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 Department of Design 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

Keynote talk

25 October 2020

Marian Dörk will hold the keynote at VIS4DH, the 5th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities at IEEE VIS.

Conference talk

18 July 2020

Invited talk

4 June 2020

Olivia Vane (The British Library ): »Visualising cultural heritage collections: Is the data enough?« live at YouTube at 11am (UTC+2). Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series.

Conference talk

28 May 2020

Conference talks & poster

2-6 March 2020

We were in Paderborn for DHd 2020 to share our latest research on data visualization in the context of digital humanities.

Conference talks

9 - 10 January 2020

We took part in the The Art Museum in the Digital Age conference at the Belvedere in Vienna to present one recent research project (Close-Up Cloud) and ongoing research on visualizing multiple collections.


6 Dec 2019 - 2 June 2020

The Close-Up Cloud visualization is part of The Second Original exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG).

Invited talk

12 November 2019

Katherine Hepworth (The Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada): »Ethical Visualization: A Strategy for Dark Times« @ Campus FH Potsdam, Lecture Hall in Haus D, start at 4pm. Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series.

Invited talk

29 October 2019

Hendrik Lehmann (Tagesspiegel Innovation Lab): »Empowering Journalism: Using sensors, data and visualization to provide citizens with actionable insights on urban spaces« @ Campus FH Potsdam, Lecture Hall in Haus D, start at 5:30pm. Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series.

Invited talk

22 October 2019

Jeffrey Heer (University of Washington): »Raising the Bar (Chart): Enriching Visualization Tools with Design Knowledge« @ Campus FH Potsdam, Lecture Hall in Haus D, start at 4pm. Part of information​+​visualization public lecture series.

Contact Get in touch

Fachhochschule Potsdam
University of Applied Sciences

Hauptgebäude · Room 111

Kiepenheuerallee 5
14469 Potsdam

Marian Dörk
+49 331 580-2511

Boris Müller
+49 331 580-1400