What is the future role of graphic designers in a time in which digital media have enlarged the palette of technical possibilities? Will the designer be overruled by the user, who is nowadays capable of handling a large variety of graphic tools? Or will the designer still play a crucial role, for instance by creating new tools or developing new strategies.
In the master department Information Design we will investigate both old and new fields of expertise for designers. We will focus on the role digital media play in society and the field of design, and we will imagine next leaps of technological innovation. The world has become more complicated because the information describing it has grown exponentially in size, and rate of circulation. Guided by a group of tutors, all of them experts in a specific field, the students will learn to develop the tools, technologies and products for understanding and intervening in this increasingly complex world.
Head of department: Joost Grootens
MENTORS AND LECTURERS RESEARCH PROGRAMME
Team 2012-13: Joost Grootens (designer), Catalogtree (designers), Simon Davies (designer), Lutz Issler (computer scientist), Frans Bevers (architectural designer), Max Kisman (designer), Nikki Gonnissen (designer), Arthur Roeloffzen (designer), Gert Staal (theoretician).
History: Over the past years the following people have been involved in this programme: Catalogtree (designers), Simon Davies (designer), Nikki Gonnissen (designer), Joost Grootens (designer), Hansje van Halem (designer), Lutz Issler (computer scientist), Max Kisman (designer), Koen Kleijn (journalist), Jeroen Luttikhuis (architectural designer), Gert Staal (theoretician)