As well as running their Barcelona-based design practice TwoPoints.Net, Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio have also been teaching design students at various different international design institutions for the best part of ten years. Now the duo are about to fire up their own teaching initiative called Design Werkstatt (Design Workshop)…
“Since 2009 we have devised, organised and directed two different postgraduate and masters degree courses at Barcelona’s Elisava school,” explains Lorenz of the Design Werkstatt project. “All of our teaching experience has made us wonder: How should design be learned nowadays? Design Wekstatt is our answer.”
Above, work by Mònica Figueras Domènech who completed the postgraduate degree in Applied Typography designed and directed by Lorenz and Asensio
This new initiative is not a school, the duo maintain. “Design Werkstatt is a place for designers that want to improve their skills in a favourable learning environment,” says Lorenz. “Design can’t be learned by studying, design has to be learned by doing,” he continues. “The idea is that Design Werkstatt sessions will provide a place where students work and teachers guide.”
Above, work by another of Lorenz and Asensio’s Applied Typography Elisava postgraduates, Josep López
The first two workshops offered by Design Werkstatt are set to take place in an old shop in Neukölln, Berlin, right next to the canal. Typography & Storytelling will be hosted by Asensio, and the other – about flexible visual systems for visual identities – will be overseen by Lorenz. Both workshops will last two weeks from August 20-31, five days a week, four hours a day.
The workshops will be visited regularly by various special guest design practitioners who will come to show and talk about their work. Confirmed speakers so far include Serge Rompza, co-founder and partner of Berlin and Oslo-based design studio NODE, HelloMe, and Kreuzberg-based art and design collective 44flavours. Find out more about the growing list of guest speakers here.
The workshops cost €650 each or €1000 to attend both. To find out more about each one, and how to apply for a place on either or both of them, visit cargocollective.com/designwerkstatt.
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