What’s become of Otl Aicher’s former abode? A visit to the Allgäu.
Florian Aicher (*1954) grew up on the campus of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm. Studied architecture at the Staatsbauschule Stuttgart, internship in Buffalo/USA, then with Werner Wirsing, Munich. Self-employed from 1981; in addition to planning tasks, teaching at universities in Germany and Austria, most recently at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences. Publications in international journals and books dealing with questions of building and craftsmanship. Based on the development in Vorarlberg, research on cultural conditions under which architecture succeeds.
Journalist & Curator
Thomas Edelmann (*1963) was co-founder of designreport in 1988, which he ran as editor-in-chief from 1996 to 2001. Since then he has worked as a freelance author and design expert. He writes for consumer and trade magazines and publishes online. He also conducts research on design and cultural history topics. Recent projects include the exhibition “100 Years of Steerable Light” about the history of individual workplace lighting – shown so far in Cologne, New York and Hamburg – and the podcast “designradio”.
Designer & Design Theorist
Chup Friemert (*1947) studied industrial design at the Stuttgart Academy, experimental environmental design at the SHfbK Braunschweig, philosophy and journalism at the FU Berlin. In more than 3 decades teaching in the field of design history(s) and design theory at the HfbK Hamburg, at the ISDI Havana and at the China Academy of Art Hangzhou. Publications on historical and contemporary objects of design and architecture.
Kai Gehrmann (*1972) is a designer and managing director of Stiehl/Over/Gehrmann with offices in Berlin and Osnabrück. He has been working in the fields of corporate identity / corporate design, user experience / user interface design and design strategy since 1994. With his team, he advises companies on the design of their analogue and digital brand communication. He is also responsible for the worldwide licensing and further development of the otl aicher pictograms.
Art historian, journalist & moderator
Jasmin Jouhar (*1976) writes about architecture, interiors and design. Her clients include popular media such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as well as specialised publications such as Baunetz or the magazine form. She also advises companies in the design industry and supports them in their corporate publishing activities. Her current publications include a book on the FSB 1144 door handle by Jasper Morrison.
Culture & Museum Theorist
Katharina Kurz (*1990) is a museum consultant at the Museumsverband für Nds./Bremen. Previously, she worked in the funding of the Volkswagen Foundation, at the Museum of Design Zurich and was responsible for the exhibition “Nicht mein Ding – Gender im Design” at the Museum Ulm / HfG-Archiv. She initiated the Designer in Residence programme of the HfG Archive, was a member of the research project “Exhibiting Design” and taught communication theory at the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd.
Art historian & professor of design history
Dagmar Rinker (*1965) studied art history with a focus on design history at the LMU Munich, followed by a PhD and work at the Neue Sammlung Munich; from 1997 to 2012, she was head of the HfG archive in Ulm, where she was responsible for numerous exhibitions and publications. She was appointed professor of design at the HfG Schwäbisch-Gmünd in 2012.
Journalist & Author
Gerrit Terstiege (*1968) studied at the KISD under Gui Bonsiepe and Aicher collaborator Heiner Jacob, and at the Glasgow School of Art. He was editor-in-chief of the design magazine form for many years. Terstiege conducted numerous interviews with graduates of the HfG Ulm, including Alexander Neumeister, Franco Clivio and Reinhold Weiss. Today he works as a consultant for design companies, teaches at Swiss and German universities and works as a journalist and copywriter in Freiburg and Mülheim/Ruhr. Terstiege writes regularly for magazines such as Art, Mint and Rolling Stone as well as for websites such as ndion.de and monopol-magazin.de. He is also the editor of the books “The Making of Design”, “Grafische Räume” and “Gestaltung denken” (together with Thomas Edelmann).
Journalist & Book Author
Fabian Wurm (*1957) studied literature and sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, wrote for the Frankfurter Rundschau, was editor of the magazines Design Report and Form as well as the newspaper Horizont. He works as a freelance journalist and book author in Frankfurt am Main.