As a degree programme, we actively promote insights into contemporary discourse in art and design. More than 10 years ago, we therefore launched the “Lunchtime Talks” (LTT). This informal format, open to the public, turns lunch breaks into lectures: so far, more than 120 guests from international art, design and media contexts have been visiting us in Ravensburg to talk about their work. Design legends such as Ken Garland (UK), Jonathan Barnbrook (UK), Jost Hochuli (CH) or Ruedi Baur (F) have already been with us, as well as publishing expert Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, the Decolonising Design group with Pedro Oliveira and Luiza Prado (BRA) or the editorial team of form design magazine.

For each LTT, media design students and alumni design typographic posters in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Klaus Birk. The visual outcomes have since become graphic collector’s items and enjoy international resonance. More than 100 posters have been designed so far. Reason enough to publish all LTTs together with their individual posters. The designs and textual announcements are complemented by five short essays by former guest speakers on personal positionings within current design discourses.

“Design Shifts” was edited by Klaus Birk, the 256 pages strong publication was designed by Ephraim Ebertshäuser (alumnus) and is distributed by Prima.Publikationen, an independent publisher specialising in art and design books. The official book launch will take place on the eve of the Degree Show Werkschau, on 17 September 2021 at 7:00 pm in the Werkhalle in Ravensburg.