Obituary Michel Leiner. 7 May 1942 - 16 March 2014
by Ursula Wenzel
Michel Leiner is dead. The man who characterised the Stroemfeld/Roter Stern publishing company, hid behind his work to an extent that was almost unknown in other designers. He was first influenced by the Ulm School of Design, and, like many of his fellow students, he was distinguished by the same things that apply to others at that institution: he was a designer, and yet not just a designer. And for Leiner, being a designer meant being a typographer and art director as much as being a copywriter and editor, but above all, he was also a film-maker. To be accepted at Ulm, having obtained his early impressions at Hans Meyer’s legendary Op Art Gallery in Esslingen, he first completed an apprenticeship as a typesetter so that he could take up his studies at the Ulm School of Design in the Visual Communication department and then apply himself to film.
Papier Glacé. A century of fashion photography at Condé Nast
1 March - 25 May 2014
Palais Galliera, Musée de la mode de la ville Paris
Photographic art flirts with elegance and seduction. In the exhibition “Papier glacé (glossy paper) a century of fashion photography at Condé Nast”, 150 photographs by the most significant fashion photographers working between 1918 and today are on show: Baron Adolf de Meyer, Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Huene, Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton, Erwin Blumenfeld and Irving Penn, Guy Bourdin, William Klein, David Bailey, Helmut Newton, Bruce Weber, Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Miles Aldridge, to name but a few.
Nendo: Invisible Outlines21.05.2017 – 01.10.2017
The Poster in the Clash of Ideologies 1914–2014
– 19 May 2014
Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
In 1964, the media theoretician, Marshall McLuhan, wrote the thesis “The medium is the message”. In its exhibition “The Poster in the Clash of Ideologies 1914 - 2014”, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague seeks to apply this proposition to the medium of the poster.
Designtage Wiesbaden.by access all areas
10 – 13 April 2014
For the 8th time, design and communications agencies present the design skills represented in Hessen’s capital city in this series of events. This year’s motto is “Die Zeit ist reif” [the time is right] and experts and interested parties will be discussing the function of design producing meaning at various locations around the town.
Tobias Gebert.Reducing the Obvious
How is it that we as designers always have grids and clear, reduced designs instilled in us and yet our world out there comes along much more diversified and unordered than planned?
In his bachelor thesis, “Reducing the Obvious” (at the FH Mainz), Tobias Gebert has examined the reflex of reduction in design. Over 500 pages he questions and considers the necessity of the principles of order in our environment and which can still be of interest. We discussed the content and design of his work with him.
30 April – 1 June 2014
Designmonat Graz with its extensive programme of designers from all disciplines will be taking place for the 6th time in Austria’s second city and, as the UNESCO City of Design, will provide an ideal platform for international networking.
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
22 March – 14 September 2014
Numerous books have been written about him and his design objects. Some of his objects “Chair_One” (2004) / “Mayday” (1999) have been accepted into the permanent collections of museums such as the MoMa in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. In his works, he combines formal strictness with spiritual acuity and humour: “minimalist” say some, “irritating” say others. He himself describes his creativity as “simple”. Konstantin Grcic, who was born in Munich, is a living designer legend. He is one of the most important designers of our age.
The power of colours
19 March 2014, 7-9 p.m.
The AED, an initiative set up by engineers, architects and designers to support and disseminate design skills in the Stuttgart area, invites guests to raumProbe in Stuttgart to hear lectures and podium discussions aimed at illuminating the meaning of colour and the perception of materials and surfaces.
International Festival of Animated Film
22 – 27 April 2014
Marvel at the diversity of the animation film world in April in Stuttgart. The International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS) offers film-makers, directors and production companies a platform to show their films and it gives fans of animated films an opportunity to marvel at animated short and feature films in all genres over a period of six days. The ITFS is one of the world’s most important and biggest animation film festivals which has now become a firm part of German and international film culture.
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
16 – 17 May 2014
What exactly characterises the job of the designer? What do all design disciplines have in common? These and similar questions are to be discussed in an international arena by experts and theoreticians from various areas, putting the spotlight on the processes involved in design and conception in design.
Kaffe 2014. The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett
22 March – 2 November 2014
American Museum in Britain, Bath
“The colourful world of Kaffe Fassett” will be on show from 22 March - 2 November 2014 in the American Museum in Britain showcasing the work of the American artist, mosaic and textile designer who has always lived by his maxim to “find colour in a grey world”. The joy he finds in colour can be seen in the exhibition showcasing this artist’s life’s work over 50 ground-breaking years.
Incipit. Milan Design Week
8 – 13 April 2014
Last spring, the Italian designers and entrepreneurs, Roberto Hoz and Marta Bernstein, founded the design studio, Incipit, with the aim of supporting young designers and facilitating their leap into the spotlight. Now, for the first time, as part of the Milan furniture fair, they are presenting the work of the designers they support.
Grafik14.Graphics and new art
14 – 16 March 2014
Maag Halle, Zürich
The Graphik14 exhibition (14 to 16 March 2014) in Zurich provides an opportunity to discover the latest trends in Swiss graphic design. In order to show the two-way influences on the neighbouring disciplines of graphic/design and art/illustration, for example, there will be a comprehensive visual spectrum of works on show from the areas of classic and crossover media (graphic design, icon design, typography, corporate identity, vector graphics, illustration, urban street art, grafitti) and digital and new media (application design, web design, motion graphic design, interaction design, game design, 3D animation and 3D mapping).
Cube or Dome
Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach
15 – 27 March 2014
Increasingly, mosques are becoming part of every townscape and their buildings are often connected with much controversy. Against this topical backdrop, Christian Welzer, the curator of the exhibition “Moschee - Perspektiven einer Bauaufgabe”, examines contemporary Islamic places of worship in Germany, beyond Europe and in the Islamic world.
Wrapper’s Delight. New works by Anton Alvarez
Three questions to:Moritz Schmid, Bench
The forthcoming issue of form (No° 253, available in April) will be focussing on Switzerland as a country of design. We speak to the Swiss designer, Moritz Schmid, who has designed the red reading bench for this year’s Leipzig Book Fair (13 to 16 March 2014) for “Auftritt Schweiz” (Switzerland on stage).
The AOI Illustration Awards 2014
Registration deadline: 16 March 2014
Students and professionals are once again invited this year to submit their illustrations from various disciplines to AOI, a non-profit company for promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining professional standards. Entrants are encouraged to use this opportunity to present their illustrative work at the final exhibition in Somerset House.
San Francisco & Chicago
SanFrancisco 4.–5. April 2014 / Chicago 24.–25. October 2014
The one-day design conference Hike concerns itself specifically with the begin of a career within the design industry. A professional team of speakers will give lectures and answer questions around the topic „How to start?“. Among others, Alice Lee, who works as illustrator and project designer for Dropbox, Brian Singer, manager of the communication design team of facebook, and Laura Brunow Miner from the Pinterest brand design team will be present.
Understanding Surfaces.On Jewellery and Identity.Pravu Mazumdar
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
16 March 2014, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In his lecture “Understanding Surfaces. On Jewellery and Identity.“ at the exhibition of jewellery in the Pinakothek der Moderne, the philosopher and essayist, Pravu Mazumdar, will be examining the meaning, function and understanding of surfaces.
It’s a book
15 March 2014
Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
On 15 March 2014, on the occasion of the Leipzig Book Fair, the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig is opening its doors to those interested in the independent publishing scene. This is where this year’s “It’s a book” fair for independent publishers is taking place. For the first time, it is being organised by the students in the Faculty of Graphic Design and not, as originally, by Spector Books, which is also based in Leipzig. And for Leipzigers, there is plenty to celebrate this year: the Academy will be 250 years old, it is the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Walter Tiemann Prize, and BUGRA, the international exhibition for the book trade and graphic art, is celebrating its centenary. BUGRA was initiated by Max Seliger, the director of the Academy 100 years ago.
Design Days Dubai
17 – 21 March 2014
As one of the biggest design fairs in the Middle East and South Asia, Design Days Dubai is dedicated to collectors’ editions and limited pieces of furniture and objects. For the third time since it was launched, the fair is presenting designs by leading and aspiring designers and galleries from throughout the world. The supporting events programme at the Design Days Fair will include a variety of events including workshops, presentations and live performances.
19 – 20 August 2014
When creatives from the areas of design, communication, planning and programming descend on Malmö in August, this will herald the start of the annual conference of Media Evolution – an organisation dedicated to innovation and the growth of the media industry in the south of Sweden.
Frankfurt am Main and environs
30 March – 4 April 2014
In a few weeks’ time, Frankfurt will be at the stage of being bathed in new light. For the seventh time, this city will be hosting the Luminale which showcases innovative lighting ideas in an urban living space. This biennale of light culture, which was founded in 2002 and has been a creative experimental platform for designers and artists ever since, is presenting around 100 light installations this year.
Distant Observations.Fukushima in Berlin
8 March – 27 April 2014
March 11 2014 will be the third anniversary of Japan’s nuclear disaster in Fukushima; a catastrophe whose true extent cannot even now be predicted or understood. But it is one which threatens to sink into oblivion. To mark the anniversary of Fukushima, the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien will be asking about the potential of art to be a medium of reflection and reaction. On 7 March, an exhibition will open there at 7 p.m., demonstrating the way in which various artists have tackled the nuclear catastrophe in their reflections and reactions.
Playboy Architecture 1953–1979
Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt
- 20 April 2014
The erotic magazine Playboy was once one of the most important intermediaries of avant-garde trends in design. The way in which this magazine, known from the early 1950s to the late 1970s for its nude photography, presented its interviews and portraits of renowned architects ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright, Buckminster Fuller to John Lautner and Moshe Safdies up to Mies van der Rohe is currently being shown in a circulating exhibition (curated by the architectural historian Beatriz Colomina) at the German Architecture Museum in Frankfurt.
99U Conference 2014
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City
1. – 2. May 2014
Inspiration is a prerequisite for extraordinary ideas. But how exactly are creative plans brought to life? This process of development is the focus of interest again at the 99U conference, which was founded in 2009 by Behance, a platform based in New York, to support photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and other creatives involved the fashion industry.
form Shop in Leipzig 13 – 16 March 2014
We are present in Leipzig with a form Shop in the inner-city on the occasion of the book fair. During the day time (12 to 6 pm) we offer current and older issues of form Design Magazine, along with posters and other form Design products.
In the evenings of Thursday to Saturday the form Shop will turn into a form Lounge (6 to 10 pm) with drinks, music and talks.
Cross Culture Branding #4
Design Center Stuttgart
13 March 2014, 11 am – 5 pm
What do design and brand communication look like for the international market in the BRIC states of Brazil, Russia, India and China? How great are the cultural differences of these emerging economies in product design and communicating brands? International experts from the areas of product design, marketing and brand communication will be gathering on March for the fourth Culture Branding conference in Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart.
After School Club 3.Conference
Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach
28. März 2014, 10–18 Uhr
In one month it is time again: The facilities of the HfG Offenbach, which are not in use during semester break, will be converted into the workspace of the After School Club. In 2014, this will be the third round of the successful project, run by students of the Königsklasse together with Eike König.
28 – 29 March 2014
Since it’s foundation, editors, designers, journalists, authors and other people who like magazines visit the Biennale Facing Pages. Both, the two days symposium and the framework programme concern themselves with the role that independent magazines currently play in our society. On March 28 and 29 the symposium brings together magazine makers and aficionados for the third time.
Lutz Fügener and Ulf Poschardt. A future without visions?
The International Design Museum, Munich
27 February 2014, 6.30 p.m.
Is there a lack of innovation in the automobile industry? To what extent can the development of design be described in the context of demographic change, globalisation and the increasing demands in the area of mobility? In one of the oldest museums dedicated to design, Lutz Fügener and Ulf Poschardt have dedicated themselves to answering this question of the future (without vision) of automobile design.
A Passion for Ceramics. 60 Years of Cor Unum
Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch
9 March 2014
Cor Unum began in 1953 as a workshop for people who were socially disadvantaged. Over the 60 years that have now passed, it has developed into a producer of ceramic products with high demand in design - without losing sight of its own history. Products, people and the stories that connect with each other and with Cor Unum will be presented in Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch until 9 March.
Three questions to: Roos Gomperts, Foam & Glass
IDC 2014. Building Tomorrow’s Technology – Together
17 – 20 June 2014
We can no longer imagine a child’s everyday life without digital technology - be it in lessons, leisure time, rehabilitation programmes, in sport or games. The influence it has on children - on their physical, social and cultural environment and how it might look in the future - will be discussed at the Interaction Design and Children (IDC) conference taking place in Denmark in June.
Swedish Design in Hamburg
Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg
27 April 2014
Currently on show in the Hamburg Museum of Ethnology, amongst many other projects and products, are a wheelchair weighing only 4.4 kg, a printer for the blind, a lamp that produces electricity via a counterweight and a pedal-operated peeling machine for yucca roots. They are all prizewinners in the renowned Swedish competitions Ung Svensk Form and Design S.
The Exhibition Lab.3 perspectives on everyday design
2 March 2014
The design of everyday articles of daily use is easily forgotten. In this exhibition, which is currently running at the Designmuseum Denmark, the curator Laura Liv Weikop focuses experimentally on everyday objects whose design is often pushed into the background in favour of their usefulness.
Friction, Wear and Wear Protection
6 – 8 May 2014
The global requirement for energy and resources continues to rise steadily and appears to pose a growing challenge to both society in general and the economy. Experts from various disciplines will meet in Karlsruhe to discuss how to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Delete. A Design History of Computer Vapourware
Bloomsbury Academic, London
The Hofgaard Machine, Honeywell Kitchen Computer, IBM Yellow Bird, GO PenPoint Computer, IBM Leapfrog Tablet Computer and Sun Modular Computer are all data processors from the past sixty years, not one of which ever made it onto the shelves of a department store, still less into the warehouse of a major online retailer. In “Delete”, Paul Atkinson, professor of design and design history at Sheffield Hallam University, takes a closer look at these sadly neglected and in some cases never publicized mainframes and mini-computers, personal and portable computers, pen computers and mobile computers.
International Games Design Week Berlin 2014
Metahaven Selected Projects 2010–2014
Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen
– 16 March 2014
The Cobra Art Prize, modelled on the Cobra art movement in the Netherlands, has been awarded for the fifth time in its history this year. This year, the award, conferred by the Museum voor Moderne Kunst in Amstelveen, has been presented to Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, the founders of the design studio and think tank Metahaven, in Amsterdam.