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A quick reference guide to information design.
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Wayfinding for Pedestrians / Fu?gëngerleitsystem Wien

Vienna Mariahilfer Stra?e

Traffic reorganisation on Innere Mariahilfer Stra?e, ViennaŰs main shopping street - provides new pedestrian zones and shared space sections, which will have a significant traffic- calming effect while at the same time maintaining access to car parks and shops. Developing maps for pedestrian zone called ĐFlaniermeileý, various aspects arise within the implementation by a process of emergent design and challenge the community, citizens, the city administration as well as us as the assigned designers for a pedestrian wayfinding system. hi-pe.at is assigned to design a wayfinding systen based on the Đlegible cityý methodology, implementation started in September 2014 and will finish in May 2015.

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auflanger wine

Đauflangerý is our Austrian wine brand offering a typical very local sort called ĐfrŞhroter veltlinerý. Only 900 bottles a year are available.
The wine itself is meant for daily enjoyment in a democratic every-days environment. It is a family-project, grapes from the own wine-garden, carefully harvested, pressed and bottled.

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Unovis / Belarus

Vitebsk, a city with many treasures to discover, a hidden jewel, home of Unovis and Suprematism. As a starting point a beautiful and smart designed and curated museum, meeting the challenge to exhibit an art movement without the masterpieces and succeeding in making the story understandable and enjoyable. UNOVIS today finds its successors in a young, open-minded and talented community of students,
being aware of the cultural heritage with the big ambition to transform it in a contemporary style, attitude and movement. Guided and assisted by the local State University giving - in the same way as almost 100 vears ago - a platform for exchange, science and collaboration to continue the narrative of UNOVIS and making Vitebsk and its citizens proud of its identity as a
place of arts, skills and public creativity.

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Tram Poster

there are more than 600 posters from the fifties in the archive of designaustria, which formerly have been displayed in Viennese trams:

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VisionPlus Mexico

Since Mexico City has been World Design Capital in 2018 (wdo.org), the Vision Plus conference promoted ýInformation Design as a tool for a better cityţ.

Information design professionals, students and teachers from around the world joined us in Mexico to take a closer look at the skills, competences and formats in Information Design needed to contribute to the welfare of citizens and development of cities.

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A workshop Đdesign-jamý bringing the disciplines psychology and design together, how to create an understanding of both, how to communicate the added value, how to build common platforms and how can we collaborate and show our relevance and improve our common performance.
A mix of 20 students from 4 universities from 8 counties instantly collaborated and agreed, that there is a clear serendipity in linking the disciplines of design and psychology, what it needs are new formats and opportunities of training to go for more joint activities.

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Viennese GŞrtel Area

Summary and report coon online.

Tourismus-Lab Linz

Psychology and Tourism, today`s services and the next generations expectations. Projects implemented by the Tourism School Bad Leonfelden, The HBLA Auhof Linz and the Sigmund Freud University kindly supported by the Linz Tourism Board.

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VisionPlus 2017: IIID in Riga

category: Information Design Conference
when: Oct 26-27, 2017
place: Art Academy Riga / Latvia

VisionPlus 2017 will take place in Art Academy of Latvia October 26-27, 2017
and serves also as a platform to get familiar with the information design scene in Latvia, Baltikum and Eastern Europe as well we welcome our international community from all over the world from Asia, Australia, Africa and America and of course Europe.

Take this opportunity to link with academics, professionals and the next generation inner discipline, to get inspired by new methods, experiences and implementations. And besides that discover the hospitality and culture of Latvia.

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How maps of the neighborhood contribute to a community feeling. The 7stern4 association for promoting business and activities in the Siebensternviertel in Viennaąs seventh district use and rely on navigation and orientation to develop the local business and social life

>> see the first prototype here


According to a story happened long time ago,
the treatment of the inhabitants of a retirement house improved significantly, when pictures of the old people in younger times were displayed. Psychologists say that this is related to the effects of priming. Memories-XL makes use of this principle. Major milestones, lifehacks, photos of former times and visuals of competencies are displayed promoinently on the peopleÝs room doors, leading to: 1) a better behavior of the employees, 2) a closer relationship with the family; 3) more things to share and discuss with the colleagues; 4) a means against the development of dementia and 5) a starting point to rediscover the knowledge and competencies of the old people.
Memories-XL supports the work on the biography of dementia-people giving the respect, dignity and appreciation.

Awarded as Newcomer Innovation / Altenpflege Germany 2016.

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>> presentation-pdf-slides

Universal Design

universal design involves the design and development of products and environments that can be used by
all people ˝ as far as possible ˝ without requiring any adaptation or specialized customizations. There are many differences between the worlds of the young and old, the healthy and the ill, of people with and without disabilities. One topic in the field of design, however, forms the basis of what they all have in common: well-
designed products, properly planned architecture and services designed to meet specific needs.

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Brand-LAB: Tygerfly

An experiment how to build a new brand in reality, Hoodies and Shirts produced and handled in an ecological fair-trade way, designed and printed in Vienna by handcraft in the local neighborhood. How do young people react, what kind of graphic language they appreciate and how to reach them communicationwise.

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what: generation research project
lead partner: Sigmund Freud University SFU!
when: March - November 2016
where: Lviv, Olomouc, Magdeburg, Milano & Vienna

The innovative goal of this project is to support EuropeÝs young talents in the field of social and cultural sciences! The team members will be recruited from 4 different European countries, where 4 renowned universities advocate the project: Sigmund Freud University Vienna (Austria), Ukrainian Catholic University Lviv (Ukraine), Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany) and Palacky-University Olomouc (Czech Republic). The future of Europe depends on the next generation. But hardly anyone listens to themˇeven less so at the Eastern periphery of the continent. We therefore want to support junior researchers in 4 European countries to jointly investigate what is relevant and innovative for their own generation.

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ilum: augmented reality

what: street Neighbourhood landmark and app: experience the space
partners: is-design, TU-Vienna, subzero
when: 2015 - 2016
where: Vienna, Siebensternviertel

Supporting wayfinding for pedestrians and encouraging people to increasingly walk in urban environments can be achieved in various ways. We present an approach focusing on information and communication technologies (ICT) that can address both issues by enhancing the visibility of walking in an urban environment. This includes the re-landscaping of a defined district, encompassing a popular shopping area and its nearby streets, through tangible and digital information.

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ýThe Teddy Bear Hospitalţ

what: forms and stationaries
who: Austrian Medical Students Association
when: 2 times a year
where: Austria

The ŰTeddy Bear HospitalÝ (TBH) is a project organized by medical students and it is being established in more and more countries. Also in Austria where the Austrian Medical Student' Association (AMSA) has been running this project since 2001.
The TBH is a hospital simulation for children aged from 4 to 8 years in order to reduce their fear of doctors and the clinic. To reach this aim, an anxiety-free atmosphere is created to clarify the everyday hospital life. The children bringing their Teddies, who are the patients, and accompany them as well as assist the ýTeddy Docsţ with the different departments, from the physical examination to blood taking until the pharmacy.

Espresso: A brief reference to information design

what: 156 pages publication
about: information design
when: available in January 2013
phase: pre-Testing

Information design is a fascinating combination of design, research and methods, fulfi lling peopleŰs basic needs in daily life.
This little booklet is a teaser to this discipline, without any claim on a academic approach or completeness. But maybe a compilation of useful principles, methods and tools ˝ out of experience, as a starting point for further explorations and discoveries.

This project is supported by the ministry for education arts and culture. Thank you.

The book is in a pretesting process, if you are interested to be one of the first evaluators please get in touch with us.

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IIIDaward 2017

what: IIID Information Design Award
when: November 2016 - February 2017
where: online
who: everybody, who is dedicated to excellent information design

The aim of IIID has always been to promote and expand information design knowledge and research. In 2011, the International Institute for Information Design celebrated its 25th anniversary. The time was ripe for us to acknowledge the best in what information design has to offer by introducing the IIID Awards. After the inaugural year 2011 the competition will be held every three years with 2017 as the next date to look forward to.

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Sigmund Freud University Vienna/Paris

what: lecture
at: Sigmund Freud University
when: every summer semester
where: Vienna

Media psychology meets informationdesign. Initiated by Stefan Hampl, Psychology Degree Coordinator, Barbara von Rechbach and Martin Foessleitner will run a course for BA and MA students sarting in March 2011. The Sigmund Freud University offers psychotherapy training in a variety of methods, including Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Person-centred Psychotherapy and Systemic Family Therapy and offers an inhouse Outpatient Clinic, providing Psychotherapy services in German and English.

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City Development

what: Manual for Government Worker
client City of Vienna District Planning and Land Use
when: 2016

The values on which parpolity is based are freedom, self-management, justice, solidarity, and tolerance. The goal is to create a political system that will allow people to participate as much as possible in a face-to-face manner. The proposed decision-making principle is that every person should have say in a decision proportionate to the degree to which she or he is affected by that decision. This manual helps government workers to develop and handle this participatory process.


what: pop-up conference
organized by: Bertalanfy Center Vienna
when: 2016 and cont.
where: Sigmund Freud University Vienna

The European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research was held in Vienna from March 30 to April 1, 2016. It was the first pop up conference meeting in the field of Systems Science and Systems Design, called emcsr avantgarde. The name reflects the vision and the core of the programme. The stage was designed for the contemporary avantgarde of Systems Science and Practice, connecting the achievements of the past with inspiring potentials for the future.

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context: Munich Creative Business Week
when: February 2016
where: Makerspace Garching

students from the FH Joanneum in Graz, the Aarhus School of Architecture and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Coburg met together in the inspiring environment of the makerspace in Garching. Applying the format of a design jam the approach to the topic Đborderlineý took place in three steps: Explore. Make. Check. ĐMindSetý is an object with two sides that connects strangers, without penetrating their private space be implemented in any public space in society. expressing the will to communicate and interact, with before unknown people or the need for peace and privacy. The second project ĐMeeplingý is a kind of board game which serves as a platform to enable students and professors to talk and discuss about their position in hierarchy by visualizing it. Meepling can also be applied for situations in hospitals, enterprises or administrations.

#VISUALIZE more than a week on data

what: Talks and Workshops on Data Visualisation
when: May and June 2014
where: Lecce / Italy
who: Students from Puglia

The communication market always more needs attentions on the use of software and knowledges which aspire to coherence and integration with other codes. Try to think at the collapse of the obstruction between journalists and printers in an editorial staff, or again, think to the prospect for graphic or professional studios to present their project through a watchful and captivating data collection. The use of infographics and visual journalism makes information more dynamic and it also rewards innovation, offering a qualified job opportunity. To prevent that the training lots of people do shows as a pinched opportunity, it is important to complement it with always more common manners. At the same time, it is important that people who use new codes and techniques, know well the subject they will approach to, this to avoid accidentally mistakes or blunders. The Laboratorio aspires to deal with the touched on topics, both the theoretical part, hiring the best ýteachersţ, both the applied part, availing great structured workshops.

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aiap: DESIGN Per 2014 GENOVA

Aiap Design For 2014 Genoa, Limited Edition will be held June 25 to 29. The event, now in its fifth edition, consolidates a tradition of traveling all over the country: Naples 2009 2010 Bologna, Cagliari 2011 Treviso 2012. This year will be the city of Genoa to host the event.
The sites concerned are the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Genoa and the Ligurian Academy of Fine Arts in the first two workshops will be held in the program (workshop leaders: Ko Sliggers and Dave Daniels), the exhibition, the conference in collaboration with AIS Design Italian Association of Historians of Design, Aiap the assembly and delivery of the cards to ten honorary members.
The second Aiap Summer School will be held with the participation of Martin Foessleitner and Giuseppe Attoma.

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Designjam Riga - Tobacco

Design Jam. Sessions. Dizaina rado÷ās darbnīcas.Rado÷ā darbnīca Rīgā notiek no 22. līdz 24.septembrim, savukārt, Jūrmalā no 25. līdz 27.septembrim. Rīgas rado÷ās darbnīcas uzstādījumu rosināja nepiecie÷amās pārmaiņas valsts pārvaldes e-pakalpojumu sektorā. Savukārt, Jūrmalas pilsētas rado÷ās darbnīcas saturu veido gaidāmais Raiņa un Aspazijas jubilejas gads.

Session 1. Informācijas un lietojamības dizains e-vidē. Saturiskais uzstādījums iekļauj e-vides publisko pakalpojumu izpēti, analīzi un uzlabojumus, dizaina risinājumus, ņemot vērā uz lietotāju virzītu pieeju. Rado÷ās darbnīcas rezultāti tiks prezentēti konferences CONT_ACT RIGA 2014 ietvaros, Rīgā, 24.septembrī, kā arī UX Riga meetup pasākumā koprades telpā The MILL, 30.septembrī. Rīgas rado÷ās darbnīcas organizatori: Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija, Latvijas Mākslas akadēmija, Dizaina informācijas centrs, Latvijas IT klasteris, Cube Systems, Vides aizsardzības un reģionālās attīstības ministrija. Darbnīcā piedalīsies gan LMA un LKA studenti, gan pasniedzēji - Agnese Hermane (LKA), Barbara Ābele un Ingūna Elere (LMA).

Session 2. Jūrmalas pilsētas identitāte Raiņa un Aspazijas 150 gadu jubilejas kontekstā. 2015.gadu UNESCO ir iezīmējis kā Raiņa un Aspazijas 150 gadskārtas jubilejas gadu. Jūrmalas pilsēta lepojas ar atjaunotajām dzejnieku piemiņas vietām, kā arī strādā pie ÷ī īpa÷ā notikuma popularizē÷anas un atpazīstamības papla÷inājuma pilsētvidē. Rado÷ās darbnīcas rezultāti tiks prezentēti 29.septembrī Jūrmalas pilsētas domē. Jūrmalas rado÷ās darbnīcas organizatori: Latvijas Kultūras akadēmija, Latvijas Mākslas akadēmija, Dizaina informācijas centrs, Jūrmalas pilsētas Domes Kultūras nodaļa. Darbnīcā piedalīsies gan LMA un LKA studenti, gan pasniedzēji - Agnese Hermane (LKA), Barbara Ābele un Ilze Kundziņa (LMA).


Information Design Workshop Bologna

con Martin Foessleitner, Giuseppe Attoma
e la partecipazione di CFI ˝ Multicultural Organizational Psychology

Da gioved¤ 13 a luned¤ 17 novembre 2014
dalle ore 10.00 alle 18.00
Accoglienza gioved¤ 13 alle ore 9.30

presso "Un Altro Studio"
via Capo di Lucca 12/a - Bologna

Il tema, volutamente ampio e interpretabile in diversi modi, ╦ stato scelto a partire da una serie di considerazioni sullÝosservazione della realtç sociale e sulla necessitç di modificarla, reagire, diventando parte attiva di un processo sociale che si vuol modificare dallÝinterno.

Reaction/Reazione ╦ un concetto astratto che va declinato poi progettualmente, a partire dallÝindividuazione di un problema al quale si vuol dare come risposta una possibile soluzione. Il design lavora in tale direzione (problem solving) e la sua applicazione in un contesto sociale come il nostro pu┌ generare nei partecipanti al workshop la capacitç di osservazione, di reazione, di intervento, adoperando, fuori dai canonici contesti didattici e in una condizione di insegnamento misto, gli strumenti della disciplina progettuale.

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BCSSS Bertalanffy Center for the Studies of System Sciences

what: Scientific Association
topic: Corporate Identityn
when: started in 2013
where: Vienna and the World

The BCSSS aims at the advancement of scientific research in the field of systems thinking. In particular, it revisits General System Theory (GST) as founded by Ludwig von Bertalanffy and others in order to reassess it in the light of todayÝs global challenges and to illuminate the course of development systems science has taken since.

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Street Photography with Eric Kim

what: street photography workshop
program: 3 days theory and practise for beginners
when: July-31 - Aug-2 2015
where: hi-pe.at atelier in 1070 Vienna, Zollergasse 7

If you want to conquer your fear of shooting street photography, meet other passionate street photographers, and take your work to the next level consider joining this upcoming workshop! Eric has taught over 40+ workshops, across 17+ countries, to over 500+ students who have stepped outside of their comfort zones and have had life-changing experiences.

The workshop is limited to an intimate class of 16 passionate individuals who want to take their street photography to new heights. The workshop will be an intimate experience in which you will learn solid fundamentals, get honest & constructive criticism on how to improve your photos, and meet other enthusiastic street photographers. This workshop is ideal for beginner or intermediate street photographers.

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>> if you are interested please let us know ˝

Design Jam SUPSI

at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland
Department for Environment Constructions and Design
Laboratory of visual culture

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our superstore

oursuperstore, the design shop with a twist, presents well-designed products developed by social enterprises. And yes, they are for sale! A win-win situation both for you and the social economy.

Premiere: oursuperstore is a different type of design shop: It offers a selection of close to 30 curated products developed and produced by social enterprises in cooperation with designers. The idea to establish oursuperstore was born in 2018 during an MCBW workshop attended by representatives of AWO MŘnchen and of HerzogsńgmŘhle, students of design at TU MŘnchen, Veronika Egger, Edith Bauer, Moritz Seegers, and coordinators Martin F÷ssleitner (hi-pe.at) and Thomas Bade (Institut fŘr Universal Design). oursuperstore (also) will become digital after the analog premiere.


Hotel Safety Card

category: service
class of business: hospitality and safety
place: Europe and US

Continued growth in international trade, travel and tourism requires new systems of communicating hospitality and safety in facilities that rely as little as possible on the use of words to achieve understanding. The Hotelsafetycard may be an essential component in communications with guests and customers and if managed properly a smart way to create feelings of safety and comfort. Building on functionality, safety instructions and information plans can be designed appealing and contribute actively to a brands performance.

>> more details soon here


what: research and development
by whom: EU
who: 5 European partners
until: until 2014

Successful communication is critical in this Űinformation ageÝ. IC Clear will develop, pilot and implement a postgraduate course in clear communication to respond to the increase in demand for clear, easy-to-understand information and the lack of well-trained clear communication professionals.
Depending on the outcomes of a survey to industry professionals, the course will consist of an innovative mix of
´ plain language
´ information design
´ usability techniques.
The IC Clear consortium is a partnership of four higher education institutions and a language institute from Austria, Belgium, Portugal Canada and Estonia. hi-pe.at is partnering with the Sigmund Freud University Vienna.

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