Mobility Design From the white cane to data-optimised logistics 28 Oktober 2020

Even if it has so far appeared to be the case, the mobility of the future will certainly not be shaped by electric vehicles alone. But the question is: what will it really be like? The aviation and logistics sectors, for instance, will be forced to tackle this issue with even greater urgency and intensity due to Covid-19. Alongside new drive systems, it is also important to think beyond cars, trains and planes and to complement familiar modes of transport with concepts that follow the general aim of offering improved mobility and, ultimately, creating more freedom (of movement).

Here too, a user-oriented perspective and way of working not only appear helpful, but indeed absolutely imperative in order to avoid design that misses the point and to include (future) users and their requirements. In the company of Professor Petra K. Schäfer, Tobias Stuntebeck and Carina Haumering, we will be discussing perspectives and innovations in this area, potential new approaches and the ways in which theory and practice can feed off each other.

When: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Start: 18:30
Location: Library of the German Design Council, Messe Frankfurt, Hall 9.3 (access only by prior appointment)


Sadly the event will have to go ahead without guests due to the current circumstances.
We deeply regret this development; however, we also wish to meet our responsibility as the organiser and ensure the greatest possible safety for all participants. 
The Design Talk will be recorded and published as part of our partnership with Offener Kanal Offenbach. We will make announcements on the German Design Council’s social media as soon as this material becomes available.

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Petra K. Schäfer

»The transport revolution will only work when everyone pulls together and there is an interdisciplinary response to the problems. That of course also involves design.«


Prof. Petra Schäfer has been Professor of Transport Planning at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences since 2007 and heads the New Mobility Division at the Department for Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geomatics. After graduating in civil engineering at the TU Darmstadt, she received her Ph.D. in 2004 with the thesis “Alternative methods for monitoring parking time and payment of parking fees”. From 2004 to 2007, Prof. Petra Schäfer was project manager at the Center for Integrated Transport Systems (ZIV GmbH). Her scientific focus is on mobility behaviour and the acceptance of new technologies in transport. Currently, the New Mobility Division at the Research Lab for Urban Transport (ReLUT) are conducting research projects on electromobility, urban transport, especially on the development of economic and ecological solutions for delivery and freight services, parking space and cycling.

Picture Copyright: U. Wolf

Tobias Stuntebeck

»Seeing and being seen is more integral to a white cane than to any other feature of the street scene.«


Tobias Stuntebeck has been running the studio For Industrial Design in Hanover with Judith Stuntebeck since 2007. The two industrial designers work on behalf of various businesses and institutions in the fields of series production output and packaging, branding and design teaching. Tobias Stuntebeck also founded the company Whitecane together with Dr Lüder Mosler and Dr André Müller in 2010. It develops medical products for people with impaired vision and, thematically, is a direct continuation of Tobias Stuntebeck’s graduate project on The White Cane, which he completed at Hanover University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2007. This project also earned Tobias Stuntebeck a place among the finalists for the 17th BraunPrize in 2009. In 2014 the further development of the cane was awarded the if Universal Design and the if Universal Design Consumer Favorite Award. After more than ten years of serial development, Whitecane launched its IO cane on the market in 2020.

Carina Haumering

»Combining individual mobility needs with mass mobility is the key to user-centric product development.«


Carina Haumering studied communication design. Since 2018, she has been working as a user experience designer focusing on research and concept development at d.lab, the Deutsche Bahn innovation laboratory. The team at d.lab has been enhancing user-centricity at Deutsche Bahn since 2015 and uses iteration to develop products and services for end users – from new digital services such as the Komfort Check-in (Self Check-in) to prototypes for the regional trains of the future. In methodical terms, it focuses on design thinking and qualitative user research. 

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This event is made possible by the support of the Hessian Ministry of Economy, Energy, Transport and Regional Development.

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