Winter Graduation 2019

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 🙂

Prof. Severin Wucher begins by welcoming the graduates and congratulating them.
Claudia receives the Best Student award. We are so proud of you, Clau 😀
All the graduates from Fachbereich Design
Of course we need to take a picture in front of Bauhaus 🙂
WE MAID IT! – Congratulations to all the graduates! Wish you all the best in your next step 🙂

Politics of Design

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.

Prof. Florian Conradi & Prof. Michelle Christensen open the presentation with the whole concept of this studio class project.
Alejandro, Ponjira & Camila with their Legal Hacking DIY Cart project for Politics of Space.
Ponjira explaining about her group’s social experiment for the project.
Maria, Esteban & Banafshe showing their research for their project “Politics of Food”.
Shu-han, Jaydeep & Karen presenting their project “Politics of Code”
Meng presenting his group research on their project “Politics of Data”
“Politics of Data” showcasing how the tremendous data collected by digital products that we use daily.
Mehdi, Yurith, Aleksandra & Luana presenting their group project “Politics of Shape”
Juneid, Laksha & Lisa presenting their research for their group project “Politics of Sound”
Uneeb, Jonathan & Angie presenting their research for their group project “Politics of Material”
“Politics of Material” one of the toolkits created for refugee camps.
Happy faces before presentation 🙂 MAID professors & students.

Hello Vitra Design Museum!

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.

The official map of the Vitra Campus.
Sandra explaining the tickets to her beloved students 🙂
We had a nice lunch at their private Mensa.
Vitra miniature chair collection, from different eras.
Laksha & Karen checking the furniture collection in Vitra Schaudepot
Aim & Camila checking the extensive material collection.
Happy MAID student faces in front of the Vitrahaus 😀

Dutch Design Week 2018

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.

Dutch Design Week 2018 theme is “If not us, then who?”
Excited MAID students 😀
Esteban trying the VR Art Experience
Banafshe, Esteban & Camila walking through the main street of Eindhoven
“Thank you for the Sun” a mini-sun installation by VANTOT, Sander Wassink and Job van den Berg
Suphatada on the cool bike that we can use to stroll around the city
Huge exhibition hall at Campina Melkfabrik showcasing works from Eindhoven Design Academy
Of course we didn’t forget to try Bitterballen!
Exciting new tech & design merge here in Kloukgebouw
Meng trying one of the robot-arm installation
The future of Eindhoven in augmented reality
Jonathan, Meng & Mehdi in project site of Future of Eindhoven

Expertise Compact Week | Summer 2018

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.

32169422_1719408021487165_4361308206962573312_oProf. 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.


One of the Bauhaus inspired character designed by Cansu Kipirdi


Banafsheh Namiranian explaining about her Bauhaus-inspired character design.

32169326_1719408351487132_4769995588085219328_oMaria 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.

Jonathan Edward explaining his infographic about Aquaculture

Parth describing his infographic about relationship between coastal demographics & GDP

32130628_1719408241487143_2583965209899040768_oMagdalena 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.

Omar Ghandour presenting his book design

Photographs by DokuTeam.

Welcome Summer Semester 2018 !

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.


Photo by DokuTeam


Summer Semester 2017 Welcome


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.

A complete list of all courses offered in Summer Semester 2017 can be viewed here.

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.