Carola Zwick

Product/Industrial Designer; Interaction Designer / Germany / Studio 7.5; Weissensee Academy of Art, Berlin

Carola Zwick holds a Diploma in Industrial Design from Berlin University of the Arts (UdK).

In 1992 she cofounded Studio 7.5 in Berlin. Studio 7.5 conducts research and develops products for companies such as Rosenthal, Wilkhahn, L&C Stendal, Ford Motor Company, and Herman Miller. The studio has won several awards, including the Red Dot; Studio 7.5’s Setu line of chairs for Herman Miller received the Industrial Designers of America (IDSA) Design of the Decade Award for Best Sustainable Design Solution in 2010.

Carola Zwick’s career in design education spans more than 18 years: after serving as Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, where she helped to implement an interaction design class within the industrial design department, she held the position of Chair of Interaction Design at the University of Applied Sciences Madgeburg-Stendal from 1998 to 2008. Since 2008 she has been Professor of Product Design with a focus on Interaction at the Weissensee School of Art in Berlin. There she initiated the eLAB—a transdisciplinary laboratory for the prototyping of interactions with emerging technologies.

Zwick is a coauthor of several books on design issued by AVA Publishing (London) and most recently co-edited The Digital Turn for Park Books (Zurich).

Carola Zwick is Principal Investigator for the German Excellence Cluster called Image Knowledge Gestaltung, an interdisciplinary laboratory based at Humboldt University in Berlin in which humanities, sciences, and technology studies as well as the design disciplines aim to develop a new concept of research. This integrative scholarly platform consists of 22 disciplines from numerous university and non-university research institutions and museums. Zwick also is a member of the board of the DAAD exchange program, served as a juror for the D&AD Yellow Pencil Award for 2012, and is on the panel for the CHI 2013 Student Design Competition.

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