Visualizing Knowledge 2017 - The Information design seminar in Helsinki, Finland
29/5/2017

Previously known as the Tieto Näkyväksi seminar, in 2017 the event migrates to an all-English platform facilitated by Aalto University design faculty and graduate students. The event is part of the Aalto Festival 2017.

What

A day of educational and engaging information design-themed lectures, discussions, panels and workshops in the heart of Helsinki.

When

Monday, May 29th 2017
9:00 – 17:00

Where

Aalto University School of Business
Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00100 Helsinki, Finland

Who

The seminar brings together international speakers from various backgrounds ranging from data science to art and design. Registration is open to all.

The Visualizing Knowledge Seminar is a one-day educational experience aimed at raising awareness about the impact of information design, its tools and best practices, as well as providing networking opportunities for both professionals and students interested in the subject.

Photos: Katri Naukkarinen

Photos: Katri Naukkarinen

Speakers

Science, Art, Design & Journalism
As in previous years, a variety of speakers with backgrounds in science, art, design and journalism will speak on their experience in data visualization and information design; student exhibitions, networking events and new ways to get interactive at the event will also feature prominently.
Tech & Design Industry Professionals
Visualizing Knowledge brings together tech and design industry professionals and influential speakers for an immersive learning experience characteristic of Aalto University academic standards. Join us, you won’t want to miss this one.
Javier Zarracina
Javier Zarracina
Graphics Editor
Vox
USA

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Javier Zarracina

Graphics Editor // Vox, USA

Javier Zarracina is the Graphics Editor at Vox. He creates infographics, data visualizations, and motion graphics for Vox.com. Previously, he was Graphics and Data Editor of the Los Angeles Times since Oct. 2013. Before he was Graphic Director of The Boston Globe since 2007. Before he worked as Graphic Director at El Correo in Bilbao, Spain, Deputy Graphics Director at the San Jose Mercury News. Additionally he consults for several international media companies and contributes as infographic artist and illustrator for several publications.
Javier Zarracina
Graphics Editor // Vox, USA

Javier Zarracina is the Graphics Editor at Vox. He creates infographics, data visualizations, and motion graphics for Vox.com. Previously, he was Graphics and Data Editor of the Los Angeles Times since Oct. 2013. Before he was Graphic Director of The Boston Globe since 2007. Before he worked as Graphic Director at El Correo in Bilbao, Spain, Deputy Graphics Director at the San Jose Mercury News. Additionally he consults for several international media companies and contributes as infographic artist and illustrator for several publications.
Andreas Schneider
Andreas Schneider
Designer
Institute for Information Design
Japan

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Andreas Schneider

Designer // Institute for Information Design, Japan

Andreas Schneider has been teaching at the Institute for Advanced Sciences Arts and Media – IAMAS, in Gifu prefecture, Japan since 2001 and is visiting lecturer at WASEDA University in Tokyo and Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. He is one of the founding members of the Institute for Information Design Japan – IIDj.
Andreas Schneider
Designer // Institute for Information Design, Japan

Andreas Schneider has been teaching at the Institute for Advanced Sciences Arts and Media – IAMAS, in Gifu prefecture, Japan since 2001 and is visiting lecturer at WASEDA University in Tokyo and Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. He is one of the founding members of the Institute for Information Design Japan – IIDj.
Timm Kekeritz
Timm Kekeritz
User Interface Designer
IXDS
Germany

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Timm Kekeritz

User Interface Designer // IXDS, Germany

Timm Kekeritz is a German interaction designer. He has created award-winning apps like Das Referenz and Partly Cloudy, data visualizations such as Virtual Water and Weather Radials, and he has orchestrated large web strategies like the OECD Data Portal. Timm is design director at IXDS. Previously, he founded the design consultancy Raureif in Berlin, and has worked for IDEO, an international design firm in San Francisco. He teaches interaction design at CIID in København and at Fachhochschule Potsdam.

ixds.com
Timm Kekeritz
User Interface Designer // IXDS, Germany

Timm Kekeritz is a German interaction designer. He has created award-winning apps like Das Referenz and Partly Cloudy, data visualizations such as Virtual Water and Weather Radials, and he has orchestrated large web strategies like the OECD Data Portal. Timm is design director at IXDS. Previously, he founded the design consultancy Raureif in Berlin, and has worked for IDEO, an international design firm in San Francisco. He teaches interaction design at CIID in København and at Fachhochschule Potsdam.

ixds.com
Frank Rausch
Frank Rausch
User Interface Designer
Raureif
Germany

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Frank Rausch

User Interface Designer // Raureif, Germany

Frank Rausch, a user interface designer and app developer, specializes in digital typography. He is co-founder and managing partner at Raureif, an award-winning interaction design consultancy based in Berlin. In his work, Frank Rausch explores how technology and code can shape good digital reading experiences. He teaches user interface design and typography at design schools in Potsdam, Copenhagen, and St. Gallen.

@frankrausch
frankrausch.com
raureif.net
Frank Rausch
User Interface Designer // Raureif, Germany

Frank Rausch, a user interface designer and app developer, specializes in digital typography. He is co-founder and managing partner at Raureif, an award-winning interaction design consultancy based in Berlin. In his work, Frank Rausch explores how technology and code can shape good digital reading experiences. He teaches user interface design and typography at design schools in Potsdam, Copenhagen, and St. Gallen.

@frankrausch
frankrausch.com
raureif.net
Frederik De Bleser
Frederik De Bleser
Developer
NodeBox Live
Belgium

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Frederik De Bleser

Developer // NodeBox Live, Belgium

Frederik De Bleser is a designer / developer / researcher at Sint Lucas Antwerpen. Since 2004, he and his team at EMRG have been developing NodeBox, an open-source application for data visualisation and generative design. Recently he has been involved in Story Table, a project that aims to enhance the quality of life for hospitalised children through interactive storytelling.
Frederik De Bleser
Developer // NodeBox Live, Belgium

Frederik De Bleser is a designer / developer / researcher at Sint Lucas Antwerpen. Since 2004, he and his team at EMRG have been developing NodeBox, an open-source application for data visualisation and generative design. Recently he has been involved in Story Table, a project that aims to enhance the quality of life for hospitalised children through interactive storytelling.
Alison Black
Alison Black
Research Professor
University of Reading
United Kingdom

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Alison Black

Research Professor // University of Reading, UK

Alison Black is Professor of User Centred Design and director of the Centre for Information Design Research in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, UK. Originally trained as a cognitive psychologist, Alison’s PhD research led into her first explorations in information design, and she has worked with designers ever since. She is co-editor of the recently published book Information Design Research and Practice.
Alison Black
Research Professor // University of Reading, UK

Alison Black is Professor of User Centred Design and director of the Centre for Information Design Research in the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading, UK. Originally trained as a cognitive psychologist, Alison’s PhD research led into her first explorations in information design, and she has worked with designers ever since. She is co-editor of the recently published book Information Design Research and Practice.
Johannes Nieminen
Johannes Nieminen
Graphic Designer
Besserwisser
Finland

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Johannes Nieminen

Graphic Designer // Besserwisser, Finland

Johannes Nieminen works with information design in many platforms, from mobile applications to entire museums. He started his career making news graphics, maps and visualizations for television and newspapers. Currently Johannes works with combining digital and spatial graphics. Museums, exhibitions and events are turned into interactive learning experiences.

besserwisser.fi
Johannes Nieminen
Graphic Designer // Besserwisser, Finland

Johannes Nieminen works with information design in many platforms, from mobile applications to entire museums. He started his career making news graphics, maps and visualizations for television and newspapers. Currently Johannes works with combining digital and spatial graphics. Museums, exhibitions and events are turned into interactive learning experiences.

besserwisser.fi
Stefania Passera
Stefania Passera
Designer, Researcher
Aalto University
Finland

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Stefania Passera

Designer, Researcher // Aalto University, Finland

Stefania Passera (MA) is an independent designer specializing in legal information design, helping private and public organizations make their documents (contracts, terms & conditions, policies, contract briefs, …) user-friendly, clear, and effective.

Additionally, she is currently finalizing her PhD on how visualizations can increase understanding and collaboration within and across organizations (Aalto University School of Science).

She is the initiator of Legal Design Jam, a hands-on workshop that brings together different stakeholders to give an extreme user-centric makeover to a chosen contract (or any other type of insufferably dense legal/bureaucratic document).

She is the World Regional Representative of International Institute of Information Design (IIID) for Finland.

stefaniapassera.com
legaldesignjam.com
@StewieKee
Stefania Passera
Designer, Researcher // Aalto University, Finland

Stefania Passera (MA) is an independent designer specializing in legal information design, helping private and public organizations make their documents (contracts, terms & conditions, policies, contract briefs, …) user-friendly, clear, and effective.

Additionally, she is currently finalizing her PhD on how visualizations can increase understanding and collaboration within and across organizations (Aalto University School of Science).

She is the initiator of Legal Design Jam, a hands-on workshop that brings together different stakeholders to give an extreme user-centric makeover to a chosen contract (or any other type of insufferably dense legal/bureaucratic document).

She is the World Regional Representative of International Institute of Information Design (IIID) for Finland.

stefaniapassera.com
legaldesignjam.com
@StewieKee
Juuso Koponen
Juuso Koponen
Author
Tieto näkyväksi
Finland

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Juuso Koponen

Author // Tieto näkyväksi, Finland

Juuso Koponen (b. 1978) and Jonatan Hildén (b. 1983) are information designers and founders of Helsinki-based design studio Koponen+Hildén. They are visiting lecturers in data visualization at Aalto University and other Finnish universities, and, with professor emeritus Tapio Vapaasalo, the authors of Tieto näkyväksi, the first Finnish-language primer on information design and organizers of the annual Visualizing Knowledge conference.

Koponen+Hildén (f. 2014) is a Helsinki-based design studio specializing in data visualization, interactives, data analysis and workshops. Its clients include a wide range of public sector and media organizations, as well as corporations and NGOs; e.g. City of Helsinki, Ministry of Finance, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Finnish Centre for Pensions, Aamulehti and Elo.

koponen-hilden.fi/
tietonäkyväksi.fi
informaatiomuotoilu.fi
vizknowledge.aalto.fi
Juuso Koponen
Authors // Tieto näkyväksi, Finland

Juuso Koponen (b. 1978) and Jonatan Hildén (b. 1983) are information designers and founders of Helsinki-based design studio Koponen+Hildén. They are visiting lecturers in data visualization at Aalto University and other Finnish universities, and, with professor emeritus Tapio Vapaasalo, the authors of Tieto näkyväksi, the first Finnish-language primer on information design and organizers of the annual Visualizing Knowledge conference.

Koponen+Hildén (f. 2014) is a Helsinki-based design studio specializing in data visualization, interactives, data analysis and workshops. Its clients include a wide range of public sector and media organizations, as well as corporations and NGOs; e.g. City of Helsinki, Ministry of Finance, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Finnish Centre for Pensions, Aamulehti and Elo.

koponen-hilden.fi/
tietonäkyväksi.fi
informaatiomuotoilu.fi
vizknowledge.aalto.fi
Jonatan Hildén
Jonatan Hildén
Author
Tieto näkyväksi
Finland

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Jonatan Hildén

Author // Tieto näkyväksi, Finland

Juuso Koponen (b. 1978) and Jonatan Hildén (b. 1983) are information designers and founders of Helsinki-based design studio Koponen+Hildén. They are visiting lecturers in data visualization at Aalto University and other Finnish universities, and, with professor emeritus Tapio Vapaasalo, the authors of Tieto näkyväksi, the first Finnish-language primer on information design and organizers of the annual Visualizing Knowledge conference.

Koponen+Hildén (f. 2014) is a Helsinki-based design studio specializing in data visualization, interactives, data analysis and workshops. Its clients include a wide range of public sector and media organizations, as well as corporations and NGOs; e.g. City of Helsinki, Ministry of Finance, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Finnish Centre for Pensions, Aamulehti and Elo.

koponen-hilden.fi/
tietonäkyväksi.fi
informaatiomuotoilu.fi
vizknowledge.aalto.fi

Jonatan Hildén
Authors // Tieto näkyväksi, Finland

Juuso Koponen (b. 1978) and Jonatan Hildén (b. 1983) are information designers and founders of Helsinki-based design studio Koponen+Hildén. They are visiting lecturers in data visualization at Aalto University and other Finnish universities, and, with professor emeritus Tapio Vapaasalo, the authors of Tieto näkyväksi, the first Finnish-language primer on information design and organizers of the annual Visualizing Knowledge conference.

Koponen+Hildén (f. 2014) is a Helsinki-based design studio specializing in data visualization, interactives, data analysis and workshops. Its clients include a wide range of public sector and media organizations, as well as corporations and NGOs; e.g. City of Helsinki, Ministry of Finance, Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Finnish Centre for Pensions, Aamulehti and Elo.

koponen-hilden.fi/
tietonäkyväksi.fi
informaatiomuotoilu.fi
vizknowledge.aalto.fi
Tuomas Peltomäki
Tuomas Peltomäki
VK17 Panel Discussion Host
Helsingin Sanomat
Finland

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Tuomas Peltomäki

VK17 Panel Discussion Host // Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

Tuomas Peltomäki is a political satirist, comedian and journalist at Helsingin Sanomat. He has also worked as a data journalist, for which he won the Nordic Data Journalism prize in 2013.

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Visualizing Knowledge 2017 Team

Laura Koivunen
Laura Koivunen
Student
Visual Communication Design
Master’s Programme in Information Design

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Laura Koivunen

Student // Visual Communication Design, Master’s Programme in Information Design

Laura Matilda Koivunen is a Finnish-Californian multimedia designer studying Information Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She is particularly interested in automated large-scale data scraping and user-conscious design solutions. Her previous experience includes work for a variety of firms ranging from architecture and library administration to international non-profit organizations.
Laura Matilda Koivunen is a Finnish-Californian multimedia designer studying Information Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. She is particularly interested in automated large-scale data scraping and user-conscious design solutions. Her previous experience includes work for a variety of firms ranging from architecture and library administration to international non-profit organizations.
Mikko Airikka
Mikko Airikka
Student
Visual Communication Design
Master’s Programme in Information Design

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Mikko Airikka

Student // Visual Communication Design, Master’s Programme in Information Design

Mikko Airikka is a graphic designer studying Information Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. He has a special interest in infographics and maps in particular. Mikko has been working at Yle News Graphics since 2012 and as a freelance graphic designer outside Yle as well, focusing on branding & visual identities, web design, illustration and animation.
Mikko Airikka is a graphic designer studying Information Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. He has a special interest in infographics and maps in particular. Mikko has been working at Yle News Graphics since 2012 and as a freelance graphic designer outside Yle as well, focusing on branding & visual identities, web design, illustration and animation.
Joosung Kang
Student
Visual Communication Design
Master’s Programme

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Joosung Kang

Student // Visual Communication Design, Master’s Programm

Joosung Kang is a graphic designer based in Helsinki and Seoul. He graduated from Seoul National University of Science and Technology in 2014 and worked in Samsung Electronics as a graphic designer. Since he moved to Helsinki in 2016, he is working on his MA degree at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland and he concentrates on projects where he collaborates closely with artists, curators and designers in the Helsinki and Seoul.
Ngô Thủy
Student
Visual Communication Design
Master’s Programme in Information Design

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Ngô Thủy

Student // Visual Communication Design, Master’s Programme in Information Design

Thuy Ngo is a graphic designer – illustrator based in Helsinki and Ho Chi Minh City. After her graduation from Ho Chi Minh University in 2013, she worked as an illustrator until got acceptance to Aalto University. She moved to Finland in 2016 to start her study in information design. As working as an illustrator for a long time, she specifically focuses on infographic, data driven graphic and illustration.
Minna Ainoa
Producer
Department of Media
Aalto University
Rupesh Vyas
Professor of Practice
Information Design
Visual Communication Design