Congratulations to KISD student Yu-Min Tsai for his award-winning poster “Where am I?“ in the context of the 32nd edition of the nationwide Poster Competition organized by Deutsches Studentenwerk (German Student Union). Tsai’s work, at KISD supervised by Prof. Michael Gais, was ranked second place with a cash value of 2,000 euro.

The award ceremony took place in late June 2018 at Museum für Kommunikation Berlin. Almost 650 posters by 357 students from 33 universities had been submitted for this year’s competition branded with the task of “My Studies, my Family – and I“. According to the organizers, the assignment dealt with the following questions. “What does the term family mean for today’s students? How much are they influenced by their families and what part does the term play for them during their studies? Does family stand for support, approval, home, desire, or is it a burden?

KISD professor Michael Gais said: “Yu-Min Tsai’s draft is dominated by a lot of typo (studies and family) so that there is almost no time left for other activities, even unfolding your personality is a difficult, almost impossible task. At first sight, this may appear burdensome and scary. However, who knows Yu-Min Tsai and his cheerful and canny character better, knows for sure – that the protagonist in the poster is smiling and can laugh about his situation and his seriousness. Thus, the poster is rather a call to positively look into the future and to take control of one’s individual life.“

Ranked best in the competition was Julia Baumgarten, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, for her poster “Mama sagt (Mama says)“. The award came up with two second places (worth 2,000 euro) and two third places (worth 1,000 euro).
Prof. Dr. Rolf-Dieter Postlep, president of the German Student Union, said: “The design students have submitted quite a huge range of interesting, different, and very nuanced answers to our assignment what family can mean for them during their studies. In my opinion, that’s very intriguing and interesting to have such a variety of ideas and drafts.“
The Poster Competition of the German Student Union, addressed to design students, is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with the Berlin-based Museum für Kommunikation as an associated partner.
The poster competition’s jury consisted of Prof. Anna Berkenbusch, Prof. Johannes Bergerhausen, Prof. Gerwin Schmidt, Regine Meldt, and Thomas Schmalz.

“My Studies, my Family – and I“
32nd edition of the Poster Competition by German Student Union (Deutschen Studentenwerk) 2017/18


First prize, 3,000 euro for “Mama sagt (Mama Says)“
Julia Baumgarten, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences

Second prize, 2,000 euro, für „plus x bar“
Jannis Maroscheck, Würzburg-Schweinfurt University of Applied Sciences

Second prize, 2,000 euro for “Where am I?“
Yu-Min Tsai, KISD – Köln International School of Design, TH Köln

Third prize, 1,000 euro, für “Heimkommen (Coming Home)“
Michelle Pham, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Third prize, 1,000 euro for “Jenga“
Joel Bertram, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

Third prize, 1,000 euro for “Was machen? (What to Do?)“
Lukas Cvitak, University of the Arts Bremen

Picture credits: Kay Herschelmann