Chiqui Esteban works as Graphics Director at The Washington Post. Before joining The Post, he worked as Deputy Director of Art, Graphics and Maps at National Geographic and Graphics Director at The Boston Globe. Esteban started his career in Spain, always working in the graphics department of local, regional and national media. He had been part of La Voz de Galicia, Diario de Cadiz, Publico and lainformacion.com, also as a visual journalism consultant for Innovation Media, working with clients in Europe and Latin America. He loves all kinds of sports, reading history and spending time with his wife and three kids.
Ron Morrison is a designer, artist, and researcher working across the fields of human geography, digital technology, and urbanism. They investigate how the unassimilable complicates race and geographic space as fixed and knowable. From building open source platforms to upend solitary confinement to crafting community based archives to combat gentrification, their work explores cartographies of slow violence, cybernetics, and blackness. Their work was implemented in the US, Ghana, Colombia, Ethiopia, Italy and featured at AIA New York, UN World Urban Forum, and Tribeca Film Festival. They are currently an Annenberg PhD fellow at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Sandra Rendgen is an independent author and researcher with a particular focus on data visualization, interactive media and the history of infographics. Her academic background is in art history and cultural theory. In collaboration with Taschen Publishing, she released “Information Graphics” (2012) and “Understanding the World” (2014). Currently she is working on two new books about the history of data visualization and information graphics.
Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg co-lead Google’s PAIR (People+AI Research) initiative, part of Google Brain. Their work in machine learning focuses on transparency and interpretability, as part of a broad agenda to improve human/AI interaction. They are well known for their contributions to social and collaborative visualization, and the systems they’ve created are used daily by millions of people. Their visualization-based artwork has been exhibited worldwide, and is part of the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The exhibition “Image Factories” (Bildfabriken) organized by the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library will open at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam [19 Oct – 14 Dec] during Information+.
The exhibition focuses on a period of visualization history that was characterized by information overload and growing demands for visual communication in the early 20th century. Two specific responses are highlighted, each paving the way for a newly established genre of infographics.
The Austrians Otto and Marie Neurath, and the German physician Fritz Kahn, developed their distinctive visual languages almost simultaneously, in both cases based on formal stylization of the human body. The Neuraths’ “Isotype” utilized pictogram-like graphics as counting units for the quantification of social realities. In contrast Kahn’s “Factories of the Human Body” employed sequences of mechanistically interpreted diagrams, in which the human being was depicted as an “Industrial Palace”.
The exhibition includes detailed reproductions and animations from the rich holdings of the German National Library and from American and British archives. The exhibition was developed at the German Museum of Books and Writing together with the Institute of Communication and Media Studies, University of Erfurt.
Reception: 19 Oct 2018 at 8pm
Opening hours: 23 Oct - 14 Dec 2018,
Monday - Friday, 11am - 4pm
Location: FH Potsdam, Hauptgebäude Kiepenheuerallee 5, 14469 Potsdam
Fritz Kahn: Die Empfindungsbahn, 1929. Foto: Kosmos/Debschitz
Otto Neurath, Gerd Arntz: Picture Dictionary Flugzeug
This year’s conference will take place at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FH Potsdam) in Germany, approximately one hour away from Berlin.
The conference will be held at the main building of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. With innovative study programs like interface design and urban futures as well as two research labs (Urban Complexity Lab and the Interaction Design Lab), the university provides space for a wide spectrum of visualization research and teaching.
Potsdam is the capital of the federal state of Brandenburg with a history of over 1000 years and is a city of UNESCO World Heritage. A once royal capital, Potsdam is characterized by fifteen palaces including the famous Sanssouci, many parks and lakes and a diverse cultural heritage.
Potsdam is also a center of science, with over 40 scientific institutions operating in the city and has one of the highest ratios of scientists in Germany. Furthermore, the Babelsberg film studios are Europe's biggest cohesive film production complex, having created a broad range of international productions, including awarded movies like The Pianist or The Grand Budapest Hotel.
The university is situated north of the city center. The campus and public transport to the location are wheelchair-accessible. For more information regarding accessibility please contact us via E-mail.
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We recommend travel by public transportation. The Berlin ABC ticket allows the use of buses, trams, and trains in Berlin as well as Potsdam.
If you are flying in, coming from Berlin Schönefeld Airport, you can take a regional train (RB22 to S Griebnitzsee Bhf, 50 min) directly to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof (central station). Arriving at Tegel Airport, you can take an airport bus (TXL to S+U Alexanderplatz, 25 min) to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station) and go on from there.
If you arrive by train, it is likely you will arrive at Berlin Hauptbahnhof (central station).
From Berlin Hauptbahnhof you can take the S-Bahn (S7 to Potsdam Hbf, 45 min) or a regional train (RE1 to Brandenburg/Magdeburg Hbf or RB21 to Wustermark/Golm Bhf, 25 min) to get to Potsdam Hauptbahnhof.
From Potsdam Hauptbahnhof, you can either take tram 92 to Kirschallee or tram 96 to Campus Jungfernsee and get off at Campus Fachhochschule (12 min). Alternatively, you can reach the campus by bike (15 min), which you can rent at the central station.
Potsdam as well as the nearby Berlin offer a wide variety of places to stay. Hotels near our conference location are:
The registration fee for the conference will be approx. 300 €. University students and presenting attendees are eligible for a reduced registration fee of approx 150 €. These prices include tax and fees. Registration will open on 20 August 2018.
Registered attendees will have access to the full conference program throughout Saturday and Sunday [20-21 Oct] consisting of invited keynote presentations as well as the submitted paper presentations and lightning talks. The conference registration includes basic breakfast, coffee breaks, and lunch on site on both days, and a dialog dinner on Saturday evening. Registration for the workshop day [19 Oct] will be separate from the main conference.
Information+ 2018 is being made possible through the help and support of many people and partnering organizations.