I am enthusiastic supporter of young designers. Since 2013 I have been working conceptually and organisationally in funding and networking initiatives together with curators and designers.
My particular interest is the diversity and at the same time specificity of design. I am reaching to conduct the design discourse in various formats and at the same time support the works of young designers.
For small or medium sized projects I take care about project management, concept development & funding, event & budget planning, coordination & implementation including online and offline strategies and communication.
The German Design Graduates Initiative was launched in 2019 by Prof. Ineke Hans (UdK Berlin), Prof. Hermann Weizenegger (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), Prof. Mark Braun (HbKsaar) and Katrin Krupka (Bauhaus Universität Weimar).
German Design Graduates
Ineke Hans Studio
Atelier Hermann August Weizenegger
Studio Mark Braun
GDG organises an annual call where graduates upload their theses onto the online platform. From all submitted works, a renowned jury selects works for an exhibition that shows the attitude of today's German design graduates to a broad and professional audience.
In matchmaking events GDG brings graduates together with representatives from culture and industry who select outstanding young designers for individual mentoring and coaching programs. Ambassadors from the fields of culture, practice, press and presentation give Awards & Supports to outstanding graduates.
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Katrin Krupka conceptualized and realised the exhibition Refugium at DMY Berlin 2013 in collaboration with Max Borka. Refugium offered an overview of new works by established and upcoming designers from Berlin. The exhibition focused on what makes Berlin and its design scene unique. In times of crisis, the city becomes an international role model in many fields.Berlin serves as a haven for creative migrants from all over the world, who turn this place into a giant future laboratory. The isolated location inspires the metropolis and its inhabitants to numerous strategies to live and to survive. The credo of the city is - make the best out of the least, work ad hoc and improvise.
Max Borka is Mapping the Design World
Julian Appelius, Uli Budde, Coordination Berlin, e27, Julinka Ebhardt, ett la benn, Formfjord, Geckeler & Michels, David Hanauer, hettler.tüllmann, Jörg Hundertpfund, Hybrid Space Lab, Ronen Kadushin, Katrin Krupka, Kai Linke, Alexa Lixfeld, llot llov, Christoffer Martens, Mashallah, Mirko Mielke, Karen Olze, Valerie Otte, osko+deichmann, Recycling Designpreis, Rejon, Tina Roeder, Christina Serowski, Steffen Schellenberger, Gabi Schillig, Thomas Schmitz, Verena Schreppel, Judith Seng, Elisa Strozyk, Studio Hausen, Studio Joa Herrenknecht, Studio Laura Straßer, Studio Mark Braun, Alex Valder, Viron Erol Vert, Maria Volokhova, Hermann August Weizenegger, Gisa Wilkens
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