Berlin was host to the first Designmay. A two week design orientated congress where over 100 participants contributed with products, projekts, ideas.

I myself was very wound up in our own activities, so that I was unable to catch much let alone little, but all respect due, the first Designmay has taken place, it was alot of hustle, alot of trouble but the Designmay was good.

And it was very Berlin style, improvisation, very shoestring budget, very makeshift and that is the charm that Berlin may have. It was a very good example of how Berlin works and doesnt. I had the feeling and feedback that many young design studios did not participate due to the fact that the Designmay didnt really acheive anything and business goes on on not with or with out such events. Life is what you make it I guess. Designmay was unfortunatley somewhat elite and I really dislike elite. There will be criticisim and there will be allot suggestions. I am personally looking forward to the next Designmay. And looking forward to the results it created.

If the Designmay was about anything, it was about creating alliances, and if design can do something that actually moves people or makes people do something, then I think its extra good. The Berlin design studio ‘greige’ (rhymes with sage – mix of grey and beige) had a call for entries for using ‘no war fonts’ the result was a poster exhibiton. Alot of the exhbited artwork can be viewed online. Greige describe the action on the no war font website: 08/03/2003 Nowarfont is going public. Nowarfont will provide you with ready to use anti war dingbats, usual suspects and common slogans to express your very own opinion – no more excuses, no hassle and not to forget a more convincing demonstration.”

And now something from our own front. Redesigndeutschland has just completed the Universal Music Germany website. In going about things in very radical way, the design has been reduced to text, the only images being record covers and a couple of graphics. The claim of Universal Music is “its all about music”, so we did that, nothing flashy, colourful and distracting, but a solid, simple and functional website. We believe this a very bold step in the right direction. Reduce to the max and create simple sense and I like that allot.

Date: 3rd – 18 th May 2003
Place : Transform-Berlin e.V. i.G.
Address : Gormannstrasse 24, 10119 Berlin, Germany
Tel: +49-030-27594285

Text: Paul Snowden from Redesigndeutschland
Photo: Greige

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