When graduates leave university, it can be the decisive moment for the start of a design career. For the start to be successful, one thing is needed above all: attention for one’s own work. Since such platforms for starting a career are rare in Germany, Ineke Hans (UdK Berlin) and her colleagues Mark Braun (Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar in Saarbrücken) and Herrmann Weizenegger (FH Potsdam) initiated German Design Graduates (GDG). Since 2019, the multi-stage format has aimed to make the work of young designers visible and help designers take their first steps into professional life. “We are a platform that shows, discusses and supports design attitudes of graduates,” is how German Design Graduates describes itself.
Every year, GDG organises an exhibition structured according to design-relevant topics. Due to the pandemic, the Berlin Museum of Decorative Arts is now presenting the classes of 2020 and 2021 in a double exhibition that aims to identify the current attitudes of graduates of German design colleges in the field of product and industrial design. This year, more than 80 positions from 15 design colleges will be on display, selected by a renowned jury of experts. The opening will take place on 8 October at 6 pm in Berlin in the foyer of the Kulturforum and in the Museum of Decorative Arts. Booking of time slots is compulsory; 3G rules apply.
ndion Talk with Jasmin Jouhar and Alexandra Sender
On Saturday 9 October 2021 at 4 pm, the ndion talk “Transfer Performance. How ideas move from the possibility space of design universities into practice” will take place. The moderators Jasmin Jouhar (design journalist, Otto Bock) and Alexandra Sender (German Design Council) will discuss with brand and design consultant Ashana Hohgräve as well as two German Design Graduates how young talents make the leap into a successful career in design. Admission is free of charge.
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