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A+–xB Workshop at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

A full-semester wokshop at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, resulted in a exhibition of student works and a collectively designed book.

From Movable Type to the Internet, technology and graphic design have a complicated relationship. While the field of graphic design benefits greatly from technological advancement such as desktop publishing revolution of the 1980s, imagination of graphic designers are often hopelessly limited to the tools that are within their immediate reach.

This workshop investigates this duality inherent in the relationship between technology and design. By substituting the familiar technologies to unfamiliar one, or other times through a broad survey in adjacent disciplines in order to re-discover the essence of graphic design and re-define or re-imagine the act of designing of today.

Our exploration will focus on automation, especially on how to comprehend its pervasiveness and its request to change the role of a graphic designer. We’re surrounded by the products of highly automated processes, that are often humanly impossible to understand due to our lack of sense for such scale or complexity. However, the outcomes of these processes are there for us to be seen, to be touched and to be used every day. How can we bring these automated processes (or its products) to the human level where it can be understood? Or how do we go by design a such processes without being overwhelmed?

“Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born”, said Alan Kay, an American computer scientist and pioneer of graphical user interfaces. This line of thinking encapsulates the ‘present (nowness)’ inherent in technology, and at the same time implies the challenge in understanding it. It has always been something that you’re not native with, but is novel and unique to the era. This is how technology affects graphic design – through its quirky promises and unresolved aesthetics, but with wide possibilities to the new and unknown.

This workshop has been held at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar during the January of 2013 with generous help of Markus, and all other GD faculty, including Matthias and Michael.


Marc Bredemeier, Felix Egle, Frieder Oeleze/Lukas Krause, Dan Sauerbrey, Viola Kristin Steinberg, Johannes Siebler, Julia Wagner, Skye Zhang

Class offered at Graphic Design department of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Photography by Ahrong Han


Earlier project:
Medium is the Same

Later project:
Projection for ICP Event