Lectures in 2013 | In 2013 the Shapeshifters lec­ture series con­tinues to explore recent devel­op­ments in the field of infor­ma­tion design: How can one visu­ally (re)present data, sto­ries, ideas or knowl­edge – whether these are per­sonal, social or uni­versal – as under­stand­able infor­ma­tion? How do designers apply their pro­fes­sional expe­ri­ence or per­sonal research? And how can tech­nology lift up the way we com­mu­ni­cate more com­plex infor­ma­tion?

19 February: Joe Malia and Gerlinde Schuller

12 March: Rose Epple and Fernando Gutiérrez

26 March: Mwmcreative and Catalogtree

Joe Malia (UK) | 19 February 2013

Joe Malia cre­ates inter­faces for soft­ware and prod­ucts. In 2006, he com­pleted an MA in Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art. He went on to work on research and soft­ware projects for Nokia, KPMG, Sony Ericsson, Luckybite, Beta Tank, IDEO and Deutsche Bank, amongst others. Joe secured an RUC Visiting Fellowship at Newcastle University in 2010, where he ran the Interventions project (www.interventions.org.uk) to explore poten­tial inter­con­nec­tions between design and social sci­ence. In 2009 he co-founded The Play Coalition (www.theplaycoalition.net), an ongoing col­lab­o­ra­tion to create objects that are simple, inven­tive and fun. Occasionally, Joe helps to draw the posters for the Interaction Design Rendezvous (idrendesvous.co.uk) and puts other bits and pieces on his per­sonal site (www.joemalia.net.)
Joe is cre­ative director at BERG, London.


Gerlinde Schuller (NL) | 19 February 2013

Gerlinde Schuller is head of The World as Flatland, an infor­ma­tion design studio based in Amsterdam. She is spe­cial­ized in sys­tem­atic design and visual jour­nalism. She studied Visual Communication at the Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main. Before she started her own studio, she worked at Cartlidge Levene Design, London and Irma Boom Office, Amsterdam. Besides working on com­mis­sions for inter­na­tional clients, Gerlinde Schuller teaches infor­ma­tion design and writes about the dis­ci­pline. From 2001 to 2005, she taught infor­ma­tion design at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. In her own pub­li­ca­tions she focuses on exam­ining a com­plex sub­ject by cre­ating an exper­i­mental visual system. Schuller is author of the sys­tem­atic books ‘Designing uni­versal knowl­edge’ (2009) and co-author of ‘Making the Impossible Possible’ (2006) and ‘Amsterdam in doc­u­ments’ (2011).


Rose Epple (DE) | 12 March 2013

Rose Epple, aka Rose Apple, is a graphic designer, scenog­ra­pher, design writer and edu­cator based in Berlin.
Her former studio chezweitz & roseapple has designed numerous exhi­bi­tions and envi­ron­ments, pub­li­ca­tions and mar­keting cam­paigns for leading cul­tural insti­tu­tions across Europe as well as urban inter­ven­tions in public space. The studio won numerous awards including the much sought after German Design Prize in Gold in 2011 for the exhi­bi­tion “Andy Warhol. Other Voices, Other Rooms” in 2011 and their work is widely fea­tured in inter­na­tional design books and mag­a­zines.
Over the years Rose´s work has shifted from com­mis­sions to ques­tions and she is cur­rently engaged in exper­i­mental design processes, col­lab­o­rating with non-designers and gen­er­ating insights through design.
Rose studied in Lyon, Hamburg, Paris and at Central Saint Martins College in London, where she lived for five years, shaped her design sen­si­bil­i­ties and watched the E of her last name change into an A.


Fernando Gutiérrez (UK) | 12 March 2013

Born in London (1963) to Spanish par­ents, he studied graphic design at the London College of Printing, grad­u­ating with Honours in 1986.
From 1986 he worked with CDT Design (London), joining Summa (Barcelona) in 1990 and then in 1993, joined forces with Pablo Martin, forming the com­pany that would even­tu­ally become Grafica; a highly regarded Spanish com­pany that has won many awards. In 2000 Fernando joined Pentagram as a partner in the London office. Specialising in edi­to­rial and iden­tity he worked with clients including; Life Magazine (US), Il Sore 24 Ore (Italian Daily Financial Newspaper), El Pais (Spanish daily Newspaper), Yves Saint Laurent Parfums and ‘Colors’ global com­mu­nity mag­a­zine pub­lished by Benetton. In 2006 he left Pentagram to set up his own studio working in iden­tity, pack­aging, exhi­bi­tion, sig­nage and edi­to­rial design.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France holds a selec­tion of Fernando’s work in the graphic design her­itage col­lec­tion. Fernando is also a vis­iting lec­turer to Eina School of art & design in Barcelona, a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), an external exam­iner for the BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Manchester Metropolitan University as well as being a reg­ular judge on inter­na­tional design and pho­tog­raphy awards panels.


Mwmcreative (UK) | 26 March 2013

Mwmcreative is a London-based design and research studio founded in 2004 by Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck. Their ethos is informed through a com­bi­na­tion of prac­tice, teaching and research. In addi­tion to teaching and client-driven work the studio ini­ti­ates a range of col­lab­o­ra­tions, research projects, work­shops and pub­li­ca­tions such as the recently pub­lished InformForm: Information design: in theory, an informed prac­tice.
Maria da Gandra studied Graphic Design at the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff. She under­took her MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2004, where she also taught for 5 years. In 2011 she ran a short course on Information Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Maria cur­rently teaches on the BA (Hons) Graphic Communication at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham.
Maaike van Neck studied Communication Design at the University of Portsmouth. She obtained a MA in Communication Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2004. Maaike spent 7 years as Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth teaching on the BA (Hons) and MA Graphic Design. She now teaches at Ravensbourne College, London, BA (Hons) Graphic Design.


Catalogtree (NL) | 26 March 2013

Catalogtree is a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary design studio based in Arnhem/NL. It was founded in 2001 by Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha who met at Werkplaats Typografie. The studio works con­tin­u­ously on com­mis­sioned and self ini­ti­ated projects. Highly inter­ested in self-organising sys­tems they believe in ‘Form Equals Behaviour’. Experimental tool-making, pro­gram­ming, typog­raphy and the visu­al­iza­tion of quan­ti­ta­tive data are part of their daily rou­tine.
Other recent endeav­ours include an inter­ac­tive doc­u­men­tary for the iPad, a swarm of 21 bristle bots and a double pen­dulum gear clock. Amongst their clients are Phaidon Press, Vitra Design Museum, Architect Magazine and New York Times Magazine. Daniel and Joris are teaching at Design Academy’s Master course in Eindhoven/NL and are giving inter­na­tional work­shops.