Computational design

Computational design changes the way we design and produce. But it can also change the way design looks like. “designstrategies.org” explores the impact of computational design on our environment and will teach you how to do it!
Computational design

Design strategies

Computer think digital, humans think analog. Computational design is based on digital design strategies, the way, computer think. A good understanding and practise of these strategies will make the computer a better friend and help you with your own design.
Digital fabrication

Digital fabrication

Digital fabrication methods like 3d printing, CNC milling and laser cutting translate your computational design into reality and enable you to create a great variety of individual design solutions. But how does this work?


Learn the principles of ‘Design Strategies’ for your projects!The learning sections are based on the teaching and research experience of “Digitales Entwerfen” at School of design Mainz, Germany. Software: mainly 3ds max and para 3d.


For insights and inspiration - the blog area is a selection of external talks, projects and inspiration in the field of computational design.

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  • Digital Design, Digital Production

    Indivdidual motion space @ domotex 2018

    VR application to create individualised spaces by using body movements »Individual Motion Space« is a virtual reality application, which enables users to create individually designed spaces in real time through the movement of their body. After the creation process the result will be transposed into real space with the help of digital fabrication technologies. Motion […]

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    Merry christmas and a happy new year to everybody!

    “Hallelujah” with Jammin`Cool for Christmas 2017! This video is a live recording of the song “Hallelujah” from Leonard Cohen at the “Symphonic Rock Christmas” concert of Jammin Cool, Rheingoldhalle Mainz, 19th December 2017. Singing and Guitar: Hayo Demmig Cello: Klaus Teltenkötter Band: Jammin Cool Thanks a lot to Heiko Schulz, Jammin` Cool and their great […]

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    Klaus Teltenkötter: PechaKucha Night “Blackout”

    PechaKucha  is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Link PechaKucha “Blackout” The digital future will be great! But what happens, if we run out of electricity, out of internet: blackout! What will we do? How long will […]

  • Digital Design

    DE 2, Conceptual Design “Pattern 6”, SoSe 2017

    Das Semester beschäftigt sich mit der Erlernung und Einübung digitaler Entwurfsstrategien als Conceptual Design anhand einer einfachen Entwurfsaufgabe in 3D: „Shop für ein Modelabel“ auf Basis eines vorgegebenen 2D-Pattern. Die Studierenden erlernen das photorealistische Visualisieren ihrer Entwurfsübung. Hierbei stehen Themen wie Material, Licht und Bildatmosphäre für die Erstellung der atmosphärischen Visualisierungen im Mittelpunkt.

  • Digital Design

    DE1, “Digitale Gestaltungsgrundlagen”, “Pattern 6”, SoSe 2017

    Der Kurs „Digitales Entwerfen 1“ im ersten Semester vermittelt die Grundlagen im Umgang mit dem Computer im Bereich der Darstellenden Geometrie sowie digitaler Präsentationstechniken anhand von Mustern- Pattern. Die Studenten werden in die Lage versetzt, mit Hilfe des Computers Geometrien dreidimensional zu bearbeiten und in ein physisches Architekturmodell zu überführen. Grundkenntnisse für die Erstellung atmosphärischer […]

  • Digital Design, Digital Production

    DE3 “Abstraktion: Real/Virtuell/Real”

    Aufgabe war es, ein reales Objekt dreidimensional einzuscannen und mit Hilfe der digitalen Designstrategien Waffelstruktur und planare Flächenmodelle digital zu abstrahieren. Hierfür wurden die Lieblingsplüschtiere einer Kindergartengruppe des Kindergartens “Kinderhaus & Familienhaus” Mainz eingescannt und digital bearbeitet. Die abstrahierten 3d Modelle sollen mit Hilfe Digitaler Fertigungstechnologien (Roboter, 3d Drucker und Lasercutter) wieder in die Realität […]

  • Digital Production, Video

    Robolab for digital fabrication

    Robolab University Of Applied Science Mainz is an interdisciplinary lab powered by Carl Zeiss Stiftung. It consists of the area “surveying technology”, “digital fabrication” and “human machine interaction”. “Robolab digital fabrication” as part of Robolab is located at School Of Design Mainz, interior architecture. Focus of “Robolab digital fabrication” is to enable designers to create […]

  • Modelling

    “Edit Poly” modifier

    This video explains you the basics of “edit poly” from a design point of view and should enable you to design most of your designs via “Edit poly”.