Winter term 2018_19


304/313 Conceptual Design I/III 

Making Crisis Visible

Designers are do-gooders. With sheer unbendable optimism they want to solve the problems of the present, to shape a better future and to change the world. Unfortunately, our world does not seem to play along. The fundamental dysfunctions of global systems elude any solution by design. Our shared world of fragile societies is at the moment of crisis, in constant threat of ecological, climatic, economic and political disasters. With those wicked problems and the continuing state of emergency classic solution-oriented design approaches no longer seem to work. And maybe there are no final solutions to the problems of our time and we are at a turning point. But how can we make crises visible? How can me make them understandable? And how can their creative potential be experienced through design? Can we design the crisis?

Together with the researchers of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Crises of a Globalized World", we will face this challenge. We need to switch our thinking to crisis mode and start to design out of the disaster. Based on the research we will develop speculative “design-knowledge-objects” which make the crises of our world both tangible and demonstrate their transformative potential. In the winter semester 18/19 first ideas are to be worked out, which can then be realized in the summer semester of 2019. For the spring of 2020 a joint exhibition of the visually processed scientific research and the speculative design objects in the Senckenberg Museum is planned.

The researchers of the Leibniz Research Network will present their results during a two-day intensive workshop on 25-26 October. Participation in this workshop is a prerequisite for the seminar.

15 October 2018 Introductory session 

Course days every Monday and Friday, 10am to 2pm

October 19, 2018 course start

25 and 26 October 2018 

Kick-Off Workshop together with the researchers of the Leibniz Research Association

Mondays 10 to 14 o'clock 

Exhibition design with Marc Ulm


Fridays 10 to 14 o'clock 

Information and Interactive Design with Nikolas Brückmann and Yuriy Matveev 

November 19 to 23, 2018 

Workshop Socially Engaged Art Practice with Naomi Kasumi 

Course by Klaus Hesse, Felix Kosok  

When? Monday and Friday, 10am to 14pm, West wing, Room D 301 

Consultation hours: Prof. Klaus Hesse on appointment




304/313 Conceptual Design I/III  

Binding art edition

Concept and design of a three-part series of beer cans (0.5 l) for the Binding Brewery in Frankfurt. The theme of the limited Binding Art Edition is Frankfurt and the region in the broadest sense. In addition, only the corresponding mandatory information and the Adler logo must be taken into account. There are no other requirements. In addition, complex printing processes and print finishes as well as numerous special colours can also be implemented.

This course is part of a design competition:

1st prize 3.000 Euro

2nd prize 1.500 Euro

3rd prize 500 Euro

Time lapse:

Introductory event: Monday, 15 October, 10am, West wing, D 301

Start of the course in 16 October 2018

Talk with representatives of the Senckenberg Museum: 23 October, 2 p.m., West Wing D301

Final presentation mid-December 2018

Submission of the print files in mid-January 2019

Course by Prof. Klaus Hesse

Course dates: Tuesdays, 10am to 1pm, West wing, Room D 301  

Senckenberg Prize for Nature Research 

The Senckenberg Society for Natural Research (SGN), a civil society founded in 1817 and the largest research institution of the Leibniz Association, aims to understand our planet and thus nature as our basis of life with a holistic research approach and to communicate the research results to the public through its museums. Senckenberg conducts interdisciplinary earth system research in which various sub-disciplines of the life sciences, geosciences and social sciences work together. Only with such a comprehensive understanding of the Earth's system can we ensure that the blue planet can be used and preserved sustainably for humanity. The Senckenberg Prize with its two categories "Nature Research" and "Nature Commitment" picks up this focus and focuses on holistic nature research as well as its mediation: 

The Senckenberg Prize for Natural Research is awarded to scientists who have achieved excellent research achievements in integrative earth system research. 

The Senckenberg Prize for Nature Commitment is awarded to people who have rendered outstanding services to nature conservation, nature education and the sustainable use of natural resources through their outstanding commitment and successful communication. 


Conception and design of a more or less handy sculpture for the award winners

Internal university design competition:

1st prize 3.500 Euro

2nd prize 1.000 Euro

3rd prize 500 Euro

Time lapse:

Introductory event: Monday, 15 October, 10am, West Wing, D 301

Start with course start 16 October 2018, 2pm, Ceramic workshop Geleitstrasse, 2pm

Talk with representatives of the Senckenberg Museum: 23 October, 2 p.m., West Wing D301

Interim presentation mid-December 2018

Final presentation beginning of February 2019


Course by Prof. Klaus Hesse, Merja Herzog-Hellstén 

Course date: Tuesdays, 2 to 5pm, Geleitstrasse