I am a design researcher from Berlin, about to finish my PhD at the Royal College of Art in London. My 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 and editor of the book The Edge of Our Thinking (2012), a publication of selected research papers by the RCA. I am a frequent speaker at conferences, I have teaching experience on various levels from private tuition to design classes on Master’s level and I have worked as a tutor in design theory at different art schools in Germany.
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 somtimes I am on Twitter.