Rolf Garnich | i |
 
last name: Garnich
first name: Rolf
Summary

Rolf Garnich is an industrial designer with an engineering degree in Germany. He runs his own design agency, Dr. Garnich Design, in Esslingen near Stuttgart. In 1967, he earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Stuttgart under the guidance of Max Bense. The dissertation was a contribution to the then influential theory of information aesthetics. In his case, the particular orientation of the thesis was design: a method to determine an “aesthetic measure” for vases.

The dissertation was published (in German) under the title “Construction, Design, and Aesthetics” with a lengthy subtitle trying to say exactly what its contents were: “A general mathematical method for the objective description of aesthetic conditions in the analytical process and for the generative design in the synthetical process of design objects”. (The German original: Konstruktion Design Ästhetik – Allgemeine mathematische Methode zur objektiven Beschreibung ästhetischer Zustände im analytischen Prozeß und zur generativen Gestaltung im synthetischen Prozeß von Design-Objekten)

Garnich had been a student of design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm (School of Design Ulm) while Max Bill and Max Bense were still teaching there.

Biography

1967 Dr.phil. from University of Stuttgart, supervisor Max Bense. Dissertation: Konstruktion, Design, Ästhetik – Allgemeine mathematische Methode zur objektiven Beschreibung ästhetischer Zustände im analytischen Prozeß und zur generativen Gestaltung im synthetischen Prozeß von Design-Objekten [Construction, Design, Aesthetics – A General Mathematical Method for the Objective Description of Aesthetic Conditions in the Analytical Process and for the Generative Design in the Synthetical Process of Design Objects].
1968 Dissertation first published
1976 Second edition of the thesis under the title Ästhetik, Konstruktion und Design. Eine strukturale Ästhetik [Aesthetics, Construction and Design. A Structural Aesthetics].
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