Healing is the mission
Prof. Dr. Karl Stocker explains the Design Clinic
┬ę Miriam Raneburger

1_Healing is the mission

The Design Clinic is a facility where aesthetic and functional problem areas are examined and treated without clients having to stay overnight.


2_All-round care

Naturally, in addition to treating acute design emergencies and accidents involving people of different social backgrounds and ages, the Clinic also provides pre- and post-inpatient care for patients, offering initial diagnosis, examination, coaching and treatment planning for more intensive design problems that cannot be solved ad hoc.


3_From diagnosis to intervention

If there is a suspicion of manifest resistance to advice, after a design accident or even if there is only uncertainty as to whether symptoms conceal fundamental problems that are difficult to solve, customers must be referred to the emergency room of a design institution or training center or a design emergency doctor must be called.



The Design Clinic does not have a fixed location, it is mobile, it comes to patients in an emergency vehicle because it has to be where the pain is. In particularly severe cases, we offer home visits throughout Styria.


5_First aid

The Design Clinic has a design rescue service that is responsible for providing professional first aid in emergencies. Its task is to provide rapid and appropriate assistance in design emergencies of all kinds by deploying qualified specialist personnel and the appropriate rescue equipment and to save aesthetic and functional standards or alleviate suffering.


6_The Design Academy

There will be a Design Academy in the Design Clinic, which organizes and conducts further training events according to the motto of LifeLongLearning. The Design Academy sees itself as a sustainable and proactive investment in prevention in order to avoid serious design accidents in advance through adequate coaching and further training.


7_Prevention of malpractice

It is important for a successful treatment process to inform customers about the benefits and risks of the apostrophized treatment method and to discuss the patient’s wishes. This is the only way to avoid malpractice, which can occur, for example, if contraindications or negative interactions are not taken into account.


8_Obstetrics and end-of-life care

The Design Clinic can also provide concrete birth assistance for design projects through coaching and support, networking or the expertise of its specialists. However, it can also – if unavoidable, because all attempts to solve the problems have failed – provide support in the end-of-life care of projects.


9_Future prospects

The first strategic goal of the Design Clinic is to arouse the interest of the non-design-savvy population in the healing effects of design and design processes. It also aims to integrate the design scene in order to make it tangible for potential customers.


10_Healing is good, prevention is better

In the best case scenario, there is no therapy at all. The ideal prevention is when the design process is carried out with suitable design experts at eye level from the outset. Although this does not completely protect against design problems, it can make a significant contribution to the success of the project and thus to the well-being of those involved.


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Text by Karl Stocker
Karl Stocker is an internationally renowned speaker, author, curator and consultant with over 30 years of experience in the fields of culture, design, media and education.
In his projects, he works across disciplines, is active in a global network and can use his expertise to take projects into new spheres: “Together with my teams, we develop ideas that may seem unsettling at first glance, but when they are implemented, they fascinate and open up new horizons“.