From Science to Design: Judges of Red Dot Design Award Reveal the Mystery



In 2015, five leading masters of global industrial design including Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, the Founder and CEO of Red Dot Design Award and four Red Dot judges including Prof. Martin Beeh, Prof. Michel de Boor, Dr. Thomas Lockwood and Gordon Bruce, exchanged ideas with students at the Red Dot Academy.


Red Dot Academy starts its 2016 recruitment now. Do you want to be the next Red Dot participant?


 Theme of the Red Dot Academy 2016:

“From Science to Design: How Inventions Will Shape Our Future”


Course Module of the Red Dot Academy 2016:

Design for future mobility

Lecturer: Prof. Lutz Fügener


Design and New Materials

Lecturer: Prof. Aart van Bezooijen


Interdependency of design and technology

Lecturer: Hideshi Hamaguchi


Design with new production methods – 3D printing

Lecturer: Joris Debo


 Prof. Lutz Fügener

Professor Lutz Fügener began his studies at the Technical University Dresden, where he completed a foundation course in mechanical engineering. He then transferred to the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle/Saale, Germany, where he obtained a degree in industrial design in 1995.

In the same year, he became junior partner of Fisch & Vogel Design in Berlin. Since then, the firm (today called “studioFT”) has increasingly specialised in transportation design. Two years after joining the firm, Lutz Fügener became senior partner and co-owner. Since 2000, he has been chair of the BA degree course in transportation design and is a member of the board of governors of Pforzheim University.



Prof. Aart van Bezooijen

Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch materials expert based in Hamburg since 2005. Material Stories ( is where he brings together his industrial design training (TU Delft) with a passion for materials. His conceptual and experimental approach to materials inspires a more competitive, innovative and sustainable design. Aart loves work and travel in exploring local crafts and material culture and is cofounder of the project and book “Itʼs Not Easy Being Green: Two Designers Exploring Sustainability Worldwide” ( Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design establishing the Burg Material collection. In collaboration with Dr. Filipe Natálio, he initiated GROW, a platform that supports interdisciplinary art/science projects since 2014 (



 Hideshi Hamaguchi

Hideshi Hamaguchi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Kyoto University. Starting his career with Panasonic in Japan, Hamaguchi later became director of the New Business Planning Group at Panasonic Electric Works, Ltd. and then executive vice president of Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America, Inc.

In 1993, he developed Japan’s first corporate Intranet and also led the concept development for the first USB flash drive. Hideshi Hamaguchi has over 15 years of experience in defining strategies and decision-making, as well as in concept development for various industries and businesses. As Executive Fellow at Ziba Design and CEO at monogoto, he is today considered a leading mind in creative concept and strategy development on both sides of the Pacific and is involved in almost every project this renowned business consultancy takes on.

For clients such as FedEx, Polycom and M-System he has led the development of several award-winning products.



Joris Debo

Joris Debo is the Creative Director of Materialise, a leading provider of additive manufacturing software and sophisticated 3D printing services. He previously held the same post for Materialise’s consumer goods division. MGX by Materialise, which features a line of design products that is currently exported to over 20 countries worldwide; has received many awards, including Good Design and Red Dot Design Awards; is featured in numerous international museums, including the MoMA and Metropolitan museum of arts in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris; and regularly appears in top design and decor publications such as: Icon, Surface Magazine, Elle Decor and Vogue Living.

 With over 11 years of experience in additive manufacturing, Joris has built up a unique knowledge of 3D Printing for consumer goods, art, design and fashion and has worked closely with a number of leading artists, designers and companies helping them bring their visions successfully to life. As such, he has been at the forefront of many innovations in this industry. Joris holds a M.Sc. in Industrial design and has shared his passion for 3D printing by speaking at Pratt Institute, Harvard, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, Museum of Arts and Design, Eyebeam, Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture, Metropolitan Museum of Art NY and many more.


Joris is also the Co-Founder and Managing Director of fashion label Revisited. The label was founded in 2010 in Brooklyn, NY and is currently based in both NYC (USA) and Antwerp (Belgium). Revisited is focusing on creating collections of minimal, effortless and unique pieces.



Review of the Red Dot Academy 2015


The Red Dot Academy is not just a design master’s class, neither only a professional sharing session or a chance to improve your design skill. It is a platform for the international design masters from all fields to share their successful design experience and for the students to feel the power of design concept and build their own design concept.

— Huang Qinghui,

 Senior Manager of the Design Department,

 SAIC Motor


I have learned about the gap between international design and Chinese design through the Red Dot Academy. In foreign countries, design is a systematic project; we have a lot to learn in China.

— Dong Pingli,

General Manager of the Design Center,

JOMMO Co., Ltd


I have attended the Red Dot Academy for two years, learned the latest design concept and improved my international vision.

— Hu Yongxin,

General Manager of Zhongxin Cookware Co., Ltd


Group Photo of the Red Dot Academy 2015


Lecture of Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, the Founder and CEO of Red Dot Design Award

     Lecture of Prof. Michel de Boor


Lecture of Prof. Martin Beeh

      Lecture of Gordon Bruce


Lecture of Dr. Thomas Lockwood

Photo of the 2015 participants


Registration starts now with only 60 seats!

Small-class setting with only 15 students per class, allowing face-to-face interaction between students and lecturers;

On-site English-to-Chinese simultaneous interpretation;

Written examination at the end of the courses;

Students who pass the examination shall be awarded certificate from the German Red Dot Organization

 (Students who attend at least 3 courses are permitted to take the examination).


Date: Oct. 29-30, 2016

Location: Xiamen International Convention and Exhibition Center

Tel. for Consultation and Registration: 15959210986 (Banmie)





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