Brussels Design September
Every year the Belgian capital holds a month-long event dedicated to design. Visitors can enjoy a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions, talks, shops, conferences, workshops and many other highlights.
Full House: Design by Stefan Diez17.01.2017 – 11.06.2017
Okolo Offline Two
Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden
3 September – 2 November 2014
For several years, Okolo, a design collective from Prague, has featured its own work and findings from various design disciplines on the blog okoloweb.cz. Following an “offline exhibition” focused on this collection at the Depot Basel, an expanded version of the exhibition is now coming to Dresden.
Society for News Design 2014
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Frankfurt am Main
25 – 27 September 2014
At the 36th congress of the German-speaking branch of the organisation Society for News Design, professionals from various media and visual communication fields will provide insights into their daily work and discuss the future of print and online media.
Soirée graphique N°7
Marriott Marquis, New York
23 – 24 October 2014
“What is the new shape of business?” Future-oriented designers will be tackling this question and similar ones at the design and business conference organised by Aiga, a professional association for design. This year, designers together with entrepreneurs and marketing people will be defining the new trends in the industry and imagining the reshaping of business models for the future.
Maison & Objet Paris
Paris Nord Villepinte
5 – 9 September 2014
The Maison & Object fair is one of the leading events in the world of interiors and decoration. In September it will entice an international audience to its home city of Paris.
Design for War and Peace
Rewley Haus, Oxford
4 – 6 September 2014
The Design History Society, one of the leading organisations for promoting and researching global design history, organises an annual conference to which international academics from various disciplines within design history meet in Oxford. This year the theme of the conference is Design for War and Peace.
Submission deadline: 15 October 2014
The Pro-K industrial association’s “Produkt des Jahres” [product of the year] competition that has existed since 1979 has been relaunched. From this year, particularly successful consumer products made of plastic will be given the Pro-K award.
The Future is Here
RMIT Design Hub, Melbourne
28 August – 11 October 2014
For some time now, end consumers have not been obliged to stand idly by and watch how professional designers, manufacturers and salespeople dictate the world of products. Thanks to new developments in technology and communications they have been able to get involved in the processes and help to design the products. The Future is Here exhibition wants to discover the implications this has for all of us.
Hermann Schmidt, Mainz
544 pages, €39.80
“Cuneiform was the principle system of writing in the Ancient Near East for three thousand years. Our first script was devised by the Sumerians in c. 3300 BC. It was later adopted by many other peoples and further developed for other languages. Over 500,000 cuneiform tablets have survived in museums and private collections, tens of thousands which have never been translated. They are now all being digitized.” The reason why digitalisation is such a big step is explained by Johannes Bergerhausen in his “Digitale Keilschriften / Digital cuneiform”, recently published.
Bienne Festival of Photography
23 August – 14 September 2014
Every year, 25 Swiss and international photographic artists have the opportunity to present their work during the Bienne Festival of Photography. This year, the overarching theme is Hybrids.
Ongoing research, new developments and even reactions and comments open up new perspectives that we want to share with you. We are taking this into account by gradually expanding our online presence with dossiers, forums and archives that can be selected by theme.
form N° 255. War
Iraq, Ukraine, Israel – now a day never goes by without news about the wars currently being waged in these countries. When we decided over a year ago to focus on the theme of war we had no idea that the subject would be so topical. On the contrary, we would rather it weren’t. In dealing with this subject, we have been and are concerned not to forget that design is directly involved in every act of war, that war and violence are designed with the highest levels of precision.
Torino Esposizioni, Turin
10 – 12 October 2014
Three days of exhibitions, meetings, debates and workshops - three days Independent Design Festival. Operæ is taking place for the fifth time in its history in October this year. It brings together designers from many different countries, creates a stage for young designers and promotes networking between people drawn from design, production, sales and the economy.
Kino Xenix Posters
Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich
22 August - 28 September 2014
Xenix, the repertory cinema, has been a fixed component of the Zurich cultural scene since the 1980s. The history of the programme and film posters, which are now exhibited in the Museum für Gestaltung, also stretches back to those days.
Urban Art Festival Winterthur
11 - 14 September 2014
The former industrial site of Sulzerareal will be turned into an enormous canvas in the middle of September. Artists from Switzerland and other countries will display their creativity on it as part of the Urban Art Festival in Winterthur.
Dreamworks Animation. Behind the scenes
– 5 October 2014
Is there anyone who is not aware of Dreamworks’ animated films? Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda are not only beloved by children but by all who allow themselves to be carried away by amusingly told stories and imaginatively created characters. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition offering a glimpse behind the scenes to mark the 20-year history of the animation studio.
Sony Centre, Toronto
6–7 Nov 2014
Design Thinkers is Canada’s largest annual design conference. Experts from throughout the world - from both the creative and the financial industries - gather together here. The focus of this conference is on communication design and to investigate its role in today’s world. Visitor numbers reach as many as 1,300 people.
ATypI Barcelona 2014.Typographic Dialogues
17 - 21 September 2014
Barcelona has always been a town where many routes and paths cross. Many different cultures, languages and ideas have met and still encounter one another in this Catalonian city. The conference organised by the Association Typographique Internationale takes place here annually and will be held in September 2014, focusing this year on the subject of Typographic Dialogues.
Brand New – The Shape of Brands to Come
Thames & Hudson, London
200 pages, £ 16.95
The world faces constant and ever-rapid change - and this affects companies and brands. With Brand New, Wally Olins, who is one of the major experts in branding and identity, is venturing not only into the territory of an inventory but also a prediction of the future.
Open to the Public
The Center for Architecture, New York
12 June - 6 September 2014
The discussion about using public spaces has been an important topic ever since the occupation of squares, streets and parks by the activists of the Occupy movement. Above all, architects and town planners have to tackle the issue in their designs. The exhibtion Open to the Public: Civic Space Now shows various approaches taken by American cities.
Slow! World War I Dada
Museum am Bach, Ruden, AT
– 4 October 2014
Last week, a hundred years after the declaration of war by the Austro-Hungarian Empire against Serbia and the beginning of World War I, the Museum am Bach opened in Ruden (Carinthia, Austria). It describes itself as “the first museum for the study of systems”, and brings together “social utopias, desires and models”. Its first main exhibition, “Slow! World War I Dada”, alludes to the dilemma of 1914, when the old monarchies crumbled before society had come up with an alterative.
Hopscotch Design Festival
Raleigh, North Carolina
3 - 4 September 2014
Raleigh has been the venue for the Hopscotch Music Festival for five years now. This year, for the first time, it will be preceded by an associated design festival bringing together international doers and thinkers from diverse design disciplines.
Ars Electronica Center, Linz
from 4 September 2014
There is a long tradition of revering everyday objects in Japan, in particular during tea ceremonies and when putting together flower arrangements. This principle forms the basis of the device art genre. The objects are characterised by a harmonious combination of playful shapes and conceptual and technological functions. An exhibition opening on 3 September at the “Museum of the Future”, which showcases digital and media art, will present a range of device art objects.
Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
4 – 5 October 2014
The Alternative Press Expo (ape) is known well beyond San Francisco as one of the largest gatherings of exhibitors from the comic scene, and this year it moves to a new venue in the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. Fans have the chance to see publications by small presses and self-published offerings, as well as the latest publications from major publishing houses such as SLG Publishing, Drawn and Quarterly and Fantagraphics.
Young talent prize New Media
Submission deadline: 1 October 2014
Digital communication has become indispensible. In order to make it even better in future, the New Media prize for up-and-coming talent supports students, trainees, start-ups and other gifted young people with original ideas from the fields of media and the internet.
Emma Kreativzentrum. Launch
9 – 12 October 2014
Young creativity needs to be supported. And support is offered from 9 October 2014 by the Emma Kreativzentrum in Pforzheim. As a platform for working and networking, it provides premises to entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups and agencies. The launch will be celebrated for four days with various events.
Milano Design Film Festival
Anteo spazioCinema, Milan
9 - 12 October 2014
Four days, 40 films, 52 invited experts - these figures summarise this year’s Milano Design Film Festival. In addition to the film presentations, an extensive fringe programme offers the public an insight into the world of design and architecture.
Ökorausch. Festival of Design and Sustainability
Forum VHS in Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne
28 September – 5 October 2014
Identify, react, create – the Ökorausch Festival has been moving closer to these goals since 2012. This year, everything is revolving around the third element of the triad: create. The question of how designers can advocate sustainability and environmental awareness will be explored in an exhibition, a symposium and various satellite events.
Someday is Now. The Art of Corita Kent
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland
27 June - 31 August 2014
Religion and Pop Art are not common bedfellows. Corita Kent, a nun in a Catholic order in Los Angeles, combined these two apparent opposites and became one of the best-known graphic artists of her time in the 1960s and ‘70s. The MOCA in Cleveland, Ohio, is now showing work from her 30-year creative career.
Tate Modern, London
– 26 October 2014
Kasimir Malevich’s “Black Square on White Ground” was an important milestone along the road to Modernism. The artist is now receiving his first retrospective in Europe. Until the end of October the Tate Modern is displaying drawings and paintings that illustrate the artist’s entire creative period and the stylistic phases of his work.
EIdee. Competition for the digital handshake
Submission deadline: 15 September 2014
Protecting our personal data in the digital world has never been so apposite as it is today. The German Bundesdruckerei looks after our identity security in electronic processes such as the on-line function for our identity cards. The third Eldee competition is looking for innovating ideas for the identity management of the future.
Riposte N° 2
Unlike many “women’s magazines”, the topics covered in Riposte are not limited to fashion, beauty and celebrities. The cover slogan, “A Smart Magazine for Women”, states the intention quite clearly. The word “riposte” comes from French, and means “repartee”, among other things. The first issue of the magazine was published late last year, and a second is now out.
from 8 July
The architectural practices of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Bruno Taut and Ferdinand Kramer were pioneers of modern architecture on the Weißenhof estate in Stuttgart in 1927. On 8 July 2014, they obtained a neighbour who is on a par with them. The B10 Aktivhaus, designed by the architect Werner Sobek, produces twice its own energy requirements from sustainable sources by drawing on a combination of innovative materials, constructions and technologies. The excess supplies the neighbouring Weißenhofmuseum and also two electric cars.
Kollegialität und Kontroverse
Brtnice, Czech Republic
– 26 October 2014
Josef Hoffmann studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and after his graduation in 1896 was a pupil of Otto Wagner in his studio. The Josef Hoffmann Museum, his parents’ former home and later the architect’s summer home, presents the life and work of the man and his fellow student colleagues, Joseph Maria Olbrich and Leopold Bauer, who were influenced by Otto Wagner’s school, in the context of Moravian modernism.
Zur Nachahmung empfohlen!
Zollverein heritage site, Essen
– 4 September 2014
Artists’ takes on topics such as renewable forms of energy, climate change, recycling, upcycling and sustainable development are currently on display in Essen, in the grounds of the Zollverein heritage site. “Zur Nachahmung empfohlen! presents artistic practices that combine experience and working methods used in environmental initiatives with the approaches of the artists, providing a space for the artists to present their own take on environmental topics such as renewable forms of energy, climate change, recycling, upcycling and sustainable development,” says the curator, Adrienne Goehler. Since 2010 this exhibition has travelled all over the world, and over 50 international exhibits from the fields of art, science, film and architecture have been on display since 18 June in Essen.
25 July – 9 November 2014
In his series of photographs depicting the poverty and misery of American farm workers during the economic crisis of the 1930s, Walker Evans documented the lives of different farming families in the rural south of the USA. These austere black and white photographs of the interiors of homes and empty factory buildings are exhibited as part of the Berliner Festspiele.
University of the Arts, Berlin
28 July – 1 August 2014
The “Next Industrial Revolution” has greatly changed the work of designers. Digital manufacturing processes and open design influence the design process from conception to distribution and production. A 5-day interdisciplinary workshop at the Berlin Summer University of the Arts will explore this subject and uncover the new challenges and opportunities that it represents.