Anna Rahm and the Media Design department at DHBW are very happy to welcome publisher Karin Schmidt-Friderichs once again to Ravensburg. Karin Schmidt-Friderichs, founder of Verlag Hermann Schmidt, will provide insight and a behind the scenes look at book making and publishing. She will talk about the publishing house Hermann Schmidt, its publication programme and the people behind it, and she will illustrate her philosophy of »the beautiful book«. She is, after all, convinced: “The future of the book is … beautiful!”. KSF is joined by “freshly awarded” guests: together with Anna Rahm (German Bookshop Prize 2021) and the DHBW Media Design Alumni Virginie Calvet and Felix Hunger (Promotional Award for Book Design of the Stiftung Buchkunst 2021), they will discuss how the book as a medium needs to constantly prove itself anew – functionally, aesthetically, sensually, ergonomically, ecologically – in times of change. The lecture is open to the public. Free admission.

In 1992, Karin Schmidt-Friderichs and her husband Bertram founded the publishing house Hermann Schmidt. Today, it is one of the best-known specialist publishers for typography, graphic design and advertising in German-speaking countries. Trained as an architect, she is committed to design and has been an advocate to the beautiful book for many years. Some of her positions include Chair of the Board of the Stiftung Buchkunst in 2011-2016 and Head of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels since 2019.

Anna Rahm used to be a mobile bookseller. Five years ago she settled down in Ravensburg with her own bookshop, Anna Rahm mit Büchern unterwegs. Anna finds that a beautiful book is always taking the reader on a journey. Special, beautiful books and a large selection from the production of indie publishers, plus exhibitions by local and regional artists – this mixture helped her earn the German Bookstore Prize for the fourth time since 2016.

Virginie Calvet and Felix Hunger are alumni of the Media Design course at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University. Their Bachelor’s thesis “Zwischen Euphrat und Tigris” (Between Euphrates and Tigris) was recently awarded the Stiftung Buchkunst’s Promotional Prize for Young Book Design as a particularly forward-looking concept. It was praised by the jury as an “astonishing reflection on the senselessness of war«. Since graduating from DHBW Ravensburg, Virginie Calvet works as an editorial designer at Bureau Johannes Erler in Hamburg, while Felix Hunger is busy as a digital editorial designer at Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich.