In July 2021, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate were hit by a flood disaster due to persistent heavy rain: Communication designers Charlotte Beha, Sofia Bikovskis, and Kira Lehmann presented „Hydrophob“, a concept for flood prevention in Germany, at the semester exhibition of HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. More sustainability in forestry was the theme of product designer Thorben Westendorf’s „Autonomous Forest Helper“ project. In order to create a more resilient forest, increased reforestation and the development of new forest areas is necessary in times of climate change: Westendorf does this by using a robot – it takes over tasks such as planting and forest maintenance, partly on its own. In the Digital Product Design and Development (Internet of Things) course, students Tara Monheim, Marius Schairer and Maximilian Becht developed a route planning and navigation platform for people with mobility impairments as part of their bachelor’s thesis entitled „Blob – Optimization of urban navigation using a database provided by citizens“. Students Felix Cordes and Jeremias Lange from the master’s program in Strategic Design also dealt with the topic of accessibility in „New Paradigms of Digital Interaction“. In the Interaction Design course, students Alisa Bogukanin, Adrian Jans, Malte Opderbeck, and Marie Köhle presented „Loc:Scel,“ possibilities of digitization for police work.
These and many other final and project works were shown at the HfG semester exhibition on July 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively. The exhibition took place on both days in the main building of the HfG in Rektor-Klaus-Straße 100 in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Visitors were able to discover innovative product developments, multimedia installations as well as unusual communication and exhibition concepts. As in previous semesters, a virtual exhibition was presented at the same time at ausstellung.hfg-gmuend.de.
But not only the final theses were worth a look, but also the project works, which were also shown in the Rektor-Klaus-Straße. The works showed what the studies at the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd are all about, how design contributes to responsibly influencing future developments and according to which criteria design decisions are made.
The team around the start-up initiative „goHfG“ was again present at the semester exhibition with experts from business, the public and teaching and was able to identify promising projects and award the goCard to motivated students. This gives the project teams the chance to participate in workshops and consultations.
For those who were unable to attend the on-site exhibition, you can still view our digital exhibition online!