Peter Friedrich Stephan
Prof. Dr. Transformation Design
Peter is a designer and consultant for digital and social transformation. For over 30 years he has worked for clients like Apple, Bertelsmann, Burda Publishing, KfW Bank, Medialab, Philip Morris and Telekom. He also leads self commissioned projects such as Restarting Development Aid. For his projects in designing transformation he developed tools such as the ConcernCanvas that are published open source at designingtransformation.org – access to tools for the pluriverse.
Peter is a full Professor for Transformation Design at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. He lectures at international universities about Design, Transformation and Cultural Theories. Petern was a Professor for Electronic Publishing, Multimedia, and Networks since 1997 and from 2002–2013 also a guestlecturer for Leadership in Digital Communication at the University of the Arts Berlin, University St. Gallen/Switzerland. In 1994 he co-founded the first university program in Computational Design. He wrote a doctoral dissertation (Dr. phil) on Transformation Design, Actor-Network-Theory and Bruno Latour.
Peter‘s research interests focus on the cognitive and emotional aspects of digital and social transformation. Projects include:
– »Theorymachine« (in preparation)
– »Medienquadrat/Knowledge Design« funded by Federal Ministery of Education and Research – BMBF
– »Intelligent Objects« – funded by acatech – National Academy of Science and Engineering
– »Bits–Bilder–Bedeutung« – research cluster funded by the Ministery of Innovation, Science and Research Northrhine-Westfalia
Peter wrote 50+ scientific papers on transformation design and cognitive design in German, English, French and Japanese available at Academia and Researchgate. His new book »Designing Concerns – Bruno Latour und das Transformation Design« will be published in summer 2023 (Transcript Verlag), his other books are »Knowledge Media Design« (Oldenburg, 2005) and »Events and E-Commerce« (Springer, 2000).
Peter serves the scientific community as a consultant for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, FWF– Wissenschaftsfonds Österreich, ZEvA – Zentrale Evaluations- und Akkreditierungsagentur. He was a peer reviewer for the conferences Mensch und Computer, retune and Learntec as well as for the magazines i-com and Revue – Magazine for the Next Society.