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 working with academic and cultural institutions as well as public and private organizations, especially in the contexts of digital humanities, smart cities, and science communication. The lab is a collaboration between the Department of Design and the Institute for Urban Futures. 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 interactive 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 topics in data visualization.

Activities What’s happening


18 December 2018

The video recordings of all keynotes and conference presentations at Information+ 2018 are now published online.


4 December 2018


22 Oct - 31 Dec 2018

CityVis 2018 is a showcase of the latest and greatest projects shared on the Visualizing Cities platform.

Conference talks

21-26 October 2018

We took part in IEEE VIS 2018 in Berlin and presented visualization research on personal movement data and digital cultural heritage.


19 Oct - 14 Dec 2018

Image Factories. Infographics 1920–1945 presents historical visualization design from early 20th century Austria and Germany.


19-21 October 2018

We hosted Information+ 2018 in Potsdam – just before IEEE VIS in Berlin.


1 August 2018

With Visualizing Cities we solicited submissions of innovative visualizations of urban data to be shown in the context of IEEE VIS in Berlin.

Conference talks

26 Feb - 2 March 2018

We participated in the DHd 2018 conference in Cologne to present research on visualizing cultural collections.


13 Jan – 12 March 2018

cf. city flows was on display in The Art of Networks III exhibition in Boston.


14 November 2017, 3pm

Urban Future Talks #2: Mapping as a Critical and Transformative Practice @ Campus Fachhochschule Potsdam, Theaterwerkstatt in the main building.

Contact Get in touch

Fachhochschule Potsdam
University of Applied Sciences

Kiepenheuerallee 5
Hauptgebäude · Room 111
14469 Potsdam

Marian Dörk
+49 331 580-2511

Boris Müller
+49 331 580-1400