Angela Prendl is currently living and studying in Vienna, Austria
Science & Technology Studies and more recently Philosophy, too
Bachelor’s degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, received in 2012
Prior: Training in Graphic and Communication Design at „die Graphische“
Colors, shapes and textures fascinate me. To me, the essential is usually to be found in the details. Beauty exists almost everywhere, even if it might be intangible at first.
However, I am convinced that good design isn’t merely “beautiful”, but also useful. While it isn’t a matter of efficiency alone, good design serves to make our day-to-day lives easier. Information becomes more accessible, problems are more easily resolved, products are handled with greater ease.
Good design works effortlessly and is usually taken for granted, whereas bad design choices can stick out like a sore thumb.
In my design process, the message itself always comes first.
Design choices are intrinsically linked to the society in which they are situated. Graphic design is neither apolitical nor ahistorical, and could never live up to these aspirations anyways. Nothing we design exists in, of and for itself, it is always linked to a larger whole – in the end it was my training in graphic design that first led me to the social sciences in general, and more recently to the field of Science & Technology Studies. These different spheres are intimately related in a way that affects all of our lives deeply and which I find highly engaging.