Stephen Fry on things he has learned in life

by Andreas Koller

In this interview from 2010 english actor Stephen Fry talks about why technology doesn’t make up for missing talent, why ego-centric people are not successful, why setting goals is disastrous, why something completely different is more interesting than your usual thing, why travelling is important for self-reinvention and self-discovery, learning from masters and with friends, the joy of giving, our need to question and test knowledge, the complex questions in life, ethics and morality, engagement in society, social networks and democracy, the absurdity of conspiracy theories, the paradox of belonging and being outside, why self-obsessed people are distressing, and the greatness of kindness. More

Rodney Mullen on open creative communities

by Andreas Koller

I’ve gotten into the habit of watching one inspirational talk almost every day. Most of the recommendations come through twitter or through conversations at the RCA. Now I’d like to start a series of posts with a few selected talks I wouldn’t want to miss. First in this series is Rodney Mullen’s talk on community, creativity and innovation.

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United Stats of America – Behind the Scenes

by Andreas Koller

My newest work is a visualisation of various demographic and US election-related datasets called United Stats of America, which I created in collaboration with Melissa Kim. We’ve been commissioned by KK Outlet, the London outpost of infamous Kesselskramer from Amsterdam, and they provided us with a large amount of datasets based on research carried out by Sarah Williams, Assistant Professor at MIT. The brief was to create infographic posters based on this data for their exhibition Mapping America. Let me explain what it’s about and how me made it. More

#vizmarathon 2012

by Andreas Koller

I joined the #vizmarathon 2012 at the meetup in University College London on Friday, where Alastair Moore uf UCL Advances had prepared a great environment to work in and provided pizza and beer. After getting the brief and the datasets, we watched the keynote speech by Richard Saul Wurman. Sitting in his comfortable chair in his home office / library, he inspired all of us, but also got me into thinking about the relevance of data visualizations. More

Talk to me

by Andreas Koller

Following Neville Brody’s brief to create a language has sparked my interest in investigating the origin, structure, purpose and design of a language. More

Visual Research: See Through Solid Matter

by Andreas Koller

In our Visual Research elective we’ve received a brief to investigate microscopic views, X-Ray images, cross-sections – the aim is to go beyond the physical and „to go deeper, drawing through the many layers of everything, using sharp graphic scalpel-like materials to investigate, invent, discover, rationally speculate and playfully imagine. This is an opportunity to utilise such notions, as the X-Ray, the cross-section and the microscopic, be it fact or fiction, factual fiction or indeed fictional fact.“ (brief by David Rayson) More

A creative coder’s toolbox

by Andreas Koller

It’s crucial to select the right tools for each project. Equally important is not to spend too much time checking out the newest tools – there are just too many of them. The practice of creative coding is evolving quickly, so I thought it might be useful to document the current state of my toolbox. More

Reality Check

by Andreas Koller

We’ve been watching Renzo Martens‘ film „Enjoy Poverty“ from 2008, as well as „Manufactured Landscapes“, a 2006 documentary about the photographer Ed Burtynsky. Although fundamentally different in language, aesthetics and topic, both films left me devasteted, as they adress pressing problems of our world. Ultimately they raise the question for me, where I can start to make a change? More

CIID Summer School

by Andreas Koller

I was fortunate enough to get a place at this year’s summer school at Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design – CIID. Led by Matt Cottham of Tellart and his wife Maia Garau, the three-week course was aimed at getting a hands-on experience, behind-the-scenes insight and realising short practical assignments in teams and individually. We had amazing lectures on interaction design and service design, and got a good background in historical studies and design theory. The second week focused on computational design with Processing and Arduino led by Dennis Paul of The Product* and Jacob Sikker Remin, who brought a bunch of self-made sensors to realise physical computing projects. More

Best Foot Forward

by Andreas Koller

This blog documents my design research while studying Information Experience Design at Royal College of Art. Keeping a research blog is an experiment and I don’t know if it works out, if my posts are worth reading and – most important – if I update the blog regularly with relevant content. More