ING Creative Festival
Dubai Design District
28 – 30 April 2016
In April the Dubai-based ING creative network is once again hosting the Creative Festival, where designers, artists, photographers and businesses come together to share their experiences. The programme includes talks, workshops, discussions and portfolio reviews.
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Torrance Art Museum
2 April – 28 May 2016
Aesthetic and thematic simultaneity in international art production is the subject of the exhibition “Doppelgänger” showing at the Torrance Art Museum in California from 2 April 2016. Around 30 artists’ works from North America and Germany will be displayed in this context.
Graphic Design in Science Communication
Forum Scientiarum, University of Tübingen
6 – 8 April 2016
The context of graphic design, science and conveying of knowledge into which science, semiotics, design and rhetoric enter into dialogue is at the heart of the two-and-a-half day interdisciplinary conference “Knowledge Design: Graphic Design in Science Communication” held at the University of Tübingen.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
– 15 May 2016
It is no surprise that Google image search hits for pop art are all quotations of or illustrations by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as they are perhaps the best-known representatives of this art movement. The “International Pop” exhibition currently showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art demonstrates however, that pop art was initiated in the 1950s in the United Kingdom and in the USA, but was embraced in subsequent decades by artists around the world.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
– 12 June 2016
Following the first exhibition in the early 1980s and a retrospective in 1994 in honour of his 70th birthday, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield is now holding its third exhibition around the work of the artist Eduardo Paolozzi.
Objection! Protest by Design
Vitra Design Museum, Weil/Rhine
– 29 May 2016
The “Objection! Protest by Design” exhibition currently showing in the Vitra Design Museum tackles the student protests in Hong Kong that took place in 2014. On 28 September 2014, spontaneous protests were held against proposed electoral law reform. Many demonstrators built barricades in the streets and a kind of tent city.
Leeds Print Festival 2016
Munro House, Leeds
2 – 9 April 2016
“Giving print a voice” is the aim of the week-long Leeds Print Festival that celebrates traditional and modern printing processes with exhibitions, workshops, presentations and performances in Munro House from 2 April 2016. One of the highlights of the programme will be the launch on 1 April at which live print works will be produced.
Hochschule Konstanz University of Applied Sciences
9 April 2016
Designers nowadays are active in many fields. On the Tag der Master at the Hochschule Konstanz, professors, students and invited experts will discuss where their chosen career might lead.
Businessweek Design 2016
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
11 April 2016
The Bloomberg Design Conference is a platform at the interface of design, technology and business. In 2016, at its fourth edition, international designers and entrepreneurs will tackle the topics of data visualisation, graphic design, art, architecture, fashion, genomics, urban planning, online trading, developing apps and many other subjects.
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
– 29 May 2016
Public space often suffers in comparison to private space from the self-evidence of its existence. But it is in public space specifically that the basic principles of democracy are visible and designable. An exhibition and various events are looking at how streets, squares and parks illustrate and generate the municipal community and have been on show since 12 March 2016 as part of “Demopolis” at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.
No Compromises!The Art of Boris Lurie
Jewish Museum, Berlin
– 31 July 2016
The Jewish Museum in Berlin is dedicating a retrospective to the deceased artist, Boris Lurie, until 31 July 2016. The exhibition highlights Lurie’s examination of the political events of the 20th century and clarifies his accusation of a society that attempts to avoid the crimes committed against humanity in the Second World War.
Isaac Mizrahi:An Unruly History
The Jewish Museum, New York
18 March – 7 August 2016
Isaac Mizrahi, the fashion designer, was an essential part of the New York fashion scene of the late 1980s. In addition to his designs for the catwalk, Mizrahi also enhanced the worlds of theatre and dance with his costume and set designs. Today he is known to many from American TV shows such as “Project Runway”. The first comprehensive museum exhibition about this successful fashion designer and entrepreneur can be viewed until 7 August 2016 in the Jewish Museum in New York.
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
– 22 May 2016
Production processes are complex systems in which people, machines, materials and time sequences are intertwined, all with the aim of creating value. This results in objects that form part of our everyday lives and shape our habits. The exhibition “In Time (The Rhythm of the Workshop)” brings together different perspectives on this theme through an installation and film works by three artists.
19 March – 3 July 2016
Forward-looking, avant garde, functional, awkward, deliberately confusing – the designs of Konstantin Grcic have been described in myriad different ways. However, all such epithets stem from his approach of combining industrial aesthetics with experimental and artistic elements. Up until 3 July 2016, the Kunsthalle Bielefeld is showing an overview of his work under the title of “Abbildungen” [Images], featuring selected pieces made over recent years by the industrial designer.
Design Thinking Summit ‘16
6 - 8 April 2016
The methods of Design Thinking are based on developing both products and services that focus on the user’s needs and solve existing problems, and alleviating everyday issues through specific innovations. But what do the principles, methods as well as tried and tested methods of Design Thinking actually look like? The “Design Thinking Summit” offers an intensive introduction to the subject with its workshops and talks.
ECAL Graphic Design. Exhibition
Galerie L’Elac, ECAL, Renens
– 8 April 2016
The École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) enjoys a good reputation throughout the world in the area of graphic design. This reputation can also be ascribed to the renowned guest lecturers from whom students are able to learn in the numerous workshops held there. Projects that have evolved from these workshops and guest lectures are currently being exhibited in the Galerie L’Elac on ECAL’s premises.
The Millionaires Club #4
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
18 – 20 March 2016
Running in parallel with the Leipzig Book Fair, “Millionaires Club” a three-day comic and graphics festival is also taking place in the city. In its fourth edition, international artists will be presenting their work and interacting with visitors through various presentations, readings, and workshops.
7 - 9 April 2016
BMW Welt Munich
9 – 10 April 2016
“Think Forward” is the slogan of the eponymous interdisciplinary Forward Festival in the area of visual communication that is being held simultaneously in two cities within the period of 7 - 10 April 2016. The Gartenbaukino in Vienna and BMW Welt Munich will become showplaces for this meeting of designers and will be a combination of a conference space, exhibition areas, party locations and workshop environments.
Leipzig Book Fair 2016
Leipzig Fair Grounds
17 – 20 March 2016
Every March, authors, publishers, graphic designers and readers gather in Leipzig at one of Germany’s biggest book fairs. The Leipzig Book Fair offers an overview of the current book market with its 2,000 exhibitors and 20,000 new book releases. In 2016, the emphasis will be on the topics of immigration, up-and-coming authors and digital innovation.
Beauty.Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York
– 21 August 2016
In the fifth instalment of the “Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial” special series of exhibitions, everything revolves around beauty. With 250 exhibits from various design disciplines, a broad spectrum of individual perspectives takes a look at what constitutes beauty.
Federal Ecodesign Award 2016. Launch of the touring exhibition
14 March 2016
“Design that benefits humans and the environment alike” – the German Federal Ecodesign Award presents the award-winning and nominated projects that were submitted in 2015 under the slogan of “Weiterdenken” [think further] as part of a touring exhibition. The ceremonial opening and the launch event of the environmental communication project will take place on 14 March 2016 at 7 pm at Scala in Ludwigsburg. Entry is free of charge.
It’s a Book
Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig
19 March 2016
For the third time, graphic design students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig are organising the “It’s a Book” fair for independent publishers which was originally launched by Spector Books in 2010. Forty publishers and twenty selected student projects will be presented on 19 March 2016 in parallel with the Leipzig Book Fair.
Work on What You Love:Bruce Mau Rethinking Design
Philadelphia Museum of Art
– 3 April 2016
“Design the New Normal”, “Scale For Impact”, “Design the Invisible”, “Compete with Beauty”, “Work on What You Love” – these are the principles on which the established Canadian graphic designer, Bruce Mau, bases his work. Mau has set a total of twenty-four of these principles as his guidelines for his own creative design. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is now dedicating an exhibition to them and it can be viewed until 3 April in the museum’s Collab Gallery.
Joseph Binder Award 2016
Submission deadline: 17 April 2016
The Joseph Binder Award, named after the Austrian graphic designer and illustrator, Joseph Binder (1898–1972), was set up in 1996 with the aim of honouring talented young graphic designers and illustrators.
Brutal Beauty. Violence and Contemporary Design
– 1 May 2016
Conflicts – from private squabbles to outright war – are an ever-present feature of everyday life. Design is also closely intertwined with the theme of violence, whether as a conscious focus, a springboard for alternative plans, or in dealing with the underlying issues. The Marta Herford has gathered together works by designers from different backgrounds in order to shine the spotlight on various facets of this phenomenon.
What Design Can Do. Refugee Challenge
Submission deadline: 1 May 2016
The two-day conference What Design Can Do (WDCD) will take place at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam from 30 June to 1 July this year under the slogan “New Ideas for a Better World”. As part of the programme, which will cover diverse themes, with more than 20 international speakers from different creative and design backgrounds providing insights into their working methods and concepts, this year’s conference will also address acute design problems such as the lack of living space for the growing number of refugees in cities.
Frankfurt/Main and Offenbach
13 – 18 March 2016
This year will see the eighth Luminale event, which runs parallel to the Light and Building fair and extends the theme of light beyond the Frankfurt exhibition grounds. Between 13 and 18 March 2016 the city will be lit up every evening by design objects, projections and performances by various artists.
Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg-Förderpreis für designkritische Texte
Submission deadline: 18 April 2016
Even if writing is not a designer’s main form of expression, it opens the way for a unique, pertinent and critical examination of design as a discipline, and has been supported by the Wilhelm Braun-Feldweg-Förderpreis since 2004. The prize, which is awarded every two to four years, is aimed at design students and graduates who intend their writing to contribute to the current discourse on design.
10 – 13 March 2016
Iceland’s annual design festival brings together local and international designers in Reykjavík for the sixth time. With over 100 events across the whole city, the Design March makes Reykjavík a centre for design for four days. The 2016 festival, organised by Iceland Design Centre offers exhibitions and other events, which will take place in the fishing harbour, the shops in the main street, and in the studios and galleries of the town. As part of Design March, local designers and manufacturers will present furniture and food as well as food design and architecture.
Pop Art Design
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
– 27 March 2016
In the 1960s and 1970s, pop art was one of the most influential art movements that playfully used motifs from mass media and advertising. “Pop Art Design“, a touring exhibition organised by the Vitra Design Museum and currently on show in the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, demonstrates that both the design of products and furniture as well as architecture benefitted from the movement and presents iconic design objects in context with art works.
Light + Building
13–18 March 2016
Lighting, electrical engineering, and building automation are the three main points of focus at the Light and Building, which takes place every two years in Frankfurt/Main. It brings the design and technology sectors together and is aimed at designers, architects, and interior designers, as well as engineers, craft businesses, and manufacturing companies.
International Furniture Fair Singapore
Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre
10 – 13 March 2016
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) is one of Asia’s leading furniture and interior design trade shows, and brings designers and companies from Singapore, China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam to halls one to six of the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre for four days every year.
Typographic Letterpress Poster Workshop
20 June - 2 July 2016
Application deadline: 26 February 2016
The typographic letterpress poster workshop taught by the Swiss graphic designer Dafi Kühne in his studio in Näfels is offered to international graphic design students interested in analogue printing techniques, poster design and fonts.
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
– 11 September 2016
The American illustrator, designer and musician Richard McGuire, who currently lives in Paris and New York, is known for his graphic novel “Here”, amongst other things. This pictorial story, that was first published in 2014 as a book, is presented in Frankfurt’s Museum Angewandte Kunst’s latest room installation exhibition, “TimeSpace”. The exhibition is on show until 11 September 2016 in Frankfurt and will be accompanied by a supporting programme of presentations on time and space.