Moderator: Winny de Jong


Winny de Jong (1988) is a data journalist and data journalism trainer. She works at the Dutch national broadcast, NOS. There she tries to find news in datasets – interviewing more data than people. Previously she was employed as a data journalist at the Dutch magazine OneWorld.

Next to her work, she likes to share her love for data and journalism, focusing on data literacy and the process of data-driven investigative reporting. Winny has spoken and trained for organisations like TEDx, European Journalism Centre, the DataHarvest+ conference, and several journalism colleges.

Dion Lee

art director at Vox

Vox is well known as one of the most innovative international news brands online. Ever since 2014, people at Vox have used explainer videos, Youtube channels, and podcasts to cover stories and events. Last year, they created the Netflix Original documentary series "Explained", aimed at exploring the big questions of today. At IC19, Dion Lee will discuss the image and design choices that helped make Vox so successful.



Jeremy White

graphics editor at New York Times

Graphics editor Jeremy White was involved in the well-known visual story about the Notre Dame fire. With a multi-disciplinary team New York Times created this impressive story with both technical and emotional details about the disaster that struck this iconic building in Paris. Jeremy is a real expert on making complex, technical issues accessible and engaging. 


Thijs Biersteker

new media artist

Thijs Biersteker connects science and technology to produce next-level data-driven light installations. With his work he aims to create awareness of important issues such as climate change, sustainability, and humanity's responsibility in all this. By doing so, he confronts us as makers with the question: How can we best engage with our audience and motivate them to act?


Stan Grootes

art director at Fabrique

With Below the Surface, the digital agency Fabrique showcases how to make people engage with huge sets of data. 20,000 objects that were dug up during the construction of Amsterdam’s Noord-Zuidlijn are shown in an astonishing way, without becoming too overwhelming. Fabrique’s art director Stan Grootes will tell about how they handled this data and how the project positively alters the image of the Noord-Zuidlijn project.


Sandra Rendgen & Michael Stoll

The History of Information Design

This summer Taschen published 'The History of Information Design', compiled by Sandra Rendgen. The book contains a systematic overview of visual communication in various scientific fields such as astronomy, cartography and zoology. One of the chapters is filled with examples from the historical infographics collection of Michael Stoll, whose exhibition of information graphics is shown in previous editions of our conference. At #IC19 they will tell more about the infographics in the book in the light of our theme 'Info Empathics'.

Sonja Kuijpers 

Studio Terp

Sonja Kuijpers studied Public Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and worked for a number of years as a designer of public space at a landscape architecture agency. She then founded Studio Terp and specialized in data visualization and infographics. Last year was a tough year for her personally, which she incorporated into a beautiful data visualization in part in a special way. On IC2019 she will talk about this process.


Mirko Tobias Schäfer


Mirko Tobias Schäfer is associate professor at Utrecht University and project leader at the Utrecht Data School (UDS), a research institute for students at Utrecht University. A few years ago, UDS developed the Data Ethics Decision Aid (DEDA) toolkit in collaboration with several data analysts. DEDA helps to recognise ethical issues surrounding data in projects, data management and policy.

Thomas Stratmann

information designer

While technological change pushes the boundaries of ­information being consumed, the amount of memories is rising. Today more people may participate in the flow of information but opinions are driven by few. Societies have to safeguard and constantly advance their collective memory to ensure an accurate interpretation of past events. Thomas will talk about his investigations on contemporary monuments and the perception of physical objects through narratives that underline the relevance of memory culture concerning current political affairs.



platform for data journalism

Since this year, the Netherlands has gained a journalistic title: Pointer. The KRO-NCRV data editorial team has been expanded to provide investigative journalism in a visual way. Both in elaboration and in research. Designers Tanne van Bree and Wendy van der Waal talk about the learnings of making visual stories for almost a year.


Dorota Gazy

Design Researcher at STBY

As a design researcher at STBY Dorota Gazy is looking for hidden patterns and moments where we take things for granted in order to design concepts that raise questions and trigger action. E.g. through dance dialogue Dorota makes complex organisational and societal questions tangible and visible by using movement. 



Gert Franke

Co-Founder & Managing Director at CLEVER°FRANKE

Clever Franke is a well-known name for most congress attendees. Gert Franke spoke at an earlier edition of our conference about the design studio and how they visualise data to create interactive products and experiences. Almost every project that Clever Franke starts attracts our interest, including 'Cirque du data', a collaboration with RAUM. Gert Franke will talk about the event 'Cirque du data' in Utrecht, and the possibilities of the wonderful world of data for our city life. 



Bernd Riedel & Anika Nicolaas Ponder  

Ellery Studio

Ellery Studio was founded by three friends in New York, during their time at the Parsons School for Design. In 2013 they moved to Berlin, Germany. Ever since, they follow their vision of Friendtrepreneurship, in the fields of visual design, innovation and creative learning. At the conference Bernd Riedel will tell more about ‘The infographic energy transition coloring book’. This book is the result of a collaboration between the Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (IKEM) and Ellery Studio to break down some of the most complex topics about energy transition in a playful and understanding way.



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