»Things, Things, Things«

How the Design of Everyday Objects Affects our Lives

Dive into the material world and explore the power of things!

Let’s have a look at how material things have become so important to us!
Our world is full of things and they influence our lives in many ways: they are used, consumed and thrown away. They are collected, arranged, presented and photographed. They are becoming more relevant to our lives and, at the same, time they are becoming more and more superfluous. Things are woven into social and cultural practices; they establish relationships and shape our lives significantly. Lately, they have been appearing less like passive objects and more like active participants. Things change processes, behaviours, habits and entire environments.


How powerful are everyday things? How do they affect our lives? And how can we be owned by things?

In this course, we will have a closer look at the things that surround us. We will examine whether objects are as passive as one generally thinks. In this context, we will reflect on the role of design and will try to find out why design does not only have an aesthetic side.

Discover new aspects of known things!

We will examine an assortment of things in a structured way. Step by step, we will become familiar with different methods of discovering new aspects of known things. We will try to develop a new view of everyday things that will help us to design things and products.

Especially for the design process, it is important to be aware of the many facets of everyday things. Therefore, it is helpful to inspect real things and analyse their significance, come up with alternatives and explore different methods of how things can be (re-)designed. 


Learning objectives

We will read and write texts as well as discuss and try out various research and design methods. We will end up with a flexible "design toolkit" that can be used to help with the improvement of everyday things and broaden our design processes.

The course language is English.
Please contact us if you would like personal consultation. We will be happy to help you.

This course is open to Bachelor's students from the fields of design, art and cultural studies as well as all other interested parties who want to gain an initial insight into the topic.

Konstanze Wimmer | www.konstanzewimmer.at 

  • Product Design Studies at the Bauhaus University Weimar (Diplom-Designerin)
  • Studies of Media Culture and Art Theories at the University of Art and Design Linz, Austria (Master of Arts)
  • Several years working as a designer and online concepter in Berlin
  • Researches at the interfaces of art, culture and design theory
  • Teached in 2017 and 2018 at the University of Art and Design Linz in the department of Art History and art theory
  • Independent designer

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«

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 12 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

With regard to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus in Europe and worldwide, the difficult but necessary decision was made to cancel this year's Bauhaus Summer School. Please find more information on our COVID-19 page.