26. October 2015 German Design Award Gold 2016 goes to the Interactive Scientific Poster

The Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design has received the internationally renowned design prize for the interactive digital poster on the communication of research topics of the Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.


Today the interactive scientific poster, developed by communication designers of the Muthesius Academy and marine scientists from the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”, was awarded the German Design Award Gold 2016. Following the reddot award “Best of the Best” 2014, this is the second internationally renowned prize for the poster.

The interactive poster is a 55 inch touch screen monitor which, similar to a smart phone, reacts to hand gestures.

“The award makes us very proud. To us, the interactive scientific poster is an outstanding example of the team work between communication designers and marine researchers,” says Tom Duscher, Professor for interactive media at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel. “With such expressive formats, we hope to open new paths for the communication of complex research topics. The award is a motivation and an incentive to continue to visualize science in an unusual way.”

The communication designer Konrad Rappaport and marine scientists from the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”, under the guidance of Muthesius professor Tom Duscher, worked for one year on the digital scientific poster about “Submarine Landslides”. The first version of the project “Next Generation Scientific Poster” was presented at an international scientific conference and has been continuously further developed since then. Today, the interactive scientific poster is in use at marine science conferences and public events around the world.

“Submarine Landslides” can cause tsunamis. They are among the most underestimated natural hazards to date and are part of the research at the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. The scientific content of the topic is portrayed in elaborate graphics, film sequences and animations. The aim of the digital poster is a graphically creative yet also intuitive and comprehensive presentation of complex scientific aspects. Clear structuring of the topic is the task of the communication designer as well as a clear user concept.

“We want to construct the poster in a way which allows the user to decide on the depth of the information,” explains developer and communication designer Konrad Rappaport. In this way, Rappaport has been able to make a complex, scientific topic also comprehensible for lay people, as well as develop and incorporate futuristic-looking, interactive elements.


www.futureocean.org/poster On the Next Generation Scientific Poster
www.futureocean.org Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”
www.muthesius-kunsthochschule.de Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design Kiel
www.muthesius-kunsthochschule.de http://gallery.designpreis.de German Design Award 2016


Prof. Tom Duscher, Muthesius Academy Kiel,Tel.: (+49)431 5198478

Konrad Rappaport, Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Rappaport
Kommunikationsdesign, Tel.: (+49)431 53011140

Friederike Balzereit, Public Outreach “The Future Ocean”, Tel.: (+49)431 8803032

The Team

An entire team of specialists was involved in the development of the scientific poster:
Prof. Tom Duscher was responsible for the overall management. Konrad Rappaport was in charge of the concept and design. The technical management was in the hands of Christian Engler. Jonas Häutle and Hermann Hartung were responsible for the technical development, Fabian Heinitz for the sound recordings with Louise Dölger. The scientific content was provided by Dr. David Völker and Prof. Christian Berndt from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel and Prof. Sebastian Krastel from the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University.

Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design

The interactive poster arose as a joint project of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” and the Muthesius Academy as part of the new research field of “Science Visualization”. The research field examines how multi-media knowledge presentation can not only provide a basis for knowledge transfer but also be the foundation for knowledge acquisition. The Muthesius Academy has taken upon itself the task of seeking design solutions for - in particularl - visual, communication-specific and scenographic issues and is intensively developing collaborations with the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.

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