Scientific Poster exhibited at Berlin Museum for Communication

The award winning ‘Next Generation Scientific Poster‘ is exhibited in  the Berlin Museum for Communication until  18th January 2015.

“The award makes us very proud. We also see the interactive scientific poster as an outstanding example of the cooperation between communication designers and oceanographers,’’ says Tom Duscher, Professor for Interactive Media at the Muthesius Academy in Kiel. “With such expressive formats we want to find new ways of communicating complex research topics. The Red Dot Award is both a motivation and an incentive for us to visualize research in an unusual way.’’

The communication designer Konrad Rappaport and marine scientists from the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean’’, led by Muthesius Professor Tom Duscher, worked for about a year on the digital scientific poster for the topic ‘Submarine Landslides’. A first version of the ‘Next Generation Scientific Poster’ project was presented last fall at an international conference and has been developed further since then. Today, the interactive scientific poster is being used worldwide at scientific marine conferences and public events.

“Submarine landslides” can trigger tsunamis. They are still among the most underestimated natural hazards and are a subject of research in the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. The scientific content of the topic is presented with elaborate graphics, film sequences and animations. The objective of the digital poster is to devise a graphically creative and at the same comprehensible presentation of complex scientific content. The communication designer sought to A clear structuring of the topic as well as an easily understandable user concept were main tasks of the communication designer.

8. November 2014

In Focus

The main goal of the Muthesius University in Kiel is to promote art, design and spatial strategies via research and development projects as a focal point for work and intellectual debates. As the only art university in the State of Schleswig-Holstein, the Muthesius is not only a place to develop culturally relevant biographies but with its project studies also a place of particular experimentation and realisation. To a certain extent, the profile of the Master’s programme represents study courses and development possibilities for students unique in the Federal Republic of Germany.

“At the centre of the Muthesius University’s focus is art and design, the creative and productive. Around this centre there revolves the fundamental relationship between theory and practice. This reciprocal relationship is a permanent process, a circular movement around the centre held by art and design. It needs free space to move. Thus, the firt condition for art and design at our university is freedom! To study at the Muthesius is the desire to use this freedom to mature into an equally creative and productive personality. In this way, we can provide our students with personal biographies”, promises President Dr. Arne Zerbst.

Around 580 study places are currently spread across the study courses in Fine Arts, Fine Arts for Secondary School Teachers, Spatial Strategies, Communication Design and Industrial Design.


Training and education at the Muthesius are project-oriented. Students are encourage early to gain experience with real clients. The Project Office, the Publication Office and the Centre for Media are interdisciplinary departments which help students to complete their projects successfully.
By particpating in the excellence clusters the Muthesius University is one of the internationally visible and competitive research institutes contributing to the sustainability of research in Germany. Numerous cooperation partners at local, national and international level appreciate the Muthesius University’s interdisciplinary structure and the personal atmosphere of the class sizes of a maximum to 20 students – an excellent basis for discourse leading to innovation.


Each term, students and lecturers discuss national and international positions in art and design within the framework of interdisciplinary workshop weeks and internally organised, public symposia. International lecturers are always a part of these required courses. Young people from over 30 countries around the world come together in Kiel to study art and design. They make up 14 per cent of the student body, with an increasing tendency. This puts the Muthesius University above the national average.


In order to make the variety of the Muthesius University more informative, in addition to the »official« information pages (the coloured half of the website) there are over 30 weblogs (the white half of this website) updated by the individual study courses/departments themselves (in German only).

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