Shapeshifters 2011

Lectures in 2011 | Signs & Sense – Shapeshifters investigates how designers use signs and sign systems to achieve sensitivity which goes beyond orientation, information or explanation. When do signs become links to experiences and thoughts? How can immaterial information become tangible or readable? When do signs start making sense?

2 March: Karsten Schmidt and Petr van Blokland

6 April: Andréas Uebele and Peter Crnokrak

29 April: Lizá Ramalho + Artur Rebelo

Karsten Schmidt (UK) | 2 March 2011

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Karsten Schmidt is a London based computational designer merging code, design, art & craft skills. Originally from East Germany and starting in the deep end of the early 8-bit demo scene, for the past 2 decades he’s been adopting a transdisciplinary way of working and been laterally involved in a wide range of digital disciplines. With his studio PostSpectacular, he is actively exploring current possibilities at the intersection of design, art, software development and education and applying these in a variety of fields. A strong conceptual thinker and always striving for maximum creative freedom, Karsten’s design approach is based on treating ideas as software at the heart, which in turn informs all other facets of each project.When not creating, he travels the world consulting and teaching workshops about the generative design approach, open source and employing code as creative tool. He’s been an early contributor to the Processing.org project and to various books about programming and graphic design, and his work has been featured in the press and exhibited internationally, including the MoMA, New York and Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

www.postspectacular.com

Petr van Blokland (NL) | 2 March 2011

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Petr van Blokland studied at the Graphic and Typographic Design Department of the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague, Netherlands. In 1979 he graduated cum laude and worked as an intern at Total Design in Amsterdam and Studio Dumbar in The Hague. From 1980 until today he was designer and partner in Buro Petr van Blokland + Claudia Mens in Delft. To specialize himself he studied for several years at the TU-Delft department Industrial Design. From 1984 until 1989 he taught at the Academy for Visual Arts in Arnhem. Since 1988 he is a teacher at the Graphic and Typographic Design Department and later also at the post-graduate course Type & Media of the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. With Claudia Mens he was co-founder of the Health Agency (publisher of on-line medical information) which he/they left in 2006. His type designs are released by The Font Bureau. His work brought him ATypI’s coveted Charles Peignot Prize in 1988. He specializes in systematic design – typically corporate identity programs, complex typographic assignments, web applications and the development of algorithms and models to (partially) automate design processes.

www.petr.com

Andréas Uebele (D) | 6 April 2011

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Andréas Uebele studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Stuttgart, and graphic design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. Since 1996 he has managed his own visual communications agency in Stuttgart, Büro Uebele Visuelle Kommunikation, and since 1998 has been a professor for communications design at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Andreas Uebele has been a member of the Type Directors Club of New York, the Art Directors Club of New York and the Art Directors Club Deutschland since 2002, a member of the German Design Council since 2005 and a member of AGI, Alliance Graphique Internationale, since 2007.

The agency is active in all areas of visual communications, with the focus on visual identity, signage and wayfinding systems, corporate communications and exhibitions.

www.uebele.com

Peter Crnokrak (UK) | 6 April 2011

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The Luxury of Protest is a communications consultancy and experimental design plat-form. The studio was formed in 2008 by Peter Crnokrak as a practice to develop both commercial and critical design projects that transcend traditional reference points of purpose and design authorship within the profession. Their work is the result of a continual crossover between art, design and new technologies. Work is content and concept driven, with an obsessive focus on detail.

The Luxury of Protest has been featured in over 70 books and magazines, has had work exhibited in London, Tokyo and New York, and has won a number of international design competitions including AIGA 365 and the European Design Awards. In 2010, Peter was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of award winning expertise in design and data visualization.

www.theluxuryofprotest.com

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Lizá Ramalho + Artur Rebelo (PT) | 29 April 2011

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Lizá Defossez Ramalho and Artur Rebelo founded the design studio R2 in 1995. Based in Porto, Portugal, R2 works on projects for a wide range of cultural organizations, contemporary artists and architects in areas such as visual identity, poster, book, sign system, graphic installation and exhibition design. They both have B.A. Hons. degrees from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and Master’s degrees in Design Research from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. Lizá and Artur have lectured in Graphic Design since 1999 and coordinated various workshops and participated as speakers and jury members in numerous national and international events. Currently, they are invited professors at Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra. They have been invited to a wide array of international exhibitions. Their projects have won several international awards and have been published in various specialized books and design magazines. Lizá and Artur are both members of Alliance Graphique Internationale.

www.r2design.pt