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Karin von Ompteda

Karin von Ompteda

Toronto, Canada
I’m a biologist turned designer/researcher/educator based at OCAD University. Working with data is central to my practice, and I generally locate myself in those areas where disciplines converge. My research uses data visualisation to explore design artifacts as well as bridge scientific and design knowledge. I have also been running cross-disciplinary ‘data manifestation’ workshops since 2010 in the UK and abroad, with students, professionals, and the public, and currently write and lecture on their outcomes. Lastly, as a practicing designer, I undertake data visualisation commissions. My work has been published, presented, and exhibited internationally; recent highlights include a lecture and exhibition for the Information Design Association, interviews with BBC Radio 4 and China Daily, and talks and workshops at Arts Council England and CAFA Art Museum, Beijing.

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information and graphic design, interactive design, artwork and creative coding, higher education, visualization and design criticism


PhD Candidate, Visual Communication, Royal College of Art
BDes Graphic Design, OCAD University
MSc Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto
BSc Biology, McGill University

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