Prof. Marion Digel

_Industrial Design | Foundations and Basic Design 3D
_Faculty: 4

Musikalität reicht nicht, man muss auch die Noten beherrschen, um komponieren zu können. Auch Kreativität allein reicht nicht aus, damit Studierende des Industrial Design erfolgreich entwerfen können. Sie müssen lernen, die Parameter der Gestaltung – wie Form, Farbe, Oberfläche, Proportion und Konstruktion – zu verstehen und anzuwenden. Erst wenn sie dieses Vokabular beherrschen, können sie sich bewusst gestalterisch ausdrücken.

_Phone: +49 (0) 201_6505-1400 | -1401 (Dekanat) (official)
_Location: 2.04 | 1.34
_Campus: Welterbe Zollverein | Quartier Nord


Curriculum Vitae


Liberal Arts Education at the University of Connecticut, Minor in Graphic Design.


Major in Industrial Design at the University of the Arts, Berlin. Degree: Diploma


Foundation and organization of a design department at SICHERT GmbH, a producer
of Medical and Corporate Furniture.

1992 - 2006

Head of the Design studio designmariondigel
On the side: Teaching experience at several design schools

Since 2006

Freelance Designer in the fields of Furniture-, Product-, and Environmental Design

Since 2006

Permanent position as Professor for Foundations and Basic Design in 3D at the
department of Industrial Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts. (tenure track)

Since 2007

Chairperson of the department. Responsibility for the development of International networks of the design faculty and for international collaboration projects as well as for exhibitions of the department.

Teaching and research:

Design foundations are communicated to the students as a “topography” of the design media and design phenomena. Or– one could also say as a testing arrangement for the experiment
in design.

Basic Design education by Marion Digel involves the experience with fundamental phenomena and knowledge of terminologies and media on which students can base their independent creative design activity and understanding. It associates the relations and dependencies of these factors with each other and in relation to design quality. According to the Folkwang philosophy, Marion Digel encourages experimental and perception based design and offers various perspectives
to the design process. Classical and standardized rules and principles are discussed critically with students as an instrument to measure and broaden their own design thinking and acting.

Studio courses involve aspects of the design process, such as creative methodologies and the use of semantics and metaphors. The enhancement of structural knowledge and the acquaintance with colour-and surface design are integrated in the studio projects. Students learn to set parameters
for the practical and theoretical process of dealing with a certain problem in order to develop their individual design language.

What will be the demands on design educators in the future and how will contents and didactics have to change in view of our ever changing world? How will we encounter future questions in a global design context? How can we adapt our didactics to the demands of changing media and the changing qualities of human interaction and communication? How will the view of our world and the human condition change and how will we develop our values and our references in design?
For Prof. Digel, these and similar questions are central to the research of further development of design fundamentals in terms of a “vertical”, dynamic and constructive didactic structure.


  • “Papermade - Wohnen mit Papier und Karton”, Mosaik Verlag 2002, - ISBN 3-576-11631-1
  • ID-2008, Yearbook Industrial Design, Folkwang University 2008, - ISBN 978-3-9812754-0-7
  • ID-2009, Yearbook Industrial Design, Folkwang University 2009, - ISBN 978-3-937787-24-4