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Virtually together – student exhibition presents more than 500 design projects

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.

Selected theses of bachelor’s and master’s students at University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd

This audio editor was specifically designed for the creation of functional sounds. What Farger wants to achieve is that sound should find a permanent place in the design process.
Interaction Design | "AX Studio" developed by Arthur Farger

This audio editor was specifically designed for the creation of functional sounds. What Farger wants to achieve is that sound should find a permanent place in the design process.

This digital application is designed to allow researchers to work in a collaborative digital space. It thus supports the analysis of collected information within the research.
Internet of Things | "Simplified processing of user data within generative research" developed by Antonia Wagner, Simon Moog, Ethan Günther

This digital application is designed to allow researchers to work in a collaborative digital space. It thus supports the analysis of collected information within the research.

This online simulation tool, designed as a web application, is intended to better understand the development of the Corona pandemic and to weigh different options in crisis management on the basis of scenario-based simulations.
Internet of Things | "Epidemiological Simulation Tool for the infection control in Germany" developed by Julien Stoll and Valerie Grappendorf

This online simulation tool, designed as a web application, is intended to better understand the development of the Corona pandemic and to weigh different options in crisis management on the basis of scenario-based simulations.

This exhibition concept is about making the topic of sustainable everyday customs understandable. With the help of fictitious contemporary witnesses, visitors are given the opportunity to reflect on their own use of resources.
Communication Design | "Museum Gschwend" developed by Anica Jacobsen and Daniela Casorati

This exhibition concept is about making the topic of sustainable everyday customs understandable. With the help of fictitious contemporary witnesses, visitors are given the opportunity to reflect on their own use of resources.

This pop-up exhibition invites visitors to approach gender-sensitive language, contribute their own opinions and test formulations that take everyone into account.
Communication and Design | "Mitgemeint – Jeder meint nicht alle" developed by Susanne Büchele and Johanna Manz

This pop-up exhibition invites visitors to approach gender-sensitive language, contribute their own opinions and test formulations that take everyone into account.

This mobile app helps to plan your own food budget and motivates you to value food and reduce food waste. It can be customized, no matter if you want to plan with a cooking list, leftovers or if you prefer to look looking for inspiration.
Communication and Design | "odds&ends" developed by Yasmin Abdullahi, Jana Enderle and Hannah Launer

This mobile app helps to plan your own food budget and motivates you to value food and reduce food waste. It can be customized, no matter if you want to plan with a cooking list, leftovers or if you prefer to look looking for inspiration.

This furniture concept was developed together with the company aktivhaus and deals with the topic of furniture for micro apartments in urban areas. Here, movable elements create various possibilities in a way that residents can adapt and use the furniture according to their needs.
Product Design | "FREIRAUM" developed by Lucia De Palma and Alexandra Lieb

This furniture concept was developed together with the company aktivhaus and deals with the topic of furniture for micro apartments in urban areas. Here, movable elements create various possibilities in a way that residents can adapt and use the furniture according to their needs.

This thesis deals with sound phenomena since acoustic sense should be also considered in the design process. An audio-visual experience at the object is included.
Product Design | "Inbetween Noise and Brand" developed by Regina Gensinger

This thesis deals with sound phenomena since acoustic sense should be also considered in the design process. An audio-visual experience at the object is included.

This smart handheld device is a system for more safety in road transport. The computer supports cyclists as a coach and co-pilot. For example, it uses a dual system to inform cyclists about potential hazards while they are riding.
Product Design | "talis" developed by Sophie Throm

This smart handheld device is a system for more safety in road transport. The computer supports cyclists as a coach and co-pilot. For example, it uses a dual system to inform cyclists about potential hazards while they are riding.

How can political communication be made more transparent? This internet platform informs users about important political decisions, makes complicated documents understandable and helps to better represent political concerns.
Strategic Design | "Politik Alert" developed by Winona Biber and Julia Thum

How can political communication be made more transparent? This internet platform informs users about important political decisions, makes complicated documents understandable and helps to better represent political concerns.

This work explores and analyzes the opportunities and risks of the so-called synthetic biology - a field of research in which new, sustainable materials promise enormous technological progress. In addition, various scenarios are highlighted using discursive design methods.
Strategic Design | "Bio Revolution" developed by Afife Eser and Andreas Hutter

This work explores and analyzes the opportunities and risks of the so-called synthetic biology - a field of research in which new, sustainable materials promise enormous technological progress. In addition, various scenarios are highlighted using discursive design methods.

This work provides insights into the design of digital spaces. It was developed in collaboration with the School of Critical Design. Around questions like "What if we could see social dynamics in digital spaces?", three artifacts invite us to question, reflect and discuss.
Strategic Design | "Designing digital spaces for democratic dialogue" developed by Lisa Kern, Andrea Kufferath-Sieberin und Tebeya Leicht

This work provides insights into the design of digital spaces. It was developed in collaboration with the School of Critical Design. Around questions like "What if we could see social dynamics in digital spaces?", three artifacts invite us to question, reflect and discuss.

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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.


Related links:
Home diagnostic device “dot” honored with the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020
More iF award-winning student design excellence by University of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd


(published in February 2021)