Fire Starters Design School (of Empowerment)

The iF Design Foundation held four hearings on “The Future of Design Education”. One of them took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 23-25 February 2020 and was carried out in cooperation with the Greenside Design Center. 26 participants from eleven countries discussed issues such as the relationship between design and community. In this context,…

Design School for Positive Futures

The idea of a design school for positive futures, whose overarching goal is to initiate radical transformation towards sustainability, emerged during the hearing on the “Future of Design Education”, which took place from 13 to 15 March 2019 in Gmund am Tegernsee (Germany). Ursula Tischner (econcept – Agency for Sustainable Design, Cologne, Germany) was involved…

René Spitz

René Spitz Appointed to the Board of the iF Design Foundation

On 1 March 2021, René Spitz (Ph.D) joined Christoph Böninger, Fritz Frenkler and Susanne Schmidhuber on the board of the iF Design Foundation. Among other things, he is the author of the Foundation’s “Whitebook on the Future of Design Education,” which has just been published.   After completing a degree in communication studies, German language…

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Behind the Scenes: Taipei or the Story behind the Photo

The fact that Albert Einstein was right and also had something to say in relation to design, can be seen, for example, in the basement of Shih Chien University in Taipei. The following quote is attributed to Einstein: „Without order nothing can exist – without chaos nothing can evolve.“ The students of the private design…

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International Design Education in Figures

3,035 – that’s how many state and privately managed design universities have been identified as part of the study for the White Book: 989 on the American and 1,232 on the Asian continent; 691 in Europe, 71 in Africa, and 52 in Australia. These figures are not reliably substantiated or documented. For the White Book…