About Mission statement

We are an interdisciplinary research group at Fachhochschule Potsdam situated between interface design, computer science, and the humanities. Our work revolves around information visualization with a particular focus on the challenges and questions arising from social, cultural, and technological transformations. Our mission is to make sense of comprehensive datasets and complex issues by developing creative and critical approaches to visualization. All our research projects are collaborative in nature. We are cooperating with academic and cultural institutions as well as public and private organizations, especially in the contexts of digital humanities, science communication, and smart cities. The lab itself is a collaboration between the Interface Design department and the Urban Futures Institute. At the junction of design teaching and visualization research, we strive to have an impact in both academia and the world of practice. For the physical and social space of the lab, our ambition is to cultivate a stimulating environment for a transdisciplinary community of designers, developers, and scholars engaging with contemporary issues of societal relevance. We are keen to share our work with the broader public via prototypes, exhibitions and workshops, and with our academic peers through conferences and journals. The research lab is jointly directed by Marian Dörk, research professor for information visualization, and Boris Müller, professor for interaction design. Located in the main building on the FHP campus in Potsdam, the lab is a place where researchers and students with varying backgrounds especially interface design, informatics, and cultural studies are working together. We frequently invite  practitioners and researchers to our public lecture series information+visualization to speak about current issues in data visualization and related topics.

Activities What’s happening


27–29 May 2024

Fidel Thomet and Nadia Zeissig will show Xingú Entangled, an interactive video installation by the Amazonia Future Lab, at re:publica 24 in Berlin.


16–17 May 2024

Mark-Jan Bludau and Viktoria Brüggemann will  present their work in the GraDiM project during the MAI Tagung (museums and the internet) at the Jewish Museum, Berlin.


25–28 April 2024

Marian Dörk will speak at the Crossing Fonds Digital Archives Symposium about the role of a shared vocabulary for co-designing data visualizations of cultural collections.


15 April 2024

Viktoria Brüggemann will take part and contribute to the »Activating a Collection« workshop at the Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin.


11–12 April 2024

The GraDiM project team will present their current research at the #DHJewish Conference organized by the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies with the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History.


6/7 April 2024

Jona Pomerance will present the Better Catastrophe flowchart at the student exhibition of the see-Conference in Wiesbaden.


27 March – 23 June 2024

Xingú Entangled, an interactive video installation by the Amazonia Future Lab, will be on show at the Existência Numérica exhibition in Rio de Janeiro.


21–23 February 2024

The GraDiM project team will participate in the symposium »KI und das digitale Bild« in Munich.


15 January 2024

Sabine de Günther gives a workshop on »Explorative Visualisations of Cultural Assets. Introduction and Hands-on« at the SUB Hamburg in the series Digital Humanities – How does it work? – Time: 10am – 3.30pm, location: Book tower of Stabi, 17th floor.


1 December 2023

Sabine de Günther and Ilias Kyriazis presented at the Electronic Media & Visual Arts (EVA) Conference in Berlin the results of the three year digitization and research project Restaging Fashion.

Contact Get in touch

Fachhochschule Potsdam
University of Applied Sciences

Hauptgebäude · Room 111

Kiepenheuerallee 5
14469 Potsdam

Marian Dörk
+49 331 580-4422

Boris Müller
+49 331 580-4423