. 18h

Piazetta in front of the Kunstgewerbemuseum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kulturforum
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

INTERVIEW WITH KIMIA AMIR-MOAZAMI ON NDION.DE

Stephan Ott and Jessica Krejci from IfDRA did an interview for ndion.de with the winner of the Design Research Award Kimia Amir-Moazami, which you can read here.

IDZ MEETUP

This year, the IDZ has awarded three supports to graduates of the German Design Graduates. The three winners will present their projects on October 28 at the IDZ Meetup at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. As usual, the IDZ will stream the Meetup live via Zoom. You can register for the Zoom session here.

ONE COUNTRY MANY STORIES
Pecha Kucha & Round Table

16.10.2021, 11:00 – 12:30 h
Lipsiusbau Dresden 

As part of the exhibition ” Deutsches Design Design 1949 – 1989. Zwei Länder, eine Geschichte” (“German Design Design 1949 – 1989. Two Countries, One History”), Thomas A. Geisler, Director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum, and Katrin Krupka, Visiting Professor at the HBKsaar, will moderate a talk with selected graduates of the German Design Graduates. They will also present their projects in short lectures.

With: Tobias Trübenbacher, Maximilian Schatz, Lukas Keller, Emilie Burfeind, Anna Ulmer and Friederike Brings.

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OPENING OF THE GDG EXHIBITON

MANY THANKS to everyone who made this evening a special one. Even though the pandemic put some obstacles in our way, we can look back with pride on a successful evening.

HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWÜNSCH auch an alle unsere Preisträger*innen. Hier finden sie alle Awards, Supports und Greencards in der Übersicht. CONGRATULATIONS to all selected graduates! All awards, supports and Green Cards can be found here.

Images © Andrea Vollmer

Design Talks

Talks will be held as part of the GDG exhibition to discuss new design attitudes. Tickets for the talks can be booked free of charge.

Magazine Talks

Saturday, October 9
13:00 THF Radio Talk
16:00 Paneltalk moderated by our mediapartner ndion.

Design Reflection Talks

Sunday, October 10
13:00
UdK Design Talk by Amelie Klein
16:00 Talk by Sebastian Herkner

13:00 THF Radio Talk
Saturday, October 9
16:00 THF Radio Talk
Saturday, October 9
13:00 Amelie Klein
Sunday, October 10
16:00 Sebastian Herkner
Sunday, October 10

GDG EXHIBITION OPENING AT KUNSTGEWERBEMUSEUM


The Kunstgewerbemuseum once again presents German Design Graduates – this year, due to the pandemic, in a double exhibition of the classes of 2020 and 2021. The exhibition presents the current attitude of graduates of German design colleges in the field of product and industrial design. This year, over 80 positions from two years of 15 of the best German design colleges are on display, selected by a renowned jury of experts.

Further information on the exhibition

WE ARE ANNOUNCING THE EXHIBITORS 2021!

PROJECTS 2021 ONLINE

On our GRADUATES PLATFORM you will now find all registered PROJECTS from 2021! 

Click through the 175 exciting projects submitted by 15 of the best german universities. From mobile experiment kits for children to innovative material discoveries, everything is there. A really great range from which ambassadors will be selecting young designers for green cards, supports and awards in the coming weeks.

Application Deadline extended!

The registration period has been extended by 2 weeks! The new deadline is therefore June 30, 2021 (23:59h).
You can submit the previous 2 semesters, i.e. in 2021 the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021. Submit your entry here.

SELECTED GRADUATES

Out of 15 graduates, 6 GDG’s were selected through a public voting, who will now have the opportunity to participate in the newly founded Design Campus 2021. Further information about the scholarship holders and their projects can be found here.

In 2021, the newly founded Design Campus will award six scholarships for workshops of the summer school.

Thomas A. Geisler, Director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum and initiator of the Design Campus, together with his team, selected 15 young graduates from all participating universities for the shortlist from the works submitted in 2019 and 2020.

Now you are invited to cast your vote for the most interesting works!

AWARD CEREMONY MOVIE 2020

Celebrate the GDG Greencards, Awards & Supports 2020 awards ceremony with us. Our ambassadors have also awarded numerous cash prizes and grants in the second year of the German Design Graduates Initiative. We are very much looking forward to announcing the award-winning projects and young designers at a digital awards ceremony next Monday, 2 November 2020 after 6pm.

SELECTION FOR AWARDS, SUPPORTS & GREEN CARDS 2020

OVERVIEW AWARDS, SUPPORTS & GREEN CARDS
Here you can get an overview of all award winners
Awards 2020
Supports 2020
Green Cards 2020

SCHOOL PROFILE PROJECTS

A university is characterised by the teaching and the lecturers, the location, the work rooms, the workshops but above all – by the students and their work! What makes a university what it is, is perhaps best shown in the final projects.

With our new format SCHOOL PROFILE PROJECTS, we give participating universities the space to put their own TOP 5 graduate projects in the spotlight. With their project selection, the professors* at the universities show work that is representative of their own university. Especially in times of a pandemic, when annual exhibitions are either not possible at all or only to a limited extent, this can become a digital exhibition that compensates for what is omitted.

During October we will feature the SCHOOL PROFILE PROJECTS on our social media channels and thus focus on successful final projects. These projects are permanently integrated on the GDG profile page of the universities.

INSTAGRAM
UNIVERSITY PROFILES