Hi – I’m a researcher, journalist and designer from Berlin. My interests revolve around design, media studies, digital labour and games. I publish books, write articles, give talks and teach at university level.
Since 2015 I am editor-in-chief of the German print magazine agenda design, published by the Alliance of German Designers (AGD).
From 2014 to 2016, I was guest professor for design-theory at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Dresden. I now teach at the University of the Arts in Bremen.
I hold a PhD in Critical Writing from the Royal College of Art in London (2015). My thesis is an investigation into the crowdsourcing of design work and the design of crowdsourcing platforms. I also hold a diploma in Communication Design from the Berlin School of Arts (2008).
Based on my research I was involved in the development of the website FairCrowdWork.org, which is run by the labour union IG Metall.
Articles of mine have been published in magazines such as t3n, eye, form, design report and bauhaus and I am author of the award-winning book Parallel Realitäten (Niggli, 2006) on the design of virtual worlds. I am also co-author of the book Kritische Masse (form+zweck 2010) on amateurism in design, editor of the book The Edge of Our Thinking (RCA 2012), a publication of selected research papers by the RCA and co-author as well as co-editor and translator of the book Crowdwork – Zurück in die Zukunft? (Bund Verlag 2014).
Member of Designjournalists, the Design Research Society (DRS), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung (DGTF), the Alliance of German Designers (AGD) and the Deutscher Journalistenverband (DJV).
The best way to contact me is via: mail (at) florianalexanderschmidt.de
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