Bernd Hilpert unit-design Frankfurt am Main Germany – I Used to Be a Design Student

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY

Bernd Hilpert (unit-design)

PROFESSIONAL YEARS

15

A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL

To have your own idea + To have your own idea and to be able to realize it

FAVOURITE FOOD NOW

Good restaurant food (typical local kitchen – all over the world)

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION NOW

The studio in which I am a partner

YEAR OF PROJECT

2009

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF

Design of a visitor information system for a Nazi concentration camp.

CLIENT

Mahn- und Gedenkstätte Ravensbrück (The Ravensbrück National Memorial)

COLLABORATOR(S)

The team in the studio and the project partners, the client and the architect (Wolfgang Lorch + Niko Hirsch), other specialized designers and – not to forget – the people who did the production. The idea of co-operation is essential to my work as a designer.

TECHNOLOGY

The most important tool is my Penxacta. Besides that, it is the Mac with its software (Powerbook G4). Interestingly, I still use software I learned to use during my time as a student – with the old serial version.

TIME SPENT

6 months; as one of 15 projects

TYPEFACE

FF Unit

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

For this project, the main question was to find a design expression that suits the sensitive and serious context of the site. To bring together all dimensions of design to a wellbalanced and appropriate setting; the product and its making, the positioning, colour, surface, type and the graphic layout.

WHAT DO YOU DISLIKE ABOUT IT?

See answer opposite (then).

OUTCOMES

See answer opposite (then).

FEEDBACK

Besides the feedback within the team, from colleagues or in the specialized press, I know that each day there is somebody using or reflecting the design products I realized (without getting the reaction of the recipients in most cases…).

DO YOU TEACH?

No.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEACH DESIGN?

Yes, it’s possible and necessary. The designer has to be formed on different levels: personally, technically and culturally.