Prof. Frank Georg Zebner

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Industrial Design


Design/Product Design




Design Innovation Institut Offenbach (DIIO)




Frank Georg Zebner studied in Munich, Schwäbisch Gmünd and Offenbach and has worked as an industrial designer in Munich, London and San Francisco for frogdesign, IDEO and Siemens, among others. He has been a freelance designer in Munich for many years and advises international brands such as BMW, Gaggenau, Meiko and Siemens.

He has been a professor at HfG Offenbach since 2008, working in the field of teaching Technology-oriented Design. Prior to this he was professor of product and communication design at the University of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd for 11 years. He is currently also teaching at various international colleges and universities in Europe, Asia and Australia. He is Honorary Professor at NTUT, the National Taipei University of Technology, and in 2014 he was appointed Visiting Honorary Professor at BIT, the Beijing Institute of Technology, and at Guangzhou University in China.

He has initiated other research projects, which are, among other things, investigated by DIO Design Institut in Offenbach, which he heads. He has been in charge of and the mentor of Designnetzwerk Hessen (IHK, Offenbach’s Chamber of Commerce) since 2014. He is a member of Verband Deutscher Industrie Designer (Association of German Industrial Designers, VDID), a founding member of Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte (Society of Design History, GfDg) and a member of Attac. Numerous awards for his achievements in the fields of design and research, works as a juror, publications on issues relating to design.

Dean of the School of Design (formerly Product Design Department) since 2010.

12 months ago

Design against the crisis: Designing for use

Johannes Bietz, HfG-student and tutor at Design Institut of Technology, with the help of his fellow student Jonas Theisinger, participates in an open source initiative for the provision of protective visors for nursing and aid institutes.

Jifei ou dadabox
6 years ago

HfG-Alumni on Arduino

»DaDaBox«, a student project of Jifei Ou will be shown on

Wien exkursion   riesenrad
6 years ago

Product Design Dept. Students - field trip to Vienna

On the second big excursion in 2014 Product Design students in their third year of study travelled to Vienna. In the final week of September the thirty-strong group flew to the Austrian capital for four days. Participants visited varoius events and highlights of the Vienna...

6 years ago

Design workshop and design talks in Oslo

At HIAO - Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences Prof. Frank Zebner talks about student exchanges.


18 February 2016
18 February 2016 Thursday