Archive for November, 2012

A morning with the fishers


Universal Design

One of the short term courses at the HS Hannover was a live project that was titled MIN+ DIN based on the Universal Design theme. The course was research plus concept based, for solving various problems for a small city called Minden, that is of great importance in the history of Germany.

The course allowed me to understand the nuances of German needs and problems at a very basic level. I was able to understand things about Universal Design a lot better and apply my understanding as well. Looking at details and problem solving based on immediate needs was something that I learnt very well.

There was also a certain connect that I was able to draw with regard to Universal Design and the current research topic that I am looking at.

The course culminated with an exhibition of our solutions for the town. The project was well taken by the town residents.

I hope to be able to apply the learning to my research project.


Daniela & Alexander Gellner in India


We are alumni of the “University of Applied Sciences Berlin” and were granted a two months post grad scolarship by the DAAD to further the german indian cultural and design collaboration. A narrower focus of our researches will be given to the field of universal design thinking. Prof. Katrin Hinz and Prof Birgit Weller in Berlin are actively furthering the development of this important deisgn topic. Here is a link to the UDT research website.

Daniela Gellner’s diploma project was the development and execution of Die Diagonale - a conference for interdisciplinary creative collaboration. In this conference, the focus too was Universal Design Thinking. The great success and insights gained in this endeavor made her a fitting graduate for this exchange project. Before finishing her diploma, Daniela also studied Design Thinking at the Hasso Platner Institute and took a project management course to complement her studies in Communication Design.
She is working as an Experience Designer in Germany - her latest project being “Die Fellbacher Planungsagenten” - A project to involve school children and young adults in city planning processes. This research project was founded by the “Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt-, und Raumforschung”. For more information, please visit this website.

I also gained a diploma in Communication Design and early on, I focussed on animation and illustration. Since 2005 I have been working as a freelance artist and animation director, making Web and TV-commercials (Deutsche Bahn, Allianz Insurance, Pombär), musicvideos (Ich+Ich, SDP&Sido, WiseGuys), award winning short films (One Minute Puberty, Akte Yps). As I refined my craft, I got to work as a senior animator on the new feature film for acclaimed director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir). in 2011, I founded bitteschö, a studio for design and animation work. My other big passion are comic books and I always have tried to have at least one comic project on the side, of course reading everything I can get my hands on. I am an avid sketcher and pretty much never go anywhere without my sketchbook. I believe that constantly observing and practising storytelling is the most important habit for a storyteller, but really for every designer. I was invited to give a comic and storyboard workshop at the NID Bangalore to students and I am looking forward to working with those young students!

Daniela and I will do our best to spend the limited time we have on this exciting trip to gain insights and new ways of thinking and finally give something back to our communities.


Have to read too!

If you want an impression about the intensive experiences from Olga Graf and Robert Wyszka in India follow this blog.


Design Diaries

The first hand experience in Germany had been wonderful. Two months exactly, and there is a lot of learning and unlearning happening.As I experience Everyday Germany, I write about my observations and learnings through The Design Diaries.

My Research Project courtesy DAAD and Brigit Weller will like to talk about differences and similarities at various levels and the India-Germany comparison, with respect to Universal Design Thinking.

Shreya Chakravarty