Artothek Stadt Zug — Service Design
The City of Zug started its art collection in 1950. It now comprises 1,200 works by local artists. In collaboration with Zug Library, the city of Zug’s office for culture is planning to make the collection accessible to the public. An art library allows for the residents of Zug to borrow works of art from the public art collection.
In this Short Project, students co-authored a feasibility study with the Zug Library and the city of Zug’s office for culture. Applying service design methods, they developed strategies for the new art library.
The Short Project gave our students valuable insight into the services provided by the public sector and into applied Service Design.
Students: Minh-Trang Tran, Maha Daoudi, Aurelio Todisco
MaterioLab — Materials development
This Short Project is a collaboration with Dübendorf-based Empa, its Applied Wood Materials, Functional Cellulotic Materials group and Weidmann AG in Rapperswil. As an Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Materials Science and Technology that is part of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology domain, Empa conducts Swiss-based and international top-level applied research for the benefit of the industry sector and society at large.
The Short Project revolved around the material-driven, experimental exploration of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) at various levels, focusing on an iterative, design-oriented process, on possible applications and on the material's quality of perception.
The project gave our students insight into the interdisciplinary work of designers and scientists as well as the opportunity to experience the design process as a driver of innovation in the development and research of new materials concepts.
Students: Carmen Blättler, Carmina Lara Müller Ibañez
Fixfox — Service Design
Through Service Design, this Short Project allowed our students to develop the end consumer’s experience in an urban context that is also lucrative for the service provider. At the same time, they gained valuable insight into corporate development.
Student: Jonas Di Lorenzo
Avenue — Editorial Design
AVENUE magazine is currently the only popular scientific publication for human and social sciences in the German-speaking area. It discusses current topics from various research perspectives. Articles are first published online for peer review (www.avenue.jetzt) and then appear in the print version along with selected comments, allowing for an aesthetically pleasing, well-designed and sophisticated magazine. The first issue, titled “Wir Cyborgs” (We Cyborgs), came out in 2016. It was followed by “Hochstapler*in” (Con Artist), “Forschungsstand Pornografie” (Pornography: State of Research), “Paradiese” (Paradises), “Roh&Gekocht” (Raw and Cooked) and, in July 2018, “Junge Männer” (Young Men).
In this Short Project, the students involved work with the publishers of Avenue magazine towards creating a visually designed contribution for the next issue, which focuses on the topic of “Sammeln und Ordnen” (Collecting and Organising). What is more, the students developed a “guerilla” communications strategy to attract new readers in the framework of the “Design Schenken” (Giving Design) fair.
The project gave the students involved insight and a chance to both collaborate in the editorial design-related tasks of illustration and graphic design and in the development of a communication strategy.
Students: Natalia Maria Kandula, Julie Friess, Anna Sophia Tovar Panteleeva, Halldór Sànchez
Master's thesis project
Chhail Khalsa — Anuvad
Translating crafts through technology
'Anuvad' in Hindi means translation and is a project integrating E-textile technology into traditional crafts. A collaboration between craftspeople in rural villages, designers and tech experts brought up a range of products that combine textile and technology. To provide heat in places where conventional heating solutions are scarce, a series of heated rugs and cushions had been developed. In another case LED-enhanced scarves increase visibility and security in low light conditions. All of these products show the seamless integration of technology in textiles through weaving. Anuvad aims to create sustainable smart textiles by enabling traditional craftspeople to grow into the 'Digital era‘.
Supported by IKEA Foundation Switzerland
This project won the 2019 MASTER OF ARTS IN DESIGN advancement award.
2019 Master's thesis project
Meri Zirkelbach — WhiteWood
Technology transfer through collaboration of design and materials science.
The WhiteWood project works with on a timber-based materials concept. The combination of a chemical treatment and a densification process leads to both a tensile strength and rigidity that is three times higher than that of untreated timber. Another advantage of the material is its flexibility when wet, which allows for the production of complex shapes and design elements.
The contributors to the WhiteWood project analysed the collaboration between design and materials science and summarised their findings in their “Material Diversity” method.
The project won the zeugindesign advancement award.
2018 master's thesis project
Cornelia Gassler: Klinker – Spiel
Designgetriebene Experimente mit Material, Maschine und räumlicher Wirkung
(Clincer – play. Design-driven experiments involving material, machine and spatial perception)
“Klinker-Spiel” experiments with the effects of the extrusion moulding of ceramic facade elements. Cornelia Gassler modulated the various phases of production and application in a way that increased the complexity and variation possibilities within serial production. Specifically, she cultivated chance deviations, colour changes and anisotropic structures. Both the reduction and complexity of microstructures and the rhythm of facade patterns have been a recurring subject of discussion since the days of industrialisation. The project shows a possible approach to multi-layered microstructures and sketches novel process extensions for the industry sector.
2017 teaching project
Performance tracker app for skiing regions
This collaboration with the firm Medignition focuses on the prevalent trivialisation of drinking in alpine winter sports. We developed a strategy that allows for skiers to simultaneously track their performance and their alcohol level with the help of short games. The test is based on scientific findings around vision impairment caused by alcohol consumption.
2017 Master's thesis project
Illustrations for Rolling Stone Magazine's 2017 end-of-year review
Rolling Stone is one of the key pop-cultural magazines; it is agenda-setting in the fields of illustration and photography. Supervised by Paolo Friz, our students created the illustrations for the “Wir müssen reden, 2017!” (We need to talk, 2017!) end-of-year review.
2017 Master's thesis project
Alexander Schlosser: «Compass – A Route Discovery Tool»
Coastal road or remote alpine pass? Every road trip is unique. The mobile "Compass" app bundles diverse data sets including Instagram photos, Facebook videos and blog entries and uses it to generate a personal route packed with exciting discoveries of new places.
2017 Master's thesis project
Lorena Paterlini: «Nehmen sie gefälligst ihren Hund an die Leine!»
(Put that dog of yours on the leash, will you?)
Is it the male or the female cows that have no horns? Is there electricity in the cabin? Do you sell cheese? Doesn’t it get a bit lonely up there?
This 130-page Visual Essay is a humorous, direct and personal account of a summer in the Grisons mountains. Text and illustrations provide insight into the life and work of a young alpine farmer.
2017 Master's thesis project
Marie Schumann: «SOFTSPACE – textile Raumobjekte»
SOFTSPACE explores the spatial and atmospheric use if textiles in architecture. The project establishes a line of communication between human and three-dimensional space. The textile objects can have an atmospheric effect on a space, but the constructions also allow for the objects’ interactive use in the room, elevating textiles from mere applications to an agent that actively enhances a space. The project facilitates the positive influence of spatial atmosphere and perception and provides new strategies for the use and application of textiles in architecture.
2016 master's thesis project
Leon Thao: «Walden Revisited – A Hybrid Novel About Living in the Woods»
This book restages a classic on the topic of simple living. A variety of graphic techniques and a playful approach to materiality complement the textual level and provide a contemporary access to the subject matter.
2015 master's thesis project
Nico Cosentino: «Inspiration Flechttechnik – Neue Ansätze
für Handwerk und Industrie»
(Inspiration weaving technique - new approaches for artisanal and industrial production)
This experimental project seeks to answer the question of whether, and what kind of, added value may be generated if industrial production methods and principles are adopted in artisanal manufacturing and whether the reverse is true if traditional methods are applied in industrial processes. Exploring the chosen example of the weaving craft reveals some interesting approaches. The product designer acts as an interpreter for both worlds and discovers surprising connections that help to inspire new product developments.