Berlin, Germany

Bad Design

when 16 August 2021 - 20 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 510

The idea of ‘good design’ is out of fashion. In 1949, Max Bill toured post-war Europe with his exhibition Die gute Form which showcased examples of modernist design to educate the taste of regular people. Today, several post-modernisms later, we are distrustful of such an enterprise. We realised that the traditional notion of ‘good design’ originates from an almost exclusively white, male, and western perspective that is being rightfully questioned today.

But what about bad design? Are there things so non-functional, hideous, or immoral that everyone can agree to dislike them?

In this workshop, we will explore historical and current ideas of bad design together. We will collect, analyse, and discuss various examples of bad design and from which develop our principles for bad design. Together we will curate objects for an experimental exhibition Die schlechte Form (The Bad Form) for which we will develop a visual identity, promotional material, and an online presence.

Course leader

Bernd Grether and Sam Kim

Fee info

EUR 510: Course fee


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