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Short CV

Moritz Stefaner works as a “truth and beauty operator” on the crossroads of data visualization, information aesthetics and user interface design. With a background in Cognitive Science (B.Sc. with distinction, University of Osnabrueck) and Interface Design (M.A., University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), his work beautifully balances analytical and aesthetic aspects in mapping abstract and complex phenomena. He is especially interested in the visualization of large–scale human activity.

In the past, he has helped clients like the OECD, the World Economic Forum, Skype, dpa, FIFA, and Max Planck Research Society to find insights and beauty in large data sets. He was nominated for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany and is a multiple winner of the Kantar Information is Beautiful awards. His work has been exhibited, among others, at Future Everything, SIGGRAPH, and ars electronica. He is part of the advisory board for the Places and Spaces Exhibit, and has been serving as a juror for the Malofiej award for information graphics, as reviewing expert for the Future and Emerging Technologies programme of the European Commission as well as advisor for the Digital Communities category of prix ars electronica. He has co-authored books for publishers like O’Reilly and Springer and has spoken and lectured on numerous occasions on the topic of information visualization.

Find his personal portfolio at; occasionally, he blogs at He also publishes the Data Stories podcast ( together with Enrico Bertini.


Moritz Stefaner forscht und arbeitet als selbstständiger "truth and beauty operator" im Spannungsfeld zwischen Interface Design, Datenvisualisierung und Informationsästhetik. Mit Hintergrund in Cognitive Science (B.Sc., Universität Osnabrück) und Interface Design (M.A., FH Potsdam) balancieren seine Arbeiten elegant funktionelle und ästhetische Aspekte der Informationsvisualisierung aus. In der Vergangenheit half er Kunden wie OECD, World Economic Forum, Skype, dpa, FIFA, und Max Planck Gesellschaft, Einsichten und Schönheit in grossen Datenmengen zu entdecken. 2010 war er für den Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland nominiert, 2012 und 2013 wurde er mehrfach mit dem Kanter "Information is Beautiful Award" ausgezeichnet. Seine Arbeiten wurden u.a. auf Future Everything, SIGGRAPH and Ars Electronica ausgestellt. Er ist Co-Autor von Büchern für O’Reilly und Springer and hat vielfach Vorträge und Kurse zum Thema Informationsvisualisierung gegeben. Sein Portfolio findet sich auf und er bloggt auf Zusammen mit Enrico Bertini veröffentlicht er den Podcast Data Stories.


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