Moritz Stefaner

Moritz Stefaner works as a “truth and beauty operator” on the crossroads of data visualization, information aesthetics and user interface design. With a background in Cognitive Science (B.Sc. with distinction, University of Osnabrueck) and Interface Design (M.A., University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), his work beautifully balances analytical and aesthetic aspects in mapping abstract and complex phenomena.

In the past, he has helped clients like the OECD, the World Economic Forum, Skype, dpa, FIFA, and Max Planck Research Society to find insights and beauty in large data sets. He was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and is a multiple winner of the Kantar Information is Beautiful awards. His work has been exhibited at Venice Biennale of Architecture, SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and the Max Planck Science Gallery. He has co-authored books for publishers like O’Reilly and Springer and has spoken and lectured on numerous occasions on the topic of information visualization.

Session: Data Cuisine

How would a fish soup taste whose recipe is based on local fishing data? What are the best spices to use in a lasagna, if it were to represent Helsinki’s population mix? What is the taste of unemployment? Data Cuisine explores food as a medium for data expression. In each new Data Cuisine workshop, Susanne Jaschko and Moritz Stefaner go to a city, team up with a local chef and local data experts, and, together with a diverse group of participants, invent novel dishes to represent locally relevant data in a meaningful, intriguing way. Moritz Stefaner will report on the experiences from this participatory workshop series, the creative potential of non-standard information representations, and the joy of creating small, and slow, but sensually rich, data experiences.