Gerda Videsott

She is a fixed-term researcher at the Faculty of Design and Arts, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano. She received her BA in Humanities (Linguistics major) from the University of Trento and her PhD from the University of Augsburg. He has participated in several research projects on language learning from a neurocognitive perspective and the implications of these findings for instructional design. Currently his research area is children’s design.

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    The history of design is rich with figures who have experimented with collaborations with the world of education. The dialogue between the two disciplines has been for design an opportunity to research visual forms and languages, and for education an opportunity to introduce innovative, more creative educational models with a more playful attitude. Today, however, the situation is very different. The two worlds, stimulated by increasingly accessible technology, are experiencing a moment of transition to new centralities. The designer is an increasingly articulate figure, capable of attracting other figures to tackle complex tasks and activate learning practices.

    The Design for Children master’s degree, from the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bolzano, was born and found its place starting from the idea that this ‘soft and spacious’ form of understanding design can be fertile ground for experimenting and implementing new tools and a different way of understanding an educational community. The medium chosen by the curators to respond to such aspirations is dialogue. 

    Those published here – between Lorenzo Bravi and Alessandra Falconi, Pietro Corraini and Monica Guerra, Claude Marzotto and Noemi Satta, Eugenio Cosentino / Parasite 2.0 and Adelita Husni-Bey, Ilaria Rodella and Chiara Guidi, Carlo Tamanini and Marco Peri – involved professionals from various backgrounds: theater, art, cultural mediation, strategic design in the social sphere, museum education and so on; all, however, with the relationship with children at the center of their activities. The value of this book lies in the diversity of approaches, the plurality of cues, suggestions, and openings that the dialogues generated.

    Edited by Giorgio Camuffo and Gerda Videsott
    Illustrations by Chiara Zilioli
    Book design Giulia Pezzin

    12 × 18 cm
    128 pages
    Isbn 978-88-98030-64-4
    First published July 2023