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

After the tutoring, we discussed how we will shape the final 30-minute presentation/exhibition. At the start, prof. Heidkamp and I will give a 5-minute introduction to the theme(s) of the project to set the context right. Afterwards, each project gets exactly 1 minute to present. 5+8=13 This will give the visitors enough time to go around and ask you things. 

Now for next Tuesday (14/01) we will meet altogether at 10:00 and practice the elevator pitch already, as it’s a process, and it forces you to condense your project. So again, the name ‘elevator pitch’ reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time-span of an elevator ride. Each team will give a 1-minute oral pitch to the rest of the class! I will time it, and after we can give some feedback. (a tip, I would write a little script)

After I want to continue the discussion on how we are doing the final presentation. We have already said that everyone would have 2 posters (at least) and present their physical artefact onto the platform of KISD’s exhibition systems. I’ll try to get one in class on Tuesday so you can feel it.

By Tuesday (14/01), we ask you to fill out this spreadsheet (in which you will find the table below) with information about your project. So we can gather the condensed content of the different projects in one place. 

Topic / Project Name
Question / Hypothesis
Problem / Challenge Definition
Place in Cologne
Abstract of the Project
Relevant Cases
Research Methods used
Stakeholder and specific Local Partners

See you on Tuesdayi!

EDIT: Also! Here is the Schwarzplan of Cologne in PDF. This is a black and white plan of the greater Cologne. You can download it with the password fcf. Thanks Philipp!
There are many different ones. I am still downloading the folders to look which one is most useful but my suuperslow internet says it will take me another 2 hours. For the ones interested, have a look too and maybe share which one would be of most value to us.

Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski
Maxime Laika Charlotte Ridzewski January 12, 2020 at 10:05 pm

Hi, thanks for the recap. I have the problem that QVM is meeting on tuesday at 10am. It’s an important meeting so i will need to go there. I’ll try to come to the project meeting as soon as possible afterwards. But luckily I have a project partner that will do the elevator pitch for us and can update me about what I’ve missed… 🙂

Kira Eßer
Kira Eßer January 13, 2020 at 9:31 pm

thank you for the post. I will not be there tomorrow, because I have to work, but our group will present the concept.

Philipp Heidkamp
Philipp Heidkamp January 14, 2020 at 8:07 am

Good morning, today is TUE 14th and still there are 5 projects missing in the table David was setting up. You all have to fill in this table by today…please be aware that we will meet again two times: TUE 21 (presentation and discussion of the artefact and the exhibition content) and TUE 28 (all exhibition contributions will be discussed, final feedback and two more days time for iterations). I will check today´s recap, try to comment and look at the table later today. Best greetings from my way to Scotland…

Matea Varvodic
Matea Varvodic January 14, 2020 at 9:56 am

Hey, I won’t be there too today, Because I am just finishing my bachelor thesis this week but will share all information about my project as soon as possible