Stiftung HfG Ulm
© Stiftung Hochschule für Gestaltung HfG Ulm / photo: Martin Rudau

IFG Ulm GmbH

International Forum for Design

Founded in 1987, the non-profit and wholly owned subsidiary of the HfG Ulm Foundation set itself the goal of focussing on the social responsibility of designers and promoting it with specific projects.

For 15 years, this goal was realised by convening an annual symposium (1988–2003), to which sponsored projects in practice, research, teaching and science in the field of design were assigned.


Stiftung HfG Ulm
Prof. Rayan Abdullah as part of the Ulm talks of the IFG and the HfG Ulm Foundation
photo: die lichtfänger
Stiftung HfG Ulm
© Stiftung Hochschule für Gestaltung HfG Ulm / photo: Martin Rudau
The initiators of the IFG included Fred Hochstrasser (1953 Head of Construction at the HfG Ulm, 1996-2003 Chairman of the Foundation Council), Dr Heinz Hahn (1987-2002 Advisory Board of IFG Ulm GmbH) and Eugen Gomringer, former assistant to HfG Rector Max Bill, who has been associated with the school ever since; Gomringer was the first director of the International Forum for Design in 1988 under the title: »Design and New Reality«. The forum succeeded in attracting renowned personalities from the fields of design, art, business and politics as speakers or moderators at the events. Once a year, the former HfG thus became a place where the political responsibility of designers was discussed, shown, shaped and transformed in public and via publications.

Due to the financial burdens placed on the foundation by the general refurbishment of the buildings, there were no longer sufficient funds available for the continuation of the IFG. The foundation's activities had to focus on preserving and securing the building structures for the future. Following the successful completion of the renovation and remodelling phase, the financial consolidation of the Foundation will continue to dominate its business plan for the foreseeable future until these measures have been fully financed, after which new financial scope will again be available for substantive activities similar to the former IFG. In the coming years, the Board of Trustees will be responsible for shaping the organisation and content of these activities.