beyond tellerrand Düsseldorf Recap

Where Creativity and Technology Meet

Author: Helene Hohmann

The 2024 beyond tellerrand conference in Düsseldorf, held on May 13th and 14th, was a vibrant gathering of professionals and enthusiasts from the realms of design, technology, and web development. The event, which took place at the Capitol Theater, featured a diverse lineup of speakers and workshops aimed at fostering creativity and innovation. The phrase beyond tellerrand combines the English word beyond with the German expression “Über den Tellerrand schauen,” which translates to “thinking outside the box.”

First day started with an inspiring talk by Chris Campe, a lettering designer from Hamburg who talked about her transition from a designer, who draws what her clients ask her to draw, to an artist, who write her own texts and initiates her own projects.

Key highlights included talks by Stefan Sagmeister, who discussed long-term perspectives on global issues in his talk Now is Better, and Maggie Appleton, who explored the impact of generative AI on digital spaces in The Expanding Dark Forest and Generative AI. Sophie Tahran spoke about her work at The New Yorker as Director of Content Design, Laura Kalbag a British designer discussed ethical technology design, Oliver Schöndorfer on typographic accessibility, Natalya Shelburne on the role of artists in the age of AI and David Thomas addressed the human aspects of web engagement. Ferdinand Ulrich gave the audience a very exciting insight into his work as a typographer and a type history researcher.

And the list of motivating and inspiring speakers doesn’t end here: David de Léon, Adrienne Tacke and Michael Trautmann were also part of the conference.

Overall, the 2024 beyond tellerrand conference continued its tradition of bridging the gap between design and technology, offering a platform for meaningful exchanges and inspiring creative solutions, providing attendees with both educational and networking opportunities​.

More info about beyond tellerrand 2024 here.

Images: © Florian Ziegler, Bart van Kersavond

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