The Translations 4 Symposium entitled “Design of Knowledge” deals with the designers’ task of analysing complex subjects and presenting them in an understandable way, while at the same time finding new answers to medial changes.
In almost all areas of society the volume of data and information is continually growing. At the same time, the publication media communicating this information are undergoing a fundamental change. Thus, designers more and more frequently have to face the task of grappling with the contents’ complexity and medial instability, while at the same time analysing, implementing or presenting their work.
Internationally active book designers, typographers, information designers and architects, illustrators, exhibition designers, media theorists and developers, as well as data journalists are going to discuss the changes, challenges and consequences for the further development of the profession and the training of communication designers.
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 mainly on commissioned and self initiated projects with a particular focus on self-organising systems, following the principle “Form Equals Behaviour”. The design of experimental tools, programming, typography and the visualisation of quantitative data are part of their daily routine.
Recent projects 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 The New York Times Magazine. Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha are teaching at Design Academy’s Master course in Eindhoven/NL and are giving international workshops.
Joost Grootens studied architectural design at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. His studio designs books in the fields of architecture, urban space and art, specializing on atlases, designing both the maps and the books themselves.
Among his clients are 010 Pulishers, Nai Pulishers, Lars Müller Publishers, Phaidon Press, Vanabbe Museum and Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. Grootens has won numerous prizes for his designs. Among them the “Goldene Letter” and two Gold Medals in the “Best Book Design from all over the World” competition in Leipzig.
Grootens is Head of the research programme Information Design at Design Academy Eindhoven’s Master course. He has also lectured and conducted workshops at various institutions in Asia, Europe and North America. Joost Grootens is a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale).
Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen (LUST)
Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen is one of the founders of LUST, a multidisciplinary graphic design practice established in 1996 together with Jeroen Barendse and Thomas Castro, based in The Hague, Netherlands. LUST works in a broad spectrum of media including traditional print work, book design, abstract cartography, data visualisations, new media, interactive installations and architectural graphics.
Moreover, LUST is deeply interested in exploring new pathways for design at the cutting edge where new media and information technologies, architecture, urban systems and graphic design overlap. This fascination led to establishing LUSTlab in the summer of 2010. LUSTlab goes further than observing, inventing and producing, by means of forming a platform where knowledge, issues and ideologies can be shared.
Studio NAND (Steffen Fiedler, Jonas Loh and Stephan Thiel) is a multi-disciplinary design practice exploring interactions between society, science and technology.
They use design as a method to craft engaging experiences, stories and visualisations and work with private and public sector organisations with the aim to identify new ways of using upcoming technologies.
Additionally, they try to foster innovation and exchange in these fields through workshops, lectures and their Open-Source platform “Creative Coding”.
Stefanie Posavec was born and raised in Colorado, and moved to London permanently in 2004. She holds a BFA from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado (2002), and an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London / UK(2006).
She has recently gone freelance and focuses on projects ranging from information design, data visualisation, book cover design, and book design (or anything in between) for a variety of clients.
Oliver Reichenstein studied Philosophy in Paris and Basel. In 2005 he launched Information Architects (iA) in Tokyo. Information Architects Inc. designs and builds interactive products. Some of their clients are Ringier, Freitag and Zeit-Online. Their specially developed software iA Writer is a tremendous success. With more than 700.000 sold units it is second only to Apple’s own software for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Oliver Reichenstein is also much in demand as a speaker for symposia all over the world, where he was one of the first to draw attention to the importance of responsive typography.
Marco Maas of Open Data City is working as a data journalist and media advisor for broadcasting companies and publishers. Two years ago he launched – together with two partners - the agency for data journalism OpenDataCity, which deals with the visualisation and analysis of large data sources.
He was, among others, involved in the development of the ZDF-Parlameter, which won the Grimme Online Award. For his G8-coverage via gipfelblog.de he won the CNN Journalist Award. Since 2009 he has been working in the subject areas of open data/linked data, data journalism and social TV.
Jan Schwochow is owner and creative force of his agency Golden Section Graphics in Berlin. He looks back at more than 20 years of experience as graphic artist, designer and journalist. He was, among other jobs, Section Manager and Art Director of the Department of Infographics for the „Stern“ magazine and worked as Art Director for Infographics in Developmental Graphics for the Publishers Milchstraße.
His latest position was with the agency KircherBurkhardt in Berlin, where he created a department for Infographics which he ran for more than two years. In 2007 he launched the agency Golden Section Graphics, which currently employs a staff of 15 and has won numerous national and international awards. Jan Schwochow is a member of the Art Directors Club of Germany e.V. and of the Society for News Design.
Prof. Michael Stoll studied Communication Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz from 1987-1991 and graduated with a diploma thesis entitled „Eine Klassifikation der Infografik“ (A Classification of Infographics). From 1991 until 2005 he lived in Tübingen as an independent designer, carrying out graphic and design jobs for, among others, newspaper publishers in South Germany.
Since 2005 he has been teaching media theory, infographics and information design at the University of Applied Science, Augsburg. He is a member of the International Institute for Information Design (Vienna) and of the Editorial Board of the Information Design Journal (John Benjamin’s Publishing Company). Prof. Michael Stoll has compiled an impressive collection of historical infographics.
Tickets are valid for both days of the symposium and include lunch on the second day.
University of Applied Sciences Mainz
The symposium starts
November 29th, 1 pm
November 30th, 7 pm.
The lectures are in English or German.
The University of Applied Science is accessible via a highway exit Mainz Innenstadt on the ring motorway.
Follow the signs „Rheingoldhalle“ or „Rathaus“ along the „Rheinstraße“ to the „Holzturm“. Please make use of the parking structure at the „Fort Malakoff Park“ in the „Dagobertstraße“.
Since there is only limited parking available, we recommend that participants take the train to the symposium.
The University of Applied Sciences can be reached from railway station „Mainz/Römisches Theater“ in just a few minutes by foot. (Towards „Rhein“, „Rheingoldhalle/Rathaus“)
We recommend the Travel Information of the German railway.
Translations 4 Symposium
The exhibition shows a thematic selection of work by current and former students of the programme for communication design at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz. This includes publications which, in their design, interact with complex contents, analogue and digital information design and data visualisation, examples of work showing the cooperation with or closeness to science, as well as experiments and prototypes exploring new publication formats.
Installations by students can be seen at various locations:
by Frederik Marroquin
Foamboard, Calligraphy ink
by Claudia Hahn-Reinhart
Wall drawings in chalk
by Steffen Ritter
Digital print, soap bubbles, ink
For press tickets please apply to