*** From March 2011 to April 2012 I got a scholarship from the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ). I will spent one year in Lao to work for a communication design project within sustainable tourism. This will definitely change my MA project in one way or another.***

This Blog is part of my MA project at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Within the next 2 years, I aim to explore the subject of Simple Living which is described by Duane Elgin as Living in a way that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich. Growing up in a world of over consumption which we designers helped to develop, I’m interested in how our world changes when people consume less and become less focused on owning things (which I consider as more than desirable) and how this might affect my work as a designer: will there be any need for more Phillipp Starcks? Or should we start to rethink and broaden the practice and self-conception of design? In how far can a designer have a positive impact on the future by creating and supporting alternative ways of thinking and living??

This is my personal collection of material, thoughts and ideas. Everyone is very welcome to leave comments and suggestions. You can also contact me via e-mail (tabea.glahs@gmx.de)

… and some words about myself: born in Hannover (Germany), I grew up with 5 siblings in different villages and cities in the North, East and West of Germany. After my studies of Design (Visual Communication and Product Design) at the Free University of Bolzano in Italy (where I learned something about concepts, asking questions, good food and enjoying life), I went travelling and volunteering around Thailand, Lao and China (where I experienced diversity). Afterwards, I worked as a Junior Art Director in an Advertising Company and this was where I realized how I don’t want to work: I don’t want to do nice packagings for things I consider to be nonsense (at least I don’t want to do it 45 hours a week for the rest of my life). I don’t want people to consume things they don’t need at all – wasting the world and finishing the ressources by doing so. And I don’t want to live in a purely “man-made” world. In realizing what I don’t want, I now want to start working on what I DO WANT. That’s why I’m here, doing my MA in Visual Communication at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and trying to figure out a way to combine my values, interests and visions with my work as a designer.



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