The design of trains and travel landscapes is a perfect example of technology-oriented design, where life span is measured in decades and where interdisciplinarity characterises collaboration in a team. At the same time, innovation doesn’t just mean “different at any price”, but rather also signifies optimisation and careful development. A wide range of projects, from design of high-speed trains to urban underground rail in Europe, Asia and South America, are the starting points for reflections on design processes in practice, and also on alternative forms of travel.
Innovative production possibilities, technologies and materials are appearing almost daily that are changing our notions of product design. Through digitalization, smart grids and the “internet of things“, new social models are becoming conceivable that will change our ideas of design when it comes to developing new products, as will the challenge of how to better integrate design into a broader product cycle.
Alexander Neumeister is one of the most well-known high-tech industrial designers. Among his most famous designs are the German ICE high-speed trains, the Transrapid Maglev train and the Japanese Shinkansen “Nozomi 500”. His groundbreaking designs also include numerous local trains, suburban rapid transit trains and urban underground trains for Germany, Japan, China and Brazil, not forgetting of course Munich’s C1 and C2 underground trains
As a graduate of Ulm School of Design as well as recipient of a scholarship from Tokyo University of Arts, he founded “Neumeister Design” in 1970, specializing in the areas of medicine, professional electronics and transport. In early 2012 Alexander Neumeister left N + P Industrial Design (formerly Neumeister-Design). Today he divides his time between Germany and Brazil.