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


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.


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.

Conference Talk

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.

Conference Talk

27 November 2023

At the international conference of European Fashion Heritage Association (EFHA) in Utrecht, Sabine de Günther of the Restaging Fashion team shared the prototype ReFaReader, which combines narration with exploration.

Conference Participation

22–24 November 2023

We will be in Edinburgh for the Information+ 2023 conference. Nadia Zeissig and Fidel Thomet will exhibit Xingú Entangled from the Amazonia Future Lab, Jona Pomerance will give a presentation on the interactive version of the Better Catastrophe flowchart, and Marian Dörk will chair the Challenging Power session.

Conference Participation

22–27 October 2023

Francesca Morini will attend IEEE VIS 2023 in Melbourne to share a provocation with the title »Entangling exploration and narration: Interdisciplinary and cross-domain research on visualizing humanities data« at the VIS4DH workshop and present the full paper »From shock to shift: Data visualization for constructive climate journalism« about the Klimakarten project.

Conference Talk

10-13 October 2023

Ilias Kyriazis will present Restaging Fashion at EuropeanaTech and will take part in the Linked.Art meeting at the Rijksmuseum.

Research Seminar

17–22 September 2023

Project Launch

25 August 2023

How can we narrate and navigate the climate crisis? This interface is an interactive version of the flowchart that climate activist Andrew Boyd included in his new book »I Want a Better Catastrophe«. Follow his path and explore our collective predicament.

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