This publication is the outcome of the third workshop conducted together with students from the graphic, interior and industrial design department of the university ‘George Enescu’, in Iași, Romania. Located in the Moldavia region, Iași has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life. Nearly one third of Iași’s inhabitants are students, making the city a breeding ground for a new academic generation.
The Łódź Design Festival 2015 invited us to conduct the workshop for four days in the city Łódź.
It is the third-largest city in Poland, located in the central part of the country. In the 19th century it experienced a golden age with the beginning of the industrial revolution. It was famous for its production of textile with many factories throughout the whole city. After the break down of the Warsaw Pact in the late eighties the industrial city lost its power and significance. Nowadays the city is redefining itself successfully inside its postindustrial heritage. David Lynch is a honorary citizen of Łódź and used the inspiring postindustrial landscape in his film ‘Inland Empire’.
During the Design Week Mexico 2015, young creative professionals and students of Mexico’s biggest design school, CENTRO, explored different facets of this latin metropol. The participants documented and examined public squares, the local subway vendors, slogans and sounds of the informal street sellers, analyzing the city’s waste collection system and finding tools to stimulate exchange between inhabitants. The Design Week Mexico hosts in total 105 events with around 1000 different participants and organizations, visited by around 26.000 people.
During the the 6th edition of the ‘calligraphy & typography festival’ organized by the graphic design department of the Anadolu University in Eskişehir, Turkey, we were invited to explore the city together with 16 students. The Festival is an international event with a divers range of designers organizing typography and design workshops. Eskişehir is located in northwestern part of Turkey. The population of the city is around 650.000 and more than 50 thousand students are based in the city.
In cooperation with the Dakar based Designer Sandy Haessner we guided seventeen photography and design professionals in their visual research about Dakar for eight days. The city is the economical and political focal point of the country. It functions as a trading hub to the rest of the world. The city attracts a lot of fortune seekers from the rural areas. Extreme poor and rich people living close to each other in a dense urban and fast growing city. The project was kindly financially supported by the Goethe Institute and took place in their headquarters in the city center.
In the context of the upcoming European elections first year graphic design students from the HKU in Utrecht explored different kinds of topics concerning Europe. During this three-day seminar participants visualized their personal ideas and opinions about Europe. The European lifestyle, people, cultures, colors, languages, (in)visible borders, relationships and the history and future of a continent melting together are visualized in 461.5. The abstract title ’461.5’ representing the inhabitants of Europe.
Students from the graphic design department of the university ‘George Enescu’, in Iași, Romania, explored their city from different perspectives. This project was successfully organized three times together with Centrul Cultural German Iasi. Nearly one third of Iași’s inhabitants are students, making the city a breeding ground for a new academic generation. Iași is one of the largest cities and a municipality in Romania. Located in the Moldavia region, Iași has traditionally been one of the leading centers of Romanian social, cultural, academic and artistic life.
During an entire week students from the graphic design department of the Pedagocial University ‘I. CREANGǍ’ focused on Chișină. Students treated topics such as: Local goods, city street lightning, illegal housing extensions, garbage, public transport and examined the problematic fact that a lot of parents leave their children behind with their grandparents to work abroad. Chișină is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Moldova with an estimated population of 674,500.