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?
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.