Green Product Award 2015
Submission deadline: 20 March 2015
Following the successful launch of the Green Product Award last year, the second edition of the competition will take place in 2015. The initiative seeks to support sustainable products and services and would also like to promote a deep level of exchange of knowledge in this area.
Obituary Sayonara Kenji Ekuan
by Michael Erlhoff
A survivor of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, he was and remains a highly influential designer, a very famous man internationally, an extraordinary Japanese citizen, a gourmet and a wonderful person.
Grafikdesignschau Regensburg16.06.2017 – 02.07.2017
Skarstedt Gallery, London
– 11 April 2015
An exhibition of the early works of Barbara Kruger at the Skarstedt Gallery in London showcases large black and white photographs with provocative titles in thick Futura font. In the works on display from the collection from the 1980s, the American artist examines cultural constructions of power, identity and sexuality through the juxtaposition of text and images: “In my work I try to question the seemingly natural appearance of images through the textual commentary which accompanies them.”
form N° 258. Multiscreen
According to the media theorist Marshall McLuhan, the media “massage” their content into us, and shape their meaning at the same time. Since his postulate “The Medium is the Massage/Message”, written in the 1960s, digitisation has led to ever more media formats. We investigate the implications of this for design and society as the focus theme in our new issue, “Multiscreen”.
Munich Creative Business Week
21 February – 1 March 2015
In recent years the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) has attracted designers, architects, business leaders and companies with its focus on design, concentrating on the economic implications and the social and cultural importance of design.
Typo. International Design Talks
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
21 – 23 May 2015
This year Typo is once again gathering together experts from the fields of design, communication, typography and science in Berlin in order to demonstrate strategies and methods for shaping “character”.
Graphic Novel 2048. When It All Began
Good Prospects. Young German Photography
House of Photography, Hamburg
– 8 March 2015
Ever since it was launched in 2004, the House of Photography has been supporting the “Good Prospects – Young German Photography” project. In the meantime, it has become one of the most important competitions for up-and-coming photographers. The current exhibition displays eight prize winners selected from a total of 115 submissions.
Young Balkan Designers 2015. Competition
Submission deadline: 28 February 2015
The Young Balkan Designers Competition 2015 has taken “Common Grounds” as its title this year. It was founded back in 2011 as a regional platform to promote the regional design scene and the talented people working in this area.
Paula Rego and Honoré Daumier. Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories
House of Illustration, London
– 22. März 2015
The work of Paula Rego and Honoré Daumier can be seen in the House of Illustration in London in a show entitled “Scandal, Gossip and Other Stories” until 22 March 2015.
X + 1 Boxes
Die Neue Sammlung, Munich
21 February – 1 March 2015
The box has long had a special part to play in the history of mankind. As a receptacle for people’s goods and chattels, its basic concept dates back to the Stone Age. Die Neue Sammlung has now made it the focus of an exhibition as part of the Munich Creative Business Week.
EOOS at the MAK
Roger Pfund. Dimension absurde
6 February – 11 April 2015
It would not be wrong to describe Roger Pfund as a graphic artist, but to do so would be to only hint at a small part of his work. After all, he is also a photographer, painter, interior designer and jazz contrabassist.
Aedes Am Pfefferberg, Berlin
31 January – 26 March 2015
Founded in 1980, the Aedes Architecture Forum, which holds a number of conferences, lecture series and discussion evenings every year with an emphasis on architecture, urban design and related disciplines, is now hosting an exhibition devoted to the work of Beijing-based architect Zhang Ke.
QVED 2015.Editorial Design Conference Munich
Alte Kongresshalle, Munich
26 – 28 February 2015
“Quo vadis, editorial design?” In February, the QVED will once again ask this question for its third conference. Through talks, workshops and exhibitions, it seeks to get to the bottom of current trends and new movements in the world of magazine design.
Spark.Icelandic Design in Berlin
Nordic Embassies Felleshus, Berlin
30 January – 10 April 2015
Spark Design Space is a design gallery in Reykjavík that acts as a platform for local initiatives and seeks to promote Icelandic design. In collaboration with the Embassy of Iceland and the Iceland Design Center, Spark has now come to Berlin to exhibit four projects that offer an insight into the work of designers from Iceland and their sources of inspiration.
Submission deadline: 9 February 2015
Designers and engineers are invited to take part in an international workshop in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 30 March to 3 April 2015, focusing on new supportive design solutions for people with physical disabilities and dealing with the technology that is already available.
Bundespreis Ecodesign. Call for entries 2015
Submisson deadline: 27 April 2015
Since 2012 the Bundespreis Ecodesign has been awarded to products, services and concepts that are notable for their high standard of innovation, exemplary design quality and good environmental properties. Entries can be submitted from 2 February to 27 April for the 2015 prize.
Frankfurt Exhibition Grounds
13 – 17 February 2015
Over 4,700 exhibitors from approximately 90 countries are taking part in Ambiente 2015. New products in the areas of Dining, Living and Giving are being showcased to trade visitors at the world’s leading consumer goods trade fair for five days.
Burg centenary. Posters
Burg Galerie im Volkspark, Halle
- 22 February 2015
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design,Halle celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. The centenary events are being launched by the exhibition “Die besten 100 Plakate der Burg”. The best 100 posters from approximately 2,000 that originate from both the university’s archives and new submissions are on display in Halle until 22 February.
No Name Design
30 January – 2 May 2015
We constantly encounter objects that have made a name for themselves and their creators. Much more frequently, however, we are surrounded by those things that have been a part of our everyday lives for years and yet attract scarcely any notice. An exhibition in Bregenz is now focusing on such undervalued design.
Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
26 January 2015
On 26 January, Melanie Kurz is launching a series of events by the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt and the Offenbach University of Art and Design with her lecture in German on Inspirationsmythen [myths of inspiration]. At the end, there will be a panel discussion with Martin Gessmann, Klaus Klemp and Wolfgang Ullrich.
Toca Me. Design Conference
Alte Kongresshalle, Munich
21 February 2015
The 2015 Toca Me Design Conference in Munich has the motto “Live and Uncut”. This year various international speakers have been invited to talk at the event about the current state of design. In addition, the event will help to expand the network of the Munich design scene, by linking it up with design centres from all over the world.
Tomasz Kipka.Polish poster art
Pigasus Polish Poster Gallery, Berlin
– 31 January 2015
The Pigasus Gallery in Berlin has established itself as an exhibition space that specialises in presenting the works of different graphic designers and poster artists who are associated with Polish poster art in some way. Up until the end of January the gallery will display the posters of the Polish graphic designer Tomasz Kipka.
National Institute of Design, Bangalore
23 – 24 January 2015
The southern Indian city of Bangalore is the venue for the Insight 2015 symposium, which will focus on design research. It is intended to bring together academics and industry representatives, and to facilitate exchange.
Mistress of Modern
The Röhsska Museum, Goteborg
27 January – 1 March 2015
Svenskt Tenn revolves around the creation of a colourful mixture of favourite pieces and contrasting elements, instead of a carefully planned concept. Estrid Ericson, the founder of the Swedish design label, is now being honoured with an exhibition in Goteborg.
Cinema photography.Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
– 31 May 2015
Since its inception almost 120 years ago, the cinema has been a place of aspiration. The “Filmtheater” exhibition, which is running until 31 May 2015 at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt, is showing the photography of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre in a standalone exhibition for the first time.
Walter Haettenschweiler. Obituary
The libraries of long established graphic designers often contain a particular set of volumes, and if they are good at their craft, these four books are often well-thumbed. These are none other than the Lettera volumes, put together by Armin Haab, Alex Stocker and the graphic designer Walter Haettenschweiler, between 1954 and 1972.
Maag Halle, Zurich
13 – 15 March 2015
This year artists and graphic designers will once again have the opportunity to display their work at the major Swiss show Grafik15. Visitors are promised an insight into current trends in this country, which has longstanding design credentials.
Century of the Child.Scandinavian Design for Children
Design Museum Danmark, Copenhagen
17 January – 30 August 2015
The “Century of the Child” exhibition, which will run from 17 January at the Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen, showcases Scandinavian design for children from 1900 up until the present day.
Material Xperience 2015
9 – 13 February 2015
Our five senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch – are the focus of the Material Xperience in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Their importance in different areas of architecture and interior design is illustrated by displays and through talks.
Vanity of Object. Tom Vack Design Photography
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
– 25 January 2015
The oeuvre of Tom Vack reads like a Who’s Who of the international design scene since the 1980s. He immortalised the furniture and objects designed by Philippe Starck, Michele De Lucchi, Ingo Maurer and Alessandro Mendini in his images, and as such created his very own visual language. The Pinakothek der Moderne is now exhibiting around 200 of the artist’s photographs.
LA Art Book Fair 2015
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
30 January – 1 February 2015
Printed Matter is presenting the LA Art Book Fair for its third edition. For the occasion, over 250 magazine makers, independent publishing houses, artists and dealers will be gathering in this Californian metropolis to gain an insight of the current trends in the art book scene.
100 Beste Plakate. 2014
Submission deadline: 25 January 2015
The announcement of the 100 Beste Plakate [100 Best Posters] competition, designed this year by the design duo Sensomatic, once again invites graphic designers, customers and printing houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to submit their posters of 2014.
Designing 007.Fifty Years of Bond Style
– 8 February 2015
James Bond, without a doubt one of the best-known characters in cinema history, is not only an action hero but also a style icon. From the beginning, design played a starring role in the Bond films, demonstrated by an all-encompassing exhibition in Rotterdam.
18 – 28 June 2015
In June, the 13th edition of Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space takes place under the title of “Shared Space: Music Weather Politics”. The Quadrennial in Prague is the biggest event for scenography and theatre architecture and has been held every four years since 1967.