Florian_Schmidt_webI am a design researcher from Berlin and a guest professor for design theory at the HTW in Dresden. I just finished writing a PhD at the Royal College of Art in London (but still have to pass the exam in May 2015). The thesis is an investigation into the crowdsourcing of design work and the design of crowdsourcing platforms.

I hold a diploma in Communication Design from the Berlin School of Arts Weissensee. In 2009, I initiated and organised the conference Volkssport Design at the Museum for Communication in Berlin. I have written for various magazines such as eye, form, design report and bauhaus and I am the author of the award winning book Parallel Realitäten (Niggli, 2006) on the design of virtual worlds. I am also the 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).

I am a member of Designjournalists, the Design Research Society and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung.

The best way to contact me is via email: mail(at)florianschmidt.co
I don’t do Facebook, LinkedIn etc., but sometimes I tweet (rarely actually).