Bjorn Franke

University of Applied Arts Vienna
Vienna, Austria
June 2, 2016

What does it mean when the outcome of a design process is the decision not to produce an object? Is this a design decision? How can designers work outside the narrow constraints of the profession and deal with real world issues? Is design for behaviour change an appropriate tool and what are the limitations of this approach? How might ‘undesign’ processes be used as a medium through which to investigate a design issue?

This symposium explores new and emergent critical positions in design through the concept of ‘undesign.’ Led by a panel of international designers and design researchers, the symposium takes the concept of ‘undesigning’ to mean reducing, simplifying, removing or eliminating design (and complexity). Building on the tradition of critical design, it aims to uncover and examine new functions for contemporary design.

Undesign Symposium


Chair: Björn Franke
Organisation: Björn Franke
Logistics and Administration: Elfe Fritz
Design: Tim Giesen