Matthias Görlich Studio Matthias Görlich Darmstadt Germany – I Used to Be a Design Student

DARMSTADT, GERMANY

Matthias Görlich (Studio Matthias Görlich)

PROFESSIONAL YEARS

12

A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL

Curiosity and being excitable + Curiosity and scepticism, in constant conflict with one another

FAVOURITE FOOD NOW

Whatever is available

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION NOW

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YEAR OF PROJECT

2007

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF

To come up with a proposal for a spatial strategy for an art institution that (at that time) did not have a physical presence.

In this case, one of the concepts was applied to an exhibition in the city of Cologne.

CLIENT

Curator Nicolaus Schafhausen and Vanessa Joan Müller of European Kunsthalle Cologne. They commissioned a research project titled Spaces of Production from architects Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz, Markus Miessen and me.

COLLABORATOR(S)

Architects Nikolaus Hirsch, Philipp Misselwitz and Markus Miessen. The design was done in collaboration with Miriam Rösch.

TECHNOLOGY

A guide was produced in offset printing (2c), which was distributed as part of a local magazine. Sites of interventions were marked with little stickers. The works by the artists were done using very diverse techniques.

TIME SPENT

3 months

TYPEFACE

Modified version of Schulbuch Grotesk

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

I think re-reading the city by the means of graphic design and maps played an important role in the project. And maps and diagrams became a major interest for me for the following projects. I think there is some power within the visualization of space, and this can be an interesting domain for graphic design.

FEEDBACK

I think in general the project was well received, although it was part of a bigger project that was seriously discussed within Cologne’s cultural scene. In the end we delivered the framework and the works by the artists were up for discussion.

DO YOU TEACH?

I taught at Hochschule Wiesbaden (Germany), Hochschule Darmstadt (Germany) and in Zurich (Switzerland). I often conduct workshops and do lectures in various cities e.g. Paris, Aachen, Mumbai and Lucerne. Currently I am working as a researcher at Universität Stuttgart (Germany), Institute for Urban Planning, concentrating on the visual representation of urban space and at the Institute for Design research, Design2 -context, in Zurich (Switzerland).

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEACH DESIGN?

To answer this question one might first need to define the word ‘design’ a bit more. If we are talking about teaching the invention of visual form, then I think certain aspects of this can be taught (such as cognition theory, certain aspects of typography, etc.). But what I think can’t be taught (or at least has to be taught a lot earlier) is the ability to walk with open eyes; to identify visual phenomena that can then be transformed into new things.