»Design Basics: Methods and Elements«


Discover the language of design!

Design is a powerful tool. This two-week intensive course teaches you the central basics to use this tool effectively! You will learn – in theory and practice – about the characteristics of strong design and how you can apply this knowledge in your own individual work.

From basic theory to analogue & digital design practice

We will start with the basic visual elements of design, such as point, line and shape. What are their properties, what effects can they create, and how can we apply this knowledge during the design process?  In experimental exercises and typographic studies, you will have the opportunity to put this theoretical knowledge directly into practice.
We mainly work with black and white, mostly analogue – but also digital. We will try out current, exciting tools such as Augmented Reality in order to test how this offers us new options to expand our narrative possibilities.

Inspiration Bauhaus

Our theoretical and practical design skills will be enriched by the historical Bauhaus: The course is based on contemporary exercises that have developed from the famous Bauhaus preliminary course. In the spirit of this tradition, the course provides you with information and practical hands-on examples of Bauhaus and the individual Bauhaus masters.

The learning objectives

The aim of the workshop is to learn the theoretical basics of design and to implement them in practical design & typography exercises. You will get to know the central design elements and principles, apply your knowledge experimentally in analogue and digital space and – with professional support – expand your creative horizon in the context of the historical Bauhaus.

This course is open to students of graphic design, architecture, product design, or design management as well as beginners and interested people with design experience who want to (re-)discover, refresh and expand the basics of visual design principals.

Carsten Giese | www.studio-regular.com

Carsten Giese, born 30.4.1975 in Berlin, is a graphic designer and professor for Communication Design at the Mediadesign Hochschule in Berlin. He Also holds workshops and lectures at HTW Berlin, UdK Berlin and KH Weißensee – in graphic design and interdisiplinary fields. His main subjects are Basic Design, Editorial Design, Typograhph, Interface Design and Corporate Design.

Carsten Giese runs Studio Regular – a graphic design bureau based in Berlin. Studio Regular stands for clean and fresh graphic design with an emphasis on typography. From editorial design, exhibition design to full corporate designs and type-design, the work of Studio Regular is always functional and client oriented, with a clear attitude.

1. Online Registration

In order to register, please complete our registration form.

2. Documents

Please submit the following documents by 1 May 2020 as a pdf file via email.

  • Curriculum vitae (max. two pages)
  • English language certificate: at least level B1 or comparable
  • Letter of motivation: Why did you choose this course? - max. 500 words

Please note the following points:

  • Only one pdf file (max. 5 MB)
  • Email with subject »Application [COURSE TITLE]«
  • Name of PDF file »[COURSE TITLE]_family name_first Name«
ONLY COMPLETE AND CORRECTLY NAMED APPLICATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED!

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive admission notification by 1 June 2020 via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 18 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

»Design Basics: Methods and Elements«

08 - 20 August 2021
3 Credit Points (ECTS)

700 EUR regular fee
500 EUR reduced fee
300 EUR BUW fee

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We are very much looking forward to welcoming you next year - be it in person or via screen. As of spring 2021, registration and application for our summer courses will be possible. If you have questions, always feel very welcome to contact us at any time!