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Designreports have a tradition at the Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany and its Research Group for desi… Read More
Designreports have a tradition at the Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Germany and its Research Group for design, the »labor visuell«. They are part of a bigger agenda to collect global information about cross-country differences in design and visual language itself. This year, we contributed a report about Sri Lanka to the »labor visuell«. For that we collected the necessary information through interviews and by documenting the work of designers, artists, photographers, illustrators and architects. Between February and March 2012, we spent one month in Sri Lanka, and got in touch with some of the main creatives of the country to collect the aforementioned material in form of interviews, pictures and film. The focus of the project is on the origins and the current nature of Sri Lanka‘s creative environment. Our interests include identifying the main contributors as well as their techniques and motivations. As a result we created a book which illustrates the history and the current situation of the visual diversity in Sri Lanka. 27 interviews with artists, designers, architects, illustrators and photographers and 8 various series with photographs of Sri Lanka in a book with about 700 pages, printed on 3 different kinds of paper plus a slipcase made of tropical wood. — in progress Read Less
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Design reports have a tradition at the Design Department of the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany, and its research group for design, the »labor visuell«. They are part of a broader agenda, aimed at collecting global information on cross-border differences in design and visual language.

In 2012, we contributed a report on Sri Lanka to the »labor visuell«. The information in that report was collected in interviews and by documenting the work of designers, artists, photographers, illustrators and architects. Between February and March 2012, we spent one month in Sri Lanka, and established contact with some of the most prominent creative people in the country to collect that material in the form of interviews, pictures, and film. The project focused on the origins and the current nature of Sri Lanka's creative environment. Our interests centred on identifying the main contributors, their techniques and motivation.

As a result, we have created a book which illustrates the history and the current situation of visual diversity in Sri Lanka.
 
The Book
Business cards and postcards
Exhibition »Werkschau« — FH D, Düsseldorf, July 2012
Exhibition »Reveal« — Park Street Mews, Colombo, October 2013
Exhibition + Panel Discussion »Sri Lanka Design Festival« — Goethe-Institut, Colombo, October 2013
The Journey — Some Impressions
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Cooperator

Marvin Hüttermann

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Awards
European Design Awards Finalist, 2014
 
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in progress