Prof. Peter Friedrich Stephan is a designer, consultant and educator focusing on digital and social transformation. He conducts projects for business communication and innovation for the media, computer and finance industries. His most recent project is “Restarting development aid – a challenge for transformation”. Peter developed the “Concern Canvas”, a series of tools to determine socio-psychological factors in transformation design projects. These tools proved to be useful for projects in Europe and China and will be available open source starting 2019.
As a professor for Transformation Design at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne Peter co-founded the exMedia group and post-graduate program in 2015. Peter teaches on all levels including a course on basic design to initiate personal transformations as a foundation for concept development on an organizational and societal level.
Peter is the author of 50+ papers on transformation design and cognitive design, available at Academia and Researchgate. He edited two books “Knowledge Media Design” (2005) and “Events and E-Commerce” (2000). His research includes: 2008–2009 »Intelligent Objects« (Report pdf, (funded by National Acdemy fo Science and Engineering – acatech), 2002–2004 »Medienquadrat« (funden by Federal Ministery of Education and Research – BMBF), 1994–1996 »Cognitive Aspects of Visualization«, Research Cluster »Bits–Bilder–Bedeutung«, funded by Ministery of Innovation, Science and Research Northrhine-Westfalia.
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 and as a peer reviewer for the congresses Mensch und Computer and Learntec as well as for the magazine i-com and the conference retune.
2002–2013 Peter was a guestlecturer in the joint master program “Leadership in Digital Communication” at the University of the Arts Berlin and the University St. Gallen/Switzerland. In 1997 he was appointed full professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne for „Multimedia, Electronic Publishing and Networks”. In 1994 he co-founded a university program in “Computational Design”. In the early 1990s Peter was a pioneer in multimedia design with studies in design, music, and business communication in Berlin, Hamburg and New York/USA. He designed award winning projects and was a recording artist and composer for Polydor and independent labels.