BRAUN History Lecture

Graduate Industrial Design students participated in a small group discussion and lecture about BRAUN with Visiting Designer Michael Burke.

BRAUN, a Germany-based company that specializes in electronics, has a rich and important design history. Michael Burke is the first Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ Visiting Professor. Burke’s lecture went beyond Braun product design to include an analysis of BRAUN’s use of identity on products, branding and printed materials. Burke also talked about the relationship between Braun and the Ulm School of Design.

Michael Burke studied graphic design and later taught at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design in England and has taught in the United States at Ohio State University, lectured at Rochester Institute of Technology and, also in Germany, at the Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau. He has participated as a visiting scholar/designer at the University of Venice (IUAV) in Italy. He is a Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbish Gmünd, one of Germany’s leading design schools where he was on the faculty for 20 years.

As a design professional he worked with Otl Aicher on the graphics for the 1976 Olympics in Munich, Germany. He was a member of the team in the UK that produced the groundbreaking publication OCTAVO between 1984 and 2001. With colleague Peter Wildbur, he produced the seminal volume INFORMATION GRAPHICS in 1998. Burke was also guest editor of Graphics International, contributing a major article on Herbert Bayer’s World Geo Atlas. For the London Design Museum, Burke curated a major exhibit on information design. He has also collaborated with Professor Joachim Krausse on basic research on the Isotype symbol language and has collaborated with James Peto at the Wellcome Trust in London on interpretive exhibit design on medical subjects. For the London Design Museum, Burke curated a major exhibit on Information Design.