ALL REVIEWS: Lectures International Design Discourse 1 and Design and Research 2

I really enjoyed listening to Saskia Schmidt as I know the feeling of not being sure in which direction the study’s program will lead you. I loved her way of walking through her own CV and also showing off her work during and after university.

I’m really impressed by her early and strong will to be self-employed, as I cannot imagine myself in this situation in the future right now.

But I also liked her way of staying in touch with former employers, which I think is an important part of each ones design connection network. Also and again, the video made clear that it is possible to learn but also be successful with new job challenges at every new place/job.

My favorite project of her was the branding for the museum which she shared some insights of. I think it’s always a great opportunity to connect art and history to make it even more esthetic and therefore interesting for he viewer!

I really liked the work she is doing right now – watching the video and her was definitely a motivation for me!

2 // Wolfgang Schlag
Wolfgang Schlag started with an introduction about the history of the radio systems. For me, that was very interesting as we didn’t experience that by ourselves and neither talked about this in school, maybe briefly. So when he talked about the first radios and their role as the main communication system in the world, you could tell the importance of them a long time again – and also today besides TV and the Internet, of course.

I was really impressed by his passion for radio and his first jobs in the 80s, I liked his way of thinking as a radio journalist, with bringing the radio and the music to everybody – also to people on the countryside.

He then worked for a TV station, but went back to a radio station four years later. And I think he is right with his statement that it is easier to produce something for radio – you do not need a camera or to record a picture, it is “just” the sound. Of course, it is not simpler or easier in creating high quality content, but in technical terms and in terms of the equipment, it is less complex.

He then also talked about the situation during the home office times while the corona lockdown and that he and his teams produces radio content from home – like a lot of podcaster right now.

I really liked his passion for the job and the insights he gave.

3 // Andrey Sudarikov
Andrey Sudarikovs lecture was one of the first I listened to and to be honest, I was really impressed of what he made possible. The project at the airport in Singapore was a great connection between making things esthetic, technically sophisticated and also fun. I liked his way of showing a lot of videos from the event and the people playing his game – you could clearly see that they were amused and also happy to have an interruption from the airport stress. As I’m not really familiar with 3D work, I found his presentation a good way of showing a lot of different possibilities you have with 3D work. And, to mention this, I think you can really say that he enjoys his work!

I also liked that he included the Virtual and Augmented Reality factor, which I think will be the future of mostly every 3D work. It’s not only fun, but a totally different way of presenting the work. As we are doing a 3D movie right now, I just found out what a totally different work process this means for the film maker/3D artist.

My favorite project was the one for the museum about the Second World War. In this case, 3D design made history even more interesting to the viewers, which I think is a good way to communicate the importance of keeping these memories alive. That made me think of my latest visits to museums and which exhibits I could also image in 3D/Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality.


– Astrid Kury: As the director of the Akademie Graz Astrid Kury gave a lot of great information about how to make a good exhibition. I was impressed by her work, I as did not have any knowledge about this topic.

– INNOCAD-13u9: Anastasia and Martin Lesjak connect art work from the design fields of architecture, sound design, product design and interior design, which was a total new approach for me and very interesting.

– Ursula Tischner: Ursula Tischer, coming from the fields of architecture and industrial design did a great job in showing us how important sustainable design really is – five years ago! So, it’s time to make her ideas happen!

– Sylwia Ulicka: Sylwia Ulicka also talks about sustainability and was a great addition to Ursula Tischners presentation for me. I liked her approach of seeing this issue as a topic for and about the our whole society.

– Burcin Cem Arabacioglu: The next one about sustainability (important topic!), but this time from an interior design perspective. For me, that was the most concrete approach, also with his thoughts about urban living & planning.

– Florian Doppel-Prix: Florian Doppel-Prix made impressive art installations and talked about how to upgrade an exhibition with installations.