Marie Walser from the typography class has been awarded the City of Augsburg's art prize in the "Design" category. She previously completed her bachelor's degree in communication design at the Technical University in Augsburg. Alongside her studies, she works as a freelance graphic designer.
The jury's statement said: "Design can make an important contribution to shaping our living environment in a meaningful and sustainable way. It can touch us emotionally and move us to action. Under no circumstances should it leave us indifferent. For design to have this effect, designers must not only cultivate an open-minded attitude, but also demonstrate conceptual acumen, creativity and technical skills. They must know and master their "tools" and be able to use them in a targeted manner. With Marie Walser, the 2023 Art Award in the Design category goes to a young designer who knows her "tools" and works intensively with their expressive power. In her case, this is typography. The jury was particularly impressed by Marie Walser's 2021 bachelor thesis entitled "Emphase - Eine typografische Interpretation von Erregungszuständen", in which a dime novel becomes the starting point for a systematic exploration of typographic expression. Both in her experimental works and in the commissioned work submitted (anniversary catalog for the Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren), the creative playfulness and craftsmanship with which Marie Walser knows how to use typographic design tools comes to light. By awarding the 2023 Art Prize, the jury is recognizing Marie Walser's skills and supporting her further development as a designer who can present content of social relevance typographically in such a way that it does not leave us indifferent."
On December 7, the 64th Augsburg Art Award was presented at a public award ceremony in the Golden Hall of the town hall. This year, the awards and the total prize money of 21,000 euros were distributed among seven winners from the fields of ballet, visual arts, design, literature and music.