DDW – Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show highlights

This week marks my first encounter with Dutch Design Week. My first stop was the Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show. Three floors, 200 projects, and 171 aspiring designers/positive-change-makers will make it well worth your time and curiosity to show up and find out what they’ve been up to.

As stated in the academy’s show program, “In Graduation Show 2016 all students reveal a profound inclination to utilize design as an act of engagement; they are firmly committed to making a real difference – not to solving all the world’s problems, but to creating meaningful alternatives.”

The designers are present at the show and enthusiastically engage in conversations about their project intentions, creative processes and future aspirations, rendering the event a compelling opportunity for thought-provoking inquiry and conversation about issues that are important to this year’s graduates.  Exhibits reflected innovations in research and design concerning a broad and diverse range of topics that traverse time, continents and context; individual, social, and world issues. There is something for everyone (likely a lot of “somethings”), and any genuine observer would find it hard to leave the show without gleaning some inspiration from the students’ infectious authenticity and optimism.

Photos and captions below are of just a few of the change-makers you’ll want to be sure to visit at the show.   Olle Lundin (photographed below) and other Master and Bachelor Students talk about their research process in short audio documentaries at www.designresearchpodcast.com.

The show is open every day until October 30th at DAE, located in De Witte Dame building in downtown Eindhoven. Hours are 11.00 – 20.00 Thursday – Saturday; 11.00 – 18.00 Sunday.

 

Marin Jansen created ceramics, and a social network, by finding people willing to try to reach Syria and bring back sand for her.
Marin Jansen created ceramics, and a social network, by finding people willing to try to reach Syria and bring back sand for her.  marinjansen.weebly.com

 

Mea Hoffmann explored sleeplessness as a public health epidemic. Her research weighed the contribution of design and technology to creating the crisis, while it also endeavors to find the solution to the crisis.
Mea Hoffmann explored sleeplessness as a public health epidemic. Her research weighed the contribution of design and technology to creating the crisis, while it also endeavors to find the solution to the crisis.  meahoffmann.com

 

Olle Lundin’s interest in queer theory led him to analyze and document a decade of emotions and identities expressed in high fashion photography.
Olle Lundin’s interest in queer theory led him to analyze and document a decade of emotions and identities expressed in high fashion photography.  ollehello.com

 

Olle Lundin explores how a queer perspective can be used to change the experience of visiting a museum. He has created clothes as a tour guide.
Olle Lundin explores how a queer perspective can be used to change the experience of visiting a museum. He has created clothes as a tour guide.  ollehello.com

 

Wesley Nieuwenhuizen reinvents recycling to become an on-site spectacle at festivals, creating cool new products within minutes.
Wesley Nieuwenhuizen reinvents recycling to become an on-site spectacle at festivals, creating cool new products within minutes.  ztudio23.com

 

Wendy Andreu has devised a system for producing water-proof garmets. She makes these items of clothing without sewing or cutting patterns. wendyandreu.com
Wendy Andreu has devised a system for producing water-proof garmets. She makes these items of clothing without sewing or cutting patterns. wendyandreu.com

 

Tamara Orjola researched the potential use of the billions of pine needles that go unused and found them to be a great alternative for all kinds of fibers. tamaraorjola.com
Tamara Orjola researched the potential use of the billions of pine needles that go unused and found them to be a great alternative for all kinds of fibers. tamaraorjola.com

 

Mila Chorbadzhieva’s ‘Immemorable Landscapes’ takes distinctive details from Bulgarian monuments that have stood neglected for decates and casts them in a mix of concrete and resin, to be reintroduced as architectural elements or decoration. milachorbadzhieva.com
Mila Chorbadzhieva’s ‘Immemorable Landscapes’ takes distinctive details from Bulgarian monuments that have stood neglected for decates and casts them in a mix of concrete and resin, to be reintroduced as architectural elements or decoration. milachorbadzhieva.com

 

Naomi Jansen has devised a tasty and nutritious way to guide women through their pregnancy: a special range of chocolates. www.chocobombes.nl
Naomi Jansen has devised a tasty and nutritious way to guide women through their pregnancy: a special range of chocolates. www.chocobombes.nl

 

Danny Stirn created a video for the song ‘Ich liebe meine Vagina’ by the German electropunk band Grausame Tröchter with the intention of liberating women from a sexual taboo: the vagina should be freed from shame. dannystirn.com
Danny Stirn created a video for the song ‘Ich liebe meine Vagina’ by the German electropunk band Grausame Tröchter with the intention of liberating women from a sexual taboo: the vagina should be freed from shame. dannystirn.com

Author:  Jennifer M.

You May Also Like

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *