Design as a discipline, its tasks and responsibilities, are constantly changing. In view of the great ecological and social challenges of our time, designers are called upon to find new solutions, to experiment, to break new ground and to take risks. In order to actively shape this change with innovative ideas, developments and opportunities must be recognised at an early stage and relevant concepts must be brought into the world at the right time with appropriate means.
There is no recipe for how to do this, but there are many examples. The supporting programme for the opening of the GDG Exhibition Dare to Design offers space for discourse – not only about design, but above all about research and future topics. Join the discussion!
15–16 Uhr After the Product Designer, the Social, the Critical and Speculative Designer. Now the Bioregional Design Practice?“
A lecture in English by Jan Boelen on aspects of his multi-faceted career and the interdisciplinary design and research laboratory “Atelier LUMA” in Arles, where he is artistic director.
Being a design graduate is a point of departure. The question is where does your design practice positioned itself and where do you as a designer want to go to? The young field of design is evolving and expanding continuously. The wavelength of the design profession evolved from a problem solver to a speculative practice. As a traditional trained industrial designer, Jan Boelen will present an overview of 20 years of design projects that were initiated by him as curator of biennials, exhibition maker, critical mind and as former head of the master Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He will mainly focus on the bio design lab: “Atelier Luma” that Jan Boelen founded in 2016. In all these different roles design is a tool to connect to everyday life.
16–17 Uhr The Beginning of The Future
Impulse lectures with selected designers from the exhibition “Dare to Design” about their projects and what has become or not become or could still become of them.
Florentine Voigt & Gesa Janßen / Design & Therapie
“The interest in holistic design for people with special needs is what Florentine Voigt and Gesa Janßen already shared during their studies. After their joint final project in Design of Playing and Learning at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, they now work as the young design studio Ruum & Sinne on design concepts that meet needs and requirements.”
Juliane Kühr / Vruit
“As a product designer, my focus is on social design, especially gender design. My design approach is to include a variety of perspectives in the design process and to critically question existing norms. In doing so, it is essential for me to develop future-oriented concepts that contribute to a just and inclusive society.”
Anna Unterstab / Bücheria
The Hamburg designer Anna Unterstab reports on her master’s thesis ‘Bücheria’ in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg – a diverse neighbourhood of Hamburg that lacked meeting places and educational spaces for women and queer people and where there were sexist attacks during the Corona years. The aim of the project is to network the neighbours in the long term, to exchange ideas through literature and to empower them in this way.
17–18 Uhr brand.eins Talk
A talk with Susanne Schäfer (editor of brand eins), Anna Koppmann and Marie Radke (designers).
Susanne Schäfer has been an editor at the business magazine brand eins since 2018. She writes primarily about the transformation to more sustainability in society and in companies. And she is convinced that design can also play an important role in this.
Anna Koppmann and Marie Radke are product designers who live and work in Berlin. In their previous work, the design focus was on products that respond to social and ecological problems and thus offer added value to society. Since 2022, they have been working together to bring their product “First Aid Gloves” to market and to build up a company.