Exploring the Potentials of Mistakes – Museum of Mistakes
Anyone who tries something new and ventures out of the familiar comfort zone will sooner or later make a mistake.
The Museum of Mistakes explores the fascinating world of mistakes, deceptions, and failures.
Trial and Error: Try, fail. Try again, fail again.
We have a hard time admitting to our mistakes – designers even more so: When creatives fall short, they too often bury their stories of failure out of shame. The discipline of design exists in this state of tension between constant improvement towards a flawless future and creative freedom that profits from solutions that don’t arise in a linear manner. Hidden within lies valuable knowledge about how something does not work – the so-called »negative knowledge«. This allows us to learn from our mistakes, avoid them in the future and find other ways of solving them.
Mistakes are layovers en route to success.
Our research took us on a rollercoaster ride through the world of failure. By talking to people from all walks of life we were able to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the varying thought processes behind dealing with mistakes and coping with failures. We tested our hypotheses through a series of experiments, mainly focusing on the analysis of the factors affecting error tolerance.
Exploring the fascinating nature of mistakes, failures, and errors: Ready to enter the Museum of Mistakes.
Master Thesis 2021
Hochschule für Gestaltung
Prof. Benedikt Groß
Prof. Dr. habil. Georg Kneer