Neu: GENDER (&) Design

April 20, 2020

GENDER (&) DESIGN has been published (in German*) as the second title in the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis Edizioni).

In its entire range of media and product worlds, Design is decisively involved in the cultural production and distribution of related images and interpretations of gender. This anthology examines why this is the case and what happens when it is changed, from different perspectives and knowledge disciplines relevant to design. The contributions collected in this book enter into an interdisciplinary dialogue on the design of gender and provide theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the social, cultural and political functions of design.

The edited volume contains contributions by Uta Brandes, Wolfgang Ullrich, Sabine Foraita, Daniel Hornuff, Katharina Krämer, Birgit Weller,  Marion Godau, Tom Bieling, Antonia Wagner, Sarah Reininghaus, Julia Willms, Bianca Prietl, Tanja Paulitz, Nicola Marsden, Dorothea Erharter, Claude Draude, Till Beutling, Daniela Döring, Sabine Hahn and Fred Meier-Menzel.

* Design ist in seiner gesamten Bandbreite an Medien- und Produktwelten maßgeblich an der kulturellen Produktion und Distribution damit verbundener Bilder und Deutungsweisen von Geschlecht beteiligt. Warum das so ist und was passiert, wenn man es ändert, untersucht der Sammelband aus verschiedenen gestaltungsrelevanten Blickwinkeln und Wissensdisziplinen. Die hier versammelten Beiträge treten dabei in einen interdisziplinären Dialog über die Gestaltung von Geschlecht und liefern theoretische sowie methodische Ansätze zum Verständnis der sozialen, kulturellen und politischen Funktionen von Design.

Available since 26. March 2020
Tom Bieling (Ed.): GENDER (&) DESIGN –
Positionen Zur Vergeschlechtlichung in Gestaltungskulturen
Design Meanings #2
Mimesis International
274 Pages, German
ISBN 978-8869772429



July 23, 2013

In the winter semester 2012/13, a group of 130 9th semester graphic-, media- and product-design students from German University in Cairo (GUC) and GUC Campus Berlin have been participating in the Cairo- and Berlin-based Project “DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY”, lead by Tom Bieling (Design Research Lab, Berlin). The intercultural project, related to the course “Advanced Research Methods”, focuses on the designer’s role in terms of understanding, influencing and creating social sustainable processes in urban context. The guiding questions were: What role does the design of urban environment and public spaces play in terms of enabling or hindering social interaction? What role do “objects” play in this context? A special fo­cus was laid out on social Interaction between people with “conflict potential” (e.g. old-young, man-woman, rich-poor, different cultural or religious backgrounds, state — people, etc….). Final goal of the course was, to find (designerley) ways of solving the social Problems, the participants discovered, using the broad range of de­sign-relevant issues and skillz (e.g. Product-, Service-, Information-, Interaction-, Event-, …Design).

This video collects some of the manifold impressions from the project. The project has been accomponied by a blog, meant to document the process and the outcomes of this project. Click here, if you want to learn more about DESIGN IN(G) SOCIETY!

Credits: The video contains material from the following project teams, in its order of appearance: Project “The burial Chamber” (Hesham Ashour, Mohamed El Kholy, Shreef Kamesh) Project “New Cairo Residents vs Street Vendors” (Ahd Badawy, Heba Sherif, Mariam El-Tonsy, Nadine Azim, Yasmine Motaleb) Project “Kiosk Hangout” (Alyaa El Gharby, Aya El-Shawarby, Dina El Said, Nehal Reda, Salma Bayoumi, Sara Sallam) Project “Don’t judge me!” (Ayounour Hussein, Farah Galal, Salma El Far, Samar Khazbak, Shaymaa Ezzo, ) Project “Sexual Harassment” (Aya Elsify, Esraa Thabet, Hend Awad, Mennat-Allah Kheireldin, Norhan Abdelmosen, Noura Hussein)

Supervision: Tom Bieling, 2012/13