Hochschule für Gestaltung
Schwäbisch Gmünd


Forum for
Artificial Intelligence
in Art and Design

How do Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning reshape the landscape of art and design?

This is the third summer school organized by KITeGG, a research project of five German universities on Artificial Intelligence in Art and Design running from 2021-2025. Featuring a lineup of thought-provoking talks, engaging panel discussions, and hands-on workshops, we will explore how AI can expand art and design practices and enhance creativity, learn about the challenges and affordances of designing AI-based interfaces and products, and discover best practices for teaching AI to creatives. Join us for a refreshing and in-depth exploration of the many-sided world of creative AI.

Wow, what has happened in the last 12 months? We are experiencing a new wave of AI hype, and generative AI is at the heart of it. The success of tools like ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion or DALL-E, which are usable for everyone, have contributed to the fact that the topic of “AI and creativity” is now mainstream and widely discussed. New products and business models based on the technology of large language models (LLMs) are spawning everywhere. Signs of generative AI becoming a maturing technology.

In the midst of this new "AI summer", the 3rd KITeGG summer school is taking place! Where do the KITeGG community and its five AI labs conceptually position themselves in 2023? What is different in this wave of AI hype than in the waves before? This symposium gathers a diverse group of experts to discuss exciting and finicky questions emerging when AI meets design and art along 3 axes:

1. Design for AI (Designing AI systems)
What are the challenges and affordances for designing AI-based interfaces and products? What do designers need to know to design these systems responsibly? What is the broader societal context of these technologies, underlying practices and economies?

2. AI for Design (Creative AI)
How can AI augment art and design practices? How do AI technologies integrate as tools in the creative toolbox of artists and designers? How can AI act as a tool for ideation, enhancing rather than flattening creativity?

3. Teaching AI to creatives
Approaches and best practices for teaching AI to creatives. How to increase AI and data literacy? How do we help build up intuitions for AI use cases, consciously assess the benefits and risks and decide when to use or not use AI-based technologies?


Nadia Piet


Matteo Loglio & Simone Rebaudengo


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ertel

RWU Ravensburg-Weingarten

Ploipailin Flynn

Roman Stefan Grasy

Intuity Media Lab, Stuttgart

Catherine Breslin

Conversational AI

Simon Maris

AI x Design x Sustainability

Emily Saltz

UX Google Jigsaw

Tom White

Artist & Researcher

Andreas Refsgaard


Norbert Riedelsheimer

IBM Client Engineering

Team Prompt Battle

HTW Dresden

Public programme

May 10-12, 2023
(Wednesday - Friday)

May 10

  • 15:00-16:00 Welcome!

  • 16:00-17:00 Guided tour through the HfG

  • Prompt Battle

  • 19:00-21:00 Maultaschenfest (Feast of the Swabian ravioli)

May 11

  • Nadia Piet UX of AI

  • Catherine Breslin Conversational Design for Voice Assistants

  • Ploipailin Flynn Mirror mirror: Reflections on “accidentally” discriminatory AI outcomes

  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch

  • Emily Saltz AI Safety & Disclosure in Product Design: Practices in Flux

  • Panel AI Industry - professional requirements and fields of activity for designers

  • oio (Matteo Loglio and Simone Rebaudengo) Future Everyday Products

May 12

  • Simon Maris A priori: Automated Pattern Recognition Inspiring Overdue Renewable Inventions

  • Tom White Machine Abstractions

  • Panel KITeGG: Learnings from one year of AI education at Art & Design Schools

  • Pizza & presentation of workshop results

Internal program

Mai 8-10, 2023
(Monday - Wednesday)

Please note that these workshops are intended for students of HfG and KITeGG partner universities as part of the "Internationale Seminarwoche" at HfG. If you're interested in the workshop results, join us on Friday 13:00 at the AI+D Lab at HfG for a presentation of the workshop results!

Educators from KITeGG partner universities will offer a series of workshops in the days leading up to the conference, providing a hands-on experience of the range of possibilities that AI and machine learning hold for designers.

Workshops (internal)

  • Markus Mau (Hochschule Mainz)

  • Rahel Flechtner (HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd) & Jakob Kilian (KISD)

  • Simon Maris (Hochschule Trier)

  • Benedikt Groß (HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd)

KITeGG - A collaborative project of five universities for the integration of AI in the design teaching.


The joint project "KITeGG - Making AI tangible and comprehensible: Connecting technology and society through design" explores how AI can be integrated into design education. Project partners are the Mainz University of Applied Sciences, the Offenbach University of Art and Design, the Schwäbisch Gmünd University of Applied Design, the Cologne International School of Design and the Trier University of Applied Sciences.

As “designers of the future” students should have knowledge of current and future relevant technologies as well as profound technical knowledge and the ability to systematically consider user contexts and ethical and legal issues. They should be able to use machine learning reflectively as a tool and material for design. To this end, new teaching formats, tools, symposia and publications are to be developed within the framework of the project over the next three years. KITeGG is one of over 50 funded projects within the framework of the funding initiative "Künstliche Intelligenz in der Hochschulbildung".

AI+D Lab

The AI+D Lab is the place at HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd for research and teaching that combines artificial intelligence and design. In the form of generated images and videos, intelligent sensor systems and language-based interfaces, Machine Learning will be increasingly used in design practice. We will explore the possibilities and challenges of artificial intelligence in design: How can AI technologies be integrated into the design process and how does this change the work of designers? What role can designers play in the (co-)design of AI-based applications and how do they need to be prepared for this in their education and how can we design desirable futures with AI technologies?

In order to be able to use AI technologies in the design process, it is important to build up sound knowledge about the possibilities and limitations of this technology. As a physical location, the lab is the first point of contact for students and teachers and provides the technical infrastructure for projects and experiments with different AI models and technologies. The AI+D Lab is part of KITeGG.

AI+D Team

Rahel Flechtner

Visiting professor

Aeneas Stankowski

Visiting professor

Felix Sewing

AI+D Lab lead

Alexa Steinbrück


Benedikt Groß

Project lead

Hartmut Bohnacker

Project lead

Christopher Pietsch


Johannes Rothkegel

Student assistant

Reshape Team

Programme & Coordination
Alexa Steinbrück

Graphic design
Lucie Paula Claire de Hair, Marlene Metschies, Kirsten Humpfer

Website development
Alexa Steinbrück

Hartmut Bohnacker

  • Felix Sewing
  • Johannes Rothkegel
  • Rahel Flechtner
  • Aeneas Stankowski
  • Benedikt Groß
  • Christopher Pietsch
  • Katharina Neugart
  • Malte Fial


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