This winter semester ends with a high note, the winter graduation for the MAIDs who finally MAID it! Congratulations to all our fellow MAIDs, wish you all the best for your next big step! Don’t forget to visit us in Dessau 🙂
This winter semester of 2018/19 has been a very exciting semester. MAID welcomed guest professors from UdK Berlin, Prof. Florian Conradi & Prof. Michelle Christensen, for our MAID Studio project. The whole project explores how design interacts with politics, each group (interdisciplinary & interculturally mixed) are given a specific theme to investigate and develop further.
Our 2018 winter semester starts with an exciting trip to Lörrach-Basel & Stuttgart, where we visit the famous Vitra Design Museum. The museum’s collection, focusing on furniture and interior design, is centered on the famous designer such as Charles and Ray Eames, Alvar Aalto, Dieter Rams and Richard Hutten. It is one of the world’s largest collections of modern furniture design.
In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. As one of the biggest design event in Northern Europe, DDW presents work and ideas showcasing the design of the future and future of design. This year Prof. Katja Thoring takes several MAID students to observe and get inspired by this huge event.
An exciting week for the MAID students. From 3rd May to 9th May, the MAID students took part in one of the three different expertise workshops: Information Design, Advanced Modelmaking & Book Branding.
During the course of the week students worked on a short intensive project depending on the topic choosen.
Prof. Katja Thoring lead the Advanced Model-making course with the theme “Bauhaus Character”. Here the students learn through the entire design process of modelmaking, from first sketches to mockups in clay form, and finally to manually carve the character our from the polyurethane rigid foam. The character designs are based on Bauhaus inspired character or style the student picked and researched on.
Maria Thiele from Visual Kama Studio teaches the Information Design course. Her course goes with the theme “From Necessary to Desire”. Students gain insights into the basics and practical techniques of information design that are currently relevant in the context of professional design work. Maria picked “Ocean” as the global theme, where students can do select their own topic, research on the topic, and translate the complex data into a digestible visual graphic for the public.
Magdalena Jaite leads the Book Branding workshop. This workshop imparts basic knowledge about book conception and design in terms of structure, layout and typography as well as target-oriented brand positioning of a book and its presentation. “Print is dead” people often say, even though it is not true at all. A movement has come up that strongly shifts towards the analog media. As people begin to value physicially owning things in our fleeting digital society, look and – more importantly – feel, they need more attention. This is why knowing how to create unique high quality books is crucial for designers nowadays.
Spring arrived late, but the Summer Semester 2018 students are ready to bring their bright & warm summer vibes from all over the world.
For this Summer Semester in 2018, 9 students come from several countries from all over the globe, Colombia, Ecuador, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, India, Russia & China. They are welcomed to be a part the MAID family on the first day of the semester (5 April 2018) at Seminar Room 208. The professors, the students from the previous semesters & the MAID faculty and staff are there to welcome them, and start the semester kick off with the quick detail about this semester course outline.
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The MAID family welcomed its new members on 5 April 2017 at Building 4, Room 208. Second and third semester MAIDs, lecturers for this semester’s courses, and the MAID office staff were present for the occasion. The orientation commenced at 10:00 AM, with Prof. Uwe Gellert leading the event.
He had to start, however, on a sombre note. Just after the previous semester thesis presentations and graduation, one of the MAIDs of that graduating batch, Liana Lessa, suddenly passed away weeks after returning home to Brazil. For many in the MAID family and throughout the Design Department, this was a sudden and unexpected loss. As a memorial tribute to her, Prof. Gellert and Liana’s thesis adviser, Prof. Hermann Klöckner, gave short but meaningful eulogies. Prof. Gellert gave a description of her life as a MAID in Dessau and presented some of her projects, including her project with Ghazal Tabandeh entitled “Inner Shadow” and several of her Bauhaus Fest works. Prof. Klöckner reminded those present to keep Liana’s academic spirit alive, especially her master thesis project, her collaborations with Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Dessau Department of Design for the Bauhaus Fest, and her eagerness to always keep moving forward.
After the eulogies, Prof. Gellert shifted tone and warmly welcomed the new and returning students and introduced them to each of their lecturers for this semester.
There are several changes for this summer semester. First was a change of schedule, as the expertise courses, previously given as a biweekly course throughout the duration of the lecture months, will now be held only during the duration of the two Compact Weeks. That meant that the students will only have three lecture days, giving them more time to concentrate on their long-term and semester projects.
The two Compact Weeks will be held on 18-21 April and on 29 May – 3 June. Courses offered on the first week include product modelling, architectural photography, and editorial design, while the later week will offer courses in product design for physically-challenged people, a kitchen laboratory, social impact design, and filmmaking.
Another change was the number of elective courses offered: there will be now four courses, with Klaus Pollmeier’s Expertise: Photography class turned into an elective. His class, entitled “What’s next?,” discusses about the future of photography in the post-smartphone era.
Finally, this semester will see a tandem Studio course, jointly held by Profs. Klöckner and Alejandro Lecuna. Called “On the other side,” each lecturer will discuss a particular aspect of division in the context of today’s global sociopolitical climate: Prof. Klöckner’s class will go into “Escaping the Echo Chamber” while Prof. Lecuna’s part (aptly named “The Wall”) will be about physical barriers and divisions.
After the academic introduction, Sandra Giegler and Nadine Tamler of the MAID office gave the new students an intro in the administrative side of being a MAID student. Afterwards, Laura Castiblanco and several of the second-semester MAIDs gave a walking tour of the whole Dessau campus – from the MAID building (Bill-Haus) to the Lyceum (Building 01), the workshops at Building 03, and of course the Bauhaus.
Finally, everyone got together in Room 206, the Studio or “Living Room” as it is known, for lunch and acquaintance. There, they introduced themselves and taught each other some useful or catchy words and phrases from their home country. On the menu were delicacies made by the second semester students.
Photos by Sam Sanchez.