born 08/08/1959 in Munich-Schwabing / Upper Bavaria.
Studied Theory of Science, Logic and Theoretical Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University at Munich, achieved the degree „Diplom-Ingenieur“ in Civil Engineering at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. Received a German Academic Exchange Service postgraduate scholarship in Business, Public Relations and Psychology at NYSID, New York City / Manhattan, USA. Since 1999 professorship for Computer Aided Design and Marketing as well as Corporate Design at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. As of 2003 professorship for Technical Design at Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg. From 2004 on, Dean and Chair of Industrial Design at Linz, Austria, repositioning under the brand “scionic®”. Axel Thallemer is a visiting professor at the following universities: University of Houston, Texas, USA; Acad
First appointment in a brand identity agency at Hamburg, working then for five years as Design Engineer in the styling studio at the Research and Development Center of Porsche AG, Stuttgart, initiating the introduction of the Computer Aided Styling process. 1994 founder and Head of Festo Corporate Design for long-lasting capital goods and components of industrial automation; – since 2004 self-employed under the motto “… innovation input by team Airena®!”
Participation in numerous group exhibitions and his designs are included in permanent collections of eight museums around the world. Since 2002 appointed Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, London, founded in 1754.
The many other honors received by Professor Thallemer include the following: Federal Awards of German Product Design 1998, 2000 (twofold) and 2002 from the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology; Silver and Gold Industrial Design Excellence Awards USA, from the Industrial Designers Society of America; Good Design Awards from The Chicago Athenaeum; Excellence for Material Development and Best of Show at the Material ConneXion, New York City; Best of Category, ID Annual Design Review for ID Magazine, New York City; Contender, 5th in the world, of Core77 International Heavyweight Design Championship; The Animago 3D Award, Los Angeles; Merit and Distinctive Merit Awards from the Art Directors Club of New York, USA; Design Week Award from the London Design Week; Singapore Design Award; I
“”I want to prove that there is design beyond fashion and styling, a reason for a product’s being, not for the mere sake of functionality or utilitarianism.””
(Prof. Axel Thallemer)
The author Axel Thallemer was juror at the international product design prize “”red dot award”” 2011. Mid-May, a jury of all together 17 experts had the important task of shortlisting the most creative and innovative, yet manufacturable, ideas and prototypes in the field “”design concept.””
Take a look at the interview with Axel Thallemer and learn more about his attitude towards design concepts.