The way we do things is more important and meaningful than what we actually make.

With human and social behavior there is a need for critical thinking and a radical acting.




“Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical.“


Victor Papanek


“We have enough products. We need new structures for changing our behaviour.“


Dieter Rams


hedgehog idea

a method for inviting new conversations

How has the internet changed our social behaviour? We have become a society that seems to have forgotten how to have personal interactions with strangers.



The hedgehog idea is a method for opening new personal conversations, especially with strangers. Different coloured coffee sleeves should break the ice between strangers and help to start new conversations. A coffeehouse patron can decide if they would like to invite conversation or not. The green one means “Talk to me“ and the red one means “talk to me.“ Double-sided printing enables switching the inside out, so one can change their mind in a spontaneous fashion. The logo and the name is inspired by the hedgehog which also has distinct ways of communicating a mood of openness versus feeling closed-off.


We want to transition to a talkative, interactive society; welcoming and open. Get offline and rediscover face-to-face interaction in real life.


Exchange Semester 5

Critical Design

Emily Carr University Vancouver

Garnet Hertz

Keith Doyle








open bridge

one man's trash, another man's treasure

This project is about behavior change and process design for a specific area of our social- and the ecological environment. We want to keep relationships with resources and products in mind.



Open Bridge is a system of furniture which gives residents and businesses the chance to offer used goods, food or bottles for free before they go into trash bins as waste. Our inspiration for this project stemmed from observing the many binners around the city of Vancouver, who retrieve discarded objects for their own use or for the purposes of resale. In this day and age of excess consumption and consumer waste, we like this movement and want to support it in a collaborativefashion with the binning community. The Open Bridge project includes the prototype shelving product itself, which should be built with easily-accessible materials and tools, such as salvaged wood pallets and rope. A campaign — including a magazine, tutorial videos, and advertisements — explains the system and the benefits of supporting Open Bridge. These campaign materials would also empower the binning community with basic design

and construction skills for the purpose of innovation and life improvement.


We want to transition to a talkative, interactive society; welcoming and open. Get offline and rediscover face-to-face interaction in real life.


Exchange Semester 5

Critical Design and Sustainability Design

Emily Carr University Vancouver

Garnet Hertz, Keith Doyle and

Louise St Pierre

Partner: Jonas Voigt








Your brand for used and non expendable goods

Wearing this garment shows the world that usage can still be good! And this is what makes us happy!



We developed a brand ID and a name for second hand clothing,  furniture and products. The label is called „Alterhase“, it should give the customer a chance to communicate his own attitude towards the excessive consumption and the appreciation of  used products. Maybe it‘s a small step in the direction of a

behavior change in term of consumption. „Alterhase“ is a german phrase which refers to the fact that old rabbits survive because they are smart and strong. On the other side a shop-owner has a good

cooperate design to sell second hand products.




Semester 4

Productplaning and Productphotografics

Marc Stussack, Peter Werlein










Process of sharing space in cars.

Why does nearly every car has only one or two passengers?




With the take-a-ride card a car driver can show to others, that he is up for taking someone with him. The product communicates while the car is parking and

driving. Take-a-ride furniture and signs next to traffic roads are supposed to show people who are looking for a ride, that they have the possibility to look for it there. The letter „M“ stands for „Mitfahrscheibe“, this means take-a-ride card. This project will going in public in the middle of April in Schwäbisch Gmünd



Future Prize of Communication 2014

Yooweedoo Idea-compitition Award 2015



Semester 4

Process design

Manuel Perez Prada








form follows handicaps

Nurturing talents


Form follows handicaps – when the design of products is guided towards the skills of people with mental disabilities.



Designing consumer products that convince through form and function. The focus of this work is on the development of products that can be made by people with disabilities. The work is presented in conceptual sketches, spatial renderings and construction drawings. The construction process is clarified by means of prototypes and appliances.



Stuttgarter Zeitung

Stuttgarter nachrichten/Nordschau

BM- Fachzeitschrift für Schreiner okt/12



Collage for woodworking technologies

Semester 3

Finishing project

Wolfgang Lurati, Christan Bruns




Website and Projectprocess


projeto de moveis -brazil

different culture, different work,

different people unforgettable


This is about the partnership of the Fachschule für Holztechnik and the Senai in Curitiba/Arapongas.

The Senai ist responsible for occupational advice and further training in brazil.



A multifunctional piece of furniture should be developed, that could be set up in hotel rooms. The components of this modular piece of furniture are made of frames of solid wood and single elements of

coated MDF. The whole piece is made up out of three different modules with an accompanying bench. The main purpose of the project was not just to develop

furniture, but also about convey a systematic approach to dealing with projects. This was the first time I realized how ingeniously an interdisciplinary team can interact. Everybody had a function and could display their skills.



Collage for woodworking technologies

Semester 2

Extra project

Ferdinand Fischer




Information page with pitures and procress




intention with us

a student plattform for interdisziplinary projects

Driven by clear intentions we wish to work, without being motivated by turnover and profit, on projects. With these we wish to communicate our intention to the world. In a dynamic team trascending branches and semesters we see a great potential for more valuable projects and for mutual learning and teaching.




since 2014









design support for the other 90%

The mission of the Binners' Project is to re-value people and resources by facilitating Canadian waste pickers learning and exchange within cities and across Canada in order to build urban resilience, social inclusivity and connection, and to guide waste management practices and the development of new economic models. The project took off in January 2014 as a brainchild of Ken Lyotier, Founder and former Executive Director of United We Can, a non-profit bottle depot in operation in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside since 1995.




I'm active for the binners'project and contribute my design skills since May towards the project. The main issues are the visual design for the project and at the other hand I want to bring the latest Emily Carr project together with the traget audience in public.


We also have some public events and I join these event and make photographic documentations.












































Create a new logo for the binners project. After designing a 12 more logos we talked about the logos at the binnersmeeting and did a voting about the logos and ask them for suggestions. I used the result of the voting to complete und optimice the final design of the logo.

After having done the final logo I began to generate different drafts from business cards, T-shirts, Postalcards and ID-Cards  for the project.

After discuss the drafts with the project manager and the head organization Tides Canada we produced the T-Shirts and the Business cards.

The T-shirts and Businesscards with the lanyard give the project a professional face and it binds the group together.












































The other part of the activity of the project is to develop the Open-Bridge project in a collaborative way with the binners.











































since 2015


Website Binnersproject

Website Open-Bridge




waste repay saving system

save electricity and get money

How could one motivate people to deal with energy in a  conscious and reasonable way?



In the WRS-System, a fee is collected from households with an above average

energy use.

The collected money is then divided and paid out to households that use less

energy. Parameters such as the number of family members and the size of the living area have to be taken into consideration.