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A digital semester exhibition of the University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd shows creative solutions for lack of housing, Covid-19 crisis management, sustainable everyday customs and Co.
The University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd is home to numerous young designers who shine in international design competitions, as happened recently in the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020. Currently, you can discover numerous impressive projects and final theses by students at their second digital semester exhibition, from 12 to 14 February. In times of pandemic, the university offers students the opportunity to present their work to the public and exchange ideas virtually, under the motto: "Virtually Together".
With more than 500 projects, the online exhibition shows a wide range of student projects and final theses on diverse topics such as health, culture, mobility or social commitment. How can political communication be made more transparent? How can we counteract the lack of housing? How do you design sounds? All projects impressively illustrate how students find creative solutions to problems. Once you enter the virtual rooms, you can also participate in online lectures about the university’s design program and have a 360-degree tour of the university building.
Some graduates will even present their final projects in short presentations, which can then be discussed together. In total, more than 100 students will graduate this semester. More than ever, these talented young designers will be particularly exercised digital natives. Gabriele Niki Reichert, Professor of Strategic Design and Product Development, explains: "The normal course of study with face-to-face teaching, experiences in laboratories and workshops has been closed for more than a year. The socio-psychological strains and time demands are now at their peak. This leads us to trying new ways, even more forcefully, and to push the limits of virtual forms of collaboration."
Keeping this in mind, the virtual exhibitions is also an example of how efficient design solutions can be found remote work and digital teamwork. "For the job market, these experiences are by no means to be underestimated," Professor Gabriele Niki Reichert says.
(published in February 2021)