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  • HS3915

  • Almicheal Fraay
  • Photo: Johannes Schwartz
  • Photo: Annika Felder
  • Waste, parings and scrap, of plastic
    Harmonised System (HS) codes classify any tradable commodity
  • Photo: Igor Vermeer
  • Photo: Annika Felder
  • Photo: Wibke Bramesfeld
  • Lorem Ipsum

    How do we hold space for the different needs of different bodies?

    Lorem ipsum is a placeholder. It comes from Latin and designers use it as a temporary text in the design process.

    This installation visualises guidelines and advice for inclusive presentations. ‘Lorem Ipsum’ is an invitation to visitors, designers and cultural institutions. To think about how to include diverse bodily experiences by way of design.

    Accessibility is about learning to design for everybody. This is a process: it means making choices while knowing there is always room for improvement.

  • Beyond Projects

    This essay is constructed as a non-linear, interactive reading experience open to all. This design choice is deeply intertwined with one of the main conclusions of the research — that implementation should be approached as a non-linear, continuous and creative process. The network-like structure of the site allows readers to make their own connections and learn something new independently, at their own pace. The navigation provides guidance as well as enables explorations. The essay can be read from beginning to end, randomly, or based on the areas of interest and need.

  • Deep Decisions?

    How are emerging technologies appropriated in music videos? How do they become design tools for new artistic expression?

    A research-and-design-fiction project investigating the use of artificial intelligence as a design tool in music videos.

  • Click Here

    How to Stop Scrolling?

    Shrinking screen sizes have shifted the way we absorb information on digital platforms. While more people receive their news online, our screen sizes decreased. Users scroll through endless streams of information.

    How to stop scrolling and navigate through multi-perspective stories? How to become a drifter amongst platforms? To explore these questions, the timeline lays out the history of navigating and linking bits of information online, in relation to popular screen types.

  • The Home of Capital

    A video installation unfolds the financial mechanisms behind the phenomenon ‘house flipping’, a popular practice among private investors.

    The Home of Capital is a contribution to the exhibition Temporary House of Home.

  • Spreadsheet Architectures

    The Algorithm of Speculation

    What defines the market value of a building if not its physical state?

    The visuals and videos support the ongoing research that investigates the invisible financial instruments and their agents in today’s real estate market.

  • Why Are the Shelves Empty?

    An Interactive Archive Map About the Supply Chain

    How does one missing component push the food packaging industry to its breaking point?

    Followed by economic uncertainties, the global health crisis caused by the spread of SARS-CoV-2 has intensified an ongoing shortage in food supply – revealing the underlying risks, fragilities and inequalities of the global system. Food packaging is a significant component and without packaging, the food industry collapses. Shortages of CO2 have destructive effects on industries dependent on this key component.

  • Rail Plans and Road Realities

    A Review

    In the European transport network of today, where are all bottlenecks, missing links or cross-border connections?

    The European Union imagines a bright future for its transport network. Fundings mostly support actions across the railway network, redrawing the shape of the continent. At the same time, truck drivers cross Europe every day. One of them has been asked to document Europe in his everyday live along his route from Eindhoven NL to Milan IT. As many freight drivers, he chose the longer, but cheaper route.


    A Measurement Tool Towards Circularity

    How to develop a visual language that serves both as a visual identity and as a tool to inform about sustainability?

    The new fashion brand follows a clear objective: becoming an effective tool to fight today’s climate emer­gency. RRROAD foresees the abundance of waste as an opportunity to reshape the system of fashion production using post-consume textiles. In collaboration with sustainability consultants, we have designed a visual barometer as a measuring tool and communication piece.

  • Geo—Design: Junk

    All That Is Solid Melts into Trash

    What is the secret code of physical, chemical, and national identifications regulating the worldwide business of transfrontier shipment of waste?

    The exhibition platform explores global systems of discarded things. It looks at junk as a microcosm, as an economic barometer that can reveal realities of consumption and production, and as a subject of intercontinental diplomacy. Junk has created a global trade in waste that uses the identification code HS3915.

  • The Relationship Is No Longer Garbage

    Plastic Ban and Countries Diplomacy

    In the global system of waste exports and imports, where does plastic waste end up after China’s import ban?

    In 2019, Canada repatriated 69 containers of junk following a six-year diplomatic dispute with the Philippines. Since 2018, China’s import ban has diverted waste to neighbouring countries, creating potential economic opportunities and environmental disasters. A graphic tracks the new junk trade alongside a staged conversation between the President of the Philippines and the Canadian Prime Minister.

  • ISIA WT Summer School

    A virtual tour connecting two schools

    The visitor will be guided through a building merging two schools that are usually divided by more than thousand kilometres: Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem (Netherlands) and Istituto Superiore per le Industrie Artistiche in Urbino (Italy). The exploration continues room by room and souvenirs showcase students’ works.

  • Karin and Karin Anders

    Speculative talks on human-AI collaborations in design

    How will the human designer Karin work together with the design bot Karin Anders?

    Today’s work structures have become irregular and the role of the designer is changing. Meanwhile AI will not lead to a new phase of stability and poses challenges to our future. Therefore, teaming up will not be easy. Hear what various experts have to say on this new type of collective work practice between humans and AI.