Rhineland-Palatinate Design Award 2022: Students from Trier honored

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Design award: Trier student honored

The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Economy regularly awards the design award for “Communication Design” to professional agencies or designers. The next generation is also taken into consideration to ideally help them as a stepping stone into their careers. Here we show the four works by Trier students that were awarded in 2022 and their challenging subjects.


A group of Trier students designed the installation “Remembering Light – against forgetting” and implemented it at the Porta Nigra in January 2022. The almost 650 citizens deported from Trier to ghettos, concentration and extermination camps between 1941 and 1943 were commemorated. The central element of the installation were so-called identity cards, which they had to carry with them before deportation. The installation “Remembering Light” was created on the basis of 300 such ID cards handed in at the Trier City Archives. The students write that they gave the campaign’s visitors the opportunity to recognize the individual fates behind the act of disenfranchisement and deportation and to learn something about the lives of the people in Trier. After the first look at the hanging identification cards, visitors were asked to donate candles at the monitor steles. “Illuminated with a mobile phone or a flashlight, a portrait image of a deported person appeared on the screen, their name, occupation and origin. In addition, a QR code was displayed containing a direct link to the respective person in the project’s web app. ” The more people who participated in the installation via activation, the brighter the open courtyard of the Porta Nigra shone in memory of this. person. erinnerlicht-trier.de

Design talents “Communication in Space” prize: Lorenz Fischer, Sophie Fischer, Bastian Franz, Marc Hary, Marian Kost, Leon Morbach, Johann Ober, Sandy Panacek, Vardan Sharma, Julia Wolf. intermediadesign.de/projects/erinnerlicht, Trier University, Intermedia Design Professor Daniel Gilgen and Jonas Eiden. Project participants: Trier University, Faculty III – Modern and Contemporary History: Lena Haase, Alisa Alić, Viktoria Sudmeyer (forschungsstelle-seal.de) and AG Frieden e. V. Trier.

“Remembered – Against Oblivion” 2022 at Porta Nigra.
Photo: Erinnerlicht/Team Waldvideo


“Censorship has many faces, but they all have one thing in common: the withholding of information. In extreme cases, this happens in two ways: by blackening and by making it disappear. I designed a typeface that combines these two extremes of censorship: Index Mono. The goal of Index Mono is to draw attention to censorship,” writes Christine Rudi about her excellent work that aims to draw attention to how censorship removes us from reality when the links that help us understand the world are interpreted. “To make room for the subject, I have designed a book that shows the typeface in use and casts a kaleidoscopic look at the subject of censorship. The core of the book is a visual essay with photos, newspaper clippings, quotes, documents and images, which repeatedly reveal current references and contexts.” The design plays with making information disappear or cover it up. What is censored can only be referred to its context, ie. what is left. “Kaleidoscope of Censorship – Index Mono” collects what the censored leaves behind: “the absence of presence”.

        Edited: Insight into the book

Edited: Insight into the book “Index Mono” by Christine Rudi.
Photo: descom/Elias Biscotti

Design Talents “Design” Award: Christine Rudi.(behance.net/christinerudi). Trier University of Applied Sciences, Communication Design, Professor Andreas Hogan.

Marina Idacyk, second

Marina Idacyk, other “actress” in the short film “Time is a Killer”.
Photo: Gloria Hohmeister/Laurin Keul

The award-winning short film “Time is a Killer” is part of Gloria Hohmeister’s bachelor’s thesis of the same name in fashion design at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, which Volksfreund has already presented. The fashion designer takes up the time. Gloria Hohmeister: “I hate time, I want to ignore and deny it. I try everything, yell at them, insult them and most of all I am angry because absolutely nothing can stop time.” In the short film, an elderly, “mysterious lady” and “a young brat” meet in a laundromat. “Suddenly – a bang. Blood is dripping,” says Hohmeister. The short film tells the story of two mysterious characters whose relationship to each other remains open.” There is something menacing yet amusing in the air, the mood builds to a climax, and the viewer wonders.”

Design Talents “Moving Image” award: Gloria Hohmeister, Trier University of Applied Sciences, fashion design, Professor Dirk Wolfes. Project participants: camera and editing: Gesa Lugner, camera assistant: Lukas Blumann, music: Nico Yun Christmann, Nina Fertig, Gesa Lugner, photography: Laurin Keul, models: Karen Reichelt, Marina Idacyk, make-up: Arduba Hoti, assistant: Malina Ludwig


“Wo sind die Künstlerinnen” – a (color) strong book that campaigns for forgotten women in art by Jessica Frascht.
Photo: descom/Elisa Biscotti

With his book “Wo sind die Künstlerinnen?” Jessica Frascht takes up an old but (unfortunately) still current topic in art and writes: “The best known, most famous and most moving artists always seem to be men. The art market and art history leaves many female artists in the shadows. When you think of art, you think of Picasso, Van Gogh, Dalí or Da Vinci. Why not O’Keeffe, Af Klint, Bourgeois or Kusama?” With this book project, she has followed in the footsteps of the forgotten artists. Although they have a large, impressive body of work to show for themselves, they have fallen into oblivion. It’s time to give women the attention they deserve. The first part of the book explains the historical background and asks why “we know so few women artists and how women were positioned in art history”. In the second part, female artists are presented, among other things, on small posters. Prize Design Talents “Illustration”: Jessica Frascht (jessicafrascht.com). Trier University of Applied Sciences, Communication Design, Professor Henriette Sauvant.

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