Meike Hardt

Design & Research

Mail

0163 250 70 32

Meike Hardt is an independent design researcher and graphic designer currently based in Cologne, Germany. Her activities comprise design, research, consulting and mediation, whereby she understands design as a cross-disciplinary domain. As a designer and researcher, she engages with current social, cultural and political issues and is dedicated to a situative, collaborative, inclusive and care-taking work philosophy.


She is co-founder of the design studio m—d—buero, a collaboration with Daniela Rota and Ramona Heiligensetzer located both in Cologne, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. Within this environment, she works on commissioned projects and self-initiated, ranging from visual identities, signage systems, editorial design to consulting. As a coordinator and researcher, she is involved in the research project “Critical by Design? The Potentials and Limitations of Materialized Critique”, as part of the research project: “Critical Artefakt” conducted by the IXDM Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art and Design in Basel, Switzerland.


She enthusiastically organizes spaces to converse and to exchange ideas, places to learn together and from one another. For example, she is the initiator of Feminist Design Reading Group, a safe and democratic space, where designers and creators delve into subjects and questions on power structures, forms of discrimination and precariousness in the field of design. Furthermore, she is part of the design research group RIBL, Research Institute of Botanical Linguistics, an explorative venture that carefully listens to humans and non-humans needs and tries to understand a multitude of lived realities, as a means to investigate and address environmental and ecological issues.


In her research work, she looks at alternative (design-) economies, in response to precarious working and living conditions in the culture and design industry. Her main questions are, how are precarious structures implemented in (design-) tools and organizational forms and what tools and organizational forms are required to force fair, inclusive and equal (design-) economies. The main area of this research is located at the intersection of design with feminist and critical theory.


If you want to learn more about my work or would like to have a cup of coffee with me, don´t hesitate to get in touch!

Meike Hardt

Design & Research

Mail

0163 250 70 32

Meike Hardt is an independent design researcher and graphic designer currently based in Cologne, Germany. Her activities comprise design, research, consulting and mediation, whereby she understands design as a cross-disciplinary domain. As a designer and researcher, she engages with current social, cultural and political issues and is dedicated to a situative, collaborative, inclusive and care-taking work philosophy.


She is co-founder of the design studio m—d—buero, a collaboration with Daniela Rota and Ramona Heiligensetzer located both in Cologne, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. Within this environment, she works on commissioned projects and self-initiated projects, ranging from visual identities, signage systems, editorial design to consulting. As a coordinator and researcher, she is involved in the research project “Critical by Design? The Potentials and Limitations of Materialized Critique”, as part of the research project: “Critical Artefakt” conducted by the IXDM Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures, Academy of Art and Design in Basel, Switzerland.


She enthusiastically organizes spaces to converse and to exchange ideas, places to learn together and from one another. For example, she is the initiator of Feminist Design Reading Group, a safe and democratic space, where designers and creators delve into subjects and questions on power structures, forms of discrimination and precariousness in the field of design. Furthermore, she is part of the design research group RIBL, Research Institute of Botanical Linguistics, an explorative venture that carefully listens to humans and non-humans needs and tries to understand a multitude of lived realities, as a means to investigate and address environmental and ecological issues.


In her research work, she looks at alternative (design-) economies, in response to precarious working and living conditions in the culture and design industry. Her main questions are, how are precarious structures implemented in (design-) tools and organizational forms and what tools and organizational forms are required to force fair, inclusive and equal (design-) economies. The main area of this research is located at the intersection of design with feminist and critical theory.


If you want to learn more about my work or would like to have a cup of coffee with me, don´t hesitate to get in touch!