Nº 259

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Text: Stephan Ott


“Design does not primarily shape things, but relationships, relationships that must be useful,” observed Herbert Malecki in his 1969 essay on product design. This insight applies just as much today as it ever did – in fact, more so, and currently we would do well to remind ourselves of this. Establishing relationships and evincing connections is, in fact, the core of every creative endeavour. As a discipline of relationships, design is not only able to fathom all kinds of relations that can exist between and with humans and machines, but is also able to logically link every step of a developmental process. But for this it is necessary to rethink established ways again and again and perhaps depart from them, rethink principles and, if necessary, expand them, to link-up disciplines or to modify material applications.

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Text: Anja Neidhardt

The Research category offers an insight into the latest research projects from different fields of design. Thereby projects range from materials to apps and product development at universities, design agencies and research institutes.

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Ein Land, drei Schriften

Typographic Island Israel

Text: Katrin Brüggemann
Translation: Emily J. McGuffin

What makes Israeli graphic design so special? What influence do ancient traditions have on current works? How do designers find inspiration and exchange ideas when their own script, Hebrew, is used by such a small group? Israel is roughly the same size as the German federal state of Hesse, but it’s not only the small dimensions of the country that make design here a niche activity. Only in Israel do designers and typographers have Hebrew as their first language of communication.

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Generation Maker


Text: Franziska Porsch
Translation: Iain Reynolds

When Van Bo Le-Mentzel from Berlin unveiled his do-it-yourself furniture Hartz IV in 2010, it wasn’t the first time a designer had thought to create and distribute such instructions, others before him having gone down the same route, including Enzo Mari (Autoprogettazione) in the 1970s as well as Victor Papanek together with James Hennessey (Nomadic Furniture). This time, though, it’s not just designers who are driving the revitalised do-it-yourself culture; the maker movement, too, is playing its part, seeking to question the very basis of the relationship between design, production and use. Whether or not it will succeed in changing that relationship remains to be seen.

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Reinventing Tradition


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