Florian Alexander Schmidt
Florian A. Schmidt (Photo: Michael Ebert-Hanke)

Dr. phil. Dipl.-Des. Florian A. Schmidt (*1979)
Professor for Concept Design and Media Theory at University of Applied Sciences  HTW Dresden

Study on the role of human labour in training AI systems for self-driving cars, funded by Hans-Boeckler-Foundation.

Latest Publications:
Book Crowd Design, published by Birkhäuser in Summer 2017, based on a PhD in Critical Writing from the Royal College of Art in London (finished in 2015).

Study on the gig economy in Berlin published Nov. 2017 here (in German)

Study on the classification of digital labour platforms for the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, 2016.

Writing about design and technology for magazines such as designreport and t3n.


Teacher for the History of Design at HTW Berlin 2017-2018

From 2015 to 2017 editor-in-chief of the German print magazine agenda design, published biannually by the Alliance of German Designers (AGD).

Guest professor for Design Theory at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Dresden From 2014 to 2016. Co-author, co-editor and translator of the book Crowdwork – Zurück in die Zukunft? (Bund Verlag 2014). Co-author of the book Kritische Masse (form+zweck 2010) on amateurism in design. Author of the book Parallel Realitäten (Niggli, 2006) on the design of virtual worlds.

mail (at) florianalexanderschmidt.de
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Member of  Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung (DGTF) and Deutscher Journalistenverband (DJV).