Nº 253
Land of Design

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Text: Stephan Ott


It is always astonishing to consider how bad a reputation design clearly has, even with those who should know better. This is what Gerhard Matzig wrote in the Süddeutsche Zeitung recently (31th January 2014, page 12): “The competition won by Frank Gehry for Berlin’s Alexanderplatz is indicative of the city’s childlike pleasure for labelling: design triumphs over urban space.” The first question is then why must design be troubled for the alleged failure of the architectural world? And secondly, who believes that serious design challenges can be addressed using the “good discipline/bad discipline” approach? Design is not a gimmick and certainly not the bogeyman of nations. And it is about time that designers are properly recognised for their achievements, as has been the case with architects, artists and engineers for a long time, and not disappear behind nebulous words as in the FAZ report about the new Nomos Glashütte Metro watch (Design: Mark Braun, ↗ p. 17): “It is a watch entirely commensurate with Nomos’ language of design which everyone who has ever consciously been aware of a model produced by this company would recognise.”
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Text: Ann-Katrin Gehrmann

Glitch Art has long been an established mode of expression for staging critical media consumption. Glitch gifs, videos, music and even textiles alert audiences to the fallaciousness of the technology that increasingly dominates our world. Whether its purpose is to debunk our blind faith in technology or to instil in us the feeling that we have lost control over our personal data, Glitch is now more ubiquitous than ever before. Designers, too, are making ever more frequent use of these aesthetic malfunctions to enrich works that rely on functionality.
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Discussion on Swiss design.

Renate Menzi, Simon Husslein, Jörg Boner

Interview: Stephan Ott
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

The Museum of Design in Zurich is currently preparing the exhibition “100 Years of Swiss Design” that will be the inaugural show at the new Toni Arena venue in September 2014. We spoke to Renate Menzi, curator of the show, as well as product designers Jörg Boner and Simon Husslein, about the specific quality of Swiss design – its strengths and weaknesses, its protagonists and icons, its history and prospects.
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Pop it Up

Text: Michael Stoll
Translation: Iain Reynolds

With today’s information providers sticking largely to standardised production methods or screen-based forms of presentation, it’s worth casting our minds back to the end of the industrial revolution, to an era in which there was almost unlimited enthusiasm for technological advances and a wide audience wanting to be kept abreast of developments. With medicine also taking huge strides forward, it was an age that gave rise to many new specialist journals and saw the birth of many a popular-science textbook.
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Die Kunst mit dem Zeichen

Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt

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Photograph by
Gerhardt Kellermann

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Thomas Edelmann
Annika Frye
Mareike Gast
Julia Kahl
Norman Kietzmann
Klaus Leuschel
Angharad Lewis
Michael Stoll
Jörg Stürzebecher


Gerhardt Kellermann
Ana Relvão


Reto Ehrbar




Woven Textiles
Glitch Design

Visualization and Visual Analytics Technologies
Termes Project
Silk-Based Implants


Exhibitions, Conferences, Events, Competitions

Focus: Land of Design. Switzerland

Design Misfits

Discussion on Swiss design
Renate Menzi, Simon Husslein, Jörg Boner

Young Swiss Graphic Designers
A journey through Switzerland, stopping in six cities

Young Swiss Product Design

Variable Usage
An exhibition of artists’ games

Swiss Graphic Design
Flag, Ludovic Balland, Notter+Vigne


The new ICE 3
Railways without Borders

Improvisation in design

Playboy Architektur
We’ve hidden a bunny on the cover

Nicolette Naumann
“… 5th Avenue pales by comparison.”

Pop it Up

Carte Blanche
by Slanted

Paper Injection Moulding

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