Education 1979 to 1985
Studied Industrial Design and Photography at Fachhochschule Darmstadt, Germany and Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.
Since April 1987 to present
Founder and principal owner of Design Dieter Wanke in 1987. On-going projects include design and product development for international clients and premium brands within product and transportation design, together with his two partners.
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Parallel to the design activities, foundation of FOTODESIGN DIETER WANKE in 1995. Focussing on a broad range of photography assignments from studio to press photography.
Creator of terrapicture in 2005. A marketing platform specializing in nature, wildlife and travel photography.
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Author, in both German and English, of print and Internet articles on such varied topics as design, cars, car design, travel, water sports and technology. Articles have appeared in Automotive News Europe, Hydrogen Forecast, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Automobilindustrie, Form, Design Report and other media.
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Teaching and Lecturing
Parallel to all business activities tought Transportation Design from 1987 to 1989 at the Automotive- and Aircraft Engineering department of HAW Hamburg (Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften) and from 1988 to 1995 joining the permanent teaching staff of Art Center (Europe) as a visiting lecturer for Product- and Transportation Design. Taught post-graduate seminars on Industrial Design from 1996 to 2000 at Fachhochschule Soloturn.
Delivered speeches and conducted seminars at universities in Switzerland, Turkey and South Korea.
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Industrial Experience 1985 to 1987
Employed in the Advanced Design Department of Airbus Deutschland GmbH, MBB Transport und Verkehrsflugzeuge GMBH. Projects included interior cabin design for Airbus A 320, MPC 75, and exterior and interior design for Eurocopter EC 135, custom cabin design for A300 and A310 commercial aircrafts for several airlines and private VIP clients. Did conceptual designs for external clients, such as truck interior concepts of Daimler Benz AG.
Industrial Training 1980 to 1985
Several internships as junior designer and trainee in the Advanced Studio of both Opel AG and Audi AG during the development of the Opel Junior concept car and the Audi C4. Winner of the Audi AG scholarship to study Transportation Design at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California. Studied professional model making (architectural and design) and worked as a model maker parallel to his design studies from 1980 to 1982 at Sgoff und Bermayer. Industrial internship for model making, upholstery, sewing techniques, casting, welding, mold making and metal forming techniques at Opel AG, Germany.
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