Karin von Ompteda, 6 November 2013
Karin talked about data visualisation taken off the page and screen, and manifested as objects, environments, and experiences. She discussed contemporary practice as well as drawing upon the rich output of ten cross-disciplinary ‘critical visualisation’ workshops she has run over the past three years in London and Beijing.
Topics included a taxonomy of data manifestation, information design in the context of increasingly blurred disciplinary boundaries, and the onus on design to encourage the questioning of data itself.
Karin's talk was scheduled to coincide with an exhibition of RCA student works – the culmination of three years of cross-disciplinary 'critical visualisation' workshops. Works shown were by 14 designers and artists: Iban Benzal, Marcel Helmer, Marie Matheron, Jessica Morgan, Polly O'Flynn, James Pockson, Theodoulos Polyviou, Tom Price, Peter Shenai, Peter Spence, Paul Stawenow, James Thompson, Wendy Smith, and Rain Wu.
Karin von Ompteda is a biologist (MSc) turned graphic designer (BDes) turned PhD Candidate and Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art. Her research, design, and data visualisation work has been published, presented, and exhibited internationally; highlights include Grafik Magazine, TYPO London, and BIO.23 Biennial of Design.