About the studio
Studio Richard Vijgen is a design studio for contemporary information culture. I investigate new strategies to find the big stories
in big data
through research and design. My work is deeply rooted in the digital domain but always connects with physical or social space. I design and produce interactive data visualisations and data installations ranging from microscopic to architectural in scale. I use code, pixels and 3D printers to convey ideas.
The studio is based online, but resides in the Netherlands. I work with a wide range of clients and institutions around the world.
The studio's work has been widely recognized by many professional organizations and publications, including Wired, Gestalten, The Smithsonian, Rhizome, The European Design Awards and The Dutch Design Awards.
I reflect on and write about digital culture. I initiate and participate in research projects and work with clients to design and produce work that connects the digital realm with social and physical space.
I teach Information Design and Interactive Architecture at the Arnhem school of art and design.
"As technology advances, it reverses the characteristics of every situation again and again. The age of automation is going to be the age of 'do it yourself.'"
– Marshall McLuhan
The Groundwater visualization I made for the Reuters and Nasdaq buildings in New York is on display in Stavanger, Norway as part of the Screen City Festival.
The Deleted City is part of the Screengrab New Media Festival organized by the James Cook University (AU) as a finalist in the New Media Arts Award 2013.
My article about digital archaeology appeared in the second issue of the Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, a quarterly publication of the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in New York.
The Deleted City will be exhibited at Counterpath Gallery in Denver (US). I will be giving a talk at the opening March 22nd.
The Atlantic Magazine has an article about the Deleted City and spatial representation of the internet titled "Back When We Thought the Internet Was Like a City"
The Deleted City is part of the exhibition Silence Vert at Oudeis, Association pour les arts numérique in Le Vigan, FR.
The interactive animation about global groundwater levels on Times Square has been selected for the new book "Cause and Effect" by Gestalten. This book focusses on how communication design can change our behavior and make us more environmentally friendly. It aims to reveal a new visual language for sustainability.
On March 22, 2012, a 30 second animated data visualization I made for World Water Day, will premiere on the 19.000 square feet of digital signboard on Times Square, New York. The combined displays of the NASDAQ and the Thomson Reuters building will simultaniously show the visualization in the months following the premiere.
The Deleted City is featured on the ZDF (German national Television) Technology and digital culture show "Der Elektrische Reporter". The show features the installation and discusses the subject of digital archaeology. It is available here
I talked about the Deleted City at the Cultura Digital festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A great experience to learn about a Digital Culture with a strong focus on social issues and emancipatory politics.
At the STRP Art and technology festival in Eindhoven, Virtueel Platform organized "How do you do" a day of informal talks with designers, artists and digital makers of all sorts about their creative practice. I showed some recent projects and ran into a lot of old friends.
Impakt festival for audiovisual art invited me to talk about digital archaeology.
The design I made for the Dutch Mint will be shown as part of an exhibition on coin design in the Netherlands.
Dish, a conference about Digital Strategies for Heritage in Rotterdam, invited me to talk about digital archaeology and the possible role of datavisualization in the museum
The Deleted City has been added to the Rhizome Artbase, the new media collection at the New Museum in New York.
Wired has a story about the Deleted City. The projects has also been featured by Engadget, Forbes, Fast Company and NRC.
Presentation about Data Design at De Unie in Rotterdam. An evening of data-art, data-design and data-politics. Other spreakers were Mieke Gerritzen, Jullius Popp, Christian Nold and LUST. The evening was moderated by Kim de Groot
A Television special on coin design bu Dutch national television broadcaster AVRO feaures my proposal for a Euro coin based on a datavisualization of biodiversity data over the last 50 years. The design was commissioned by the Dutch ministry of finance.
Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, hosted a panel discussion at the PICNIC conference in Amsterdam about the role of trust in design. With Scott Burnham, Lilet Breddels, Usman Haque and Katalin Galyas I talked about the connections between trust and the "Internet of Things".