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

Summer School

6 – 17 September 2021

We are preparing the »Visualizing Open Access Summer School« in cooperation with the Open-Access-Büro Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin.

Conference talk & poster

15 June, 2021

We are participating in EuroVis 2021 with two contributions: Fabian Ehmel presents a paper about Topograpy of Violence and Mark-Jan Bludau shows a poster on Unfolding Edges (Poster / Extended Abstract) from the SoNAR (IDH) project.

Scrollytelling article

31 May 2021

Inter…what? Intersectionality! is a visual article on discrimination and privilege by Hannah Schwan, Jonas Arndt, Sandra Cartes & Marian Dörk. Please, help our research by reading it and sharing your feedback with us.

Online workshop

25 March 2021, 3pm

»Let’s visit museum collections! What can we gather about the data?« — Virtual museum visits and reflections about cultural data and collection interfaces during vDHd2021.

Outreach event

15 January 2021

If you are curious about communicating climate change scenarios with data visualization, please join us for the SENSES Outreach Event being held online on 15 January at 2pm (CET).

Conference talk

28 November 2020

Boris Müller talked about »Making and Breaking Rules – Visualisation between Creativity and Usability« at the S-H-O-W conference in Utrecht → video recording

Keynote talk

25 October 2020

Marian Dörk held the keynote at VIS4DH, the 5th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities at IEEE VIS → video recording

Conference talk

21 October 2020

Viktoria Brüggemann presented and discussed her research on visualizing digital history at the Digital Academy 2020, hosted by the University of Bielefeld under the topic “Visualisieren und Vergleichen”.

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.

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