Annika Frye

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19 – 26 April 2017

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Net-work asked Annika Frye, a professor for design science and design research, who is interested in the design process as source of innovation, to interfere with the contemporary design discourse from her own perspective on our Instagram account.

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We are back with NET-WORK, the format that brings well selected content to you by one contributor for one week. Annika Frye is a designer and educator, shifting between practice and theory of design. Since begin of the month she is professor for Design science and research at Muthesius University of Arts and Design Kiel. @annikafrye #net-work #placeforcontemporarydesign #annikafrye #theoryandpractice #depotbasel by @matyldakrzykowski
Digital modes of representation have completely changed the way we perceive objects. Often we only see them on a computer screen, they seem to be far away from the »real« design. But wouldn’t it be a mistake to just consider them as artificial? There must be a new materiality between digital and analogue. #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #newmateriality #designprocess #3dscan #postdigital #theoryandpractice #bio25
How do 3d-modeling processes change our perception of materiality? Architechtural historian Antoine Picon notes: »Computer based design often appears to neglect the material dimension of architecture, its intimate relation with properties like weight, thrust, and resistance. On a computer screen, forms seem to float freely, without constraint other than those imparted by the program and by the designer’s imagination.« (Antoine Picon: Architecture and the virtual. Towards a new materiality. In: Praxis. Journal of Writing+Building, Nr. 6, 2004, S.114-121.) #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #antoinepicon #material #designprocess #theoryandpractice #random3dfiles @annikafrye
3D-scan of a mushroom from the primeval forest of Kočevje, Slovenia. Although a 3D-scan is considered to be a very precise representation of an object, it only captures its outer surface and shape. The 3d-scan translates the singular shape of the object from the forest into the ubiquitous language of polygones. #annikafrye #depotbasel #depotbaselnetwork #postdigital #newmateriality #designprocess #theoryandpractice #3dscan #forest #bio25 @annikafrye
What we consider a revolution in manufacturing has already been invented in 1984: Charles Hull’s »Apparatus for production of three-dimensional objects by stereolithography«. In his patent, he explains: »[…] the present invention provides a new and improved system for generating a three-dimensional object by forming successive, adjacent, cross-sectional laminae of that object at the surface of a fluid medium capable of altering its physical state in response to appropriate synergistic stimulation, the successive laminae being automatically integrated as they are formed to define the desired three-dimensional object.« #annikafrye #depotbasel #depotbaselnetwork #postdigital #newmateriality #designprocess #3dprinting #patent #theoryandpractice
»What will happen to these plants? They will be transported further, placed in a collection, a library, a museum […]« (Bruno Latour: Pandora’s Hope. Essays on the Reality of Science Studies, p. 34) #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #postdigital #newmateriality #designprocess #theoryandpractice #3dscan #bio25 #brunolatour
»I thought I was deep in the forest, but […] we are in a laboratory, albeit a minimalist one, traced by the grid of coordinates.« (Bruno Latour: Pandora’s Hope. Essays on the Reality of Science Studies, p. 32) #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #postdigital #newmateriality #designprocess #theoryandpractice #3dscan #bio25 #brunolatour
The study »Improvisation and design. Products, processes and methods« discusses the relevance of improvisation as a method as well as an aesthetic principle by comparing case studies and design theories. Design, as it seems, is rather based on improvisation than on planning. This also changes the meaning of the word »Design«. Design was defined as a planned operation during the 1960’s design methods movement and in traditional industrial design. Since improvisation is needed in every design process, design cannot only be defined as a planned method. http://www.transcript-verlag.de/978-3-8376-3493-8/design-und-improvisation #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #dissertationindesign #thesis #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess #hfgoffenbach #hfg #muthesiuskunsthochschule @annikafrye
When Jochen Gros and Des-In designed the »Reifensofa« in 1975, Open Design did not exist yet. Still, the sofa was intended to be made at home, using improvisation and materials that are around. #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #dissertationindesign #thesis #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess #hfgoffenbach #hfg #offenbach
This is the first Braun electronic shaver made by Max Braun and his technicians in 1943. They combined parts from an American sunbeam shaver with parts from their manual driven torch light. Although it is improvised it marks the first steps towards a design classic – the famous sixtant – thus makeshift constructions like this one should not be underestimated. (The photo is from Jo Klatt and Artur Braun: Max Brauns Rasierer. Die Geschichte einer erfolgreichen Erfindung, Kronberg 2007, p. 24)#annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #dissertationindesign #thesis #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess #braundesign #inventions
"The 'bricoleur' is adept at performing a large number of diverse tasks; but, unlike the engineer, he does not subordinate each of them to the availability of raw materials and tools conceived and procured for the purpose of the project. His universe of instruments is closed and the rules of his game are always to make do with 'whatever is at hand', that is to say with a set of tools and materials which is always finite and is also heterogeneous because what it contains bears no relation to the current project, or indeed to any praticular project, but is the contingent result of all the occasions there have been to renew or enrich the stock or to maintain it with the remains of previous constructions or destructions." (Lévi-Strauss: The Savage Mind. The Science of the concrete, 1966, p. 17) The picture is a DIY-3D-Printer that uses a Milkcrate as frame (Milkrep, by the maker gmdownes, 2014.) #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #dissertationindesign #thesis #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess #hfgoffenbach #3dprinter #milkcrate
Gluegunfabber, Sebastien Bailard, 2009. Another improvised 3D-printer. This one is made from meccano-parts and using a hot glue gun as extruder. #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #dissertationindesign #thesis #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess
Students at #muthesius working on a mindmap linking #theoryandpractice in design. It is not easy to define what »practices« and what »theories« of design are. However, looking at the process of conceptualizing a theory shows that it can be very similar to a design process. #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess #muthesiusindustrialdesign #muid #muthesius
The value of design methodology and its relation to practice has often been discussed. Christopher Alexander for instance doubts its value for practice. In the Introduction of his book »The Notes on the synthesis of form« he writes: »Indeed, since the book was published, a whole academic field has grown up around the idea of “design methods” —and I have be hailed as one of the leading exponents of these so-called design methods. I am very sorry that this has happened, and want to state, publicly, that I reject the whole idea of design methods as a subject of study, since I think it is absurd to seperate the study of designing from the practice of design. In fact, people who study design methods without also practicing design are almost always frustrated designers who have no sap in them, who have lost, or never had, the urge to shape things. Such a person will never be able to say anything sensible about “how” to shape things either.« (above: a typical drawing from Alexanders' »Notes« ) #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #dissertationindesign #theoryandpractice #improvisation #designprocess #designmethods #designmethodsmovement #planningtheory
This is my last post and a preview of my next project on the digitization of design processes: these are models from the Braun archive at MAK Frankfurt. #annikafrye #depotbasel #placeforcontemporarydesign #depotbaselnetwork #designprocess #postdigital

ABOUT THE FORMAT

Since its formation in 2011 Depot Basel has aimed to encourage and open up up the ongoing discussion about contemporary design. The most recent initiative in this endeavor is Net-work: a format where we invite designers, non-designers, theorist and practitioners to use our Instagram- account to interfere with the contemporary design discourse from their own perspective on our Instagram we are extending our methods to do so.

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