Dr. phil. Dipl.-Des. Florian A. Schmidt (*1979)
Researcher, journalist and designer from Berlin
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Author of the 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).
Academic research on digital labour, the platform economy, crowdwork and gigwork. Currently finishing a study on the gig economy in Berlin.
Since 2015 editor-in-chief of the German print magazine agenda design, published biannually by the Alliance of German Designers (AGD).
Teaching design theory and history at different institutions (in 2017 at HTW Berlin). Writing about design and technology for various magazines.
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.
Member of Designjournalists, Design Research Society (DRS), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung (DGTF), Alliance of German Designers (AGD) and Deutscher Journalistenverband (DJV).