Inter­disciplinary practices in
information design & visualization
in Potsdam, Germany
19–21 Oct 18


conference 2018

Following the success of Information+ 2016   in Vancouver, Canada, the biennial conference brings together researchers and practitioners in information design and visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Unlike discipline-specific gatherings, Information+ seeks to foster productive exchanges amongst the variety of people involved in the theories, practices, and pedagogies of analyzing and communicating information.

Information+ 2018 will again include three events: a one-day hands-on workshop [19 Oct], a two-day conference [20–21 Oct], and an exhibition of historic information design [19 Oct – 14 Dec]. The events will take place at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FH Potsdam), Germany, which was the first university to offer a study program in interface design in Germany. It has since gained international reputation for their design-oriented information visualization research.

Information+ 2018 is co-located with IEEE VIS 2018, [21–26 Oct] in Berlin. The conferences are separate events, requiring separate registration. By co-locating these events, we encourage cross-disciplinary discourse, especially with regards to exchanges between the science and design ‘camps’ of the visualization community.


Chiqui Esteban

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, 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

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

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 & Martin Wattenberg

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.


Call for participation

As an interdisciplinary event, we invite proposals from all fields of professional practice, research, and education in information design and visualization. We welcome submissions on such topics as (but not limited to): the environment, advocacy and law, health and medical applications, social and political issues, cultural analysis and collections, digital humanities, and projects in data journalism. Authors accepted for presentation at the conference will have an opportunity to submit articles for publication in a special issue of an academic journal (to be announced soon). The special issue will contain articles selected by a peer review process.

We invite you to submit proposals using Easy Chair. We encourage both academic and practice-based presentations for the following opportunities:

paper presentations – 15 minutes
an abstract [500 Words] with one descriptive figure and 3 keywords.
lightning talks – 5 minutes
short abstract [250 Words] with one descriptive figure and 3 keywords.


Important Dates
15 May Submission deadline
02 Jul Notification of acceptance
10 Jul Diversity scholarship deadline
31 Jul Diversity scholarship notifications
20 Aug Registration open
19–21 Oct Workshop & Conference
19 Oct – 14 Dec Exhibition
21–26 Oct IEEE VIS (separate registration)


diversity scholarship

The Information+ Conference welcomes and encourages participation by people of all backgrounds and identities. We are committed to fostering and sustaining an environment of respect and inclusivity. To increase participation at the Information+ by underrepresented or historically marginalized groups, we are offering up to 10 need-based diversity scholarships. Priority will be given to applicants who have their contributions accepted for presentation at the conference. We invite you to submit your application using this form.

Information and Process

The Information+ Diversity Scholarship Committee will review applications based on a combination of need and impact, and will award up to 10 diversity scholarships that will include:

Complementary Conference registration.

A maximum of: 500 € per recipient within Europe, and 1,000 € per recipient from other countries. We understand that the funds may not cover all costs, but we do hope the scholarship will help recipients attend the conference. Funds can be used to help support travel, lodging, and childcare. Recipients will need to keep original flight or train tickets, expense receipts, and evidence of payment (i.e. bank statement) up to described limits for reimbursement once the conference is over.


10 July Application period closes.
31 July Notifications sent.


Applicants from underrepresented and/or marginalized groups including, but not limited to: gender, identity, race, ethnicity, disabilities, socioeconomic status, discipline.

Financial need in order to be able to attend the conference.

18 years or older.

Diversity Scholarship Comittee

Arvind Satyanarayan MIT EECS/CSAIL
Catherine D’ignazio EMERSON COLLEGE
Isabel Meirelles (chair) OCAD UNIVERSITY


Registration and Pricing

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.


Marian Dörk Research Professor, Institute for Urban Futures, FH Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany
Isabel Meirelles Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada


Boris Müller Dialog dinner
Fabian Dinklage & Florian Zia Website

Program Committee

Gregor Aisch Datawrapper
Dominikus Baur
Rahul Bhargava MIT Center for Civic Media
Jeremy Boy United Nations
Matthew Brehmer Microsoft
Nadieh Bremer Visual Cinnamon
Petra Cerne Oven University of Ljubljana
Karen Cheng University of Washington
Jen Christiansen Scientific American
Paolo Ciuccarelli Politecnico di Milano
Nicole Coleman Stanford University
Christopher Collins UOIT
Catherine D’ignazio Emerson College
Patricio Davila OCAD University
Jason Dykes City, University of London
Veronika Egger IIID – Intl. Inst. for Information Design
Priscila Farias FAU-USP
Angus Forbes University of California, Santa Cruz
Jorge Frascara University of Alberta
Manuela Garreton Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Katherine Gillieson ECUAD
Maria Gonzalez de Cossio Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana
Peter Hall University of the Arts London
Uta Hinrichs University of St Andrews
Jessica Hullman University of Washington
Eric Kindel The University of Reading
Andy Kirk Visualising Data
Robert Kosara Tableau
Yu-Ru Lin University of Pittsburgh
Yanni A Loukissas Georgia Institute of Technology
Elijah Meeks Netflix
Miriah Meyer University of Utah
Boris Müller Fachhochschule Potsdam
Scott Murray O'Reilly
Till Nagel Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
Guillermina Noel University of Alberta
Angela Norwood York University
Dietmar Offenhuber Northeastern University
Charles Perin City, University of London
Nathalie Riche Microsoft
Stacie Rohrbach Carnegie Mellon, School of Design
Irene Ros Google
Arvind Satyanarayan MIT EECS/CSAIL
Chad Skelton Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Sarah Slobin Reuters
Carla Spinillo Universidade Federal do Paraná
Moritz Stefaner Truth & Beauty
Michael Stoll Augsburg University of Applied Sciences
Danielle Szafir University of Colorado Boulder
Karel van der Waarde Swinburne University of Technology
Sue Walker The University of Reading
Shirley Wu

Past years


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