Florian Alexander Schmidt Hi – I am a researcher, journalist and designer from Berlin. My interests revolve around design and media studies. I publish books, write articles, give talks and teach at university level.

I hold a PhD in Critical Writing from the Royal College of Art in London (2015). My thesis is an investigation into the crowdsourcing of design work and the design of crowdsourcing platforms. I also hold a diploma in Communication Design from the Berlin School of Arts (2008).

In 2014 and 2015, I was guest professor for design-theory at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) in Dresden.

Currently, I am editor-in-chief for the German magazine AGENDA design which will be relaunched in autum 2015.

I am also involved in the development of the website FairCrowdWork.org, which is run by the labour union IG Metall.

I have written for various magazines such as eye, form, design report and bauhaus and I am author of the award-winning book Parallel Realitäten (Niggli, 2006) on the design of virtual worlds. I am also 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 (DRS), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und Forschung (DGTF) and the Alliance of German Designers (AGD).

The best way to contact me is via: mail (at) florianalexanderschmidt.de
I don’t do Facebook, LinkedIn etc., but sometimes I tweet stuff.