What exactly is a graphic novel?
Braunschweig University of Art
2 – 4 July 2014
What is the difference between a graphic novel and a comic? Does one actually exist? Are publishing houses thinking more of their marketing approach? And what has become of the origins of stories without words? A symposium at the beginning of July held at the HBK will examine these questions in depth.
Isabel Seiffert: Governance. Democracy. Delete.
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, 2013
The publication “Governance. Democracy. Delete.” is a 600-page attempt to capture, structure and contextualize the political, economic and social dimensions of the debate on the future of the Internet with Twitter one-liners and linked material. The book, which should be considered a part of the open source movement, is set exclusively with open source fonts and intended to appear as a monthly print-on-demand edition.
Texfusion28.03.2017 – 29.03.2017
Swiss Design Awards 2014
Hall 4.0, Fair Centre, Basel
17 – 22 June 2014
Forty nine Swiss designers from very different disciplines have qualified for the second round of the Swiss Design Award 2014. All the nominated projects of which 20 have been honoured with the sought-after award can be viewed in Basel.
Kyuha Shim: Performa
Royal College of Art London, 2014
The ability of handwritten text not only to convey mere words, but also the state of the writer has been lost in the age of the keyboard. “Performa”, a generative system that creates typography in real time to map the typing behaviour of the user, brings this ability to the digital age. How long a key is pressed determines the width of each character, while the amount of pressure determines the boldness of the letter.
11 June - 5 Oct 2014
The Austrian Museum for Applied Art / Contemporary Art in Vienna - better known as MAK - is celebrating its 150th anniversary, not least with its exhibition “Exemplary - 150 years of the MAK - from Arts and Crafts to Design”. This will examine both the museum’s own history and the developments in design of the past and present.
Artek. Marianne Goebl is the new CEO
Marianne Goebl (see interview in form 252) will be the new CEO of the Finnish furniture company Artek. She follows in the footsteps of Mirkku Kullberg, who will be responsible for the HOME department at Vitra in the future. Kullberg nonetheless will keep her position as the president of Artek’s board of administration. Vitra acquired Artek in September 2013 (form.de reported). Making Goebl the new CEO further consolidates the strategic partnership of Vitra and Artek, which was initialized with the acquisition.
form N° 254. Stylewriting
It was high time to take up the matter: On the one hand, the (style) elements of graffiti culture, still criminalized in many contexts, have long since been adapted by epigones of advertising, media, fashion and product culture and shape our everyday lives, either consciously or unconsciously. On the other hand, many former sprayers – known or unknown – work very successfully today as architects, graphic artists, performers, fashion and product designers, tattoo artists or typographers.
New women. br>The Collection of Photography in context
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
28 February – 27 July 2014
In 1918, women in Germany were given the right to vote and a year later equal treatment of the sexes was laid down in the Weimar Constitution. The image of the “new woman” began to become established and was reflected in fashion, media and leisure time. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg is now dedicating a photographic exhibition to this era, documenting the change in the image of women.
14 June 2014
This year, the third edition of the East London Comics and Arts Festival will take place at a new venue in the city. This one-day show brings together publishers and talents in the area of comics, graphic arts and illustration from the British and international design and art scene.
Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain
20 June – 24 August 2014
The Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (GRAD) is committed to providing an international audience into Russian art, culture and design through exhibitions, publications and events. The forthcoming exhibition “Work and Play behind the Iron Curtain” features over 50 key objects from Russian design between the 1917 Revolution and the Perestroika in the 1980s.
High altitude wind kites.TwingTec
The time when we could use energy without a care for wastefulness is long gone. The resources that we still use today will be exhausted in only a few years’ time, meaning that we need to exploit new, efficient and above all sustainable ways of energy production. A glimmer of hope may be provided by high altitude wind systems which are more flexible, cheaper and more reliable than usual wind power plants.
Three questions to: Sawdust. Display Typeface for Wired UK
Rob Gonzalez and Jonathan Quainton are the creative minds behind the London design studio Sawdust. They develop typography and visual identities for brands, events and publications. They were commissioned by Wired UK magazine to design a display font for three articles on technological innovations. As the font was to be used for headlines and subheadings, it required a striking, modern look that would reflect the theme of the article. The Wired logo and the Neutraface and Euclid fonts used within the magazine served as inspiration. We talked to the designers about the result.
Chez M. Le Corbusier
Galerie Braubachfive, Frankfurt
12 June – 31 July 2014
The artist Laura J Gerlach takes on a previously unstudied subject in her photographic work Chez M. Le Corbusier: Le Corbusier’s theory of colours Polychromie architectural. The photographs examine the interaction between architecture and colour in the spaces of the Villa La Roche in Paris, designed and built by Le Corbusier between 1923 and 1925.
Tom Gauld.High Noon Special
4 June 2014, 7pm
Monsters, robots and people from the Stone Age are all recurring characters in the cartoons, book covers and illustrations of Tom Gauld, who has worked as an illustrator and comic artist for a number of prestigious newspapers and publications such as The New Yorker, The New York Times and the Washington Post. He will give an evening lecture in Darmstadt for High Noon.
This is modern
Palazzo Ca’Tron, Venice
8 June – 1 August 2014
The first Werkbund exhibition – a manifesto of modernity – took place a century ago in Cologne. The Deutscher Werkbund Berlin branch is marking this anniversary with an exhibition as part of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, and using it as an opportunity to examine contemporary positions in architecture and design.
Closing date: 15 August 2014
To mark Lucerne’s poster festival which is being held for the fourth time, a student competition, Weltformat, will be held. This year the theme is pleasure.
The Weather Diaries.3rd Nordic Fashion Biennale
Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
– 21 September 2014
Although humans have been trying to liberate themselves from Nature for thousands of years, they are still subject to her influences. Anyone interested in fashion design – in particular for largely unknown work hailing from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands – and who would like to explore the question of Nature’s influence on human creativity is recommended to visit “The Weather Diaries” exhibition running until 21 September 2014 in the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt as part of the third Nordic Fashion Biennale.
Jewelry and Photography
Museum of Arts and Design, New York
- 14 September 2014
For over 150 years now - since the invention of photography - there has been an interplay between jewelry and photography. In MAD, there are currently 170 objects, of which 10 are video works, by more than 80 jewelry designers and artists hailing from over 20 countries, and which provide an overview of photographic jewelry displays.
Kerning. International Conference on Typography
Cinema Teatro Sarti, Faenza
5 – 6 June 2014
This will be the second time that the Cinema Teatro Sarti in the old quarter of the Italian town of Faenza will host a conference. On 5 and 6 June, everything will be revolving around typography workshops and lectures.
One Design Week
20 - 29 June 2014
We are all nomads – this is the theme of this year’s One Design Week in Plovdiv. Thanks to the internet, laptops and smart phones no one has to remain in one place anymore but can do their work on the move and network. In different projects, designers and researchers tackle the question how this development changes the way we communicate and live.
Slanted Magazine #23.And: Slanted Conference
By page 1 of the red issue, you are already in the thick of it: it starts off with Eric Andersen, continues with Ludovic Balland, Angela Thomas, Jacques Borel, Bringolf Irion Vögeli, and many more. For two weeks, the Slanted editorial team travelled around Switzerland and visited a total of 23 graphic designers and font designers and their studios. The photos and interviews that came from this tour, complemented by essays, illustrations and other articles, provide an insight into the current Swiss graphic scene. Switzerland is not only the focus of the current edition of form but also of Slanted #23. The two issues can be bought as a Swiss Package for 29.90 euros.
6th cxi conference
University of Applied Sciences, Mainz
11 June 2014
Developing a corporate identity is a complex process in which the essence of a brand is distilled into a concise design. The aim of the 6th Corporate Identity Conference in Mainz is to show how this process is accomplished between the client and the creative agency.
India meets The Netherlands
Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
5 June 2014
In spite of their differences, one thing that unites the Netherlands and India is their common future: the challenge and the opportunity of an ever-more populated planet. For this reason, the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam has invited lecturers and students from the Apeejay Education Society and the Apeejay Stya University in India to network and discuss topics at a conference about the connection between education, the economy and creativity.
make me! Competition
Submission deadline: 31 May 2014
The aim of the make me! competition is to offer a platform to young designers who want to use their designs to create unconventional solutions for current issues.
14th Nippon Connection Film Festival
27 May – 1 June 2014
Originally the initiative of two film studies students, the Nippon Connection Festival featuring Japanese film and culture takes place this year in Frankfurt for the 14th time.
Wilhelm Wagenfeld.Form is only a part of the whole
23 May – 28 September 2014
Wilhelm Wagenfeld is one of the most successful German industrial designers of the twentieth century. To mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Stiftung, the foundation is staging an exhibition which will not only illustrate the development of his design but also give an insight into Wagenfeld’s thoughts and actions.
Housewarming Illustrator Talks
2 Granary Square, London
20 May – 20 June 2014
The House of Illustration has found its permanent home in King’s Cross London and this summer it is throwing open its doors to everyone interested in illustration. The art of illustration will be exhibited there, taught and used as a learning tool.
Hybrid Talks. Rethinking Prototyping
Hybrid Lab, TU Berlin
22 May 2014
At what point in the development of a product can we say that it is a prototype? As early as the first sketch? Once there is a model? Or is the finished result only a prototype on the way to improvements? On 22 May, the Hybrid Talks at the Technical University Berlin will be looking at these and other issues in detail.
Social Design. History, Practice, Perspectives
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
23 – 24 May 2014
The social components of design and the responsibility of the designer in society have in recent years increasingly moved into the focus of the design-aware public. Representatives of various areas of design in the hanseatic city of Hamburg have subjected concepts and understanding of social design to critical reflection.
Sight Unseen Offsite
200 Lafayette Street, New York
16 – 20 May 2014
In addition to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair held in New York, there is another exciting event to visit in the Soho area of the city. Sight Unseen Offsite is presenting the works from innovative design studios and established brands.
Exhibition Design.Magic Moments
Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt
5 June 2014
How is the substance of a brand translated into engaging design that is unmistakable and unique? What does successful brand communication look like in a three-dimensional space? The German Design Council promises answers to these questions and many more at the Exhibition Design – Magic Moments conference it is organising as part of its “Iconic Conferences” series.
Designforum Steiermark, Graz
16 May – 22 June 2014
Design is taught at over 70 universities, technical schools and colleges in the Czech Republic - and the work emerging from these places has been recognised over the past 25 years as part of the New G(o)ods competition.
Obituary. Hans Hillmann (1925–2014)
Anyone who regularly visited the cinema in the 1950s,’60s and ‘70s might be less familiar with his name than his work: Hans Hillmann, major German graphic artist and illustrator. He designed around 130 film posters for Neue Filmkunst, the film distribution company in Göttingen. He passed away on 4 May 2014 at the age of 88 whilst working in his studio in Frankfurt. This is an occasion for us to pay tribute to his life’s work.
Let’s talk about sport
La Cambre, Brussels
15 May 2014
The Mode And Design Center in Brussels is hosting a conference on the theme of sport and design to mark the World Cup taking place this summer.
Radical Change. Mainzer Designgespräche
20 May 2014
To compete successfully in the market nowadays companies must be adaptable. Change is their constant companion and this must be managed. Against this backdrop, this year’s Mainzer Designgespräche have taken the theme of “Radical Change – Transformation Management”.
Mikro Makro. Nano-structural architectures
Berlin University of the Arts
– 15 May 2014
Designtransfer at Berlin University of the Arts displays sculptures that put into focus that which is invisible to humans. This involves objects of carbon fibre whose shapes in the nanostructures of the material inspired the designer Matthias Wisniewski.
Graphic Design. History and Practice
Free University of Bozen/Bolzano
19 May 2014
The one-day conference “Graphic Design – History and Practice” is aimed at design historians and designers interested in the relationship between the history of graphic design and design practice.
19 – 25 May 2014
The Interactive Cologne festival offers visitors conferences on digital media, digital society, digital economy and mobility at six locations in the city between 19 and 25 May 2014.