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There are few professions that undergo such fast-paced change as that of designers. That’s why the iF Design Foundation is dedicated in this and in the coming year to the topic of the “Future of Design Education”. In ten hearings lasting several days, it wants to go around the globe with experts from industry, universities of various disciplines and NGOs to describe and discuss a possible picture of the tasks of the designers of the future and the requirements profile for their training and education.

If you want to learn more about the iF Design Foundation in detail, please click here: ABOUT THE iF DESIGN FOUNDATION

Video: iF Design Foundation Chairman Christoph Böninger on the Future of Design Education

During the iF design award night in Munich this March, iF Design Foundation chairman Christoph Böninger talked about the goals of the foundation regarding the future of design education. Listen, why the design education has to change!

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The iF Design Foundation supports the publishing of a master's thesis as a book

The iF Design Foundation supports the publishing of a master's thesis as a book

The iF Design Foundation is supporting Felix Torkars' master's thesis in book form. In it, he deals with the causalities and connections from the Bauhaus to the "Gute Form" [Good Design] of the post-war period with the role of iF (Die gute Industrieform e.V.), the Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Braun design and Apple. The book will be published by the av edition publishing house. In 2019 and 2020 the foundation will be focusing its attention on the "The Future of Design Education" project, which is why individual funding applications unfortunately cannot be considered during this period. Funding applications can be submitted after the completion of this project.

Conferences "The future of design education"


How should design education be structured in a way that design graduates can work effectively in the future? To what extent is the current training still applicable – or does it need to go in a completely new direction? If a new type of design college was founded tomorrow, which could fully draw on new sources of inspiration without being restricted by any consideration for old structures – what content and methods would be taught there? A catalog of 80 widely diverse questions based on an international study serves as an inspiration and guideline for the hearings – both developed by Prof. Dr. René Spitz, Professor of Design Science and Communication Management at the Rheinische Fachhochschule Köln (RFH), who is the moderator of the first event in Germany. At the end of 2020, the findings of all the international hearings and a final conference will be summarized and published in a White Paper.

Download the catalog of 80 questions

The first Conference in Gmund near Munich

The first Conference in Gmund near Munich

The first hearing took place from 13 to 15 March 2019 as part of the Munich Creative Business Week
(MCBW) at Lake Tegernsee.

Further Conferences in 2019 are planned in Helsinki, Toronto, Curitiba and Johannesburg.

Download the abstract of the conference

Impressions of the Conference in Gmund

  • 01/27

Experts from industry, universities of various disciplines and NGOs

Prof. René Spitz
Susanne Schmidhuber
Christoph Böninger
Prof. Kuno Prey
Birgitta Homburger
Dr. Dominik Böhler
Dr. Oliver Herwig
Dr. Sandra Hirsch
Eija Salmi
Eva Müller
Katharina Wahl
Kolja Pitz
Martina Starke
Nicole Birlenbach
Prof. Dieter Hofmann
Prof. Dr. Ekkehart Baumgartner
Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder
Prof. Dr. Timo Meynhardt
Prof. Dr. Willi Vossenkuhl
Prof. Matthias Edler-Golla
Prof. Oliver Szasz
Prof. Peter Friedrich Stephan
Prof. Susanne Lengyel
Prof. Tanja Diezmann
Prof. Ulrich Schendzielorz
Prof. Ursula Tischner
Prof. Markus Frenzl
Robert Sachon
Thomas und Martin Poschauko
  • 01/29

The second Conference in Los Angeles / USA

The second Conference in Los Angeles / USA

The iF Design Foundation’s second discussion round was undertaken in cooperation with the ArtCenter College of Design. Thirty participants from the US and Europe met in Pasadena, California.

Read more about the discussion results

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