Category Archives: Design History

Assistance – On the History of Assistive Ensembles

The category of assistive technologies is often discussed as a political category (Alper 2017), as they invoke connotations such as “in need of help” with respect to the respective users* (Mills 2015; Kotsch 2012; Ott 2014). In the 2nd convention … Continue reading

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Democratic Graphics – The political and graphic work of Gerd Arntz 1920–1940

von Flip Bool   To point out and critically display social conditions. To engage society through design. Under this premise, Gerd Arntz developed the visual language of Isotype in the team around Otto and Marie Neurath and has since then … Continue reading

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von Tom Bieling   Das alte Bild vom Designer als Problemlöser mag punktuell noch zutreffen, ist bei genauerem Hinsehen jedoch unzureichend. Denn längst wissen wir, dass es sich bei Problemen (jedweder Art) stets um hochkomplexe Sachverhalte handelt, die sich aus … Continue reading

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Vilém Flusser und das lebende Archiv

„Der Hebel ist eine einfache Maschine. Sein Design folgt dem menschlichen Arm, er ist ein künstlicher Arm.“ [1]  Der Philosoph und Kulturtheoretiker Vilém Flusser (1920–1991) hat in seinem Werk viele derzeit aktuelle Themen vorweggenommen. Auch „die Offenheit seines Denkens und … Continue reading

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On the Organization of Products in German Design

Our latest Editorial Board Member Prof. Dr. Marion Godau discusses the interconnections between Design and Organisation from a German Design History Perspective… For sociologist Elfie Miklautz, objects are important for understanding the world. She writes: “Communal reality is produced and judged with … Continue reading

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Design and Time

There has been sustained research and debate across a number of disciplines recently about different global perspectives on time, the rhythms of work and time and the increasing speed of life and communication between different communities. In what ways can … Continue reading

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