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, people 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 helps you with your own design.
Digital fabrication

Digital fabrication

Digital fabrication methods such as 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, para 3d and Rhino.


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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  • Modelling

    How to model a coffee mug with Gumball + Open Sub Division

    This video is an introduction video for Rhino 6 with the focus: precise modeling with the Gumball.

  • Digital Design

    Werkstattgespräche / Dreiform / Ralf Nähring

    Oberflächen mit Tiefe “Design an der Schnittstelle von physischem Erleben und digitaler Erweiterung” As part of our new event series “WERKSTATTGESPRÄCHE-BEHIND THE SCENES”, Ralf Nähring, Managing Director of the Cologne-based agency dreiform, gave a very exciting lecture on 19 June 2018 followed by a round of discussions. Since 2001 dreiform has been very successfully developing […]

  • Digital Design

    DE 2, Conceptual Design “Pattern 7”, WS 2017/2018

    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 7”, WiSe 2017/2018

    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

    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 […]

  • Modelling

    Modell and visualize a pavilion by Doaa Alasharif

    This video is produced by Doaa Alasharif, a co-worker of Rhino Robert McNeel & Associates and member of Rhino Tutorials. The video is a good starting point with many practical tips for learning Rhino in the design context. You will learn the basic functionality of rhino in therms of modeling, visualisation, programming in grashopper and […]

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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 […]

  • Visualisation