Here you find the pictures of the presentation that I, and the ones who used my camera, took. I didn’t set the shutter speed right it seemed, so some movements are blurred. Apologies for that! There will be more pictures available on the KISDphoto page soon from someone else. (under ‘Services’ at the top)
Hey guys, for everyone who’s interested: we’ll do a cooking and chill session in the food lab at 6pm tonight! Please comment if you’re in so we know how much to buy! Cheers, see you tonight! 
…David and I will be around at and it would be very good to have you there as well. The last day(s) are the finish…the most efficient days, so use the energy… See you tomorrow!
I printed the factsheet in 120gr in the C-lab, maybe it’s interesting for the other groups. 🙂
The Friday AG just informed all presenting groups that the time is limited to 20 minutes per group. This is extremely short! So maybe we open our doors for interested students after the presentation for another 30mins in the afternoon before you rebuild everything in room 240? We will have a feedback meeting on TUE […]
Sorry for not showing up at the meeting tomorrow morning, I was finishing general details. Here is my poster both sides, hope everything is ok with them. Poster front Poster back
To do for Tuesday / Wednesday Today: Update and fix your user stories. Remember – the user story has the purpose to communicate a dedicated “use” (and user experience) of your concept, the system and products you designed. No single step in the user story should be a commonplace, always tell what is special and […]
We will meet around 10am in R240. I kindly ask all of you to get your (needed) part(s) of the exhibition system in the basement (R58) and bring it to 240 so that we can see how exactly the individual elements will look like and how they can be put together to get a coherent […]
Find the folders here. So I’ve been putting your content into the new poster template and the A5 factsheet. Now, I gave myself quite a challenge to try and put it in for you, aiming to maintain a unified form/feeling. 😉  Along the way, I have played around with your text, got out typo’s and […]

Food is increasingly getting on the agenda of design and designers. And there is need for new approaches!

In this international project, we will research and analyse structures and processes related to food production, distribution and consumption in (future) cities (Cologne/Taipei).

We will develop possibilities of future approaches, especially in the context of increasing digitization (AI, IoT, blockchain, traceability, bait to plate, farm to fork) – and question them critically.

  • How can we design a different relation to food, its ingredients and values, its production and culture, its habits and processes?
  • How can we create new relations and values to ingredients of food?
  • How can we connect (us to) different stakeholders, especially to build relations between farmer/producer and consumer.

A part of the project team – max. 6 students – will be able to work in Taipei for a week in November, supported by students from SCID Taipei and the project group in Cologne. Details will be clarified in the first project meeting.

In Cologne, we work together with local experts and stakeholders.

At the end of the semester, both the analysis and drafts / prototypes will be presented.

In the project we refer to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular to SDG 11 and 12. Due to the topic, it might be possible to submit the results to the Cumulus Green Award (and I will encourage and support you to do so).

We will approach the project by questions we want to explore. In the beginning, we will have the opportunity to find a huge variety of questions and then discuss them – amongst us and with others . in order to find out the most relevant ones. Relevant in terms of the need to approach them and relevant to approach them from the perspective of design.

Pre-meeting: if you have questions or want to make sure that you are really in the project – or want to influence the character of the project even before it started please try to join our pre-meeting on Thursday September 26 at 12.30

First official meeting: This is mandatory for all that want to join – it will be on Tuesday October 22 at 10.00. In this meeting I want to see what your specific interest in this project is – so please subscribe to this space, contribute with some relevant questions and maybe cases as well…

Regular meetings: The regular meetings are always on Tuesday at 10.00. As I mentioned due to some travel activities we won’t meet every Tuesday, but there will be weeks where we meet twice or longer during the Tuesday meeting. There is a GoogleDoc with all our meetings (always updated). If you are not available we can arrange to connect via zoom – but always let me know before. 

Taiwan trip: the workshop in Taiwan is scheduled for November 18-23. The core group not traveling to Taipei will proceed meeting here and we will remotely collaborate via our KISDspace and zoom (see above).

We can learn a lot from existing cases and studies. Here we are collecting relevant cases how digitalisation  influences and affects food farming, production, distribution and consumption. How farmers/producers are connected to consumers, the rural to the urban.

Cases are structured around 3 core questions: What it is, Where it is and Why it is relevant. In addition, cases have tags / keywords to made them more accessible and findable. It would be great to use the comment function about the use of cases to create additional information

Here we will collect interesting experts: individuals, organisations or initiatives who are doing something we consider valuable in the context of the project. They can be (preferrably) from the area Cologne or Taipei with the purpose to meet them for an interview, invite them for a talk or a workshop, or to go for a visit or a field trip.

This is the page where we share our digital communication – in this case video messages between Cologne and Taipei to figure out what’s the best way to keep in touch. And for live connections please use

Please make up your mind in case you want to join the Taipei trip,

  • if you can dedicate enough time and energy to the overall project and
  • if are ok with the hostel and the mixed rooms (additional nights on your own or at friends of KISD in Taipei, maybe)
  • if you would be ok in saying a definitive and binding “YES” in case you will be part of the Taipei trip 
  • if you would be financially able to buy the ticket now, in the next days in order to make it happen (think of my offer, anyway)

I am confident however we have to choose the students going we will have a good team and process and collaboration in general.

Slight change in the process: please reply to this post (comment) latest by tomorrow noon if you want to participate in the Taipei trip. Thank you.

Nan Wu
Nan Wu September 26, 2019 at 4:56 pm

It’s really nice to meet everyone today and see so many people sharing the same passion of food! I will drop the trip to Taipei. I think I already known a lot about the food and culture there compare to other classmates, so I would love to give this chance to them. Also I am more interested to research on the food industry in Germany, and how can we build up a better social relations by food in local community in Cologne.

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 26, 2019 at 5:04 pm

OK perfect thanks for the clear reply!

Anonymous User
Anonymous User September 26, 2019 at 6:15 pm

This project sounds very promising, great to meet everyone too.
I personally intend to dedicate most of my energy to this project this semester.
A definitive and binding yes for the Taipei trip and for the accommodation, of course, sounds good to me.
About buying the flight now, I am a bit tight until the 11th of october (waiting for a transfer) but I can probably find a solution. I would probably like to get to Asia a bit before the workshop (or stay a bit after) so I will look for cheap flights in the next days if anyone wants to join me in the quest!
Would be good also to have an idea of the semester schedule to organize this.

see you all very soon!

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 26, 2019 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for this statement as well! We find a solution, for sure…and yes, once we set up the travel team You should all meet, sit together for some 2 hours, check flights – and book. Because flights can be easily around 500 Euro or more, so I was very lucky to find those flights…more soon!

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 26, 2019 at 6:22 pm

And…just for the sake of proper communication and collaboration here in this space…could you upload a photo of yours in your profile section?

Jeldrik Kirschbaum
Jeldrik Kirschbaum September 26, 2019 at 6:23 pm

As I said earlier, I would join the trip to get a better understanding and deeper knowledge of our project, but I don’t have to join necessarily, as I have been there before and know already some stuff about asian food production and cuisine. So please see me as the last person on the list. If there are still places available in the end I’m in but I don’t want to take someone’s seat who has never been there or has a strong desire to go. 🙂

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 26, 2019 at 6:33 pm

Thanks again for this openness… keen to see the list as well!

Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski
Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski September 26, 2019 at 7:20 pm

I can only agree with all of you. It was nice to meet you guys and it seems like there is a great commitment for the topic!

I am totally in and would also like to join the trip to taipei. I am willing to invest the extra effort and time. It‘ll be very interesting to work with the taiwanese students and to get hands-on experience about how their food culture and supporting infrastructure differs from ours.

Anyhow, i am looking forward to the project work 🙂

Matea Varvodic
Matea Varvodic September 26, 2019 at 7:56 pm

Hey everyone,
as I already introduced myself at the meeting: I am Matea and originally from Croatia but I live since a quite looooong while in Germany.
I can only agree with you all. It was a very nice meeting with some new perspectives and interesting contributions.
As I am studiying Economics at the same time right now and already wrote some Papers about influencing consumers decisions with prices and packaging regarding food I would invest most of my time into this Project.
Since the distribution of food is for me personally the biggest issue and since I never was somwhere else but europe, I would love to join the Trip to Taipei to have another perspective and example of food distribution.
Regarding my budget I got the same problem as Anna, I am still waiting for a transfer but I am searching for a solution since the trip is very important for me.
Like Anna, I would also love to stay some days more in Taipei to get a better experience about the city and their culuture.
Looking forward to work on this Project with you! 🙂
Best, Matea

Clara Schmeinck
Clara Schmeinck September 26, 2019 at 9:59 pm

Hey everyone,

my name is Clara and I’m the one who came in late, sorry about that one more time. It was really interesting getting to know you and your take on the project topic.
As the Taipei x KISD project is my only one besides a short-term one in mid-December for 2 weeks, I’m planning on putting most of my effort and time into the development of this project.
I would love (binding yes from me) to join the trip to Taipei as I’ve never been to Asia and find it really interesting to get to know the Asian food products and distribution and how it’s different from our local strategy in order to get a better and deeper perception of our project topic.
The mixed accommodation would be fine for me and the trip costs are within my budget.
Like Anna and Matea suggested, it would be great to get to Asia a bit beforehand or stay longer in order to get to know the culture, cuisine and food distribution tactics even better.

See you soon.

Sarah Pearson
Sarah Pearson September 27, 2019 at 10:07 am

Hello everyone,

My name is Sarah and I am a New Zealander and a Second Year Industrial Design student at Auckland University of Technology. I want to only make a positive impact on the environment and people’s lives. I want to apply my knowledge in a different format and towards something that could potentially change the way people eat for the better. I am excited by the challenge and the opportunity to explore a field I am not familiar with. I came to KISD to become a better designer and try things that might be completely out of my comfort zone. I know I will put in %100 effort. Yesterday, the passion shown by everyone in this group was infectious! I think we will make an awesome team and I am looking forward to seeing where this leads us. In terms of the trip to Taipai. I would love to come! I have never experienced living in an Asian city. I think I would learn so much from being immersed in the culture. I understand that I am not a priority because I am already an International student, but if there are enough spaces I would be very keen to join. I am going on a trip to Venice for a short term project from the 19th – 27th of October. Hopefully, this does not cause too many problems. See you soon.

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 27, 2019 at 10:30 am

Thanks again – and just to understand – even if you study two programmes at the same time you have at least two days a week for this project available?

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 27, 2019 at 10:33 am

OK so you would miss our (my part of the) Kick-Off on Oct 22. After the Venice project no more Short / Mid-Term projects?

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 27, 2019 at 12:53 pm

So you made it and made it easy for me as well.

We have now for sure 5 students joining Taipei:
Clara Schmeinck
Maxime Ridzewski
Matea Varvodic
Anna Luz
Jeldrik Kirschbaum
and – if that works (please check again)
Sarah Pearson

Thank you for making it easy for me. And of course David will join us. I was just booking 6 beds (including David), my fault. I can book 7 beds from SUN to SAT. If you anyway want to stay longer please be very quick in finding out when you want to arrive and if I can book you the SUN to SAT nights…would that be ok? Please make sure that we can have our meeting on TUE 12…Looking very much forward!

Sarah Pearson
Sarah Pearson September 27, 2019 at 3:03 pm

Yes that is my only short term project. It ends on the 1st of November.

Matea Varvodic
Matea Varvodic September 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Yes of course, I am free on tuesdays and thursdays! 🙂

Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski
Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski September 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

Very nice, that we could make such a quick and trouble-free decision.

My purpose is also to stay about a week longer in Taipei. I will not need a hostel for the time, as i will stay at friends of kisd.

I just checked the flights and while last week there were still several options for 300-something euros, today they are already harder to find. So if that is okay, i would like to book flights this weekend as i don’t want to take the risk that prices keep getting up. Of course i’ll make sure to be in taipei sun 17nov to sat 23nov.

Regarding the meeting: did you mean Tue 22 or do you want to meet next week tue as well?

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 27, 2019 at 7:35 pm

Yes, indeed, good how it evolved. I checked the flights at Skyscanner and they are still available for 356 Euro. As those are prices for other platforms you have to check that they won’t charge too much additional hidden costs. The ones with seem to be ok, they also offer flights for 360 if you look from WED 13 to SUN 24.
Concerning TUE 12 (NOV), this is the Tuesday before our workshop in Taiwan. Let me know if you have further questions!

Matea Varvodic
Matea Varvodic September 27, 2019 at 7:38 pm

I also support your opinion and would also suggest to book the flights as soon as possible! maybe we can meet all together (the ones participating in the trip) as soon as possible to book the flights and to see who wants to come earlier/stay longer 🙂

Anonymous User
Anonymous User September 27, 2019 at 9:57 pm

Hi, I am happy to read that the group is complete, I can’t join to the trip, but I will be a really good support working in this side of the world with all of you! . See you all on 22nd!

Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski
Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski September 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm

I checked directly on china eastern, so thanks for the tip. I am not in cologne for the next week, so i will just go ahead and book my flights individually

David Martens
David Martens September 28, 2019 at 2:06 pm

Hi everyone, I am setting up a whatsapp group with the people who are going to Taipei. As we are not all in Cologne in the beginning of next week, we can still align our agenda’s and make fast decisions. For those joining to Taipei, please text me at +447480694205

Anonymous User
Anonymous User September 28, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Hello, guys. I am very sorry for the late response. Because I’m still installing here in Germany, I don’t have wifi yet and my data is getting low. But well, that’s not my point here. I would really love to join the trip. Since in my school I was tought to be in touch directly with the group been studied, I really think that is very important to meet face to face the group we are working with. I already saw all of your messages and maybe it’s too late to say this because the trip list is already complete. But if there’s still a chance to join you, I will see the possibility to get the money. I mean, the thing is that I would like to go to the trip, but I still have to see if I can afford it since I also have to get a visa for Taiwan.
See you soon, guys. I am very excited about this project and working with such a passionate group!

Kalia Ruiz
Kalia Ruiz September 28, 2019 at 6:09 pm

Hi, I’m Kalia Ruiz from Mexico City, sorry for the late response as well, I’ve had some personal economic and migratory issues that wouldn’t allow me to enter KISDspaces earlier.

I’ve looked for some information about the migratory requirements to enter Taiwan as a Latin American citizen and I’ve got to read that I would have to get a VISA; the paperwork seems to be very easy and not that expensive, willing to pay for it and start the necessary paperwork to travel with you guys.

I would really, really love the idea to share a piece of Mexico with you all, as well as my design ideas in KISD as well as in a total different scenario such as Asia, making the best out of this experience and traveling, which I hardly think I would be having again: having a multicultural design research project with such an environment as multicultural as this and specially getting to connect with more than one country at the same time.

I look forward to cooking Mexican for you all! (:

Samia Rachid
Samia Rachid September 28, 2019 at 8:11 pm

Hi I’m Samia – a first-year at KISD. I also apologize for the late response, due to similar reasons as my two commenting predecessors.

Never the less, I did mention that – albeit cheap – the taiwan trip is not in my budget and it seems it is too late to consider other options now anyway.
However, it does not affect my passion about this topic. Since it is affecting me even on personal levels, this project speaks to me a lot.

I am looking forward to work on a project with all of you, that will hopefully reveal what kind of future we are currently heading to.

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 29, 2019 at 5:46 pm

Hi Kalia, as I wrote you by eMail I am really sorry that we cannot change the “go” for the six students now but I am sure that your contribution will be of great value – and on the other hand the project will be very beneficial for you as well. We are together designing the setting now…

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp September 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm

Hi Samia, good to have you here now (please add a photo in your spaces profile as well…). And I am looking very much forward to your contribution!