Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg Advancement Award for Essays in Design Criticism
Deadline for submissions: 15 April 2019
Developed in honour of the industrial designer Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg, responsible for major contribution to the professionalisation of the design discipline in Germany, the Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg Advancement Award for Essays in Design Criticism 2019 is being held for the eighth time to support design students and graduates in their theoretical work.
There is little consensus even among those involved in design discourse about exactly how to define the concept of design, making it all the more important to encourage writing on content and style in order to create a better understanding of the subject, both within the discipline and among the wider public. Submissions to the competition should present current problem areas in a realistic and accessible manner, while highlighting their relevance to social issues. The texts can be part of a study or PhD thesis as long as they have been written independently. The competition is particularly interested in new perspectives and unusual approaches to current topics with comprehensive content that is also scientifically sound.
There are no constraints regarding presentation and genre: essays, reviews, reports, arguments, portraits of a person or a company, analyses, documentation, etc., are all valid.
Applications are open to students of all universities specialising in design in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Graduates are entitled to participate up to two years after graduation. The competition takes place in German. The jury, consisting of Werner Aisslinger, Anna Berkenbusch, Egon Chemaitis, Thomas Edelmann, Florian Hufnagl, Susanne Schwarz-Raacke and Matthias Wagner K will discuss the submissions in a one-stage anonymous process during the summer.
The Swiss publisher Niggli Verlag will publish the winning text as an independent book in the series “bf-preis. Designkritische Texte”.