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12 OCTOBER 2014

The Ulm School: designing the system rather than the object

"The Ulm School of Design was founded in 1953 by Inge Aicher–Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill, with the main task of incorporate design into industry and to shape our material culture. In the post–war years, the process was marked by a crisis of values and resources, and this fact drove the Ulm School to re–think the meaning of creating forms in the contemporary world and to democratize the access to design. The exhibition explores the concept of 'system', related with a set of rationally components capable of generating an object, and also the systematic approach of the school, which included for the first time, the integration of science and art.

The importance of the Ulm School in the history of design comes from the strict methodology they imposed on project development. Focusing on an inter–disciplinary work and objective design analysis, it rejected design as an artistic activity and spread through industry to all walks of life. The school was recognized worldwide for its approach of focusing on the design of the system rather than the object."

(Ethel Baraona Pohl, 13 February 2012, Domus Magazine)

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1953 • 1972 Munich Olympics • access to design • Bilbao metro • Braun KM2 Multiwerk • communication analysis • communication problems • communication systems • construction systems • contemporary world • Design Hub Barcelona • design methodologydesign of the system rather than the objectDieter Rams • domestic products • Domus (magazine) • elementary objects • flexible products • furniture systems • Hans Gugelot • Hans Roericht • Herbert Lindinger • Inge Aicher-Scholl • integration of science and art • interchangeable elements • interdisciplinary working • Konrad Wachsmann • Lufthansa • material cultureMax Billmechanisation • methodological analysis • new approach • Nick Roericht • Norman Foster • objective design analysis • Otl Aicherpost-war eraprefabricationproject developmentsemiotics • simple systems • systematic approach • systems in electronics • tablewareUlm School of DesignWilhelm Wagenfeld

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Simon Perkins
12 OCTOBER 2014

Less, But Better: Dieter Rams's Influence on Today's UI Design

"Design should not dominate things, not dominate people, it should help people".

(Dieter Rams, Gestalten)

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20th century design • Adrien Olczak • Anton Repponen • Awwwards • Braun • Braun Style • Celegorm • Christopher Paul • David Stefanides • Denis Shepovalov • design classics • design inspired by • Dieter Rams • Eder Rengifo • electronic appliances • Eugene Balashov • Filip Slovacek • functionalism • functionalist vision • Gestalten • gute form • Hans GugelotHfGindustrial designindustrial designerinfluential designerinterface metaphor • Joao Pires • Jordi Verdu • Kirill Zhylinsky • Klaus Klemp • less but better • Luca Banchelli • Osme Pietro • Otl Aicher • Peter Behrens • Piotr Kwiatkowski • principles of good design • rationalist vision of design • Simon Alexander • SK2 radio • SK5 • skeuomorphism • TG60 • tone et type • UI designUlm School of Designuser interface designuser interface metaphorvisual metaphor • Vladimir Kovalev • Wilhelm Wagenfeld

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Simon Perkins
30 JUNE 2013

Display: a collection of rare mid 20th century graphic design books

"Display is a curated collection of important modern, mid 20th century graphic design books, periodicals, advertisements and ephemera. Documenting, preserving and providing public access to these original materials will raise the profile of Graphic Design as a source of educational, historical and scholarly analysis for teachers, students, designers and independent researchers. From the rational to the experimental to the playful–our collection is varied and represents a distinct point of view about mid–century graphic design, typography and beyond."

(Patricia Belen and Greg D'Onofrio)

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20th centuryadvertisement designadvertising designaestheticsAlan FletcherAlbe Steiner • Alberto Gennari • Aldo Calabresi • Alvin Lustig • Andreas His • Anthony Froshaug • Anton Stankowski • Antonio Boggeri • Atanasio Soldati • Attilio Rossi • Battista Pallavera • Ben Benn • Betoniere Magutt • Bob Noordabook cover designbook designBruno Munari • Carl Bernard Graf • Carlo Dradi • Carlo Pirovano • Carlo Vivarelli • Cinturato Pirelli • communication designcurated collectiondesign aestheticsdesign collectiondesign ephemeradesign for filmdesign formalism • Display (site) • Drei Mal Pro • Eckhard Jung • editorial design • Einladung • Elaine Lustig Cohen • Emil Ruder • Ennio Lucini • Enrico Bona • Enrico Kaneclin • Enzo Mari • Erik Nitsche • Eugenio Carmi • exhibition designformalist design aesthetics • Franco Grignani • Franco Maria Ricci • Fridolin Müller • Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart • Giancarlo Iliprandi • Giorgio Host-Ivessich • Giovanni Broggi • Giovanni Fraschini • Giovanni Frecchiami • Giovanni Pintori • Grafa International • graphic design • graphic design books • graphic design collectiongraphic design history • graphic design periodicals • Grete e Horacio Coppola • Gruetta Girevole • Guido Bergossi • Gyorgy Kepes • Hans Conrad • Hans Neuburg • Hardoy Chair • Heinz Waibl • Herbert Bayer • Herbert Kapitzki • Herbert Matter • Herman Miller Collection • Hermann Eidenbenz • HfG • Hiromu Hara • Hochschule fur Gestaltung • Horacio Coppola • Igildo Biesele • Ikko Tanaka • Ilio Negri • information design • Italo Zannier • Jan Tschichold • Jeder Dieser Drei • Josef Muller-Brockmann • Karl Gerstner • Ladislav Sutnar • layout design • Lester Beall • Lora Lamm • Luigi Minardi • Luigi Oriani • Luigi Veronesi • magazine artmagazine illustrationmagazine layout • Manfred Winter • Mario Perondi • Massimo Vignellimaterial cultureMax Bill • Max Huber • Michele Provinciali • mid 20th-century • Miglia di Monza • modern design • modern graphic design • modern graphic design collection • Morton Goldsholl • Nelly Rudin • Noel Martin • Otl Aicher • Pasquale Casonato • Paul Rand • Paul Renner • Paul Schuitema • Piero Gandolfi • Piet Zwart • Pino Tovaglia • Randolfo Asti • rare books • Raymond GFeller • Remo Muratore • Richard Paul Lohse • Robert Buchler • Roberto Sambonet • Roland Aeschlimann • Ryuichi Yamashiro • Schweizer Grafiker • Sepp Deimel • Siegfried Odermatt • Swiss Style • Tomas Gonda • Tonino Boschiroli • twentieth-century design • typographic art • typographyvisual communication • Walter Cyliax • Will Burtin • William Fleming • Wim CrouwelXanti Schawinsky • Yoshio Hayakawa • Yusaku Kamekura • Yves Zimmermann

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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