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Output. Studentenselbstverwaltung der Hochschule für Gestaltung. (No 1–2, 6/7, 8–16, 17/18, 19, 20–23, 24/25 & 26

HfG Ulm. Bense, Max et al

Ulm. Studentenselbstverwaltung der Hochschule fur Gestaltung. 1961–1964
An extensive run of the very scarce student journals at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm.

The Hochschule fur Gestaltung Ulm was founded in 1953 by Inge Aicher-Scholl, Otl Aicher and Max Bill. Its importance as a design university is second only to the Bauhaus. Joseph Albers, Johannes Itten, Josef Müller-Brockmann and many other luminaries passed through its doors. The school was closed in 1968 as a result of internal disputes.

The present set comprises no. 1 (Marz 1961), no. 2 (April 1961), Nos. 6 + 7 (November und Dezember 1961), No. 8 (Januar 62), No. 9 (Februar 62), No. 10 (Marz 62), No 11 (April 1962), No. 12 (Mai 1962), No. 13 (Juli 1962), No. 14 (Oktober 1962), No. 15 (undated), No. 16 (undated), No. 17/18 (undated, titled 'anpassbares bauen zwei beitrage'), No. 19 (undated, titled 'analyse einer saniareinrichtung - mikrozero im studio f - fertiggebaut in ulm') and nos. 20– 26 (all dated 1964).

The initial issues of 'output' contain predominately text and are of a different format (A4 or A5 respectively). Subsequent issues contain mainly illustrations, mostly collaged drawings with the faces of Ulm professors (those of Max Bill & Anthony Froshaug are instantly recognisable). Subjects range from school politics, seminar notices, the student work at HfG Ulm, British industrial design and construction, town planning, research methodologies, art in the machine age, Japanese design, design pedagogy, humorous surveys, diagrams and tables, film screenings and reprinted texts by professors associated with the school (by Max Bense, Margit Staber et al).

The set contains duplicate issues of 'output 19' ('analyse einer saniareinrichtung - mikrozero im studio f - fertiggebaut in ulm'), 'output 20' and 'output 21' (with and without the decorative obi band). Several of the earlier issues with brown wrappers have small annotations to the covers to denote the issue no.

'The student journal 'output' opens up another, often more revealing, view of the life and debates of the school.' (Robin Kinross, 'Journal of Design History').
23 vols. Mostly Square 4to. (210 x 198 mm). Illustrated throughout in black and white. Original publisher's printed card wrappers with text printed in black (later issues with hole-punches denoting issue number).

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