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.

Dessau Design Schau 2017: Impressions and photos


Dessau Design Schau is the annual open day and public exhibitions of the Dessau Department of Design, of which the MAID program is a part of. Hundreds of guests from the city of Dessau-Roßlau and beyond came into Seminarplatz near the Bauhaus to take a look into the latest student-made projects and works from the bachelor to the international master programs, ranging from graphic design to interactive design projects.

The exhibitions were made at Buildings 01, 03, 04, and the department’s rooms and labs at the Bauhaus buildings. An open tour to all workshops of the department was also available for the attendees to join, and prospective applicants came as well to have their works reviewed by our professors, in preparation for their formal application within the semester break.

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Dessau Design Schau 2017

dds2015sv2Dessau Design Schau 2017
28 January 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On Saturday, 28.01.2017, the Dessau Department of Design of the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences will be hosting its annual “Dessau Design Schau” open day exhibition, featuring the semester and thesis projects of the BA, MA, and MA Integrated Design students, ranging from graphic design work such as posters, illustrations, photographs, and as well as products and interactive design media. This yearly event showcases the Dessau model of design education, which covers all design disciplines from visual communication, product design, and time-based media.

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Winter Semester 2016-17 Final Studio Presentation

Three months, countless days and nights, and a day to present: nine teams presented their semester projects on the 26th of January at the foyer of Building 04 for the Studio class “air wind breath” by Profs. Uwe Gellert and Carmen Luippold. Their projects looked into the different aspects of the topic and its aesthetic, social, environmental, philosophical, political and/or economic dimensions, and explored the possibilities of solving current and future issues regarding our use of the air that we breathe and the space that we share.

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Expertise Compact Week, Winter 2016

20161111-172505On the first week of November (7-11 November 2016), the MAIDs and their German master counterparts participated in one of five Compact Week courses that brought them into the world of language labyrinths, visual storytelling, bookbinding, workshop design, and what it takes for a product to be “Made in Germany.”

Throughout the week students worked on their specific and general topics with the help of their lecturers, with the goal of experimenting the possibilities of design research, whether it’s about bridging cultures, playing with languages, or traveling throughout the country in search of German design.

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