Pioneering and outstanding design achievements are at the
heart of Focus Open 2022, one of the most renowned German
design competitions with an international orientation. For many
years, it has been an exclusive platform for companies and
professional designers from around the world – from industrial
heavyweights to small enterprises.
TThis yearbook presents all the award-winning products of 2022.
High-quality images and detailed product descriptions are
supplemented by the lively commentary of the jurors. The prize
winners come from fi elds such as investment goods, healthcare,
bathrooms, kitchens, interiors, lifestyle, lighting, consumer electronics,
leisure, building technology, public design, mobility,
service design and materials + surfaces.
After over two years of
COVID-19, there is now a bright light at the end of the tunnel: most events can
take place again. New formats and digital approaches have become established
and professionalised and the industry has gathered a wealth of valuable
But despite the waning
pandemic and the tangible delight about every event, the restart is not proving
easy due to a lack of personnel and war along with many still unanswered
questions surrounding digital and hybrid experiences.
and many of the 45 projects in this edition show new approaches, but in some
respects still no overall ideal answers. And that is quite alright – because we
are in the middle of a learning process!Katharina Stein is a specialist journalist and a connoisseur of the event design scene. In 2009 she founded eveosblog together with Henning Stein, one of the best-known and most widely read event blogs in Germany.
“We need new concepts for trade fairs as places of chance encounters. This might also be showrooms and brand worlds in places where people and ideas converge. What we need are open forums for critical and competent dialogue.” You will find lots of demands like this one expressed by Ranger Design in this special edition: The industry has given us an outlook of the near future and shows what they have achieved in the last few months, where they had to find alternatives, what new concepts evolved and how the trade fair format has changed in recent months (centuries).Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch are both architects, journalists and founders of PLOT – the network in the field of spatial staging. Since 2008 they have been publishing their own print and online magazines and reference books about scenography.The standard reference work in the trade fair design world.Search inside on ISSUU.com
Special EditionFor over a year, the coronavirus has been holding us in its grip. Live events and brand experiences are either not possible at all or only with significant restrictions. The consequences and problems for the industry are enormous. But alongside this, it enabled us to learn a lot, surprise us and fascinate us with new ideas. Digital and hybrid experiences have developed dynamically, initiating new and creative approaches that are to perfected over the forthcoming years.An exceptional year that is summarised with a Special Edition. This edition builds bridges between events before and since the coronavirus, between analogue, hybrid and digital events.Katharina Stein is a specialist journalist and a connoisseur of the event design scene. In 2009 she founded eveosblog together with Henning Stein, one of the best-known and most widely read event blogs in Germany.
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Pioneering and outstanding design achievements are at the heart of Focus Open 2021, one of the most renowned German design competitions with an international orientation. For many years, it has been an exclusive platform for companies and professional designers from around the world – from industrial heavyweights to small enterprises.
This yearbook presents all the award-winning products of 2021. High-quality images and detailed product descriptions are supplemented by the lively commentary of the jurors. The prize winners come from fields such as investment goods, healthcare, kitchens, interiors, lifestyle, lighting, leisure, public design, mobility, service design and materials & surfaces.Search inside on ISSUU.com
The processes of change throughout the retail sector have rapidly gained dynamism through the COVID-19 pandemic. In an unprecedented situation, social distancing has fuelled the integration of digital shopping functions and at the same time the yearning for real places of encounter. "Retail Design International" addresses these shifts and presents over 40 brave concepts that drive the retail shift forwards.The editor Dr. Jons Messedat is an architect, designer and author. His expertise in the building of corporate identity is in demand among global companies, as a jury member in architecture and design competitions, as well as at universities in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.Search inside on ISSUU.com
What’s next? The question of whether future retail design will be analogue, digital or hybrid has long since been answered. Especially the mature inner cities are facing enormous innovation pressure. Smart alliances are being formed and daring retail concepts are being tried out that add value in the urban space. The new yearbook shows solutions that accompany us worldwide into the "new normal".Dr. Jons Messedat studied architecture and industrial design in Aachen, Stuttgart and London. He has been teaching the building and space module at the HAWK in Hildesheim with a focus on corporate interior. In 2018, he was appointed onto the jury of the state prize for architecture by the chamber of architects for the federal state of Lower Saxony.Search inside on ISSUU.com
The new edition of this successful series presents the status quo in exhibition design and scenography with over 110 projects and 15 interviews. The focus is on current trends and corresponding methods, renowned firms, exceptional designers and curators. The manifesto "Indian method – design in difficult times" takes a stand regarding the current social and political discourse and opens up new strategies for poetic spaces. The editors: Prof. Uwe J. Reinhardt, M.A., is a cultural scientist, journalist, exhibition maker, since 2005 professor of text/verbal communication at the Design department of Peter Behrens School of Arts at the Hochschule Düsseldorf and teaches together with Philipp Teufel, director at the edi – Exhibition Design Institute. Teufel is a communication designer and teaches as a professor in the fields of Exhibition Design, Retail Design and 3D Communication. 2012−2016 he was the artistic consultant for the exhibition design of the Humboldt Forum at Berliner Schloss, together with Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
110 projects by Atelier Brückner to C&G Partners, Kossman.dejong, Holzer Kobler, Ralph Appelbaum and Sagmeister & Walsh to Hans Dieter Schaal and Tokujin Yoshioka 15 interviews with leading designers and cur ators about current trends and challenges.#designbooks: Prof. Uwe J. Reinhardt interviewed by Dr. Petra Kiedaisch on YouTube (German only)#designbooks: Book presentation by Prof. Uwe J. Reinhardt on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
Professional design has never been as important and par for the course as today. Pioneering and exceptional design achievements are at the centre of Focus Open 2020, one of the most renowned German design competitions with an international orientation. For many years, the competition has been an exclusive platform for companies and professional designers from all around the world – from industrial heavyweights to small companies.
The yearbook presents all the prize-winning products of 2020. The award winners come from e.g. the sectors of investment goods, healthcare, bathrooms, kitchens, interiors, lifestyle, lighting, consumer electronics, leisure, building technology, public design, mobility, service design and materials & surfaces. Focus Open, the state prize of the Baden-Württemberg state, shows what is state-of-the-art in terms of design, innovation and sustainability.Search inside on ISSUU.com
Das Motto von Walter Gropius zur ersten Bauhaus- Ausstellung 1923 im Haus Am Horn in Weimar lautete: „Kunst und Technik – eine neue Einheit“. Die Integration beider Felder fand in den 1920er-Jahren am Weimarer Bauhaus jedoch nicht nur enthusiastische Anhänger, sondern auch leidenschaftliche Gegner – eine Kontroverse, die bis in die heutige Zeit reicht. Der Sammelband reflektiert Grundfragen der Weimarer Zeit sowie darauf aufbauende Entwicklungen seit den 1950er-Jahren – etwa an der HfG Ulm – und macht die Diskurse für die Herausforderungen des digitalen Zeitalters fruchtbar.
Mit Beiträgen von Katia Baudin, Michael Braun, Meret Ernst, Annette Geiger, Siegfried Gronert, Franziska Lampe, Julia Meer, Robin Rehm, Theres Rohde, René Spitz.Zu den Herausgebern: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gronert ist Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte (GfDg) und Honorarprofessor an Universitäten in China. Von 1993 bis 2011 lehrte er Geschichte und Theorie des Design an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Dr. Thilo Schwer ist Produktgestalter und Designwissenschaftler. Seit 2011 lehrt er Designtheorie, Designmethodologie und Theorien der Produktsprache.
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Until spring 2020 the trade fair sector was still boasting: “You can’t email a handshake!” Then corona came along and everything was turned upside down: exhibitions were postponed, cancelled or relocated into digital space. It also brought forth new concepts with which we had not reckoned a couple of years ago: virtual twins, AR or VR walk-through stands, online exhibitions with new meeting formats, or quite different ideas that are currently turning the sector upside down, providing new impetuses and making the trade fair a place as we have never known it before. The new Trade Fair Design Annual presents not only the most exciting exhibition settings of the previous year but also entices us into virtual space.
Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch are both architects, journalists and founders of PLOT – the network in the area of spatial installations. Since 2008 they have been publishing print and online magazines as well as reference books in the wide field of scenography.#designbooks: Book introduction with Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch on YouTube (German only)#designbooks: Interview with the editors on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
The world is changing. A host of developments are impacting our lives: sustainability, values, equality, purpose, digitisation or "Gen Z". However, a consideration of the majority of brand experiences gives rise to the question: Where is the change? It occurred: with COVID-19! And suddenly it was about people’s lives, about our supply system and saving our and many other sectors.
This is therefore a special Event Design Yearbook. It allows us to revel in projects that have been prohibited for months in 2020. It also shows experience concepts from the time before COVID-19. With all the foreseen changes after the pandemic, as described for example by Cedric Ebener in the interview, one can only speculate how the concepts presented here might look in future.#designbooks: Author Katharina Stein about the book series on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
Hybrid systems not only revolutionise our mobility but also provide a fresh breath of air in retailing with the layering of various functions. Large-format building structures such as department stores and shopping centres are revitalised in line with climate optimisation and supplemented with small-scale mixed uses. Shared spaces for young start-ups and established brands offer greater variety and the opportunity to liven up too extensive spaces with new experiences and inspirations. Retail sharing has developed into an effective recipe against decreasing frequenting.
The fifth edition of “Retail Design International” pursues the phenomenon of hybrid spaces between new work, leisure and retail worlds. It presents collaborative concepts from the European, Asian and Pacific regions that reveal opportunities for the transformation from a point of sale to a point of experience.
The editor Dr. Jons Messedat is an architect, industrial designer and author. His expertise regarding the built identity of companies and brands – from design to management and realisation – is in demand among global companies, as a jury member in architecture and design competitions, as well as at universities in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.Search inside on ISSUU.com
So-called instagrammability has long become part of our communication policy – has the design of trade fair stands also changed as a consequence? Is the presentation's focus no longer the product but rather the potential customer and their interaction? How important are live experiences in order to draw the full attention of visitors? What effect does this have on the communication strategy and on the spatial design? These are questions pursued by the new Trade Fair Design Annual with 60 exceptional examples.
Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch are both architects, journalists and founders of PLOT – the network in the field of spatial staging. Since 2008 they have been publishing their own print and online magazines and reference books about scenography.
The standard reference work in the trade fair design world.
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The current credo of live communication is: Let them participate and decide! It seems that the times in which products were displayed in rigid procedures and self-celebratory event formats are over. Now the question is what will enthuse visitors, how can they be incorporated and not least encouraged to make social media posts.
A noticeable number of event formats in this edition indeed involve their participants to a great extent. This is evident in concepts orientated towards added value and experiences, as well as in possibilities for interaction and individual freedom of choice.
However, what sounds straightforward is a challenge. How does one overcome inhibitions? What enthuses spoilt visitors hungry for experiences? How does one create experiences suitable for social media? Many of the around 60 events in this edition show potential solutions in practice. An in-depth interview provides answers and advice from specialists.
Best cases of instagramable events and locations. 60 events in Germany, Belgium, China, South Korea, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, USA, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Spain, Qatar ...Search inside on ISSUU.com
Pioneering and exceptional design trends are at the heart of Focus Open, one of the most renowned German design competitions with an international orientation. For many years, this competition by Design Center Baden-Wuerttemberg has been an exclusive platform for companies and professional designers and with its non-pro character also offers small and medium-sized companies the opportunity to compare themselves internationally. The publication presents all award-winning products.Besides other areas, the award winners come from fields like capital goods, medicine, bathrooms, kitchens, interiors, ambience, lighting, electronics, leisure, building technology, public design, mobility and service design.Also published are the results of the "Mia Seeger Preis". This prize honours up-and-coming designers who have developed products "that have more than one benefit".Search inside on ISSUU.com
Die Zeit des Designs ist das Neue. In den Anfängen haben immer wieder erneuerte Positionen das Design und seine Geschichte geprägt. Die dabei formulierten, wechselnden Positionen werfen zwangsläufig die Frage nach der Qualität und dem Sinn des Neuen auf. Darum vermessen die Beiträge Grenzstellungen des Neuen vor der jeweils als vergangen diskreditierten Gegenwart. Gleichzeitig beleuchten sie die Bedingungen seiner Entstehung. Die Herausgeber: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gronert ist Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte (GfDg) und Honorarprofessor an Universitäten in China. Von 1993 bis 2011 lehrte er Geschichte und Theorie des Designs an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Dr. Thilo Schwer ist Produktgestalter und Designwissenschaftler. Seit 2011 lehrt er Designtheorie, Designmethodologie und Theorien der Produktsprache an der HfG Offenbach.
Überblick zu Designpositionen des Neuen in Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft. Mit 16 Fachbeiträgen.
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Just a few years ago customers at the point of sale would have been turned away politely but firmly if they had brought their coffee to go or even something edible with them. Now the situation has completely changed: a variety of forms of gastronomy have established themselves as communicative gathering places and enjoyable anchor points in retail design.
From the gourmet restaurant in the supermarket to the cooking school in the shopping centre, or the food experience with a bar and hotel in the metropolis: Retail Design International with a focus on retail & food provides a first overview of worldwide ideas and projects at the interface of retail and food worlds. Around 60 worldwide projects invite one to embark on architectural, scenographical and culinary excursions that literally spur an "appetite" to find out more about brands, products and spaces, as well as the interdisciplinary "makers" behind them.
Editor Dr. Jons Messedat is an architect, designer and author. His expertise in the field of built corporate identity is in demand from global operations, as a panel member in architecture and design competitions, as well as at universities in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.This book is no longer available.
Designer und Gestalter erhalten in diesem Band Einblicke in die wichtigsten Phasen der Entwicklung des Informationsbegriffs. Der Band stellt die Wegbereiter der ersten informationsverarbeitenden Systeme vor, die die ungeheuren Möglichkeiten der heutigen Informationsgesellschaft mit entwickelt haben.
Das Buch gibt Überblick über die Rolle, die der Informationsbegriff in Wissenschaften wie Kybernetik, Lebenswissenschaften, Systemtheorie und der Forschung an Künstlicher Intelligenz spielt. Es beleuchtet die Brücken- und Scharnierfunktionen, die der Informationsbegriff an der Schnittstelle von Mensch und Maschine übernimmt. Zentrale Fragen der Verknüpfung von Information, Daten, Wissen und Lernen werden reflektiert und ethische Herausforderungen behandelt.
Dr. phil. Christian Bauer ist wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Fakultät Gestaltung der Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Würzburg-Schweinfurt. Seine Lehrgebiete sind Informations-, Kommunikations- und Medientheorie sowie Kulturphilosophie und Ethik.
Product innovations and design trendsPioneering and exceptional design trends are at the heart of Focus Open 2018. Companies and professional designers from around the world were invited to participate. The publication presents all the award-winning products that persuaded the jury with their exceptional design quality. Award-winners from the fields of e.g. production, medicine, bathrooms, kitchens, interiors, ambience, lifestyle, lighting, media, sport, outdoor, public design, architecture, transport and sustainability are presented and described.It also publishes the results of the "Mia Seeger Award": the prize is awarded to up-and-coming designers who have developed products that "serve more than one purpose".Search inside on ISSUU.comThis book is no longer available.
The standard reference work in the trade fair design world Change and transformation are currently characteristic not only of our society and our socio-cultural structures, but also of our economic structures and therefore the exhibition industry: traditional approaches to brand communication no longer appear to take full effect, although the core of the longstanding trade fair business perhaps holds the key to the future of the traditional platform: in real encounters and individual exchanges.In accordance with this, over the forthcoming years it will increasingly be about shaping this discussion, creating spaces for it, enabling especially personal contacts amidst a communication guided by bots, thereby shaping change. Of course, this edition of the Trade Fair Design Yearbook is not oblivious to this either: since October 2018, the publication has been issued in a new, even higher quality design, extending increasingly into digital as well as real space.Search inside on ISSUU.com
The best events, the latest trendsThe current edition of the Event Design Yearbook presents the best and most interesting events of the last year informatively, with a wealth of pictures.What is new, however, is the author: with the Yearbook 2018 / 2019, Katharina Stein – specialist journalist, scene insider and founder of eveosblog for event marketing – is looking for small and large, private and public, cultural and corporate, exceptional and fascinating events, which all distinguish themselves through the idea behind it and its realisation.Search inside on ISSUU.com
Theorie, Geschichte, Lehre
Wie kaum eine andere kreative Praxis ist Design mit Alltag, Politik und Wirtschaft einer Gesellschaft verbunden. Technologischer Wandel, soziale Umwälzungen und globale Krisen fordern die gestalterische Profession zu Neubestimmungen heraus.
„Designkritik“ reflektiert das Spannungsfeld einer erweiterten Designpraxis innerhalb einer komplexen Medienlandschaft. Vor dem Hintergrund ökonomischer und politischer Umbrüche werden neue Ansätze zur Designkritik diskutiert, andererseits historische Bezüge im Kontext von Design, Medien und Gesellschaft untersucht. Es stellt sich die Frage, in welchem Maße Designjournalismus und Designkritik diesen veränderten, erweiterten, manchmal auch widersprüchlichen Designbegriff reflektieren und vermitteln können. Die Beiträge des Bandes beleuchten das unübersichtliche Terrain aus verschiedenen Perspektiven.
Zu den Herausgebern: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gronert ist Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte (GfDg) und Honorarprofessor an Universitäten in China. Von 1993 bis 2011 lehrte er Geschichte und Theorie des Design an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Dr. Thilo Schwer ist Produktgestalter und Designwissenschaftler. Seit 2011 lehrt er Designtheorie, Designmethodologie und Theorien der Produktsprache.
Im Zeitalter von Medienkonvergenz, interaktiver Kulturtechnik und digitalem Entwerfen ist die Gestaltung von Produkten, Formen und Funktionen nicht mehr ohne erzählerische Impulse, Konzepte und Strukturen denkbar. Dieser Band gibt eine überblicksartige Einführung in sowohl erzähltheoretische wie erzählpraktische Grundlagen. Er skizziert unterschiedliche Felder von Design und Gestaltung im Hinblick auf das damit zu realisierende Storytelling. Im Ergebnis sollen Designer nicht allein als Gestalter, sondern vor allem auch als Erzähler dargestellt und ausgebildet werden.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Ruf ist Professor für Medien- und Gestaltungswissenschaft an der Fakultät Digitale Medien der Hochschule Furtwangen. Seine Lehr- und Forschungsgebiete umfassen Ästhetik, Anwendung und gestalterische Praxis erzählerischer Erscheinungen, insbesondere in (neuen) medialen Umgebungen.