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Article: “Nervous Systems” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

If you need brain food, some irritation and some art for inspiration – the House of World Cultures in Berlin is an excellent place to turn to. For years, their team has puzzled me with events and exhibitions around topics

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Article: “Nervous Systems” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

If you need brain food, some irritation and some art for inspiration – the House of World Cultures in Berlin is an excellent place to turn to. For years, their team has puzzled me with events and exhibitions around topics

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Article: “The Feltron Annual Reports” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he helped Facebook create their timeline to “unlock people’s personal stories”, but most prominently with his series of Annual Reports which

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Article: “The Feltron Annual Reports” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he helped Facebook create their timeline to “unlock people’s personal stories”, but most prominently with his series of Annual Reports which

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Article: “Ephemeral city” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Urban cartography has long been an authoritative matter: companies or authorities invested time, energy and money in researching the data and information to be published in city maps. The wide use of mobile internet is about to change this set-up

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Article: “Ephemeral city” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Urban cartography has long been an authoritative matter: companies or authorities invested time, energy and money in researching the data and information to be published in city maps. The wide use of mobile internet is about to change this set-up

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Jury member: “Information is Beautiful Awards” (London)

I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners were announced last night in London, and I regret very much that I couldn’t make it to London as the

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Jury member: “Information is Beautiful Awards” (London)

I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners were announced last night in London, and I regret very much that I couldn’t make it to London as the

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Teaching: “Diagrams, maps, trees” (Potsdam)

This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Teaching is awesome: you get to work with talented and bright young people and you continually learn

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Teaching: “Diagrams, maps, trees” (Potsdam)

This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Teaching is awesome: you get to work with talented and bright young people and you continually learn

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Interview: “A general literacy in info vis” (InformForm)

Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck are the masterminds behind the magazine InformForm. Two beautifully designed print issues have been published to this day. Conceived as an international platform for information design, the magazine is now accompanied by an online

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Interview: “A general literacy in info vis” (InformForm)

Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck are the masterminds behind the magazine InformForm. Two beautifully designed print issues have been published to this day. Conceived as an international platform for information design, the magazine is now accompanied by an online

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Book review: “Map. Exploring the World”

When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from map nerd to mathematical superbrain, from school atlas to interactive data visualisation, from “dusty” library map room to high end

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Book review: “Map. Exploring the World”

When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from map nerd to mathematical superbrain, from school atlas to interactive data visualisation, from “dusty” library map room to high end

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Talk: “Mind the Gap” (Helsinki)

For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected designers Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén) have put together an academic symposium as a satellite event to the main conference.

Detail from Jean de Savigny (Tableaux accomplis des arts libéraux), 1587

Talk: “Mind the Gap” (Helsinki)

For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected designers Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén) have put together an academic symposium as a satellite event to the main conference.

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Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Helsinki)

As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, and I am happy to present some of my findings whenever I can. So I gladly took the opportunity to

Detail from Friedrich Crome, Relational Map of the German States, ca. 1820

Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Helsinki)

As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, and I am happy to present some of my findings whenever I can. So I gladly took the opportunity to

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Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Potsdam)

The great team over at University of Applied Sciences runs an interface design course for Bachelor and MA students which is buzzing with ideas, relevant research and a great spirit. At the end of the summer semester, students of the

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Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Potsdam)

The great team over at University of Applied Sciences runs an interface design course for Bachelor and MA students which is buzzing with ideas, relevant research and a great spirit. At the end of the summer semester, students of the

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Article: “Digital archives” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Almost 44 million objects. That’s how many digitised objects are available through the grand European digital library Europeana today. The digitisation of our cultural heritage is an almost mythical project which has been going on for about 15 years now.

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Article: “Digital archives” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Almost 44 million objects. That’s how many digitised objects are available through the grand European digital library Europeana today. The digitisation of our cultural heritage is an almost mythical project which has been going on for about 15 years now.

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Talk: “Bigger! Smarter! Better?” (Köln)

The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of their series of guest lectures on the theme of “Big Data” last week. As I mentioned earlier, what really keeps me occupied

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Talk: “Bigger! Smarter! Better?” (Köln)

The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of their series of guest lectures on the theme of “Big Data” last week. As I mentioned earlier, what really keeps me occupied

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Debate: “VIS TALK. Towards a new culture of criticism in info vis”

Interactivity disrupts storytelling! After I posted my VIS TALK article last week, Kim Albrecht objected it isn’t possible or desirable to define target audiences for deeply interactive vis tools. Here’s our debate…

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Debate: “VIS TALK. Towards a new culture of criticism in info vis”

Interactivity disrupts storytelling! After I posted my VIS TALK article last week, Kim Albrecht objected it isn’t possible or desirable to define target audiences for deeply interactive vis tools. Here’s our debate…

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Debate: “VIS TALK. Towards a new culture of criticism in info vis”

On my way back from this years Malofiej I was delighted to read the article by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg “Design and Re-Design in Data Visualization”. Inspired by their arguments, here are a few thoughts on how we could help a more professional culture of criticism in info vis come about…

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Debate: “VIS TALK. Towards a new culture of criticism in info vis”

On my way back from this years Malofiej I was delighted to read the article by Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg “Design and Re-Design in Data Visualization”. Inspired by their arguments, here are a few thoughts on how we could help a more professional culture of criticism in info vis come about…

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Talk & Article: “The Fifty Maps of Minard” (Pamplona)

I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite topics, which I have also mentioned earlier here in this blog, and that is the hidden oeuvre of Charles Joseph

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Talk & Article: “The Fifty Maps of Minard” (Pamplona)

I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite topics, which I have also mentioned earlier here in this blog, and that is the hidden oeuvre of Charles Joseph

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Inspiration: “Supermarket of the Dead” at Dresden Art Collections

I consider it one of the great privileges in my life that my husband and I both have jobs which are inspiring for one another. And so it was his job as a copy editor of contemporary art books which

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Inspiration: “Supermarket of the Dead” at Dresden Art Collections

I consider it one of the great privileges in my life that my husband and I both have jobs which are inspiring for one another. And so it was his job as a copy editor of contemporary art books which

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Book: “Understanding the World – The Atlas of Infographics”

Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The Atlas of Infographics”. Looking back at months and months of doing research, collecting material and meeting professionals from the field,

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Book: “Understanding the World – The Atlas of Infographics”

Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The Atlas of Infographics”. Looking back at months and months of doing research, collecting material and meeting professionals from the field,

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Exhibition: “Micropia” (Amsterdam)

Together with Berlin-based ART+COM studios, we had the great opportunity to create several media installations for an exhibition which I thought had a genial concept: MICROPIA. Conceived as a permanent show within the zoo in Amsterdam, it presents knowledge about animals whom we share our lives with but never see – microbes.

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Exhibition: “Micropia” (Amsterdam)

Together with Berlin-based ART+COM studios, we had the great opportunity to create several media installations for an exhibition which I thought had a genial concept: MICROPIA. Conceived as a permanent show within the zoo in Amsterdam, it presents knowledge about animals whom we share our lives with but never see – microbes.

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Inspiration: “Where you are” and more

Hello there, here are a few recent publications that have inspired me lately: In autumn 2013, the ladies over at Visual Editions finally released their long awaited fifth master piece: “Where you are”. Their concept of “visual writing” and their

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Inspiration: “Where you are” and more

Hello there, here are a few recent publications that have inspired me lately: In autumn 2013, the ladies over at Visual Editions finally released their long awaited fifth master piece: “Where you are”. Their concept of “visual writing” and their

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Interview Bryan Christie (I): “A window into a concept”

For almost twenty years, Bryan Christie has created scientific illustrations for magazines such as Scientific American, National Geographic or WIRED, and is well known in the field of information graphics. Particularly in his anatomical illustrations he employs a unique “lucid”

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Interview Bryan Christie (I): “A window into a concept”

For almost twenty years, Bryan Christie has created scientific illustrations for magazines such as Scientific American, National Geographic or WIRED, and is well known in the field of information graphics. Particularly in his anatomical illustrations he employs a unique “lucid”

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Interview Bryan Christie (II): “Our physical reality”

In this second part of our interview, Bryan describes in detail how his fine art work transcends his commissioned scientific illustrations, and how these two strands of his work are entwined—each providing a distinct approach to coping with a complex

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Interview Bryan Christie (II): “Our physical reality”

In this second part of our interview, Bryan describes in detail how his fine art work transcends his commissioned scientific illustrations, and how these two strands of his work are entwined—each providing a distinct approach to coping with a complex

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Interview Jer Thorp: “Let the data speak”

For a few years now, Canadian-born Jer Thorp has been working on the forefront of data visualisation, creating ever new ways to interact with vast data sets. Operating under the title of a “data artist”, Jer has recently teamed up

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Interview Jer Thorp: “Let the data speak”

For a few years now, Canadian-born Jer Thorp has been working on the forefront of data visualisation, creating ever new ways to interact with vast data sets. Operating under the title of a “data artist”, Jer has recently teamed up

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Interview Moritz Stefaner: “The city is alive”

Moritz Stefaner came to the field of data visualisation with a background in cognitive science and interface design. His works are intriguing in their effort to create a comprehensible visual vocabulary for mapping complex data. In his latest project “Stadtbilder”,

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Interview Moritz Stefaner: “The city is alive”

Moritz Stefaner came to the field of data visualisation with a background in cognitive science and interface design. His works are intriguing in their effort to create a comprehensible visual vocabulary for mapping complex data. In his latest project “Stadtbilder”,

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Research: “The forgotten maps of Minard” (Paris)

In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there are a few historical heroes and pioneers who are always referred to when it comes to how this mode of communication has evolved. One of the most famous historical infographics is

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Research: “The forgotten maps of Minard” (Paris)

In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there are a few historical heroes and pioneers who are always referred to when it comes to how this mode of communication has evolved. One of the most famous historical infographics is

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Inspiration: “The Art of Memory” at Victoria & Albert Museum

I am very much into all things related to structuring information & visual storytelling. So it is exciting to hear that London’s wonderful Victoria & Albert Museum stages an exhibition exploring new ways of visual narration and the forgotten art

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Inspiration: “The Art of Memory” at Victoria & Albert Museum

I am very much into all things related to structuring information & visual storytelling. So it is exciting to hear that London’s wonderful Victoria & Albert Museum stages an exhibition exploring new ways of visual narration and the forgotten art

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Studio Visit: Onformative (Berlin)

This week I sat down with computational designer Cedric Kiefer to hear about his latest work. Together with his partner Julia Laub he runs onformative, a Berlin-based studio for generative design. The two met when Julia collected material for her

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Studio Visit: Onformative (Berlin)

This week I sat down with computational designer Cedric Kiefer to hear about his latest work. Together with his partner Julia Laub he runs onformative, a Berlin-based studio for generative design. The two met when Julia collected material for her

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Inspiration: Generative logo for Big Eyes

When I talked to London-based studio Field last week regarding their latest Twitter installation in the British Library, I stumbled upon another stunning recent project of theirs: a generative corporate identity for a new advertising agency named Big Eyes. Field

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Inspiration: Generative logo for Big Eyes

When I talked to London-based studio Field last week regarding their latest Twitter installation in the British Library, I stumbled upon another stunning recent project of theirs: a generative corporate identity for a new advertising agency named Big Eyes. Field

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Inspiration: “Politics on Twitter” at British Library

The British Library in London recently opened a major exhibition about a political practice that has largely influenced global history throughout the 20th century: Propaganda. Power and Persuasion. The practice of actively shaping how people talk and think about political

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Inspiration: “Politics on Twitter” at British Library

The British Library in London recently opened a major exhibition about a political practice that has largely influenced global history throughout the 20th century: Propaganda. Power and Persuasion. The practice of actively shaping how people talk and think about political

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Inspiration: “Rain Room” installation at MoMA

I do belong to the people who have been wondering occasionally about which is the smartest way to get through the rain – walk slow or run fast? I have also sometimes wondered why we don’t like getting wet from

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Inspiration: “Rain Room” installation at MoMA

I do belong to the people who have been wondering occasionally about which is the smartest way to get through the rain – walk slow or run fast? I have also sometimes wondered why we don’t like getting wet from

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Inspiration: Maps & memories

Maps are a means to store and communicate location-based data – from physical landscape information to climate data, from popular tourist spots to school data. Maps have also become a very popular format for recording personal memories and subjective impressions

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Inspiration: Maps & memories

Maps are a means to store and communicate location-based data – from physical landscape information to climate data, from popular tourist spots to school data. Maps have also become a very popular format for recording personal memories and subjective impressions