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Lectures in 2015 | Six designers/artists share their visions, strate­gies and expe­ri­ences on designing com­plex infor­ma­tion. Through unorthodox methods in visu­al­ising data–often obtained by cre­ating or mod­i­fying inno­v­a­tive media technology–they reveal unex­pected insights and make our inter­con­nected world more under­stand­able. Profound research always lies at the base of their thinking and designing.

21 October: Jussi Ängeslevä and Matt Jephcote

18 November: and Benedikt Groß and Wouter van Dijk

9 December: and Stephan Thiel and Philippe Braquenier

Jussi Ängeslevä (FI) | 21 October 2015

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Professor Jussi Ängeslevä is a designer, an artist and an edu­cator. With home base at the Berlin University of the Arts and Royal col­lege of Arts in London, but lec­turing around the planet, he is actively involved in the ever expanding field of new media, working with dig­ital mate­ri­ality and inter­ac­tion design. In par­allel to the aca­d­emic work, he is the Vice Creative Director of ART+COM stu­dios, where his work in public art com­mis­sions, exhi­bi­tions and instal­la­tions are con­sis­tently yielding inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion.

His inde­pen­dent works have been awarded by insti­tu­tions such as Royal Society of Arts, NESTA, Art Directors Club of Europe, D&AD, Ars Electronica and ZKM. Over the years he has served in numerous inter­na­tional art and design juries, aca­d­emic chairs and boards. Throughout his career his focus has always been inten­tion­ally in between fields: com­bining under­standing of visual, phys­ical and inter­ac­tion design with algo­rithmic, elec­tronic and mecha­tronic knowl­edge to create inno­v­a­tive and ele­gant experiences.His design ethos is lever­aging hard­ware, soft­ware, phys­ical and graphic design in the search for ele­gance in highly spe­cific solu­tions, where the meaning of a work is insep­a­rable from the medium com­mu­ni­cating it.

angesleva.iki.fi

Matt Jephcote (UK) – City ID | 21 October 2015

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City ID develop unique design, infor­ma­tion and wayfinding solu­tions to inte­grate people, move­ment and places.

City ID’s approach is to work openly and col­lab­o­ra­tively with clients, design part­ners and project stake­holders. The team listen, ques­tion and analyse to build a better under­standing of cities and places. Skills are drawn from a range of spe­cialisms including urban design, trans­port plan­ning, project man­age­ment, envi­ron­mental psy­chology, infor­ma­tion design and place branding.

Matt Jephcote is an expe­ri­enced graphic and infor­ma­tion designer spe­cial­ising in infor­ma­tion design. Matt over­sees all stages of the design process from design con­cep­tu­al­i­sa­tion, to design evo­lu­tion through to pro­duc­tion and art­working.

Matt has con­tributed to designing wayfinding and trans­port infor­ma­tion sys­tems for Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Legible London – Richmond and Twickenham, Masdar City Abu Dhabi, Newcastle, New York City, Olympic Fringe Wayfinding Strategy, Sheffield, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and Southampton.

Matt has recently been based in Russia, leading the design team in the devel­op­ment of a multi-modal wayfinding system for Moscow. The pri­mary aim of the project is to improve peo­ples’ expe­ri­ence of Moscow by pro­viding a con­sis­tent infor­ma­tion system for cit­i­zens, busi­nesses and inter­na­tional vis­i­tors, in Russian and English, across all modes of trans­port.

www.city-id.com

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Benedikt Groß (D) | 18 November 2015

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Benedikt Groß is a spec­u­la­tive and com­pu­ta­tional designer who works anti dis­ci­pli­narily.

His work deals with the fas­ci­na­tion of rela­tion­ships between people, their data, tech­nology and envi­ron­ments. He has a MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, is co-author of one of the top-selling books on com­pu­ta­tion design, “Generative Design”, and has exhib­ited and pub­lished his work widely.

Currently based in South Germany, Benedikt bal­ances his time working on com­mer­cial– and self-initiated research projects, teaching as a pro­fessor of inter­ac­tion design, and raising a family.

www.benedikt-gross.de

Wouter van Dijk (NL) – Clever°Franke | 18 November 2015

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Wouter is lead designer at CLEVER°FRANKE, where he focuses on con­cept devel­op­ment and inter­ac­tion design. He loves to com­bine his curious nature, pas­sion for design and devel­op­ment skills. Wouter studied Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology, with intern­ships at the luxury brand Bang & Olufsen in Denmark, and the Dutch data visu­al­iza­tion com­pany MagnaView. Before joining C°F, he worked at User Intelligence as a User Experience con­sul­tant for clients like Philips, T-Mobile, KPN and Reed Business.

www.cleverfranke.com

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Stephan Thiel (DE) – Studio Nand | 9 December 2015

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Stephan is one of three part­ners at Studio NAND, a Berlin-based design agency focused on inter­ac­tion design, data visu­al­iza­tion, research and edu­ca­tion, where he mainly over­sees projects that make acces­sible knowl­edge to var­ious audi­ences. This also includes coor­di­nating activ­i­ties for Start Coding, a non-profit in Germany ded­i­cated to sup­porting learning in a dig­ital age.

Outside of NAND, Stephan enjoys working as a con­sul­tant to uni­ver­si­ties on data visu­al­iza­tion in the Humanities and as an edu­cator at organ­i­sa­tions such as the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.

www.stephanthiel.com

www.nand.io

Philippe Braquenier (BE) | 9 December 2015

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Belgian pho­tog­ra­pher Philippe Braquenier received his BFA in pho­tog­raphy from the Helb INRACI in Brussels before starting to work for an adver­tising studio.

In 2010, the first recog­ni­tion of his per­sonal work is reflected in a group exhi­bi­tion at the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels with his project Inertia. He is one win­ners at the Hainaut Prize for Visual Arts in 2013 where he exhib­ited a mul­ti­media instal­la­tion on the theme of col­lec­tive memory. Since 2014, he turned to pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­tary as free­lance. After working on soci­etal issues such as the con­cept of ter­ri­tory, or the fear of vio­lence, he ded­i­cates his first long-term project on the storage of knowl­edge. A part of this project was exhib­ited at the Aperture Fondation last summer.

philippebraquenier.com