The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar dates back to the 19th century. To this day, it adheres to the basic principles of the Bauhaus school of art founded by Walter Gropius in 1919, which is considered to be one of the most influential design schools of the 20th century. One of its primary objectives is to engage in a lively and critical examination of tradition. The university currently has some 4,000 students enrolled in approximately 40 study courses.
Students in the fields of product design (faculty of design), media architecture (faculties of media and architecture) and, in particular, media art and design within the discipline of interface design took part in the Siemens Home Appliances Design Award. In true Bauhaus tradition, the media art and design study course pursues an international and interdisciplinary approach of bringing together art and technology.
In addition to focusing on the development, design, and implementation of, and research into user-friendly interfaces with conventional and innovative technologies, the study course promotes a critical, artistic approach. It includes considerations of spatial quality, systems theory aspects, and comprehensive service design.
The project was overseen by Michael Markert, who is a qualified designer with a postgraduate degree in art and the public space. Since 2015, he has been the visiting professor of interface design.