Dean's Lecture

Designing for Knowledge: Beyond Data Visualization

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
4:10 pm to 5:30 pm
Christian Marc Schmidt

Designing for Knowledge: Beyond Data Visualization

Designing for Knowledge: Beyond Data Visualization (Christian Marc Schmidt)

In this talk, Christian Marc Schmidt will focus on the changing role of design and how it is shifting from solving problems to creating knowledge. Christian will present a brief historical overview of how design has responded to technology and how it is now responding the explosion of data through the new interfaces that can help people make sense of the growing amount of information they create and consume. In the second half of the talk, Christian will concentrate on several relevant case studies of recent work by Schema, the research and design firm he founded based in Seattle, emphasizing Schema’s approach to collaboration with other disciplines from science to the arts.

Christian Marc Schmidt is principal and founder of Schema, a creative design and technology studio based in Seattle. Schema focuses on the intersection of interaction design and data visualization. Clients range from corporations such as Bloomberg and Microsoft, to startups such as Actively Learn and institutions such as the University of Washington. Christian’s experience spans the fields of information design, interaction design, and media installation.

Prior to founding Schema in 2012, Christian was a senior designer at Microsoft, an associate partner at Pentagram, and an interaction designer at IDEO. At Pentagram, Christian was lead designer for the One Laptop per Child interface designed for children in developing countries. His work on this project is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Christian holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York and an MFA from the Yale University School of Art. His work has received recognition from organizations such as D&AD, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Communication Arts, Print Magazine, and the Industrial Designers Society of America. Among other publications Christian’s writing has appeared in ARCADE Magazine, Net Works—Case Studies in Web Art and Web Design, and the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping. Christian has taught in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University, the Visual Communication Design program at the University of Washington and Cornish College of the Arts.

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August 23, 2016