2017 marks the 60th anniversary of form, a milestone that has prompted us to stop and take stock.

In particular, we will be revisiting a specific article, reader’s letter, image, cover, etc. from each of the magazine’s six decades to date. In the six issues of 2017, we will, via reports, essays, interviews, and visual media such as illustrations, graphics, and photographs from the world of design, be going in search of people and things capable of providing such a spark.

Revisiting
the Past
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Revisiting
the Past
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1964/65: Design Geschichte 1–4

Text: Herbert Lindinger

For the first of our anniversary features, we have taken our cue from industrial designer Herbert Lindinger’s four-part series on design history, which was originally published in 1964/65 in the issues 26, 27, 28, and 30 and is still well worth a read today. Lindinger, who among other things, was then lecturing at the HfG Ulm (1962–1968) and is still working today, offers a remarkably broad-ranging survey of design history.

 

Please note that the original articles have only been published in German. 

2017: Ein Bild von einem Stuhl
Collecting Design

Text: Stephan Ott

Aside we put a reportage about the design collector Sebastian Jacobi. It is about looking back without harking back to what, in a gross distortion of history, people like to call “the good old days”, without any of the things-ain’t-what-they-used to-be nostalgia. Instead, we hope to offer a considered view of the past while also providing one or the other new perspective – much as Herbert Lindinger did back then with his “history of design”.

 

2017: Ein Bild von einem Stuhl
Collecting Design

Text: Stephan Ott

Aside we put a reportage about the design collector Sebastian Jacobi. It is about looking back without harking back to what, in a gross distortion of history, people like to call “the good old days”, without any of the things-ain’t-what-they-used to-be nostalgia. Instead, we hope to offer a considered view of the past while also providing one or the other new perspective – much as Herbert Lindinger did back then with his “history of design”.

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2/6

1969: Design Ideologien 1–3

Text: Gerda Müller-Krauspe

In the late 1960s, an intense debate on functionalism was conducted in the pages of form. In the first of her three-part series on the theme of design ideologies, Gerda Müller-Krauspe attempted a differentiated view of functionalism in form 46 (1969). The debate was not limited to theory, however, also prompting an emotional response from practitioners.

 

Please note that the original articles have only been published in German. 

2017: Die heiligen Kühe des Funktionalismus
Debate Follows Function

Text: Daniel Hornuff

With his contribution Daniel Hornuff looks at the role of functionalism in design from today’s point of view.

 

2017: Die heiligen Kühe des Funktionalismus
Debate Follows Function

Text: Daniel Hornuff

With his contribution Daniel Hornuff looks at the role of functionalism in design from today’s point of view.

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1977–87: Design Studios and Their Advertisings

From the late 1970s to the 1980s, we find design studios, especially newer ones, increasingly investing in their own business and publicising their work via paid ads in form. 

2017: Anzeigen in form
It’s Show Time

Text: Stephan Ott

We have categorised and discussed them under “Team Building”, “Modern Popular Culture” and “Ads as a Discussion Medium”.

 

2017: Anzeigen in form
It’s Show Time

Text: Stephan Ott

We have categorised and discussed them under “Team Building”, “Modern Popular Culture” and “Ads as a Discussion Medium”.

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1990: Design in Europe

Text: Frank Sander

A crucial step on the way towards the European Union was the signing of the 1992 Maastricht Treaty, an event that did not pass unnoticed by the form editorial team at the time. In form 131 (1990), eight designers were asked for their opinions on “Design in Europe”. Frank Sander, at the time a board member of the Association of German Industrial Designers, went so far as to claim in his commentary that “in view of the existential challenge of the common market, for [the designer] the question of the content of design [seems] secondary – despite the undeniable implications of this issue”.

2017: Europe(an) Minds

Text: Franziska Porsch

Once again, we pose the question of the meaning of design in Europe and the meaning of Europe for design. The answers given by designers, exhibition organisers, and entrepreneurs make it clear that design not only profits from Europe but can also play a crucial role in the continuing identity formation of this continent.

 

2017: Europe(an) Minds

Text: Franziska Porsch

Once again, we pose the question of the meaning of design in Europe and the meaning of Europe for design. The answers given by designers, exhibition organisers, and entrepreneurs make it clear that design not only profits from Europe but can also play a crucial role in the continuing identity formation of this continent.

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1997: Design Goes Online

In the fifth and penultimate part of our anniversary series, we discuss the ongoing influence of digitisation on our lifeworld, a development which has advanced considerably since the spread of the Internet in the 2000s.