In a holistic design and teaching approach I combine head & hand as well as heart & mind. I don't want to limit the students to pure objectivity or methodical tricks, but in exploiting the full potential of their human and creative intuition. The interlocking of disciplines such as design, art, technology and science is very important to me, because this is where the innovative potential of creative work lies for us. I regard designers as catalysts of change. They reflect social, ecological, technological and economic developments and provide innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to complex problems.
Winter 2020 / 2021, 1st semester project
in cooperation with Sarah Böttger
In "Kurzschluss," students are confronted with new tasks and free project work every two weeks. The works created during this time testify to an intensive, diverse and exciting first semester. Due to pandemic conditions Sarah Böttger and me developed the format MAKE IT, in close collaboration with the workshop leaders, a combination of workshop introduction and design exercises. The workshop leaders supervised the students on site, the design processes were digitally accompanied by Sarah Böttger and me. The interplay of belly - hand - head - computer is a basic principle in PD studies at BUW and is tried out and lived in the Kurzschluss and especially in the workshop weeks.
IMAGE ABOVE Terna Expo Frames by Caroline Nüesch, Leon Peter Purtscher, Linus Enzmann, Matthias Schüller, Anna Viktorija Babić
As a project module, the Fibre Forms course dealt with design, technical, organisational and critical-analytical procedures in an action-oriented work and innovation context. It was about experimenting with the non-woven material and developing products in potentially new areas of application. Accompanying the product design, the material and process were critically scrutinised, challenges on topics such as circular design, as well as the connections between modularity and sustainability were discussed and methodically reviewed in expert interviews and workshop formats.
summer 2020, 2nd semester project
artistic assistant: Susann Paduch (Design M.A.)
The students in the second semester of product design have developed new perspectives for working at home and have created designs beyond the classic object and furniture categories for the home office context. The second semester is the introduction to project studies, with important basics on the design process, professional worlds, tools and methods being taught.
The biggest challenge in the digital semester was to compensate for the lack of interpersonal encounters, the lack of workshops and the associated experience with materials and technology. With intensive methodical exercises, family or self-initiated, temporary workshops, blender rendering, rhetoric and video workshop, a clear structure, differentiated group and communication formats, we succeeded in creating a dynamic semester.
Left: Laurenz Werb explaining mobile exhibited objects in Weimar city
Right:: Concept Klapp by Constantin Graw, Meta by Felix Kummisch & Lola Behrens, Bollerwagen by Laurenz Werb & Simon Morgenstern, Biggie & Tupaq by Marvin Überschär & Johannes Weigelt