Methodical Design

Contextual Thinking – Procedural Teaching

When Bruno Latour talks of the change in perspective of “matters of facts” into “matters of concern”, then it means the realisation of the claim of wanting to discover design potential and translate it into sound, sustainable constellations. In doing so, the projection of designability first relates to everything a person brings  into relationship with others in his or her world and allows it to act. In Industrial Design this claim leads to a wide-ranging field of view, superordinated in which relations between people, products and the environment are treated. In this context, products are seen as parts of the conveyance of relations, whereby the design of products always comprises a design of relations and process, thus not materialised forms of action. The discourse on new technologies conditions logically the understanding of social developments, the imagining of new social practices and their translation into durable, equally meaningful and responsible secnarios. A student’s individual design discourse in a wide field of themes of complex issues requires special skills. It is important to acquire knowledge, methodologies and skills of all kinds and to put in a new productive connection, one oriented towards the specific characteristics of the issue. More exactly: reflectivity, analytical ability, research-experimental approaches, knowledge and understanding of people and social change, technical-structural product understanding, comprehensive aesthetic awareness, command of different media of communication and representation, dramaturgical strategies and not least skills in networking between different disciplines. The aim of the project work in the 4th term B.A. is the mediation of the conditions and skills for such a wide range of process-oriented work and to translate this to a high level at which the individual inclinations towards personal attitudes are formed. The claim is valid here that the results of the work find such compelling design and visionary mediation that they can be attributed the potential of signalling.


Prof. Detlef Rhein
T 0431 / 5198 – 430, E