Exciting guided tour: Kids explored the basics of design

Why are there wardrobes in Asia that look like refrigerators? The guides of the red dot design museum knew the answer. On Saturday, 29 December 2012, children aged eight to twelve years, were invited to a special journey of discovery: In a free guided tour, they became acquainted with the topic design in an understandable language. Thereby, they learned that wardrobes can look like refrigerators, but refrigerated shirts do not make sense. However, there are devices that clean clothes with steam antibacterial while being very shapely. An excellent idea in Asian countries, where smog prevails!

The 18 children were particularly impressed by the first stop, the hanging Audi. The answer to the question "How much does the body the aluminum body of an Audi A8 weigh?" astounded the majority. The young visitors were certainly surprised: Who would expect an auto-body hanging from the ceiling of a museum with a weight of only 180 kilograms?

During the tour of five floors on an exhibition space of ca. 4,000 square meters, the children recognised some exhibits and discovered that they had one or the other product even at home. A toilet, for example. But certainly not one of those. The "Neorest LE toilet" offers many product features that caused surprise: for comfort reasons a perfume can optionally be switched on and the temperature of the seat ring can be adjusted as desired. The children were sure: such a design can only come from Asia! And they were right, the designer is from Japan.

2,000 exhibits in the red dot design museum invite the visitors to touch and test. The fact that the children were not only able to examine the exhibits in glass cabinets, made the visit to the museum anything but boring. In a playful way, they learned the basics of design, country-specific preferences and acquired new experiences. Thus, they will perceive many objects in their everyday life with a different look. Now they know, why things are designed the way they are and that design is much more than only a beautiful appearance.

The guided tour for kids took place in the course of the PROUD project (People Researchers Organisations Using Design for co-creation and innovation).

About PROUD:
PROUD (People Researchers Organisations Using Design for co-creation and innovation) is a European project with the objective to make Europe a better place by co-designing for all and by all. PROUD brings designers together with public organisations, businesses and user communities to experience the added value of design thinking and design, while working on innovative solutions for today’s real world problems. PROUD helps and supports designers to have the right facilities, knowledge and expertise to play this key role in innovating, improving and consolidating Europe.