Alain Findeli is one of the most influential design theorists and a leading proponent of Social Design. His writings have been published in numerous books and journals, many of them difficult to obtain. Initiated by the Institute of Design Research IDR of the University of the Arts Bern The Complete Works of Alain Findeli brings together Findeli’s writing free to download. The first version of the website was published in spring 2021. Building upon this first version it is intended to further develop the website into a multi access archive including further content and improved metadata.
As part of a team of researchers at the Institute of Design Research IDR of the University of the Arts Bern, SLT developed of the overall concept, the interface and interaction design, parts of the content research and writing, a series of data visualisations and a social media presence.

Alain Findeli presenting his Bagel Model in Tunis at the 11th Les Ateliers de la Recherche en Design conference 2011. (Image © Alain Findeli)

The project originated after a lecture given and a subsequent workshop with students given by Findeli at the Institute of Design Research, Bern in 2018 . On this occasion Findeli brought his entire collection of publications with him. He ordered his publications chronologically as well as according to seven subject areas.
These subject areas and the chronological order of content served as a starting point. The main interface to access the single publications consists of a timeline. The publications are presented in chronological order and the different subject areas are indicated by colour-coding. Each subject area is further given a specific position in the horizontal grid of the interface.
The interface was designed mobile first as simple vertical list, which unfolds on larger screens. Optionally all content can be filtered by different criteria.
Every publication has a unique page assigned with relevant metadata. Since the ideas contained in the text are not visible, inserts are interwoven into the timeline. They highlight core ideas and, by pointing to the related texts, act as potential points of access for a user into Findeli’s writings.
Data scores, addressing a community of makers
The underlying concept of the interface of the website is what we called data scores: Different types of data are interwoven by algorithmic performance into a multi layered mapping.
This concept was further extended into a series of posters and additionally the underlying data was abstracted into a series of data generated animations. Both were designed in the coding environment of Processing. They belong to a wider project that investigates the use of software as a medium.

Alternative interface design prototype

Data generated animations

Social media
Extending upon the generative data animations a series of short animations was created to be used as openings (so-called bumpers) for the announcement of the launch of the website in the social media channels of the University of the Arts Bern. Each publication is represented as a so called particle and the behaviour of each of these is based on the meta data of the respective publication it represents. The animations further contain metaphors such as for example “coming together”.

Presentation board

Extract from collected data

Extract from the wire framing of the main navigation paths

Scope of work
Research and writing
Concept and design interface and interactions
Motion graphics
Data visualisation
Concept and design social media lauche
Marie-Eve von Allmen, Marcel Beer, Alain Findeli, Michael Flückiger, Arne Scheuermann

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