German Design Award

Newcomer Award of the German Design Award 2018: The list of finalists is in

The finalists for the Newcomer Award of the German Design Award 2018 have been selected: Out of a total of 132 nominated German design schools, those in the running for the €15,000 prize include the designer duo Andreas Goebel and Mandolin Maidt, Laura Görs, Fynn Scheewe, Julian Sommer and Philipp Weber.

The final round of the Newcomer Award guarantees honour and prize money — donated once again by Deutsche Telekom — for all finalists. This year’s prizes are set at €2,500 each. The winner of the Newcomer Award, which will be presented in February 2018 at the awards ceremony of the German Design Award, can look forward to prize money of €15,000.

This year’s event marks Deutsche Telekom’s fifth year supporting the prize. ‘At Deutsche Telekom, we consider design to be one of the most important drivers of innovation. We underscore our commitment to design by supporting the next generation of up-and-coming designers,’ said Philipp Thesen, Chief Designer at Deutsche Telekom AG and member of the jury of the German Design Award, explaining the company’s promotion of the prize.

The renown of the competition and the international publicity arising from it is at least equally valuable for the young designers honoured by it. Moreover, the German Design Council offers all finalists the opportunity to become acquainted with its foundation members, who are leading figures in the design industry, at a series of exclusive events.

‘For us, advancing design isn’t just about finding and showcasing new talent — we also want to connect new designers to the right people. It’s no coincidence that nearly all of our former newcomers are successfully working in the design industry today,’ said Andrej Kupetz, Executive Director of the German Design Council, commenting on the prize’s long-term approach.


The finalists and their work:

Andreas Goebel and Mandolin Maidt have worked together on several projects since completing the same Master’s degree programme. Their work is based on a shared fascination with functional design and finding simple solutions to complex design problems.
While Goebel, with his background in graphic and product design, seeks to complement his skill set with an improved understanding of engineering, Maidt, a mechanical engineer by training, is moving in the opposite direction.
Today, the two head up the 20-person-strong interdisciplinary Design & Engineering team at NavVis in Munich. Their work is focussed on development of the M3 Mapping Trolley.

Laura Görs studied industrial design at the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, Germany. Today, she is gaining real-world experience at Villeroy & Boch and at KAHLA Porcelain. In October 2013, Görs began working towards her Master’s at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art, expanding her design interests in the area of fine dining and cooking. As of October 2016, she is a Master’s student and tutor at the Berlin Weissensee School of Art and a freelance designer working in Berlin. 

Fynn Scheewe studied psychology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz before completing his Bachelor’s in communications design from 2013 to 2017 at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences. In 2015, he spent half a year studying at the Malmö Högskola in Sweden. Psychology, especially the functioning of the human mind, perception and AI all play an important role in Scheewe’s work.

Julian Sommer, born in 1991, graduated from the University of Wuppertal in 2016 with a B.A. in industrial design. Since 2017, Sommer has been employed full time as an industrial designer at NOTO Design in Cologne. One of the central themes of his Bachelor thesis is the linkage of traditional natural history with digital technology.
Apart from his Newcomer nomination in the 2018 German Design Award, Sommer has received multiple other prizes, including the 2016 Red Dot Design Award, the 2017 VDID Newcomer Award and the Core 77 Student Runner Up Design Award.

Philipp Weber graduated from the Design Academy Einhoven in the Netherlands in 2012. His work is focussed on production, providing new insights into manufacturing processes and exploring their significance in our society.
Weber’s project A Strange Symphony, an allegory for the relationship between glass and music, was awarded the 2013 New Talent Award at the international design festival DMY in Berlin, as well as the 2014 Bavarian State Prize for Young Designers. In 2015, A Strange Symphony was added to the collections of the Shanghai Museum of Glass. Weber’s work has garnered international acclaim and has been featured in exhibitions in Italy, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Dubai and China.

The Newcomer Award

The German Design Council has presented the Newcomer Award since 2012. Young designers from all design disciplines who are nominated by German schools of design can take part. With the Newcomer Award, endowed awards are presented annually to outstanding young designers. The purpose of these awards is, within this competition, to support and foster young designers on a sustained basis in the period after completing their education. Five finalists will be selected from all the nominations by the expert jury. At the awards ceremony, a winner will be honoured with the Newcomer Award, which is endowed with € 15,000. The other finalists will each receive € 2,500.