March 2014

Council´s Agenda

German Design Award 2014. Public’s Choice Award.

Participation pays off! Those with an interest in design can participate in the online vote for the Public’s Choice Award at until 14 March 2014. The 100 winners in ten different categories of the German Design Award 2014 are up for voting. The German Design Council will give away an iPad mini to each of three participants of the voting. Cast your vote at 

Automotive Brand Contest 2014. Call for submissions.

Online registration for the Automotive Brand Contest 2014 is now open. The competition awards outstanding product and communication design while focusing on the fundamental importance of brand and brand design in the automotive industry. The Automotive Brand Contest offers an effective public platform to companies of the automotive industry, their partners in the supply industry, design and brand communication as well as import brands. More information and registration at Automotive Brand Contest.



Iconic Awards 2014. Call for submissions.

The Iconic Awards is the first neutral, international architecture and design competition to consider the interaction of the disciplines. Visionary architecture, innovative products and sustainable communication from all genres of architecture, the building and real estate sector as well as the manufacturing industry will be awarded. Further information and registration at Iconic Awards.




Design Plus powered by Light + Building 2014. Special exhibition for the winners.

The winners of the competition for exhibitors Design Plus powered by Light + Building, which the German Design Council organized, have been chosen: the jury judged 36 products as especially outstanding. In addition, ten works by young designers were selected. All of the products will be presented in a special exhibition during Light + Building from 30 March to 4 April 2014 in Frankfurt in hall 1.1., booth E 51. The award presentation will take place there on 4 April at 4:30 p.m. More information at Design Plus.



German Design Council Design Academy. Seminars.

Within the framework of the Brand and Design Academy of the German Design Council, the seminar Taten statt Worte! Markenpositionierungen erfolgreich umsetzen will take place on 29 April 2014 in Frankfurt. Early bird registration is possible until 25 March 2014. The seminar uses case studies and practice-oriented exercises to explain the fundamentals and premises for successful brand implementation. The speakers at the seminar are Hans Meier-Kortwig and Dr. Saskia Diehl of GMK Markenberatung. A limited number of places are still available for the seminar of wirDesign entitled Change Branding: Marken- und Designprozesse erfolgreich gestalten on 27 March 2014 and 7 October 2014. More information and registration at Marken- und Designakademie.
Note: All seminars will be held in German.



Iconic Conferences 2014. Exhibition Design.

The German Design Council will hold the conference Exhibition Design – Magic Moments in Frankfurt/Main on 5 June 2014. The event is part of the Iconic Conferences, the successor to the renowned series Architecture for Brands, which the German Design Council organized for many years. The Iconic Conferences will also offer participants in-depth specialist lectures and the possibility for an intensive exchange and networking. More information at Iconic Conferences.

Platform Design

The power of colors. aed event.

On 19 March 2014, the aed Stuttgart will hold the lecture and discussion event entitled Die Macht der Farben – wie Oberflächen und Materialien unsere Wahrnehmung beeinflussen. Hannes Bäuerle of raumPROBE Stuttgart and Michael Lanz of designaffairs Munich will be the speakers, and Stephan Ott, editor-in-chief of form magazine, will host the event. All information at aed Stuttgart.



Konstantin Grcic. Exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum.

From 22 March to 14 September 2014 the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein presents Konstantin Grcic – Panorama, thus far the largest solo exhibition of the influential designer’s work. The exhibition shows several spatial installations developed by Konstantin Grcic and focuses on his working method and his fundamental approach to design. A comprehensive event program accompanies the exhibition. Further information at Vitra Design Museum.



unique youngstar. Competition.

Young designers can apply to the young talents competition unique youngstar at the trade fair spoga+gafa 2014 until 15 April 2014 with their prototypes in the field of outdoor living. Up to 15 works will be selected for a special show at the trade fair and jury evaluation before the trade fair in September 2014. All information at unique youngstar.



European Design Innovation Platform.

The Design Council London invites you to the launch of the project European Design Innovation Platform EDIP in Brussels on 25 March 2014. The EDIP project aims to anchor the subject of design and innovation EU-wide. More information and registration at EDIP.



Cross Culture Branding. Conference.

The Design Center Stuttgart organizes the fourth event dealing with design and brand communication for international markets on 13 March 2014 at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart. Thematically, the speakers focus on the BRIC states. All information and registration at  Cross Culture Branding.



Luminale 2014. Festival.

Parallel to the Light+Building trade fair, the architecture and design festival Luminale takes place from 30 March to 4 April 2014. Luminale offers manufacturers, designers and artists a unique international platform for their lighting projects with almost 170 events. More information and program at Luminale.



“Zukunft Lebensräume”. Congress trade fair.

Parallel to the Light+Building trade fair, Messe Frankfurt organizes the interdisciplinary congress trade fair for building, living and health in light of demographic changes on 2-3 April 2014. More information and program at Zukunft Lebensräume.



Ecostyle 2014. Trade fair.

From 30 August to 2 September 2014 the specialist trade fair Ecostyle takes place for the second time in Frankfurt am Main. It is the first information and order platform for tested sustainable consumer goods in the European retail landscape. Consumer goods manufacturers that offer sustainable product lines or a sustainable product range can now apply to participate in the event. An expert council categorizes the sustainability level of the products and has the right to veto. Among the council members is Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the German Design Council. More information at Ecostyle.



Information Services

Martino Gamper at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London presents the exhibition Martino Gamper: design is a state of mind from 5 March to 21 April 2014. Martino Gamper curates this exhibition with objects and products that have had an essential influence and open up a new perspective on design. Further information atSerpentine.



Berlin Summer University of the Arts 2014.

From 15 July to 15 October 2014, the Berlin Summer University of the Arts – an initiative of UDK Berlin – offers classes and workshops, including offers in the field of creativity, design and service design. Registration is now possible at Berlin Summer University.



Leipziger Typotage 2014.

The 20. Leipziger Typotage will take place on 24 May 2014 under the motto “Schrift global” at the Museum für Druckkunst. International speakers will discuss international requirements and developments in typography. Program and registration at Typotage.



:output international student award 2014.

The call for submissions to the 17th :output international student award is currently underway. Until 15 March 2014, students of the disciplines communication design, product design, architecture, interior design, interaction design or film from all corners of the world can submit their work. All information and registration documents at :output award.



Schuhwerke. Exhibition.

The German Leather and Shoe Museum Offenbach presents the exhibition entitled Schuhwerke. Roger Vivier. from 22 March to 11 November 2014. Roger Vivier began creating outstanding, exclusive shoe models for luxury brands worldwide in the 1930s. More at Ledermuseum.



Abweichungen und Fehler. Conference in Halle (Saale).

In a conference under the title Abweichungen und Fehler – Befunde in Kunst, Design und Wissenschaft the SYN Stiftung will deal with the differences in science, art and design, but above all the input from other disciplines for one’s own on 13-14 March 2014. Participation in the conference is free of charge; participation in the workshops for a fee. All information at SYN Stiftung.



Josef Binder Award 2014.

Currently, the Josef Binder Award 2014 with a focus on graphic design and illustration is calling for submissions for the twelfth time. Designers, illustrators and students worldwide can apply by 31 May 2014. All information at  Josef Binder Award.



Russian avant-garde design in Osnabrück.

Until 25 May 2014, the Felix Nussbaum Haus in Osnabrück presents the exhibition für den neuen menschen. Russisches Avantgarde-Design: Ideen, Entwürfe, Gestaltung. More than 100 works from fine art, graphic design, typography, porcelain and product design reflecting the forms of expression during the first decades of the 20th century are on show. More at Russische Avantgarde.



Electrolux Design Lab. Competition.

The Electrolux Design Lab competition begins: as of now, students can submit their ideas for products, accessories, consumer goods and services dealing with the subject “Creating Healthy Homes”. The submission deadline is 6 April 2014. Further information at Electrolux Design Lab. 



Architecture & Design Fim Festival 2014.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival 2014 takes place from 12-16 March in Los Angeles’ Theatre Center. 30 short films and features from around the world are shown. The program is accompanied by several podium discussions. More information at ADFF



Publications of the Month

In this section we present publications that caught our attention and may be of interest for our readers.


Hauptsache Grau

Matthias Bleyl / Michael Fehr / Wita Noack, form+zweck Verlag, 2014, 39.90 Euro.

The color gray is often referred to as the color of modernism. This publication compiles numerous essays that investigate the meaning of the color gray in art, architecture and design. More at form+zweck.



Die Geschichte des nachhaltigen Designs. Welche Haltung braucht Gestaltung?

Karin Simone Fuhs u. a. (eds.), VAS Verlag, 2013, 59.00 Euro.

The term sustainability is used in an almost inflationary way – in all fields of life. This book is dedicated to sustainability in design and its history, beginning with the year 1850. Numerous essays present a picture of the history of sustainable design, essential impulses and the protagonists as well as outlooks into the future. They are complemented with interesting picture galleries with comments. More at VAS Verlag.



HfG Ulm. Concise History of the Ulm School of Design.

Jens Müller / René Spitz (ed.), Lars Müller Publishers, 2014, 28.00 Euro

There are many publications about the Ulm School of Design. This book attempts to communicate the history of this legendary educational institution that was so important in design history in a clearly structured and understandable way – as an opener for the subject aiming to raise the appetite for more knowledge. More at Lars Müller Publishers.



Goods. Interior Products from Sketch to Use.

Frame Publisher, 2013, 59.00 Euro

59 outstanding contemporary products are presented in this book, from the first conceptual sketch to serial production – regardless of whether with handicraft or industrial production methods. More at Frame.



Corporate Boulevard

arte TV tips for March.

In March 2014 the channel arte broadcasts three episodes from the series Design: on 03/16 Der Maclaren Buggy, on 03/23 Die Fender-Stratocaster Gitarre, and on 03/30 Der Barcelona-Sessel. More at  arte.


© German Design Council and the authors


Edited by:
Helge Aszmoneit & Julia Kostial, Rat für Formgebung/ German Design Council

Responsible according to the German Press Law:
Lutz Dietzold, Rat für Formgebung/ German Design Council

We expressly point out that we have no influence on the design and content of the links included in this newsletter. The suppliers of these sites are exclusively responsible for this content.

Newsletter registration:
Want to subscribe to our Newsletter? To registration