Nº 254

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Text: Stephan Ott


“Design is not a text.” With this statement, recently made at the re/set Conference at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, Gui Bonsiepe expressed his unease about design theory that fails to reference practical projects. Doctoral works in design, Bonsiepe maintains, should therefore not just deal with a concept at the textual level, as is common in the cultural sciences, but should always be related to its object in a practical way. The participants at the Mainzer Designgespräche [Mainz design conversations] a few days later were able to make a very precise image of how to formulate an explicit practical approach that goes beyond theoretical discourses. Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag, founders and protagonists of the (fashion) label Bless were among those in Mainz presenting their work, characterized by experiment, expansiveness and surprise. That their work is not primarily driven by business or marketing considerations and they still make a living is not a contradiction.
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4D Printing

Text: Ann-Katrin Gehrmann

The advent of 4D printing in medicine and architecture broadens the scope of three-dimensional objects by factoring in time. Intelligent materials, designed and printed in 3D, can now be invested with the capacity to change shape over time. Visionaries dream of water pipes that repair themselves or furniture that assembles itself. That such fantasies may become a reality in the not-too-distant future is apparent from the following selection of projects.
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Graffiti – Symbols, Spaces,

Bodies: Inscriptions and Rejections

Text: Hans Ulrich Reck
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

The arts pages of broadsheet newspapers recently reported, once again, that a new “picture” by “graffiti artist” Banksy had been posted on his website, and that no one knew where the original was located. This time, however, it seemed to be not a graffito (an emblematic scribble) but an actual “picture”. According to the reports, it showed a pair of lovers embracing, not focusing on each other but absorbed and isolated by their own magically glowing smartphones.
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From DIY to Solar Chic

Text: Mareike Gast
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

Even with current peak test results of 13 percent, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) do not come close to the efficiency of silicon solar cells, which can convert over 20 percent of solar energy into electricity. But DSCs have other merits.
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4D Printing
High-Altitude Kites
Bike Helmets

Heat-resistant Microchips
Improving Access to Medical Oxygen


Exhibitions, Conferences, Events, Competitions

Focus: Stylewriting

Was ist Stylewriting?
A Tribute to Style

Wie ein Phantom

Symbols, Spaces, Bodies: Inscriptions and Rejections

Ästhetik der Krise
Notes on the Athenian Street Art

Mirko Borsche
Form is More Important than Colour


Ferdinand Kramer
Tinkering with Wing Bolts

Businesscard mit Rebhuhn
The Public Face of Corporate Design

Design and Money as a Social Machine

Output Competition 2014
form Audience Award

The Phantom Ball

Carte Blanche

From DIY to solar chic

New books, DVDs, magazines, websites and apps

Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Silke Langenberg (eds.):
Fabricate – Negotiating Design and Making