Public Design Consultancy

Public Design Consultancy

Design Consultancy for New Object Management

In the course of their lives, average Europeans accumulate around 10,000 objects, it is said – a full 80 per cent of which they hardly use. Studio Dankl has developed a new ritual for getting rid of unloved things and thus puts up for discussion a possible future role for designers.

Public Design Consultancy


Design is mostly concerned with creating something new. Against the background of material abundance and overconsumption, however, the question also arises of how existing belongings can be better organized. So, what could a design proposal look like that deals with reduction and management?


Studio Dankls approach

As a contribution to the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017, Studio Dankl thematized the 80 percent of our objects that we use rarely or not at all and developed a ritual for disposing of possessions. While the owners tell the designer the personal story of their object, a clay replica of the object is made. The original object can then be charged with new stories from new owners.

„The project Public Design Consultancy provides support for everyone in answering the question ‘Do I (still) need this? At the same time, Kathrina questions our consumer behaviour and develops a farewell ritual for the excess of our unused things.“

Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör (Director Creativity & Business, Vienna Business Agency)


The project sees itself as a social and materially transitory intervention. After completion of the project, the clay replicas were flooded with water and the items were given away.

„The project shows that a personal relationship to things is a prerequisite for a better understanding of good design. Here, design is understood as a process and moderation method for the development of resilient and sustainable ways of acting.“

Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör (Director Creativity & Business, Vienna Business Agency)

Client: VIENNA BIENNALE 2017. Services: Idea, concept and exhibition design. Illustration and video: Svenja Plaas. Photo Credits: MAK/Georg Mayer

A fictitious supermarket with a points account offered festival visitors an analysis of their food consumption and alternative, sustainable action strategies.

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Co-Creation Impuls


Be inspired to think transformation in a participatory way.

  • Keynote
  • 20-45 minutes
  • Q&A
  • possible in the organisation or online

The keynote communicates the added value of co-creation as a sustainable, strategic innovation tool for the public and private sector. Co-creation principles, cases and design process inspire decision makers and employees to think about transformation from a participatory perspective.

Focus content:
— Outlining the transformation of the design discipline from product design to strategic innovation tool
— Insight into co-creation principles, impact and design process
— Concrete, inspiring cases.

Target group: Employees, decision-makers and team, conference participants

Number of participants:

Co-Creation Kickoff


Learn to apply co-creation and start with a sound roadmap.

  • Workshop
  • 4 hours
  • in the organisation or at Impact Hub Vienna

The workshop is aimed at organisations that want to learn about co-creation and involve their team in decision-making processes on strategic innovations. With a focus on applied co-creation principles and methods, the workshop provides a deeper understanding of existing expertise, relevant stakeholders and first process/system/product/service prototypes as a roadmap for co-creation in your own organisation.

Focus content:
— Basic principles of co-creation
— Definition of relevant challenges from the participants' perspective
— Interactive prototyping for efficient validation of assumptions
— Start of a co-creation roadmap

Preparation for participants:
— Anecdote about challenge and success pattern
— Product, device or a production material from your field of work

Target group:
Decision-makers plus team from the public and private sector

Number of participants:
9-12 persons

Co-Creation Now


Start into the future with a Co-Creation process tailor-made for you.

  • Process design and support
  • Depending on the project, approx. 4 to 18 months

Co-creation is contextual and situational, so no two design processes are exactly alike. From a pool of proven methods and creative processes, we put together a customised and project-dependent process. This is divided into a preparation phase in which the goal, desire or opportunity is identified, an implementation phase that covers idea generation, prototyping and implementation up to evaluation, and a post-project phase in which adaptations are made and projects are further supported.

Focus content:
— Based on a free initial consultation, offer for a tailor-made project divided into preparation phase
— implementation phase
— post-project phase

Target group:
Organisations from the public and private sector

Number of participants:
To be determined jointly for co-creation activities.

Co-Creation Ideas Ping-Pong Over Lunch


If you have lunch with artist Timotheus Tomicek and designer Kathrina Dankl, you will be served new perspectives.

  • Sparring/Exchange
  • 60 minutes
  • Q&A
  • Three centrally located venues in Vienna to choose from.

The artist, filmmaker, and photographer Timotheus Tomicek and the designer Kathrina Dankl share a long-standing tradition of occasional lunch dates. An unstructured exchange of ideas often opens up new perspectives on one’s own work. We invite project partners, customers, and other interested parties to have lunch with us. Everything else – including new perspectives – arises situationally during the conversations.

Focus content:
— Eating together
— Guest shares current topic, challenge, project idea
— Questions, reactions, perspectives, input, ideas from Timotheus and Kathrina

Target group:
Decision-makers from public and private organisations

Number of participants: 1