Science meets art

Design students take part in a competition to develop wall art for the Joint Research Centre

Undergraduates from the Information and Communication Design programme at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences took part in a competition and designed a number of wall illustrations for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy. The designs of Ines Czuia, Bianca di Giovanni, Benjamin Liebl and Nico Schröder have now been selected for prominent display.


Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, March 28, 2015: Ten third- and fifth-semester students of the Information and Communication Design, B.A. programme at the Faculty of Communication and Environment have designed a number of creative wall art illustrations for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy as part of a semester project. The project was supervised by Prof. Jörg Petri, Professor of Media Production at Rhine-Waal University.

The project aimed at developing a design which immediately conveys the research purpose of the new facility – an e-mobility laboratory – to visitors. The three winners were selected by an expert jury consisting of Darren McGarry, Public Relations and Communications Manager of the JRC, Dr. Alois Krasenbrink, head of the Sustainable Transport Unit of the European Commission, and Dipl. Des. Christian Stindl.

The first prize design by Benjamin Liebl shows pictograms of different research areas in the field of e-mobility to stress its manifoldness. “It has been quite a complex task. The institutes’ variety of research fields and laboratories had to be conveyed in such a way that passers-by without previous knowledge immediately grasp what researchers work on”, explains Professor Jörg Petri.

Ines Czuia’s and Bianca di Giovanni’s design addresses the topic of connectivity, which is one of the main objectives concerning the future of European energy. A cable as a means of transport illustrates the different areas by transforming into various symbols. Due to their stylisation and a special luminescent paint, these symbols are clearly visible even from a great distance or at night.

Nico Schröder focused on the complex network of different sections within the field of e-mobility. Different lines illustrate the manifoldness of research areas by forming into a network that connects e.g. infrastructure, resource efficiency, e-mobility or future standardisation.