Institute of HfG Offenbach
The Design Institute of Technology (DIT) is an institute within the Department of Design of the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Offenbach am Main and serves as a project and research platform for the discipline of Technical Products and Product Systems represented by Prof. Frank Zebner.
Design research and development for important brands and companies in all industries has been successfully carried out here for years – for example with Audi, Bosch, BMW, Brother, FSB, Gaggenau, Hansgrohe, Hewi, Lamy, Linde, Lufthansa, Porsche, Siemens or Viessmann.
Since 2012, the Institute has been working closely with the German Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (Zentralverband Sanitär Heizung Klima) to develop solutions for the nursing industry and universal design in innovation and design projects. Joint goals have been projected with care associations and trade associations as well as with the most important industrial companies in the sector.
In addition, the institute is actively involved in the development of technology networks. In the central innovation program middle class ZIM the (nationwide) industry and university network Future Network was created jointly by IHK Offenbach and HfG respectively the Design Institute of Technology. The first LOEWE research project at the HfG was successfully completed in 2019: initiated in 2015 by the DIT and the IHK Offenbach and carried out from 2016 to 2019 together with the industrial partner InEar GmbH under the heading multi-sensor technology.
The location in the Rhine-Main metropolitan region enables excellent contacts to national and international institutions in design and design research on the one hand and to design companies on the other. These include the German Design Council, the Museum of Applied Arts, the Wetzlar Network Industrial Network and the German Leather Museum.
The HfG Offenbach is represented by Prof. Frank Zebner in the Design_to_Business network, a competence centre and network for design in Hessen. Its objective is the promotion of creative industries and medium-sized businesses (initiated and curated by the IHK Offenbach). There, Prof. Frank Zebner is a mentor for product design (design and innovation).
The institute respectively the HfG is also a partner in the project Designpark Offenbach, which together with the city of Offenbach, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Offenbach (IHK Offenbach) and the Hessen Trade & Invest (HTAI) develops an urban-industrial concept for a former industrial area.