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Collection Design-Info-Pool

Curator: Heidemarie Caltik
Being the largest specialized online archive, the MAK Design Info Pool (DIP) collects information and media material on more than 2,500 Austrian designers and almost 8,000 design objects with the goal of affording an in-depth survey of Austrian design production. The MAK DIP sees itself as a research platform and information contact for the creative community, the scientific community and for the Creative Industries as well as a central communication hub on all matter related to Austrian design.

The MAK Design Info Pool (dip) is a virtual collection and presentation platform for 20th and 21st century Austrian design, which covers all aspects of craft-centered, industrial, or artistic design production in Austria. To give a comprehensive picture of Austrian design production and its exponents, the pool includes renowned and present-day design positions as well as the MAK-specific crossing of design, architecture, and art. Another goal of the documentation work is to invite experts on different design epochs as commentators to analyze and evaluate definite key works of Austrian design from the collection from the end of the Wiener Werkstätte in 1932 until today.
 

Established 1990, the MAK Design-Info-Pool is not only a communicator and exchange hub, but, since 2000, has also been a special segment of the museum’s collection, which tries to give traditional collecting activities an adequate form in a virtual context—beyond the physical compilation of selected objects—so as to facilitate a genuinely contemporary access to the material.

Since 1994, new techniques of museum presentation and education have been put to test in order to optimize information processing and visualization standards. The search engine developed by MAK-DIP meets the need of both specialized research and general public interest.
 
Designers, architects, and artists participating are given an opportunity of publishing design information and updating their portfolios online–in dialogue with the MAK. Currently more than 5,000 design projects by 1,200 creators and 670 design producers are entered in the data base; 60 percent of them with detailed descriptions and comments by jurors, curators, and critics and about 1,100 projects with up to nine national and international awards. On an average, the Design Info Pool has 5,000 to 6,000 visitors per month.
 

Due to a system changeover, the virtual design collection MAK dip is currently offline. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

From the exhibition series DesignShowcases©, which presented—in dynamic succession and in different sites at the MAK—selected designers and design studios, numerous design objects could be entered into the collection. Between 2001 and 2008, more than 30 exhibitions were shown which had been developed out of the collection.
 

dip–Special Archives

A deepening of the collection of contemporary Austrian design at the MAK was achieved by building up special archives with the purpose of researching and presenting the life and work of selected Austrian design personalities who were born, or work, in Austria, who develop counter-strategies to the deficiencies of our time, civilization, or society, who may act as role models or provide impulses.
 
One central task of these special archives is building up comprehensive collections of sources, including key works and reception documentations. A technological innovation is the development of an online research platform which enables experts with an interdisciplinary research focus from all over Europe to define and comment, on the basis of a quality search pattern, key works and lifelong themes.
 

Special Archive Carol Christian Poell
Carol Christian Poell is one of the most important exponents of a subversive and socially critical contemporary fashion art. His interest is the rejuvenation of traditional craftsmanship through cutting-edge innovative materials and processing technologies. Researching and documenting these strategies and technologies is the goal of the archive which was started in 2002. The web-based Carol Christian Poell research portal for the project team of researchers, for an expert and the general public is continually updated.
 
Key features:
– Web portal with 3 content levels
– 200 key works with multiple comments 

Key features:
– Web portal with 3 content levels
– 200 key works with multiple comments
 

carolchristianpoell.MAK.at

Over the medium term, a presentation of research results is planned which places real objects in scenographic media settings.
 

Special Archive Peter Noever
Published and unpublished writings of design thinker Peter Noever were documented in a pilot segment. This archive of sources comprises more than 1,500 discursive pieces on design, architecture, art, and society which will be made accessible to academic research. Peter Noever's web-based research portal is since 2003 accessible and has been updated till 2011. The entire bibliographical textual material is for research purposes on request at the Design-Info-Pool accessible ().
 

peternoever.MAK.at
 

Special Archive Helmut Lang
Helmut Lang is considered as a fashion pioneer and trendsetter of the 1990s. With his extreme minimalism, he had considerable influence on the international scene and also developed new media strategies.
 
As a generous and comprehensive donation in 2010, Helmut Lang gave to the MAK his entire graphics and corporate archive and a substantial cross-section of key designs from his collections between 1984 and 2005.
 
The special archive was established at the MAK as a central HELMUT LANG Sources Archive for the documentation, research, and presentation of Lang's creative work in the area of fashion. Since 2014 the Helmut Lang Archive got its own area in the MAK DESIGN LAB.


helmutlang.MAK.at

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