about

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

I’m a researcher, journalist and designer from Berlin (*1979). I lived in London for a few years and I write in German and English. Not all articles on this website are available in both languages, but many are.

I hold a diploma in Communication Design and worked as a practitioner in that field for many years. Since 2006 I gradually shifted my focus from designing to writing. I publish books, write academic papers and journalistic articles, give talks and teach at university level.

I am author of the book Parallel Realitäten (Niggli, 2006) on the design of virtual worlds, co-author of the book Kritische Masse (form + zweck 2010) on amateurism in design as well as co-author, co-editor and translator of the book Crowdwork – Zurück in die Zukunft? (Bund Verlag 2014). In spring 2017 my new book Crowd-Design, based on my doctoral thesis, will be published by Birkhäuser.

In 2015 I finished my PhD in Critical Writing at the Royal College of Art in London. The thesis is an investigation into the crowdsourcing of design and the design of crowdsourcing. Based on my research I was involved in the development of the website FairCrowdWork.org, which is run by the labour union IG Metall.

From 2014 to 2016, I was guest professor for Design Theory at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Dresden. After that I taught Design Theory at the University of the Arts in Bremen.

Since 2015 I am editor-in-chief of the German print magazine agenda design, published by the Alliance of German Designers (AGD). But I also write for other magazines. My articles have been published by eye, form, bauhaus and design report. Recently, I have been writing more frequently for t3n magazine.

The best way to contact me is via: mail (at) florianalexanderschmidt.de
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I am a member of Designjournalists, Design Research Society (DRS), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung (DGTF),  Alliance of German Designers (AGD) and Deutscher Journalistenverband (DJV).