Jenz Großhans completed an apprenticeship as chef, studied computer science and worked as a motor mechanic. He directed a restaurant and a leasing garage and worked in numerous occupational areas.
He studied product design and for several terms visual communication at Schwäbisch Gmünd. Sinde 1990 he directs together with his wife Dipl.Des. Miriam Arsad a design office.
Main focus of his office is communication (visual appearances, print media, internet) and 3D-area (stands, interior, products) was well as long term conceptional consulting. Often integrated into a circle of different experts such as lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers or doctors, there are worked out concepts for the development of technologies, structures or locations for companies, municipalities and institutions. In workshops and seminars there are defined product ranges, strategic goals and corporate philosophies.
Jenz Großhans has leaded numerous seminars and trainings for companies and unions until he offered the first project at the Köln International School of Design in 1999.
»I see the main focus of my teaching activity in the imparting of a conceptional and transdisciplinary thinking«. Structure planing as an integral element of rational design solutions is in an exciting contrast with a free, emotional approach, linear work changes with associative design. At the pendulum between these poles the designer has the task to find a meaningful focus.
Particularly I attach great importance to the imparting of basic competences within the actual project work at the »Cologne Model of design education«. In this context design is more than just the processing of an isolated field of study, taking into consideration different neighbour disciplines – especially today– belongs to a round solution.«
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