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Keynote Robert Franken

iphiGenia 2018 – A night of inspiration

Robert Frankens keynote puts its fingers on the pulse of the times. Roberts speech impressed and inspired our guests and us. Therefore we are very happy to publish the entire keynote here for everyone to share and read. Thank you, Robert Franken! Please support our young talents: notamuse – The Book   Keynote Robert Franken – all rights reserved Manuscript iphiGENIA Award Ceremony 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, good evening, it is truly an honor for me to be standing here and to be talking to you in the MAKK on a night that is celebrating excellence in design. I am already looking forward to learning more about the iphiGENIA laureates later this evening. This is gonna be fantastic. Standing here is a pretty exciting experience, too, since I do not have anything of relevance to say about design. The reason for that is easy: I am not a designer, not even close. What I am, is an activist. More or less. And, admittedly, I am an activist of privilege. My privilege is a privilege that I share with quite …

iphiGenia winners 2017, Foto: Florian Yeh

Invitation to the 2018 Award Ceremony

iphiGenia 2018 Gender Design Award on November 8th at 7 PM at the MAKK (Museum of Applied Art) Cologne, admission is free, doors open at 6 PM. We are extremely pleased to present the iphiGenia Gender Design Award for gender-sensitive design for the second time. The winners are: Aesop (category Evolution): The globally operating company for body-care products impresses with the gender-sensitive designs of their products, corporate communication and outstanding architecture. A Women’s Thing (category Revolution): Located in New York and published and designed by renowned international journalists and designers, the magazine surprises with unconventional gender topics and a highly innovative visual language. notamuse (new: category Volition for young design talents): This Masters’ thesis of three design students is an impressive publication about women in graphic design as self-confident protagonists. Furthermore: Guest speaker: Robert Franken, consultant (Male Feminists Europe, #HeForShe Germany, amongst others). He supports companies in digital change, focusing on diversity and gender equality. Hosting: Petra Hesse, MAKK Intro and Chair: Prof. Uta Brandes Board Members: Prof. Uta Brandes, Claudia Herling, Uta Flick Laudationen: Prof. Uta Brandes, …

Naama Agassi

iphiGenia trophy design by Naama Agassi

Naama Agassi, an object designer based in Tel Aviv designed and produced the three trophies for iphiGenia Gender Design Award 2018. We are curious about the young talent and her conceptional and beautiful works. Here are our questions: Please give us a brief insight into your vita so far. Naama Agassi: My studio is currently based in Tel Aviv. I received my master’s degree from Design Academy Eindhoven and presented my work in museums and exhibitions around the world (e.g., Milan Design Week, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Estonian Museum for Applied Art and Design in Tallinn, Design Museum Holon and more). I do mostly object and product design, but I tend to approach the object as a means to communicate a wide range of research subjects and conceptual frameworks. How do you feel about designing the trophies for iphiGenia Gender Design Award 2018? Naama Agassi: I was very excited to be chosen to design iGDN’s iphiGenia Gender Design Award. In my work, I seek to highlight the relationship between design and cultural perceptions …

Ausstellung in Dortmund: Computer Grrrls

Computer Grrrls HMKV im Dortmunder U, Ebene 3 27. Oktober 2018 – 24. Februar 2019 Eröffnung: Freitag, 26. Oktober 2018, 19:00 Uhr Kurzinfo Die Ausstellung Computer Grrrls versammelt über 20 internationale künstlerische Positionen, die das Verhältnis von Geschlecht und Technologie in Geschichte und Gegenwart verhandeln. Computer Grrrls beschäftigt sich mit dem komplexen Verhältnis von Frauen und Technologie – von den ersten menschlichen Computern bis zum aktuellen Revival cyberfeministischer Bewegungen. Eine großangelegte Timeline dokumentiert diese Entwicklungen vom 18. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Eingeladen sind Künstler*innen, Hacker*innen, Maker*innen und Forscher*innen, die daran arbeiten, Technologie anders zu denken – indem sie z.B. genderspezifische Verzerrungen in den Bereichen Big Data und Künstliche Intelligenz hinterfragen, sich für ein offenes und diversifiziertes Internet einsetzen und utopische Technologien entwerfen. Kuratorinnen Inke Arns (HMKV), Marie Lechner (La Gaîté Lyrique) Künstler*innen Morehshin Allahyari, Manetta Berends, Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman, Nadja Buttendorf, Elisabeth Caravella, Jennifer Chan, Aleksandra Domanovic, Louise Drulhe, Darsha Hewitt, Lauren Huret, Hyphen-Labs, Dasha Ilina, Mary Maggic, Caroline Martel, Lauren Moffatt, Simone C. Niquille, Jenny Odell, Elisa Giardina Papa, Sondra Perry, Tabita Rezaire, Erica Scourti, Suzanne Treister, Lu Yang Veranstalter …

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Aesop – iphiGenia »Evolution« winners interview

Aesop – the Australian company creates skin, hair and body care products. They are an exceptional example of a company bringing together gender, culture and social commitment in an outstanding overall design approach that is both respectful and sensitive. We are keen on learning more about our iphiGenia-winners work and their idea about gender design. Here are our questions: The design and the architecture of each shop is different, albeit clearly recognizable. What’s the story behind this concept? Our stores and counters are the embodiment of our philosophy and our approach to retail service. While two Aesop spaces are never the same, when a customer enters any door around the world, they encounter the familiar: the products on our shelves, the knowledge, gracious hospitality and service extended by our consultants, and an aesthetic anchored not only to our sensibility but also to local culture, traditions and materials. Architecturally, our design method is to work with what is already there, weaving ourselves into the core and fabric of the street rather than imposing ourselves upon a …

»notamuse«– iphiGenia »Volition« winners interview

Der international Gender Design Award iphiGenia »Volition« geht an »notamuse«: Das Online-Projekt stellt Grafikdesignerinnen in den Mittelpunkt der Aufmerksamkeit um sie in der Designöffentlichkeit sichtbar zu machen. Wir wollten mehr über die Arbeit und die Ideen zum Gender und Design unserer jungen iphiGenia »Volition« Gewinnerinnen wissen. Hier unsere Fragen: 1. Wie haben Sie Drei sich a. zusammengefunden, um b. genau dieses Thema zu bearbeiten? Wir haben uns während eines Design-Masters an der HAW Hamburg kennengelernt. Das Thema »Frauen im Grafikdesign« hat uns alle drei – aufgrund sehr unterschiedlicher Motivationen – schon lange beschäftigt. Zu wenige weibliche Vorbilder im Grafikdesign, eine lückenhafte Design-Geschichtsschreibung, unausgewogene Sprecher_innenzahlen auf Konferenzen oder sexistische Erfahrungen im Arbeitskontext sind nur ein paar Punkte, die in diesem Zusammenhang genannt werden können. Auf der Suche nach einem Masterthema beschlossen wir dann, die Thematik anzugehen und ein Projekt zu starten, das langfristig ein Bewusstsein schafft. Dabei geht der angelegte Rahmen weit über eine Masterarbeit hinaus und wir arbeiten noch lange nach dem Abschluss an dem Projekt. 2. notamuse: da stecken sowohl die Muse als auch …

»A Women’s Thing» – iphiGenia »Revolution» winners interview

»A Women’s Thing« is a print and digital publication dedicated to reshaping society’s ideas of what “women’s things” are. They are interested in stories that never get told: educational, emotional and inspirational. The US-American publication will be awarded with the second international Gender Design Award iphiGenia »Revolution« We are keen on learning more about our iphiGenia-winners work and their idea about gender design. Here are our questions to Saskia Ketz, editor-in-chief: How did you get the idea for A Women’s Thing, and how did it start? I was working at a tech startup here in New York and we had many male employees, which sometimes brought in an unbalanced dynamic for the women on the team. Company culture, of course, reflects the socialization of its employees. After reading Sandberg’s “Lean In”, I wanted to create a women’s group within the company, mainly to discuss our thoughts on how we could have a stronger voice when it came to hiring decisions. We interviewed Roseanne Haggerty, who has been a pioneer of homelessness efforts in the city …

iphiGenia Gender Design Award 2018: Jury Decision

The winners of the iGDA 2018 awards, which are presented by the international Gender Design Network/iGDN, have been selected: the iGDA Evolution (overall company concept) goes to Aesop, a company founded in Australia and operating worldwide. Made by internationally renowned journalists and designers, the A Women’s Thing magazine receives the iGDA Revolution Award (product or campaign). Presented for the first time this year, the new iGDA Volition Award for young design talent goes to notamuse. The awards ceremony will take place on 8 November 2018 at the Cologne Museum of Applied Arts. Explaining its decision to give the iGDA Evolution 2018 to Aesop, the jury states: “Aesop sells its own body care products in shops whose design is impressive from both gender-sensitive and architectural perspectives. Additionally, in a subtle and superbly designed way, the Aesop website provides a whole horizon of political, cultural and literary ‘specials’ that go far beyond the products themselves. An exceptional example of a company bringing together gender, culture and social commitment in an outstanding overall design approach that is both …

Der Goldene Zaunpfahl

Der goldene Zaunpfahl – Preis für absurdes Gendermarketing

»Der goldene Zaunpfahl« – Öffentliche Preisverleihung am 18. April in Berlin Dieser Negativpreis für absurdes Genderdermarketing will einen Dialog anregen über Vielfalt und Identität, über Zugehörigkeit und Normierung. Er will die Rollenvorgaben und Wirkmechanismen von Werbung und Produktdesign offen legen und die Marketingbranche mit ihrem jährlichen Gesamtumsatz von 30 Milliarden Euro an ihre gesellschaftliche Verantwortung erinnern. Gastgeber*innen Anke Domscheit-Berg, Almut Schnerring und Sascha Verlan Einreichungen http://goldener-zaunpfahl.de/category/gruselkabinett/ Crowdfunding https://www.startnext.com/goldener-zaunpfahl Pressekonferenz 18. April 2018, 10:30 Uhr in den Räumen von Change.org e.V. / Haus der Pressekonferenz / Schiffbauerdamm 40 / Berlin Öffentliche Preisverleihung, freier Eintritt 18. April 2018, 19:00 Uhr im HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer / Stresemannstr. 29 / 10963 Berlin