Institute of Material Design
The Institute for Materialdesign IMD at HfG Offenbach is involved in the experimental intersecting of the design process with the diverse analogue and digital processes for materialization and form generation. Current technological developments have enabled the shift from the traditional material selection or material authenticity to the active and ongoing generation of forms and materials. Special attention is paid to the sometimes conflicting and contradictory processes and their inherent potential in a creative-scientific and interdisciplinary dialog. What impact do materialization and form generation have on the design process? How can a material be charged with digital, adaptive or interactive elements? It is at this intersection of design, materiality and form generation in particular that functional and formal potential and new conceptual and contextual integration are stimulated.