“The word disability is, at best, an inappropriate label for a poorly designed world” Tom Bieling, The Atlantic, Jun 26, 2013

Dr. phil. Tom Bieling, postdoc senior researcher and lecturer at Zentrum für Designforschung (HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences), teaches Designwissenschaft at HAWK Hildesheim, Social Design at LCC / UAL London, and design theory / design history in Cairo, Berlin and Vienna. Visiting professorships for design research at the University of Trento and the German University in Cairo (GUC, Faculty of Applied Sciences & Art), and Lectureships worldwide. Head of Social Design and research associate at Design Research Lab / Berlin University of the Arts (2010 – 2019), previously at T-Labs / TU Berlin (2007 – 2010). Chief Editor at Designforschung.org since 2008, co-editor of the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis), part of the BIRD Board of International Research in Design, Editor-in-chief at DESIGNABILITIES Design Research Journal, research fellow at the Vilém Flusser Archiv, and founding member of the Design Research Network. He is a regular member of juries, research and expert committees, including the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Institute for Human, Ethics and Science, or the Porto Design Biennale. He was elected Young Innovator of the Year by the Falling Walls consortium. His work, which has received several awards, is exhibited worldwide. He is author of numerous publications. Recent books: Design (&) Activism (Mimesis, 2019), Gender (&) Design (Mimesis, 2020) and Inklusion als Entwurf (Birkhäuser/DeGruyter, 2019).

In his previous work as communication- and interaction- and user experience designer he worked with clients including Daimler-Chrysler, T-Mobile USA, Museum Ludwig, Smart or Dokumentationszentrum für Popkultur. Before that, he studied Design at Köln International School of Design (KISD) at the University of Applied Sciences, Cologne (Germany) and Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba (Brasil). Tom is founder of the Institute for Applied Fantasies (Institut für angewandte Fantasie), founder of the International Research Network on Design (and) Activism, Co-Founder of the Social Design Network, head of the Ultràgallery, active member of the DGTF Deutsche Gesellschaft für Designtheorie und -forschung (German Society for Design Theorie and Research), and passive member of the 1.FC KÖLN, the world’s most carnevalistic football team.

[Tom Bieling / Photo by Kai Hattermann]

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