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

Conference talks & poster

2-6 March 2020

We will be 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 are taking 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.


20 Aug - 20 Sep 2019

Vis for Future is an international competition calling for state-of-the-art visualizations that make sense of the climate crisis and inform the fight for climate justice.


11 June 2019

Mark-Jan Bludau receives Brandenburg Designpreis for Reading Traces, an interdisciplinary research project with the Theodor Fontane Archive.


6 June - 30 Dec 2019

The visualization prototype created during the Reading Traces project is part of the exhibition fontane.200 / Brandenburg – Bilder und Geschichten at the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte in Potsdam.

Open day

11 May 2019

As part of the Potsdam Science Day (Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften) we open the doors to the lab. Come by and try our latest visualizations of climate change scenarios and Fontane’s reading traces.

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