Institute for Design Research and Appliance, Director
"Even contemporary problems are not solved by the fact that nowadays design transforms not only material things but also virtual or augmented realities in
addition. It is still a question of the usefulness of relationships and what a mass-produced product can contribute to this. The goal remains the well-being of humans and all other living beings.
The usefulness is to be questioned thereby (self-)critically, in respect to criteria such as sustainabilty, fairness and commitment.
Since 1994 Stephan Ott has worked as a freelance author, journalist and editor with a focus on design. From 1999 to 2012, he was head of the Press and Public Relations Department at the German Design Council
Public Relations and was most recently responsible for the areas of communications strategy and conception as well as the editorial department. He studied German language and literature, history, politics
as well as theatre, film and television studies and completed his studies with a thesis on the literary work of the poet, philosopher and design theoretician Dieter Leisegang
off. From 2012-2019 he was editor-in-chief of the design magazine form. Today he is director of the 'Institute for Design Research and Appliance' under the umbrella of the German Design Council.