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.
Jussi Ängeslevä (FI) | 21 October 2015
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.
Matt Jephcote (UK) – City ID | 21 October 2015
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.
Benedikt Groß (D) | 18 November 2015
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.
Wouter van Dijk (NL) – Clever°Franke | 18 November 2015
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.
Stephan Thiel (DE) – Studio Nand | 9 December 2015
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.
Philippe Braquenier (BE) | 9 December 2015
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.