Bernd Hilpert ENSCI Les Ateliers Paris France – I Used to Be a Design Student

GERMAN

Bernd Hilpert

STUDENT YEARS

5

A PIECE OF SOUND ADVICE + A SINGLE WARNING TO A DESIGN STUDENT

Be sure that your work is relevant + Never think you are the benchmark of the things you do

FAVOURITE FOOD THEN

Kellogg’s Smacks

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION THEN

My professional equipment

YEAR OF PROJECT

1996

STUDENT PROJECT BRIEF

We often had very open briefs that dealt with essential questions of our daily life – tools or spaces. The brief for this project was ‘thinking about the future way of housing and living’.

COLLEGE

ENSCI Les Ateliers, Paris (France)

TUTOR(S)

Prof. Marc Bertier

COLLABORATOR(S)

The student team and my professor (see above)

TECHNOLOGY

The most important tool was my fineliner (today the Penxacta). Besides that, it was the Mac with its software (Mac LC III)

TIME SPENT

6 months, as one of two projects (and without really finishing it)

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

The most important part of the project was to look into a subject: to reflect the background, to discuss the statement, to answer the question. During my student time, we were pushed to open our minds and to look for solutions that were not obvious. Today this is still the basis of my work.

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?

Nothing. But the result depends on the time of its origin. It reflects your personal background and experience, but is also influenced by trends and the general spirit of the time.

OUTCOMES

A new level of experience. Each project is a step forwards regardless of whether you think that the result is OK.

FEEDBACK

The students’ work was shown on several occasions, but only in the context of the college.

PROJECT SIMILARITIES THEN AND NOW

Apart from an approach that was similar, both projects deal with space, perception and context.